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Archive for 23 luglio 2013

Unescape playyers given the power to change the world

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

Monday 22nd July 2013, Cambridge, UK – Jagex, the creators of the hugely popular and multi Guinness World Record holding free-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), RuneScape, are excited to announce the global launch of the next seminal chapter of the game, RuneScape 3.The launch of RuneScape 3 marks the beginning of the Battle of Lumbridge, the first gaming experience forged by players, who will shape the future of the RuneScape world forever. In addition to the player-driven dynamic events sculpting both the content and lore in RuneScape 3, nearly every aspect of the immensely popular game has been upgraded. RuneScape 3, which is available in five languages and played in 190 countries around the world, is the most ambitious online adventure experience to date. “The simultaneous launch of RuneScape 3 around the world has been made possible by the hard work and dedication of our team over the last year,” said Phil Mansell, Executive Producer of RuneScape 3. “RuneScape 3 ushers in a new age for players in terms of user-driven content, story, gameplay and technology, and we couldn’t be more excited for them to write the next chapter in RuneScape’s epic saga.”Mark Gerhard, CEO of Jagex, stated, “The RuneScape 3 development team has worked tirelessly to delight our community with this significant upgrade. The Jagex team and I are truly honoured to be able to be part of this formative occasion and to provide our cherished community, past and present, the RuneScape update of a decade. Married to the concept of our players determining the future of RuneScape, we believe RuneScape 3 is the most ambitious game ever launched on this cutting-edge future technology and lays the foundation for our upcoming expansion onto tablets.”“Since launch, more than 220 million RuneScape player accounts have been created, we’ve developed 12 years of regular content, and the game is still growing,” Gerhard added. “With the launch of RuneScape 3 we are looking forward to welcoming new and old players alike back to the magical world of Gielinor.”

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Apple ‘I’ – Too Late and Too Limited for the Automotive Market, Says Frost & Sullivan

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

London, UK – 22nd July, 2013 – Consumer electronics giant Apple has unveiled the new IOS 7 for the automotive industry with notable changes to the interface and improved voice capabilities of personal assistant SIRI. Auto OEMs however, with their respective partners have moved many a mile without the need for Apple’s involvement. The announcement may be seen as a phased approach after last year’s announcement of SIRI EyesFree by Apple at WWDC.“If compared to other players, such as Google and Microsoft, Apple’s intention for the automotive industry seems ambiguous at large and the announcements regarding EyesFree and iOS integration is, at best, a predictable reflex reaction to being left out of the automotive OS game,” says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst, Krishna Jayaraman (www.automotive.frost.com). “Even if exciting, the ‘iOS for cars’ comes way too late into the market.”In 2012 Apple voiced its EyesFree partnership with nine Automotive OEMs and there were talks that this would be the next big thing for the connected car and that Apple would topple the traditional Tier Is for a much larger role in the connected car ecosystem. To date only GM, Honda, and Mercedes Benz have implemented this. Other OEMs are still focusing on the prioritisation between SIRI and the natively developed embedded voice recognition supplied by the likes of Nuance – developed for the car as primary and secondary speech recognition – and the limits of its functionality. So far only GM succeeded by creating Spark and Sonic, which includes the SIRI as a feature, while BMW is expected to follow suit with all its 2014 models.“The announcement from Apple will not make it a big threat for the traditional automotive infotainment ecosystem,” believes Mr. Jayaraman. “While OEMs – for instance, BMW – have categorically declined to use this new solution, it will be ideal for a few niche OEMs which can benefit greatly from a readymade solution such as this.” The advantage is that it is a proven platform in smartphones; there is no need to create proprietary solutions for personalisation and connectivity. Dedicated app development process and apps store for automotive are available but are limited to music, phone, navigation, and do not offer app support. In addition, the availability of Siri to control smartphone and native vehicle features could be a great boon.Apple says iOS in the Car will be adopted by a wide range of car brands, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Vauxhall/Opel, and Jaguar. BMW does not feature in this list, while Hyundai and Kia do. “For OEMs which have already established their infotainment systems, specifically smartphone integration with apps and content however, changing the entire architecture and implementing a completely new system becomes difficult,” cautions Mr. Jayaraman. The biggest challenge is balancing iOS with current OEM developments. OEMs’ attitude toward iOS device integration technology and their tendency to not really scout for proprietary development at all might help Apple establish its niche.OEMs are finding it hard to balance out an offering which provides the latest and greatest features but also assures safety; the recent example being Ford’s announcement of going back to buttons and switches, in addition to touch screens, clearly proving that full touch experience is not yet automotive ready. There have been major mishaps with the proprietary maps and issues with the interface in the iOS 6 release which hints at unreliability. Even though Apple has no real automotive experience, iOS7 with SIRI can be a sweet niche.OEMs, such as Ford, GM, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Chrysler, and Audi, have invested in their own smartphone integration and app development efforts, while others have opted to tap into integrated ecosystems; for instance, Aha by Harman. This leaves very little room for Apple to play, but could result in the cleanest and tightest iOS device and content integration.

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Miami Single-Family Home Sales, Prices Surge in JuneMiami, FL –

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

English: Burger King headquarters in unincorpo...

English: Burger King headquarters in unincorporated area Miami-Dade County. Español: La sede del Burger King en el Condado de Miami-Dade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Increased demand for single-family homes in Miami-Dade County continued in June amid very tight supply that is fueling double-digit price appreciation, according to the 29,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.Single-family home sales surged 25 percent, up from 935 in June 2012 to 1,170 this June. Condominium sales increased 5.5 percent, up from 1,421 in June 2012 compared to 1,499 last month. June’s real estate market performance marks 19 consecutive months of appreciation for both single-family homes and condominiums. The median sales price of single-family homes increased 21.1 percent to $230,000 year-over-year and 3.6 percent compared to the previous month. The median sales price of condominiums, which has significantly increased each month over the last two years, rose 15.9 percent to $185,500 compared to a year earlier and 3.1 percent compared to the previous month.Nationally, sales of existing single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops decreased 1.2 percent from May but were 15.2 percent higher than they were in June 2012, according to the National Association of Realtors.Compared to last year’s figures, the average sales price for single-family homes in Miami-Dade County in June increased 27.1 percent to $509,515, while the average sales price for condominiums increased 9.9 percent to $351,608.The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $214,000 in June, a 13.5 percent increase from June 2012, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).Active listings at the end of June increased 5.1 percent, from 12,544 to 13,179, compared to June 2012, when the market was already experiencing a housing shortage. Despite the slight increase due to more new listings coming on the market, current active inventory remains insufficient to satisfy intense demand for Miami properties. Inventory of single-family homes decreased 2.8 percent to 5,006 active listings, while that of condominiums increased 10.5 percent to 8,173 active listings. At the current sales pace, there is 4.9 months of supply of single-family homes and 5.8 months of supply of condominiums in Miami-Dade, representing a decrease of 15.6 percent and an increase of 2.8 percent respectively compared to year-ago levels.Total housing inventory nationally increased 1.9 percent at the end of June but remains 10.1 percent below year-ago levels, representing a 5.2-month supply.Sales of distressed properties continue to sharply decline in Miami-Dade County, as prices for both REOs and short sales also rose significantly. In June, only 36.7 percent of all closed residential sales in Miami-Dade County were distressed, including REOs (bank-owned properties) and short sales, compared to 44.4 percent in June 2012. Nationally, distressed homes accounted for 15 percent of June sales.The median sales price of single-family home and condominium foreclosures in Miami-Dade increased 9.7 percent to $141,500 and 29 percent to $116,100 respectively.In Miami-Dade County, 60 percent of total closed sales in June were all-cash sales compared to 65 percent in June 2012. All-cash sales accounted for 42.2 percent of single-family home and 73.8 percent of condominium closings, compared to a year ago when cash sales were 46.1 percent and 77.4 percent of closed sales respectively. Since nearly 90 percent of foreign buyers in Florida purchase properties all cash, this reflects the much stronger presence of international buyers in the Miami real estate market. By comparison all-cash sales nationally accounted for 31 percent of transactions in June, down from 33 percent the previous month and 29 percent in June 2012.

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EU decision to ban the military wing of Hezbollah risks closing avenues for dialogue and further destabilising Lebanon’s precarious peace

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

On 22 July EU Foreign Ministers decided unanimously to add the military wing of Hezbollah to its list of proscribed terrorist organisations. While the EU’s apparent aim is to maintain contact with the political wing of Hezbollah and keep humanitarian aid flowing to Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the implications in terms of sanctions are still to be seen.
The decision could potentially lead to a travel ban and an asset freeze. It also creates uncertainty around the legality of any financial flows from within the EU to Hezbollah.The first question that comes to mind is how – how will the EU distinguish between Hezbollah’s socio-political wing and its now proscribed military wing? It has never been clear where one ends and the other begins. How will the EU determine what represents financial support to the political wing of Hezbollah, and not to the military wing, for example? The EU ruling has not shed light on this question.Proscription is a blunt instrument. While its supporters argue that it can curtail or limit the activities of extremist groups by isolating them and stemming their financial and political backing, peacebuilders, like UK-based NGO Conciliation Resources, know from our own practical work on engaging armed groups that proscription can have the opposite effect: encouraging extremism and belligerence.It is also far easier to get onto a blacklist than to get off it – the process and criteria for delisting are far from clear. And proscription can stymie support for legitimate activities and lead to confusion amongst diplomats as to what contact is permissible.
Whilst it may often be difficult and uncomfortable to continue to talk with groups who use violence, doing so is often necessary to end and move away from violence. The UK Government learnt this directly during the many years it spent talking to the IRA in order to transform the situation in Northern Ireland. By contrast, one consequence of this blacklisting will be that the space for dialogue in Lebanon and the Middle East has been narrowed.

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World Jewish Congress welcomes European Union’s ‘long overdue’ decision to blacklist Hezbollah

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

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English: Word Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder (left) and Eduardo Elsztain, chairman of the WJC Governing Board. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEW YORK /BRUSSELS – Monday’s unanimous decision by the foreign ministers of the 28 European Union member states to include the military wing of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah in the EU’s list of terrorist organization was hailed by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) as a “major breakthrough”. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder called it “a long overdue step that is very significant because it could help to dry up sources of funding for this organization in Europe.” Lauder said that although the distinction between a military and a political wing was an artificial one because Hezbollah had a single command structure, “it will nonetheless have a positive impact if strongly enforced by all EU member nations.”
The WJC president rejected the argument that blacklisting Hezbollah could lead to political destabilization in Lebanon. “The facts speak for themselves: It is Hezbollah that is destabilizing Lebanon by illegally maintaining a heavily armed paramilitary organization that threatens its neighbors. It is Hezbollah that is wreaking havoc in Syria by deploying thousands of fighters to support the Assad regime. It is Hezbollah that continues to plant bombs in many places around the world, including in Bulgaria last year. And it is high time that the world starts fighting these fanatics instead of placating them. The world did so with the Taliban in Afghanistan, and it has to do the same with Hezbollah in Lebanon. It is important that we stand united on this,” Lauder said.He also thanked the British, German and French governments for having overcome initial hesitations and for taking a lead in the EU on this matter: “It was critical that the three biggest nations in Europe said ‘enough is enough’. We commend them for that.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Stop omofobia

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

Mentre in Parlamento giunge a termine l’iter per varare una legge contro l’omofobia, che punisca anche in Italia la violenza contro le persone gay, lesbiche e trans, riprende anche la solita litania di politici e opinionisti che affermano “che una legge di questo tipo toglierebbe alle varie religioni” la libertà di parlare, mentre “qualcun altro sostiene che, in Italia, non c’è bisogno di una legge contro l’omofobia” o con un’ipocrisia davvero impressionante arriva a dire che «Con tutti i problemi che ha l’Italia non è certo il caso di perdere tempo per legiferare su certi argomenti!». Ma quante vittime ancora occorrono perché anche in Italia si possa punire la violenza dell’omofobia?
I cristiani omosessuali vegliano pubblicamente dal 2007, ogni 17 maggio, per ricordare le troppe vittime della violenza dell’omofobia. Vegliano in parrocchie cattoliche, in diocesi cattoliche e con numerose comunità evangeliche valdesi, metodiste, battiste, luterane italiane ed ogni anno chiedono, insieme a tante persone di buona volontà, di mettere fine a questa ennesima violenza…Alle persone di buona volontà che siedono anche nel nostro lontano Parlamento giriamo la lettera aperta di Gianni Geraci, portavoce del gruppo Guado, Gruppo di riflessione su Fede e omosessualità di Milano, che prova a spiegare perché noi cristiani, omosessuali e non, chiediamo che il Parlamento Italiano sappia parlare la lingua della giustizia e smetta di tacere su questi temi.Una lettera-appello che dedichiamo a tutti i Mattei del mondo, vittime della violenza dell’omofobia, suicidi perché, come ricorda Geraci << I tuoi compagni ti prendevano in giro dandoti del “frocio” e tu non avevi il coraggio di denunciare questa subdola forma di persecuzione a nessuno, perché nessuno ti aveva spiegato che era comunque qualche cosa di ingiusto e di profondamente sbagliato. Uno dei modi in cui, concretamente, si possono evitare tragedie simili a quella che ti ha visto morire, è quello di introdurre delle leggi che puniscono qualunque forma di discriminazione e di incitamento all’odio nei confronti di omosessuali e transessuali. In Italia ci stiamo provando, ma, anche se la cosa può sembrare assurda, ci sono molte persone che, in Italia, questa legge non la vogliono.
…. Ed è per questo, caro Matteo, che ti chiedo di intercedere per queste persone: perché il loro cuore, indurito dalla paura e dal disprezzo nei confronti di quelli che, come me, sono omosessuali, finalmente si apra.
Spero davvero che tutte le forme più o meno mascherate di opposizione a una legge che condanna l’omofobia, finalmente si sciolgano come neve al sole, e che si possa arrivare nei prossimi mesi ad avere anche in Italia una legge capace di prevenire episodi come quello di cui tu sei stato vittima.Te lo dobbiamo, caro Matteo. Te lo debbono anche quelli che non sono d’accordo con questa legge. E anche loro si darebbero da fare per approvare questa benedetta legge, se solo ascoltassero la voce di Dio che soffocano nel loro cuore>>.

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Proroga contratto per i 700 lavoratori della Coop. Osa del Policlinico Umberto I

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2013

“Dopo alcune segnalazioni dei dipendenti della Cooperativa Osa, in qualità di associazione a tutela dei diritti del cittadino, siamo stati costretti, dopo richiesta dei nostri associati, ad un incontro con i vertici del policlinico Umberto I e col Dott. Domenico Alessio per valutare le criticità dell’ospedale derivanti da un’eventuale carenza del personale infermieristico appartenente alla Coop. Osa con contratto in scadenza il 31 luglio. Siamo costretti ad evidenziare come la regione Lazio non abbia ancora dato la possibilità di proroga all’attuale manager dell’Umberto I”. Lo dichiara in una nota il presidente di AssoTutela Michel Emi Maritato “Le assunzioni dirette del personale portano sostanzialmente meno dell’attuale contratto in essere con tale organicità.Riteniamo giusto per il bene di questa pubblica amministrazione il percorso di stabilizzazione attraverso società interinali che col tempo porterebbero anche un risparmio erariale.
La cabina di regia verrà messa al corrente della nostra posizione in tal senso – continua e conclude il presidente Maritato – auspicando la costituzione di una società regionale per il lavoro interinale.
Il direttore generale Domenico Alessio si impegna intanto ad avere l’autorizzazione della proroga dei contratti dei 700 lavoratori della Coop. Osa, alla quale la regione non ha ancora risposto”.

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