Daily Archives: December 10, 2016

Nobel Museum Partners With HTC Vive To Launch First VR Exhibit

“Exploring Matter” launches February 2017 at the Nobel Museum Exhibition in Dubai and as a free VR app on Viveport

STOCKHOLM, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Coinciding with Nobel Week commemorating the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, HTC Corporation and the Nobel Museum have announced a partnership to create the first virtual reality experience showcasing the contributions of Nobel laureates. The VR experience “Exploring Matter” takes viewers on a journey through time and space to bring discoveries from some of the greatest cosmologists and physicists to life through VR.

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The Nobel Museum and HTC Vive are creating the virtual reality app for a Vive VR exhibit at the Nobel Museum Exhibition in Dubai in February 2017. The VR exhibit will also be shown in the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, and available globally as a free app on Viveport, HTC’s VR app store.

“The Nobel Museum is extremely happy about the collaboration with HTC regarding the development of a VR experience where the Nobel Prize in physics will be visualized,” said Dr. Olov Amelin, Director of the Nobel Museum.

The Nobel Prize is an institution that is entirely based on recognizing great contributions to humanity. Naturally, winners of the Nobel Prize are among those who have advanced our knowledge of the universe. Among Nobel’s greatest laureates are those recognized in physics and the science of space for their discoveries behind the Big Bang, the Aurora Borealis, the Sun’s fusion process, gravitational waves and radio waves. The experience being developed for Vive will highlight these five areas and take people through a virtual reality tour of space and time.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the Nobel Museum as they join virtual reality ecosystem, recognizing the power of VR to deliver memorable and lasting experiences,” said Rikard Steiber, President of Viveport and SVP of VR at HTC. “We believe that the mysteries of space and physics can best be explained when you experience the breakthrough achievements of Nobel Prize winners in VR – imagine being there when the Big Bang happens, or view the Northern Lights up close.”

The initiative with the Nobel Museum is the latest in HTC Vive’s effort to bring VR to art, education and culture. HTC recently collaborated with TIME-LIFE on “Remembering Pearl Harbor,” a VR experience commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack with exhibitions at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City and the Newsuem in Washington D.C. Last month, Vive collaborated with the Royal Academy of Arts in London on the world’s first 3-D printed VR art exhibit. HTC has also partnered on a new VR center coming this year to La Geode, part of Paris’ Science and Industry Museum.

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The International Cheer Union Receives Provisional Recognition by International Olympic Committee

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Dec. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The International Cheer Union (ICU) today expressed its appreciation to the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its decision this week providing provisional recognition to the ICU.

International Cheer Union Logo

International Cheer Union Logo.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in the United States, the ICU began its journey to be recognized six years ago when it first applied to the IOC. The ICU’s mission is to positively advance cheerleading throughout the world. The organization has steadily built its membership and now has 110 National Cheer Federation members.

“The IOC’s actions have created a monumental milestone for cheerleading. We are truly honored to receive this recognition by the Executive Board of the IOC,” said Jeff Webb, President of the International Cheer Union. “This decision will greatly assist us as we strive to create opportunities for healthy participation and competition for millions of Cheer athletes worldwide.”

“It is with great pride that we learned of the IOC’s decision,” said Karl Olson, ICU’s Secretary General. “We’re truly honored as this represents an important opportunity to continue working to evolve cheerleading on a global scale.”

The ICU has developed educational training programs for athletes, coaches and officials and has been instrumental in creating standardized rules, as well as safety programs and regulations.  In conjunction with its National Federation members, the ICU organizes and supports continental and regional competitions throughout the year, culminating in an annual World Championship, with the 2016 event topping over 10,000 athletes from 70 countries. The 2017 World Championship will take place in April in Orlando, Florida.

About The International Cheer Union
The International Cheer Union (ICU) was formed as the non-profit international governing entity whose mission is to advance cheerleading on a global scale. With over 100 member nations, the ICU represents all geographical areas where cheerleading exists. The ICU promotes healthy competition, rule development and education for athletes, coaches, and parents. More information can be found on www.cheerunion.org. Photography and b-roll video available upon request.

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Bahraini Defence Minister Discusses cooperation with US, German Counterparts

Manama, – Bahraini Defence Minister Lt. General Yusef bin Ahmed Al Jalahma met his US counterpart Ashton Carter, who takes part in the 12th edition of Manama Dialogue, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the deep-rooted relations between the two countries.

He also met with his German counterpart Dr. Ursula von der Leyen and discussed with his her bilateral cooperation. (

Source: Qatar News Agency

Bahraini Defence Minister Discusses cooperation with US, German Counterparts

Manama, – Bahraini Defence Minister Lt. General Yusef bin Ahmed Al Jalahma met his US counterpart Ashton Carter, who takes part in the 12th edition of Manama Dialogue, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

Talks during the meeting dealt with the deep-rooted relations between the two countries.

He also met with his German counterpart Dr. Ursula von der Leyen and discussed with his her bilateral cooperation. (

Source: Qatar News Agency

At Least 45 Killed in Nigeria Twin Suicide Attacks

Abuja, – Two female suicide bombers killed 45 people and wounded 33 others when they detonated their explosives in a crowded market in Nigeria’s restive northeast, the emergency service has said.

“From our updated records we have 45 dead and 33 injured in the twin suicide bomb explosions in Madagali,” said Sa’ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Adamawa state.

“The two bombers who (were) disguised as customers, detonated their suicide belts at the section of the market selling grains and second-hand clothing,” media reports quoted Yusuf Muhammad, the chairman of Madagali local government, as saying.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility the blasts bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Chinese Ships Enter Japan’s Waters

Tokyo, – Three Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Japan’s NHK World reported.

The vessels were spotted off Uotsuri Island, and navigated in Japanese waters for about 90 minutes before leaving by around noon.

The three ships were later observed navigating in the contiguous zone just outside the territorial waters, about 26 kilometers southwest of Uotsuri Island.

The Coast Guard repeatedly warned the vessels not to enter Japanese waters.

This is the 35th day this year that Chinese patrol ships have entered Japanese waters. Their last incursion was on December 5th.

Japan’s government said the Senkaku Islands are the nation’s inherent territory.

Japan controls the islands, which are claimed by China and Taiwan.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Turkish Deputy PM: PKK ‘likely’ Involved in Istanbul Attack

Ankara, – The PKK r group is “most likely” to have been involved in Saturday’s deadly attack Istanbul, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has said Sunday.

“Signs point to PKK,” Anadolu News Agency (AA) quoted Kurtulmus as saying.

“The target was the police officers,” Kurtulmus said, recalling that a car bomb was detonated outside a football stadium in Istanbul’s Besiktas district two hours after a Turkish football league match between Besiktas and Bursaspor.

An explosive weighing around 300 kilograms was used in the bomb attack according to bomb experts, Kurtulmus indicated.

Source: Qatar News Agency