Mumbai: Flight operations were severely hit due to heavy rain and poor visibility at the Mumbai airport on Monday, while the city and the coastal Konkan region were put on ‘red alert’. A Mumbai International Airport Ltd. spokesperson said that on account of fluctuating visibility issues, there were no flight movements for at least 20 minutes till 9.31 a.m. Alhough there were no cancellations, at least three flights were diverted to other airports, five go-arounds and delays of 30-45 minutes. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu In a special bulletin, the IMD here has placed Mumbai and north-Konkan on ‘red alert’ for extremely heavy to very heavy rains over the next 24 hours. Raigad, Thane and Palghar will have similar weather conditions on Tuesday, while Mumbai will experience heavy downpour on Mondayy, and Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg will witness heavy to very heavy rain till Friday. In a different rain-related incident, eight persons were hurt when a ground-plus one floor tenement crashed in Shivaji Nagar. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC While three women are admitted to Rajawadi Hospital, five others were already treated. While road traffic was affected with snarls at various locations, suburban trains were working normally. Waterlogging was reported in various parts of the city and the adjoining Navi Mumbai suburbs with scores of vehicles stranded, people struggling to move around in knee-to-waist deep waters. The IMD has warned fishermen not to venture into the Arabian Sea which will be very rough with high waves and wind speeds touching 40-50 kmph till Friday.
New Delhi: Delhi’s first Monsoon showers were a relief for some staying back home or in offices but also threw Delhi Traffic to jitters after several trees fell on the roads and obstructed the traffic, leaving the motorists stuck at several points in Delhi. The Public Works Department (PWD) received at least 11 calls of ‘fallen tress’ from across the city.Motorists were stuck at Adhchini Red light in South Delhi after a huge tree fell on the road forcing the commuters to make frantic calls to the Delhi Traffic Police and PWD. The call was received at 3:55 pm by the PWD and at 4:05 pm by Traffic police. “Area traffic and concerned civic agency has been informed,” the Delhi Traffic Police Twitter handle tweeted. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”We have been struck in the jam from quite sometime and have made several calls to the concerned authorities but there has to be a mechanism for actively responding to calls like these,” said a commuter struck in the jam. “This should be taken on priority as the begining of the monsoon season tests the preparedness of the civic agencies. If a tree has fallen, how quick the agencies respond tells their state of activeness,” said another commuter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe PWD also roped in members of civil division and road maintainence department and also Horticulture department to remove the heavy trunk of the fallen tree which resulted in huge traffic jam on the road. At around 4 pm a large neem tree uprooted during rain on Aurobindo Marg between PTS Malviya Nagar (from Mehrauli to AIIMS). The tree blocked the complete carriage way. Three cars were also trapped under the tree without any injury to the occupants. Disaster van of Traffic Unit also reached the spot. SDMC and PWD Horticulture were also informed and their teams also reached the spot. “The work of cutting as well as removing the tree was taken up, the trapped cars were removed and one lane was restored for traffic at about 5:30pm. The second lane was also restored at about 5:45pm and the complete carriage way was cleared and restored by 6:45pm,” said a senior Traffic official. Apart from Adchini, calls of ‘fallen trees’ were also received from Aurobindo Marg, Mukherjee Nagar, Saket, Mayur Vihar Phase 3 Manas Apartment. Also the calls of traffic choas due to ‘fallen trees’ were received from Punjabi Bagh, MB Road, Kaya Maya Mandir, Auchandi Marg, road from IIT Flyover to Munirka and from Jungpura in South east Delhi just at the begining of the flyover.
New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, who was allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, said he would speak on the matter only after he “reports” to the court upon his return. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague and former MLA Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami, who has been detained by the authorities there in the wake of the Centre abrogating the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded a special status to the state. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, directed Yechury to only meet Tarigami and not use the visit for any political purpose. The bench said if the Left leader indulged in any political activity, the authorities were free to report it to the apex court. “The Supreme Court has permitted me to go to Srinagar and see Com Yousuf Tarigami and “report” back to them on the condition of his health. Once I meet him, return and report to the Court, I will make a more detailed statement,” Yechury said in a tweet. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader had made two attempts to visit Jammu and Kashmir this month — once with Communist Party of India (CPI) general secretary D Raja and another with a delegation of opposition party members. Both the times, he had to return from the Srinagar airport on the orders of the Jammu and Kashmir administration that cited security issues as the reason for denying them entry. The CPI(M) had filed a writ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution, which says a person has the right to move the Supreme Court (and high courts also) for getting his fundamental rights protected.
OTTAWA – A new study on cat overpopulation in Canada says more of the pets are being sterilized to reduce unwanted litters, but there are still more cats than people willing to give them homes.The report by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies recommends more should be done to encourage spaying and neutering, even for kittens as young as six weeks old.“Cat overpopulation continues to challenge communities across Canada,” says the report released Thursday.“There are still twice as many cats being admitted to shelters as dogs and the fraction of those cats who are juveniles is also twice as high as for dogs, pointing to the continuing problem of unwanted litters.”The report is an update to a similar study done five years ago. It includes the results of an Ipsos survey conducted last May.The new findings indicate more cats are being adopted. Fewer cats are being put down and more lost cats are being reunited with their owners.Fewer Canadians are letting their cats roam outside unsupervised where they are at risk of being hit by vehicles or getting into fights with other cats and animals.The number of cats that arrive at shelters already spayed or neutered is up, and more are being sterilized by animal care organizations.But the report says there are still too many cats and that won’t change unless spay and neuter rates improve.“The good news is we’ve taken some giant leaps forward in cat welfare since 2012,” said Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the federation. “The bad news is it is not happening quickly enough to overcome Canada’s cat overpopulation crisis.”The report notes there are an estimated 9.3 million cats in Canada. But for some reason, cats don’t receive the same care and consideration as their canine counterparts.Toolika Rastogi, the federation’s policy and research manager, said cats are seen by some people as being more disposable, perhaps because they were obtained free from a relative or neighbour.They are also more fertile than dogs and can become pregnant at a younger age.“We have got cats being the most popular animals in the homes of Canadians, being followed very closely by dogs, and yet they are facing far more difficulty,” she said.Overpopulation creates other problems.Cats can languish in shelters too long waiting for adoption, making them more prone to stress-related illnesses.Rastogi said the improvement in cat sterlization rates is a direct result of animal organizations making spay and neutering a priority. More work is being done, including creating mobile units to deal with animals in remote locations.The study notes that only about 19 per cent of municipalities that responded to the survey have spay or neuter policies.The report recommends communities should promote the sterilization of cats and offer incentives for the procedure to be done at no or low-cost.Rastogi said if more municipalities emulate what animal organizations are doing, spay-neuter rates are bound to improve.“They need to do more,” she said.— By John Cotter in Edmonton
Jathar Diamonds and the ALS Therapy Development Institute present the star-studded first annual SneakerBall.MC’d by Billy Costa, the event – which encourages guests to match formal dress with sneakers – will feature special guests such as former NFL Patriot and founder of the Kevin Turner Foundation Kevin Turner, as well as The Blind Side star Quinton Aaron, Baywatch’s Traci Bingham, Breaking Dawn’s Chaske Spencer, and Superbowl champion Anthony Smith.Jathar Diamonds and the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) are looking to exceed all goals and expectations, making the Sneakerball the largest black-tie fundraiser event in Boston.The evening of October 11, 2012 will raise funds for and bring awareness to the devastating and often fatal ALS disease. Jathar Diamonds seeks to raise unprecedented funds from the event, as all proceeds will fund the research conducted at the ALS TDI to find an effective cure for those living with ALS.To find out more, click here.
The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the Michigan Wolverines on the field Saturday, but the never-ending recruiting war will be taking place on the sidelines and in the stands.More than 40 of the nation’s top recruits from the 2013 and 2014 classes are expected to be in Ohio Stadium for The Game.“In 10 years of doing this, this is one of the biggest recruiting weekends I’ve come across,” said Josh Helmholdt, Rivals.com’s Midwest recruiting analyst. “It just seems this could be an epically big recruiting weekend.”After his hire in late November 2011, OSU coach Urban Meyer might have demonstrated his recruiting prowess by concluding the 2012 class with five-star recruits Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, now freshmen defensive linemen for the Buckeyes.Rivals.com ranked the class fourth in the nation, three spots ahead of coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.This year, Meyer hopes for another strong finish. The Buckeyes’ 2013 class is currently ranked seventh by Rivals.The reason? Helmholdt said it’s Meyer.“He’s aggressive. He has a hardworking coaching staff behind him and he’s dynamic,” Helmholdt said. “Kids want to buy into something they believe in, and they believe in Urban Meyer.”Cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Eli Woodard are two recruits that believed in Meyer enough to commit to the Buckeyes. Burrows and Woodard are the 27th– and 29th-ranked players in the nation, respectively, per Rivals. The four-star defensive backs will be on hand for the Michigan game. They will have the opportunity to pitch OSU to the plethora of young talent visiting this weekend.The projected visitors for Saturday include one of Meyer’s primary 2013 targets, four-star wide receiver James Quick. Quick is the type of explosive athlete Meyer has seemed to attract over the course of his coaching career. Rivals estimates that Quick clocks a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and a 10.7 in the 100-meter. The Louisville, Ky. native and Louisville Trinity star is being recruited to play slot receiver and could possibly be used in a Percy Harvin-type role for the Buckeyes. Harvin, who now plays wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was arguably one of the nation’s best wide receivers during Meyer’s tenure at Florida and helped the former Gators coach win two national championships while there.Quick’s recruitment is down to Louisville and Ohio State, according to Rivals.Meyer’s recruiting philosophy might be one that leaves no stone unturned, even when it comes to players that have committed to other schools.Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio seemed to learn that the hard way. Meyer successfully flipped freshman offensive lineman Kyle Dodson and defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman from those respective schools last year. This year’s approach might not be any different.With senior linebackers Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, and Zach Boren departing after the season, depth at the linebacker position could be a primary concern for OSU’s coaching staff.Couple that with the fact there are no linebackers in the Buckeyes’ 2013 class, and it might explain why Meyer is going after committed talent.Per multiple reports, Florida commit Daniel McMillian and Auburn commit Trey Johnson will be in attendance at Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines.McMillian is a four-star linebacker and 2013 U.S. Army All-American that has been a long-time Gators commit. Interest in OSU, however, has increased recently, due primarily to OSU’s coordinator of player development and former Florida linebacker, Ryan Stamper. Stamper was a graduate of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school McMillian plays for currently. It could be a tough flip for the Buckeyes, but McMillian might get quite the show this Saturday as OSU goes for its first undefeated season since 2002.Johnson, an Under Armour All-American, is another four-star linebacker expressing interest in the Buckeyes.The Auburn commit, according to multiple reports by recruiting websites, seems to be showing signs of re-opening his recruitment, but has yet to de-commit from the 2-8 (0-7) Tigers. Instead, per those same reports, he is taking visits to OSU, Florida, USC and Florida State.“Ohio State is coming all-out after Trey,” Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford of Central Gwinnett told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month. “They’re undefeated, and they’re going to win every year and always be in the BCS picture. That’s really appealing to Trey.”The projected visitors for the 2014 recruiting class include three of what could be the best underclassmen in the country. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, defensive tackle Andrew Brown and defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, according to multiple recruiting websites, will be in Columbus this weekend. All are five-star prospects according to Rivals.com.McMillan has not been shy about showing his affection for the Buckeyes, either. He has named OSU his early leader, with his home state team Georgia a close second. Clemson is also in the mix. The 6’3″ 235-pounder has averaged 15.1 tackles per game this season according to Maxpreps.com.Brown and Hand will eventually be ranked in the Rivals.com top 10, according to Helmholdt. The Virginia products have interest in the Buckeyes, but it is early in the recruitment process.“Both have been talking Ohio State pretty much from the beginning,” Helmholdt said. “They will definitely have a lot of competition for those guys though.”This weekend’s unofficial visit will give the defensive standouts their first in-person look at OSU football.That look will likely have an effect on a direct correlation that seems to exist between recruiting and teams’ success on the field.Alabama, who captured the 2010 and 2012 national championships, finished with the Rivals.com top-ranked recruiting classes in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Since 2008 through this season, the Crimson Tide’s overall record is 58-7.Meyer’s 2006 recruiting class at Florida was ranked second in the nation, and the Gators won the national championship that year. Similarly, Meyer’s recruiting class finished first in 2007 and Florida went on to win another national title in 2008.While OSU’s play Saturday against the Wolverines will determine if the Buckeyes finish a perfect 12-0, the recruiting battle surrounding the game could beequally as important in securing OSU’s future success.
The Queen spoke proudly not only as the RAF’s Air Commodore-in-Chief, but also as a citizen who remembered the Battle of Britain, and as a daughter whose father King George VI served with the RAF.She said: “Presenting the Royal Air Force with a new Queen’s Colour provides an opportunity to congratulate the service for your remarkable contribution to defence over the last 100 years.”Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks as you helped safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world.”I remember the Battle of Britain being fought over the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.”She also took the Royal Salute at the ceremony as her relatives including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge plus the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched nearby.Royals attend Westminster Abbey serviceCharles, William and Harry all chose to wear No 1 RAF uniform to Westminster Abbey, with Kate wearing a Dacre Brooch – which was presented to her by the Air Cadets when she took on patronage in 2015. At just after 1pm on Tuesday, Puma and Chinook helicopters began the spectacle, followed by aircraft including a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados and three F-35 stealth fighter jets.Drawing the spectacle to a close was the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style, streamed red, white and blue smoke down the length of the Mall. And in keeping with the traditional blue of the RAF, the Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar and dress in the same colour, both by Angela Kelly, with a matching hat by Angela Kelly and a diamond star brooch. With three weeks set aside for training ahead of the flypast, he said the Typhoon force is still delivering on operations around the world, and through Quick Reaction Alert.”What we have done is reduce the training flying back in the UK, it is not that we are stopping it, we are just reduced it,” he said of managing training, formation practice and operations.Asked what the Queen will have made of the display, he said: “It is going to be quite a tight formation, I think hopefully she will be very impressed, it is going to be loud as well going down the Mall.”The Queen and other members of the Royal family have been leading national celebrations as the Royal Air Force marks a centenary since its formation. Prince George And Princess Charlotte are spotted at the window of Buckingham Palace waving and sticking their tongues out to royal fans belowCredit:WENN.com The Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar over a dress in the same colour for the serviceCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters Kate wore a coat by Alexander McQueen, and a hat by Sean Barrett, with Meghan choosing to wear a dress by Dior and a hat by royal milliner Stephen Jones. “It is the high point for the capital, Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal family,” he said.”And it is a great opportunity to look back and really celebrate our past, but to look forward is a really important thing for us as we look to the next 100 years.” Squadron Leader Mike Child said the arrangement of the aircraft took “months of planning”, with pilots also undertaking simulator training and multiple briefings. The Prince of Wales salutes outside Westminster AbbeyCredit:Steve Parsons /PA He described being at the forefront of the flypast as a “great honour”, and said he hopes the Queen and royal family will see “exactly what they can do” for the monarch.Asked what message a 100-aircraft flypast may send to Britain’s adversaries and the world, he said: “It demonstrates we are a competent, professional and capable air force that has a credible, very credible, set of capabilities.”Charles, Camilla, William, Harry and Meghan will also meet veterans, personnel, charity representatives and those from the civil service in a reception after the spectacle.Video: 100 years of the Royal Air Force Asked how hard it has been putting together the formation, he said: “It has been difficult because it is the biggest formation we have ever done as a Typhoon force.”We have done nine ships – which are the diamond nine – which is a relatively basic formation, but it is actually making something that big.” The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, addressed the congregation and said the RAF has in its first 100 years been a decisive factor in serving the country, as well as being key in protecting democracy and freedom.With an RAF ensign draped over the high altar behind him in the abbey, Mr Welby also highlighted how members of his own family have served and been killed in the RAF – drawing attention to his own father who flew low level sorties in Burma.Video: Royals at Westminster Abbey The Red Arrows fly over a full-size replica of a Hawker Hurricane in WindsorCredit:Stan Kujawa Service personnel spelling out 100 on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as crowds fill the Mall Credit:Pixel8000 It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world’s first independent air service.Beginning with a service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen was joined by family members including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Queen praises RAF for ‘tenacity, skill and gallantry’The Queen has praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry”. Standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, she spoke of the “remarkable contribution to defence” over the last 100 years. Set to fly in the back seat of one of the jets, asked how he feels to be involved, he said: “It is an overwhelming sense of pride… to be involved on the day – flying will be just amazing.” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the Westminster Abbey serviceCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters And despite still being on maternity leave, after giving birth to Prince Louis only 11 weeks ago, it is understood that Kate felt it was important to attend Tuesday’s celebrations. Members of the Royal Air Force parade down The MallCredit:Victoria Jones /PA Spectators at Wimbledon watch the military aircraft pass overheadCredit:ANDREW COULDRIDGE /Reuters Theresa May shakes hands as she arrives at Westminster AbbeyCredit:SIMON DAWSON /Reuters The Queen has praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry” as she was joined by senior members of the Royal family at the centrepiece of events marking the force’s 100th year.Standing in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace as she presented the Queen’s Colour to the RAF, she spoke of the “remarkable contribution to defence” over the last 100 years.The largest ever formation of RAF Typhoons then spelt out 100 in the skies above the palace. A total of 22 of the fighter jets took part in the flypast, forming into the numbers, which had served as a surprise for the public and Royal family watching the spectacle.The Metropolitan Police estimated between 65,000 and 70,000 people lined the streets of central London to see the flypast, it is understood. It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF – the world’s first independent air service. More than 2,200 people packed Westminster Abbey for the service, with dignitaries including Prime Minister Theresa May, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attending alongside the royals. The Red Arrows perform a fly past over Buckingham Palace – streaming red, white and blue smoke down the length of the MallCredit:HENRY NICHOLLS /Reuters The Queen watches the flypast with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of CambridgeCredit:PAUL GROVER FOR THE TELEGRAPH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex outside Westminster AbbeyCredit:CHRIS J RATCLIFFE /AFP The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at a service at Westminster AbbeyCredit:Steve Parsons /PA Flypast is ‘centrepiece’ of the RAF’s 100th yearAir-Vice Marshal Gerry Mayhew, the air officer commanding No 1 group and the senior responsible officer for the flypast, said the day is the “centrepiece” of the RAF’s 100th year. The officer commanding the Red Arrows, Wing Commander Andrew Keith, who took the helm in August, said it is an incredible year to be leading them. Aircraft that will feature in flypastThe flypast is set to feature aircraft including Puma and Chinook helicopters, a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados, Typhoons and the F-35 stealth fighter jets.Drawing the spectacle to a close will be the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style will stream red, white and blue smoke down the length of The Mall. During the flypast, he said he will be flying in the formation in the back seat of the team leader’s jet, “getting a few photos”.”It is going to be business as usual for us – and hopefully clocking over that 100th aircraft,” he said when asked if they will be doing anything different on the day. The 38-year-old said he came up with a lot of the shape of the formation in terms of references, and measured it all out and where everyone should be.He revealed much of the practice has been taking place over the North Sea more than 120 miles out from land to avoid being spotted, and to give them more space.”That formation is relatively big and unwieldy and trying to manoeuvre it is difficult, so doing it over land is harder,” Sqn Ldr Child said.Five frontline Typhoon squadrons, plus one training unit, are involved in the formation – with eight jets and 150 personnel brought down from RAF Lossiemouth to RAF Coningsby for the flypast. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
BRC DiamondCore (which features in International Mining’s July issue) has signed a Letter of Intent with Rio Tinto Mining and Exploration, whereby Rio Tinto can earn a 60% interest in the company’s five diamond exploration projects (the Northern Projects) in the northern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) under a staged earn-in arrangement. These five Northern Projects relate to a total of 106 exploration permits covering approximately 27,000 km2 in the Equateur and Oriental Provinces. It is believed that the region’s geology, which represents an extension of the Mboumou Craton from the Central African Republic, is prospective for the hosting of kimberlite pipes. Alluvial diamonds are currently being recovered in this region. Under the proposed arrangement, Rio Tinto would fund an exploration program with the objective of finding and defining kimberlite deposits capable of economic development. The Letter of Intent contemplates the following three phases:Reconnaissance Phase. Rio Tinto contributes $550,000 towards the initial reconnaissance sampling phase to be completed by BRC by year-end 2009.Phase 1 Exploration. Upon completion of the reconnaissance phase and receipt and interpretation by Rio Tinto of all reconnaissance sample results, Rio Tinto has the exclusive option to earn an initial 35% interest in whichever Northern Project Rio Tinto selects by spending $3 million in exploration expenditure on each of the projects it selects by no later than December 31, 2012. Rio Tinto may elect to earn this 35% interest in multiple Northern Projects by spending the said $3 million on each Northern Project selected by Rio Tinto by no later than December 31, 2012. This Phase 1 exploration program will be as agreed upon by the parties and will be operated by BRC.Phase 2 Exploration. Upon completion of Phase 1 exploration on a Northern Project, Rio Tinto would then have the right to earn an additional 25% interest in the applicable Northern Project by spending an additional $10 million in exploration expenditure on each project by no later than December 31, 2014. At the point during Phase 2 exploration where a kimberlite requires the first bulk sample, BRC would hand over operation of the bulk sampling program to Rio Tinto.Following Phase 2 exploration, a joint venture company would be formed with Rio Tinto holding a 60% interest and BRC holding a 40% interest.The above proposed earn-in arrangement is subject to various conditions, including completion of due diligence and negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement between the parties.This proposed earn-in arrangement applies solely to BRC’s northern DRC projects and does not impact the company’s major DRC projects of Tshikapa, Kwango River and Lubao. Company President, Dr. Mike de Wit, said: “We are very pleased to be joint-venturing with such a highly respected mining company as Rio Tinto on the exploration of these promising diamond projects. Both companies are of the view that these properties are highly prospective for the hosting of diamondiferous kimberlites.”
AN ARGUMENT OVER the philosophy of Immanuel Kant ended abruptly in Russia when one debater shot the other.Two men in their 20s were discussing the ideas of Kant – author of Critique of Pure Reason – when the discussion became heated, police said.First punches were thrown, and then one man pulled out what reports describe as a “nonlethal pistol” and fired several shots at his philosophical enemy.The victim was hospitalised with injuries that were not life-threatening. Neither person was identified.The men were queuing to buy beer at a shop in Rostov-on Don, Viktoria Safarova, at the time.It was not clear which of Kant’s ideas may have triggered the violence.Tiger playing with dogs is simultaneously kind of lovely and absolutely terrifying>What happens when our favourite bands and foods collide?>
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target AI might be helpful to some humans, but a new HBO documentary is highlighting the dark, creepy, and deadly dangers of robots.The Truth About Killer Robots, which premieres tonight, Nov. 26, on HBO at 10 p.m. ET, focuses on many automation cases, including a Volkswagen factory and a bomb-carrying police droid, where people were seriously injured or killed by robots. In the documentary, engineers, journalists, and philosophers come together to analyze these terrifying moments and how robots impact our lives.The documentary is narrated by Kodomoroid, a human-like Japanese android, who takes audiences on a visual journey from robotic accidents to automated manufacturing. Countries visited in the documentary include China, Germany, Japan, and the U.S., as AI continues to replace human employment on a global scale.From Zume, a pizza startup where robots make pies to Robot, Robot & Hwang, an AI-based law firm, the documentary shares how automation could be a virtue and a vice, as more technology leads to better business operations and a decrease in real-life connections. As AI continues to take over bits and pieces of our lives, it will be interesting to see how robots evolve over the next few years.More on Geek.com:This Electronic Glove Can Give Robots a Sense of TouchRobots to Build Robots at Shanghai FactorySonic Robots Make Beautiful Electronic Music Together
ST. HELENS, Ore. — A Washington state man accused of killing the Rainier, Ore., police chief in 2011 is mentally impaired and can’t assist with his defense, a judge ruled Wednesday.Circuit Judge Ted Grove ordered that Daniel Butts, 23, of Kalama, Wash., be sent to the Oregon state mental hospital to be treated and forcibly medicated until he is fit to return to Columbia County for trial, The Daily News of Longview reported.Butts is charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of Chief Ralph Painter on Jan. 5, 2011, after Painter responded to a report of a suspicious person at a car stereo shop.Defense lawyers said in hearings last week that Butts is psychotic and won’t meet with them or help make decisions. Prosecutors argue Butts is faking illness.Grove cited the defendant’s childlike behavior and focus on such trivial matters as whether he can smoke or have a cheeseburger. The judge also noted Butts’ “bizarre or grotesque” grimaces and movements during the three days of mental competency hearings.
We need your assistance identifying the male depicted in the video below, who assaulted a victim w/ a firearm & stole $1,000,000.00 worth of jewelry from Time Boutique Jewelers located @ 24 N.E. 1 St on 01/19/19 @ approx 6PM. Anyone with info is urged to contact @CrimeStopper305 pic.twitter.com/SUxXkljZ0E— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) February 11, 2019 The thief ordered Mazloum to get on the ground before he hit him over the head with his gun, placed tape over his mouth and tied his hands and feet together.“It took me a few minutes to break free, and then I called 911,” he said.Police said the man they are searching for a man who stands 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs about 200 pounds and was last seen wearing a hat, windbreaker and pants.“I want him to get caught and see justice,” Mazloum said.If you have any information on this jewelry store robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for a man who robbed about a million dollars worth of jewelry from a downtown Miami store.Around 6 p.m. on Jan. 19, Miami Police responded to Time Boutique Jewelers Inc., located off North Miami Avenue and Northeast First Street, after an armed robbery was reported.Abdo Mazloum, the store’s owner, told police officials that, toward the end of the work day, he saw a man who appeared to be dressed as a UPS worker carrying a box at the door.When the owner buzzed the man in, he then pulled out a firearm and demanded Mazloum to open a safe containing approximately a million dollars worth of jewelry.“I was afraid for my life, and all I thought about were my family, my kids, and my wife,” he said. “I let him in. He dropped the box he was carrying on the showcase and pulled out a gun.”
WILMINGTON, MA — Wicked Local recently revealed its 2018 Readers Choice Awards for Wilmington. Below are the winners and honorable mentions. Congrats to all! Do you agree with the winners? Any notable snubs? Let us know in the comments below or on Wilmington Apple’s Facebook page.Local FlavorRestaurant For Breakfast/Brunch#1 Choice: As Good As It GetsHonorable Mention: Country Chef RestaurantHonorable Mention: Sunny Side CafeRestaurant For Lunch#1 Choice: As Good As It Gets#1 Choice: Panera BreadHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sRestaurant For Dinner#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernFine Dining Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoItalian Restaurant#1 Choice: TremezzoHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenPizza Restaurant#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Pizza MiaHonorable Mention: LaRosa’sThai Restaurant#1 Choice: Mango II, TewksburyFamily Friendly Restaurant#1 Choice: 99 RestaurantHonorable Mention: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: TremezzoHonorable Mention: Red Heat TavernSeafood Restaurant#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressChinese Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveHonorable Mention: China WokSushi Restaurant#1 Choice: Golden GingerHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveCoffee Shop#1 Choice: Heav’nly DonutsHonorable Mention: Dunkin’ DonutsHonorable Mention: StarbucksButcher Shop#1 Choice: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: Lucci’s SupermarketDeli#1 Choice: Lucci’s SupermarketHonorable Mention: Elia’s Country StoreHonorable Mention: As Good As It Gets CafeFish Market#1 Choice: Seafood ExpressBar#1 Choice: Tremezzo#1 Choice: Red Heat TavernHonorable Mention: Pacific GroveCaterer#1 Choice: AJ’s KitchenHonorable Mention: Mastrorilli’s CateringHonorable Mention: Uptown Deli & CateringLocal ServicesAccountant#1 Choice: Karen SaporitoHonorable Mention: Diane MonestereHonorable Mention: Emond Tax & Financial GroupHonorable Mention: Fudge PropertiesHonorable Mention: Ray MecuriHonorable Mention: Robert DigilioFinancial Planner#1 Choice: Guy Angiuoni Jr.Honorable Mention: CareOne at WilmingtonHonorable Mention: Woodbriar Health CenterMaid/House Cleaning Service#1 Choice: Freaky Cleaning LadyLandscaper#1 Choice: Russell LandscapingHonorable Mention: Dan Reed LandscapingHonorable Mention: Daves World of LandscapingHonorable Mention: Ryan Parker LandscapingHonorable Mention: SJS Landscaping ServicesAttorney/Lawyer#1 Choice: Michael MonteforteHonorable Mention: Robert PetersonHonorable Mention: Stephen PetersonVeterinarian/Animal Hospital#1 Choice: Wilmington Veterinary HospitalHonorable Mention: Best Pets Veterinary HospitalPhysical Therapy#1 Choice: Leonardo Physical TherapyHonorable Mention: Harmeling Physical TherapyHonorable Mention: Maribeth Crupi Physical TherapyHair Salon#1 Choice: Hair DesignsHonorable Mention: Hair XtremeHonorable Mention: Nicholas Scott SalonDay Spa or Massage#1 Choice: Mind & Muscle Restoration#1 Choice: Susan AntonHonorable Mention: La Moon Thai SpaManicure/Pedicure#1 Choice: Wow NailsHonorable Mention: Coco NailsHonorable Mention: Wilmington NailsTanning Salon#1 Choice: Catchin Rayz#1 Choice: Coco NailsFitness Studio/Health Club#1 Choice: RMA Fitness CenterHonorable Mention: Core Fitness At Wilmington Dance AcademyHonorable Mention: Wilmington Dance AcademyWeight Loss Center#1 Choice: Wilmington Fit Body Boot CampAssisted Living#1 Choice: Woodbriar Health CenterHonorable Mention: Windsor PlaceDoctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician#1 Choice: Wilmington PediatricsHonorable Mention: Dr. Sarah AndrewHonorable Mention: Dr. Sharon StotskyDentist or Dental Office#1 Choice: Silver Lake DentalHonorable Mention: Biondo & Foley Dental GroupHonorable Mention: Pediatric Dental Care of WilmingtonChiropractor#1 Choice: Wilmington Family Chiropractic & Wellness CenterHonorable Mention: Wellcare Chiropractic CenterHonorable Mention: Advanced Back CareHonorable Mention: Dr. Michael ThomasDaycare/Preschool#1 Choice: Wonder Years Learning CenterHonorable Mention: Brookside NurseryHonorable Mention: Abundant Life Christian SchoolHonorable Mention: Mill Brook Country Day SchoolHonorable Mention: The Learning ExperienceDry Cleaner#1 Choice: Lapels Dry CleaningHonorable Mention: Anton’s CleanersHonorable Mention: K&M CleanersAuto Service/Repair#1 Choice: Unique Foreign Auto CareHonorable Mention: AAA Tire CoCommunity Bank/Credit Union#1 Choice: Reading Co-Operative BankHonorable Mention: Peoples United BankHonorable Mention: Santander BankInsurance Agency#1 Choice: Wilmington Insurance AgencyHonorable Mention: Hub International InsuranceHonorable Mention: Marotta Insurance AgencyDance School#1 Choice: Dance CompanyHonorable Mention: Wilmington Dance AcademyHonorable Mention: Debi’s Dance StudioHonorable Mention: Lorraine Spada School of DanceHonorable Mention: Precision DanceGymnastics School#1 Choice: Gym Street USAHonorable Mention: Dance CompanyRetirement Living Residence#1 Choice: Woodbriar Health CenterHonorable Mention: Windsor PlaceHVAC/Plumbing – Heating/AC Company#1 Choice: B J Doyle Heating & AC#1 Choice: D & D Services#1 Choice: Done By Professionals#1 Choice: Kevin Scott Heating & PlumbingLocal ShoppingWomen’s Clothing Store#1 Choice: TJ MaxxHonorable Mention: SaversChildren’s Clothing#1 Choice: TJ MaxxHonorable Mention: TargetOptical Shop#1 Choice: Pearle VisionHonorable Mention: Heller EyecareBookstore#1 Choice: The Book Store Next DoorPhotography#1 Choice: Jessica Morgan PhotographyHonorable Mention: Leanne’s Studio of PhotographyHonorable Mention: Jessica Kretzenger PhotographyGift Shop#1 Choice: CardsmartJewelry Store#1 Choice: Flaherty’s JewelryFlorist#1 Choice: Designs by DonHonorable Mention: Floral DreamsSporting Goods Store#1 Choice: Olympia SportsPet Services#1 Choice: Kings Royal Pet GroomingHonorable Mention: A Pet’s ReflectionHonorable Mention: Doggie Styles Mobile GroomingHonorable Mention: Lucy’s Dog DaycareHonorable Mention: Reigning Cats & DogsLiquor Store#1 Choice: East Gate LiquorsCarpet/Flooring Store#1 Choice: Esposito CarpetHome Decorating Store#1 Choice: TJ MaxxHardware/Home Improvement Store#1 Choice: True ValueConsignment Shop#1 Choice: Main St. 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CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice Google Assistant Alexa Siri Apple HomeKit Lifx Tiles are a set of color-changing LED panels that you can mount on your walls. They’re a slick smart home art piece, but they lack the touch controls of their chief competitor, Nanoleaf Canvas. Now, at CES 2019, the company tells me that’s about to change. Enlarge ImageBy February, you’ll be able to tap on your Lifx Tiles to switch between color-changing presets. Chris Monroe/CNET Apparently, Lifx Tiles were touch enabled all along. Lifx hasn’t rolled out the software that enables those touch controls yet, but plans to no late than February of this year. That means that, within weeks, all existing Lifx Tiles will become touch sensitive, allowing you to tap on them to change between your preset scenes. “It was just a matter of focus and resources,” Lifx CEO Tim Peters tells me, explaining that the company has a habit of launching products with “latent capabilities.” Sounds like Lifx was eager to get its Tiles on the market before Nanoleaf, which was already finding big success selling multiple versions of its own color-changing panels at major retailers like Best Buy, pulled too far ahead. It might also explain why the software that powers those Lifx Tiles felt a bit buggy and under-developed when we tested them out at the CNET Smart Home. For now, the touch controls seem very basic, but they’re still a step in the right direction. Tapping on a Tile to switch between presets is nice — dragging your finger on a tile to paint on them would be killer. It sounds like Lifx still has some work to do before that level of functionality is introduced. Still, it’s a nice, unexpected get for early adopters who bought into these things with no expectation of ever being able to control them using touch. We’ll see if Lifx has any other surprises in store for us as the year goes on. Smart Home 85 Photos Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags CES 2019 CNET Smart Home 0
On Jan. 13, conjoined identical twin girls Anna Grace and Hope Elizabeth Richards were successfully separated at Texas Children’s Hospital. A team of nearly 75 doctors and nurses from eight specialties performed the seven-hour procedure.– / 5“The success of this incredibly complex surgery was the result of our dedicated team members’ hard work throughout the last year,” said Dr. Larry Hollier, surgeon-in-chief and chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s. “Through simulations and countless planning meetings, we were able to prepare for situations that could arise during the separation. We are thrilled with the outcome and look forward to continuing to care for Anna and Hope as they recover.” Share – / 15“We’ve thought about and prayed for this day for almost two years,” said the girls’ mom, Jill Richards. “It’s an indescribable feeling to look at our girls in two separate beds. We couldn’t be more thankful to the entire team at Texas Children’s for making this dream come true.”In preparation for the separation, in November Anna and Hope underwent surgery to place tissue expanders in order to allow their skin to grow and stretch.The girls were born on Dec. 29, 2016 at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, weighing a combined 9 lbs. 12 oz. Delivered via Caesarean-section at 35 weeks. Anna and Hope were conjoined at their chest and abdomen, through the length of their torso and shared the chest wall. In addition, they had a large blood vessel connecting their hearts. The Richards family, from North Texas, learned Jill was carrying conjoined twins during a routine ultrasound. The family was then referred to Texas Children’s Fetal Center, where they underwent extensive prenatal imaging, consultation and development of plans to achieve a safe delivery and postnatal care. They temporarily relocated to Houston in order to deliver at Texas Children’s and be close to the girls during their hospital stay. – / 9
Dunbar’s “Dreamers & Achievers” and the Harbor City Chapter of The Links are hosting the second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Expo at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School for Health Professionals, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 10 at Dunbar High School, 1400 Orleans St. in Baltimore.The theme of the expo is “STEMConnector -Preparing and Linking the Next Generation to Careers in STEM fields.”The STEM Expo is the culminating activity for students at Dunbar High School who have participated in the “Dreamers & Achievers – Stem-ulation Right Brain and Left Brain” program. This program is funded, in part, by a grant awarded to the Links Foundation, Inc. by Chevron Corporation. As part of the Expo there will be a career panel session in which students can hear from individuals in various STEM professions or those who use their STEM background in many different careers.Over the course of the past year, the Harbor City Chapter of The Links has continued its program to educate Dunbar students on STEM disciplines through curriculum application content from NASA, hands-on experiential opportunities in their classrooms, and field trips involving interaction with professionals in STEM fields.The STEM Expo will provide an opportunity to expose members of the greater Dunbar High School community to STEM Education and to help them gain an appreciation for the critical need to prepare the next generation to enter into the increasing number of career opportunities in the STEM disciplines.
Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Adam Saltsman knows a few things about movement in video games. As the game designer behind Canabalt, he arguably created the endless runner genre that now dominates mobile phones. So when Saltsman calls Vanquish the “Speed Racer of video games” in an epic piece of games criticism, you should pay attention.Now that Vanquish is available on PC, I’m not quite convinced it stands up to the one film so far that’s been amazing and reality-warping enough to earn a Game of the Year award. However, Platinum’s blistering Japanese action take on the Western third-person shooter is still slick, stylish, surreal, and superb enough to take home a Game of the Year award of its own.AdChoices广告Along with the folks who brought us games like Bayonetta and The Wonderful 101, Vanquish was directed by Shinji Mikami, the man who reinvented third-person shooters with Resident Evil 4. However, while the Western games industry took RE4’s innovations in their own measured, gritty directions, Vanquish feels like a direct rebuke to those trends. Resident Evil 4 had its share of goofy moments, political drama, and ridiculous action spectacles, but Vanquish makes it look like a dour walking simulator in comparison.Let’s start with the story, since this won’t take long. The disturbingly prescient story takes place during a conflict between tech-savvy Russians and an America governed by basically Hillary Clinton. It’s not quite Metal Gear (or Metal Wolf Chaos) absurdity, but it’s close. Players control DARPA operative Sam Gideon traveling with a gaggle of soldiers gruff beyond the point of parody. And oh hey Steve Blum is here playing another Platinum character with a weaponized arm after his starring role in MadWorld.This heightened, guns-blazing world is the perfect backdrop for Vanquish’s bullet ballet. The general gameplay loop of moving from covered-filled area to area blasting varied robot enemies vaguely resembles any other third-person shooter. However, thanks to the ludicrous anime abilities of their Casshern-esque robot suit, how players approach these battles turn Vanquish into something else entirely.At any given you a moment, you can slide on your knees and boost forward. It’s fast, looks awesome, helps you cover ground, and lets you chain together the rest of the game’s mobility-centric combat options. Flipping in a direction and immediately aiming slows down time. You may think this is just a standard bullet-time mechanic but the real beauty is in finding unexpected opportunities to use the skill. Hop over cover and squeeze off headshots with your assault rifle while you are still in mid-air. Boost to slide under a big boss and unload your shotgun in its weak spots. Avoid a hail of laser blasts and finish off an opponent with a powerful melee strike.As you bend the battlefield to your will, you feel all-powerful. But like any good Platinum game, it takes skill to reach that state. Many of your abilities are governed by cooldowns. If you get too hot your momentum will halt. The game also isn’t shy about throwing waves of enemies at you, big and small foot soldiers, multiple bosses, and flying transports can all drop in at once on harder difficulties. In it’s crazier moments, it almost feels like the 2016 Doom reboot, except Vanquish originally debuted in 2010.You can choose to play the game like a traditional Gear of War-style shooter, hiding behind cover and shooting only when it’s safe. But that’s slow and boring and actively feels against what the game and its vague scoring system want you to do. Vanquish wants you to dash around with abandon. It wants you to risk overheating with every new combo. It wants you to scan and upgrade all of its morphing guns. It wants you to crash the Russian robots’ secret dance party.Sad but unsurprisingly, a game this singular didn’t find an audience at launch. There were too many other shooters, and they were easier to wrap their heads around. They also had more perceived value since Vanquish’s focus on arcade replayability means it’s short and lacks multiplayer. Even other Platinum games at the time got more love. Bayonetta had its iconic titular character while MadWorld stood out on the Wii as a violent title with a striking art style.However, continuing Saltsman’s Speed Racer metaphor, eventually more folks realized how wrong they were about Vanquish and turned the game until a cult hit. That culminated with this PC release, which removes the technical limitations of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions while opening the game up to a wider audience.For my money, the best release from Platinum Games is still Bayonetta 2. But that game remains imprisoned on the Wii U, so we should still celebrate the increased availability of one of the Japanese developer’s other fantastic action games. Plus, Vanquish’s gonzo mix and reinterpretation of cross-cultural shooter tropes makes it a bit more interesting to me compared to Bayonetta just furthering the Devil May Cry legacy, albeit in a spectacular way. Plus, Vanquish has a button just for smoking. It’s the Game of the Year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year! Stay on target
Stay on target “Moo-ve” over, Tinder. A new dating app, which helps farmers match up potential partners for their cattle, is making users swipe right.Launched just in time for Valentine’s Day, Tudder (a portmanteau of “Tinder” and “udder”) lets farmers connect cows with bulls for breeding purposes.When farmers swipe right on cattle they’re interested in, they are directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy, according to Reuters.Information such as milk yield and protein content, or calving potential, will also be available to users, Doug Bairner, CEO of Hectare Agritech which runs SellMyLivestock (SML) and Graindex, a UK-based online agritech trading platform, told Reuters.“Matching livestock online is even easier than it is to match humans because there’s a huge amount of data that sits behind these wonderful animals that predicts what their offspring will be,” Bairner said.Tudder currently features profiles of cows and bulls representing 42,000 farms in the UK. (Photo Credit: Tudder)The app currently features profiles of cows and bulls representing 42,000 farms in the United Kingdom, according to The Guardian.“The app … seeks to unite sheepish farm animals with their soulmates,” the app description on the App Store reads. “Playing the role of moo-pid, farmers can download the app, and through their phone swipe right for yes and left for no in the search for the perfect match.”One cattle farmer and Tudder user, James Bridger, told Reuters the app helps ease transport stress for animals and may rival traditional markets. “You’ve got all this data of its background and everything which if you’re at a market you might not have had the time to go through for every single random animal.”According to Bairner, SellMyLivestock has listed over $64 million of livestock, feed and bedding for sale in the last year. With advances in precision spraying, automated dairy units, and genetic science, Bairner hopes to dispel notions that farmers are stuck in the past.“Despite the rest of the world’s view of farming, it’s actually very technologically driven.”More on Geek.com:Tinder for Foodies: Samsung Turns Smart Fridge Into Dating ServiceIs This the World’s Smallest Cow?Cow Wearable Helps Aussie Farmers Track Livestock Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherSneaky Snake Causes Power Outage in Kentucky Neighborhood
July 18, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. When Microsoft announced its next generation gaming console in May, it billed the device as the one-box solution for all your entertainment needs. Now, the Bellevue, Wash.-based Windows maker has another sales pitch aimed at small business: Xbox One isn’t just for playing Halo and Hulu — wink, nudge. It’s also a serious tool for business.This claim, however, feels a little far-fetched.Positioning the console’s capabilities as an array of tenuous presentation solutions, Microsoft claims “it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense.” Seriously? Here, I’ve outlined some of the device’s capabilities and some simple reasons why I don’t think they’re up to snuff for business users.Skype: Microsoft’s 2011 purchase of Skype let the company bake video conferencing into Xbox One, allowing multi-person chatting, with a wide-angle 1080p lens for collaborative meetings and presentations.It sounds handy, and will probably be seamless to use, but the console’s $500 price tag is a lot more than the free Google Hangout service that many small businesses already use.Related: Major Microsoft Shakeup Seeks to Revive Struggling Tech GiantSkyDrive: By stitching SkyDrive, a cloud storage service and app, into Xbox One, Microsoft gives the device true business-friendly potential. But in light of the PRISM scandal, some users are looking for more secure solutions, such as office-hosted cloud spaces. I’d much rather serve up a presentation from a physical flash drive, especially if I don’t want it leaking out into the world.Wi-Fi Direct: A protocol that allows devices to connect to each other via secure wireless networking, Wi-Fi Direct has some potential. But Microsoft recommends using it with a SmartGlass-enabled device — like a Windows phone or tablet — to send PowerPoint presentations to your conference room television via your new Xbox One.Translation: toss your perfectly fine, existing solution and buy an Xbox One and a Surface tablet. Sounds counterintuitive to me.Internet Explorer: The new console will come with Internet Explorer, so Microsoft reasons, “If you host clients at your home, use the power of IE and the size of your TV to showcase your new redesigned website.”Technologically, this will work, but it will be little help in making Xbox One a taxable business deduction. While property like cars can be split between business and personal expenses, owners can only deduct the percentage used for work. So, if you’re going to deduct your Xbox, plan on keeping a mileage log for your Need for Speed Rivals games.Office Web Apps: Internet Explorer gives users access to Microsoft Office’s Web Apps. Pair it with Kinect’s movement-based controls, and “now you’re free of clickers and light pens to use your hands to for more expressive gestures,” Microsoft says.Unless, of course, you have a habit of talking with your hands. Because then you’ll be flailing around like a Fruit Ninja player trying to get back to your slides. And giving users access to Microsoft Office’s Web Apps begs the question of why there aren’t real Office for Xbox apps, if this is truly a small-business presentation tool.Future Applications: Ah, the promise of promise. “The app story of Xbox One has yet to be written,” says the pitch, “therefore it is entirely possible to find apps down the road that could be of benefit for you and your business.” Skype when you get there, Microsoft. I’m betting the cost will have dropped by then, too.Related: Major Microsoft Shakeup Seeks to Revive Struggling Tech Giant Register Now »