He’s unbelievable: Andre Russell’s six-hitting prowess floors Kuldeep Yadav and Jacques Kallis

first_imgHe’s unbelievable: Andre Russell’s six-hitting prowess floors Kuldeep Yadav and Jacques KallisIPL 2019: Andre Russell’s KKR teammate Kuldeep Yadav and head coach Jacques Kallis are in awe of the West Indian superstar’s six-hitting prowess. In this season of the Indian Premier League, Russell has hit 25 sixes in 6 matches.advertisement India Today Web Desk KolkataApril 11, 2019UPDATED: April 11, 2019 20:16 IST Andre Russell has hit 25 sixes from the first six games for KKR in IPL 2019 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndre Russell has hit 25 sixes in 6 matches for KKR in the 2019 Indian Premier LeagueRussell’s KKR teammate Kuldeep Yadav said he has never seen anyone bat like thisKKR coach Jacques Kallis said Andre Russell has an all-round gameAndre Russell has captured the imagination of the entire cricket world with his six-hitting capabilties. In the 2018 Indian Premier League, he smashed 31 sixes in 16 matches. This year, he has already hit 25 sixes from 6 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders – overall, in 56 IPL matches, Andre Russell has hit a staggering 93 sixes.These are unbelievable numbers. Kuldeep Yadav, KKR’s lead spinner and Jacques Kallis, KKR coach, say they have never seen anyone hit sixes so consistently. This season, Andre Russell has hit sixes at will and has dug Kolkata Knight Riders out of choppy waters consistently.Kallis, one of the finest batsmen of his generation, said what impressed him most about Andre Russell was that he could hit sixes so consistently and yet play a watchful innings like the one against Chennai Super Kings.”He was a little bit more subdued against CSK. He has got both games. He sums up the game very well,” Kallis told India Today.Asked whether he had ever seen anyone bat the way Andre Russell has in the 2019 IPL, Kallis said: “Not as consistently, four or five times in a row.”Kuldeep Yadav said he has never seen anyone bat like thisNever seen anyone bat like this. Have seen Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) bat but hitting so many sixes is unbelievable,” Kuldeep Yadav told India Today. “This is a good sign for us and we are very lucky he is in our team.”Also Read | India will be silly not to pick Dinesh Karthik in 2019 World Cup squad: Jacques KallisAlso Read | Self-doubt creeps in when I don’t pick wickets, like in this IPL: Kuldeep YadavadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Kuldeep YadavFollow Andre RussellFollow KKRFollow Kolkata Knight RidersFollow Jacques Kallislast_img read more

Long-Distance Sportsmanship | Ultrarunning

first_imgLong-Distance Sportsmanship | UltrarunningIndia’s ultrarunners are covering impossible distances and discovering a new endurance.advertisement Next Shail Desai New Delhi October 11, 2019 ISSUE DATE: October 21, 2019UPDATED: October 11, 2019 12:55 IST The running men Ashish Kasodekar with a crew member at the La Ultra in August; and (below) runners at the Himalayan Crossing in Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti Valley.To finish a marathon, you’d have to run all of 42.195 km. While this can be daunting for most, the distance is now passé for some. In ultrarunning, the definition of endurance has been stretched to new extremes. In August, three ultrarunners set a new benchmark. They ran a staggering 555 km at the 10th edition of La Ultra, overcoming the thin air of Ladakh and climbing over 17,400 ft on five occasions.One of the finishers was Ashish Kasodekar from Pune. The 48-year-old, who runs a travel company, worked double shifts to pull off a weekly mileage of about 160 km: “It wasn’t enough, but races like these are more of a mental game. And it’s vital to pay attention to nutrition and recovery.” To endure the long and winding distance, and to suffer nature’s tribulations, conserving the body is key. From freezing blizzards and extreme heat to rollercoaster trails of dust, sand and gravel, runners prepare for the worst. It explains why, at times, the gear in tow seems like a walk-in wardrobe, ready for anything thrown at them. Rest and sleep are vital to keep hallucinations at bay.”Every race is different. What I learnt from the last one may not be applicable for the next. Over time, you realise you are mostly competing with yourself,” says Amit Kumar, who started running in ultras in 2018, but had taken up running when he joined the Indian navy decades ago. As part of training, it isn’t uncommon to experiment with things outside of running, such as meditation. “You have to break down the total distance into smaller units; only then is it possible to finish such races,” says Dr Rajat Chauhan, a sports medicine doctor and race director of La Ultra.advertisement Though an Indian team has been competing abroad for the past few years, most runners in India are running only part-time for now. Ultrarunner Lt Cdr Abhinav Jha, for instance, works with the special forces in the navy, but had represented India at the IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners) 100 km World Championships held last year in Croatia. “I was selected in the team on the basis of my performance at the Kuching Ultra, but had to spend my own money to go to Malaysia,” he says.Most, however, swear they line up at the start line to spiritually connect with themselves. “It’s like a rebirth of sorts. These challenges make me very humble,” says Nischint Katoch, who still looks forward to the battering handed out by the brutal Solang SkyUltra, even after having run every edition. For Katoch and others, there is no real finish line.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansallast_img read more

Gov’t Lowers Debt Servicing Costs

first_imgThe Government’s sustained efforts at debt reduction are bearing fruit, with the lowering of debt servicing costs by 30.9 per cent this year, from $325.9 billion to $225.2 billion. This major reduction has also narrowed the debt as a percentage of the budget from 54 per cent to 43 per cent. “It is this reduction in the debt servicing costs that has enabled us, even in this difficult year, to allocate badly needed financial resources to social services, and for the protection of the poor and most vulnerable in our society,” said Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips. The Finance Minister was opening the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 18, under the theme, ‘Restoring Hope-Expanding Opportunity’. Dr. Phillips said reducing the country’s debt will boost activities in areas critical to nation’s development. “The need to repay the debt diverts money away from the necessary investments in development. Last fiscal year, debt servicing amounted to $325.9 billion or 54 per cent of the budget. This was, by far, the largest allocation in the budget and it diverted resources from critical sectors such as health, education, road infrastructure, etcetera,” he stated. He noted further that having a high debt burden reduces a country’s ability to access international capital markets at reasonable rates. “In the same way that a banker only lends to those assessed with having the ability to repay, similarly a country, which seems unlikely to be able to repay, will not get access to loans… Highly indebted countries are not only denied access to international capital markets, but to local capital markets as well, unless they are willing to pay exorbitant rates of interest,” he noted. Dr. Phillips noted further that reducing the burden of the public debt is vital “if we are going to enable future generations to realise their dreams and aspirations and to fulfill the vision of the founding fathers and mothers”. “Unless we do this we will have forfeited the dreams of past and future generations,” he added. By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jamaica Committed To Disaster Risk Management – McKenzie

first_img He pointed out that Jamaica’s efforts are in recognition of the important link between reducing disaster risks and achieving the development objectives. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says Jamaica will adhere to the guidelines of the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management. The key objective of the framework is to achieve a substantial reduction of disaster risks and loss of lives, livelihood and health as well as preserving the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says Jamaica will adhere to the guidelines of the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Management.He made the commitment while speaking at the three-day Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas conference, held in Cartagena, Colombia, from June 19 to 21.“Jamaica is serious about the business of disaster risk management and the strengthening of the partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to build greater levels of resilience as a nation,” said Mr. McKenzie.He pointed out that Jamaica’s efforts are in recognition of the important link between reducing disaster risks and achieving the development objectives.The three-day conference was organised to allow government, non-governmental and private organisations to share their experiences and chart the way forward as they work together to implement the Sendai Framework approved in 2015.The Framework is a 15-year voluntary agreement (2015-2030) that recognises that respective states have the primary responsibility to reduce disaster risks, but that responsibility should also be shared with other stakeholders, including local government and the private sector.The key objective of the framework is to achieve a substantial reduction of disaster risks and loss of lives, livelihood and health as well as preserving the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Expansion on Horizon for Dartmouthbased Cherubini Metal Works

first_imgOne of Atlantic Canada’s largest steel fabrication companies is expanding its operations and creating new jobs with support from the province. The province, through NSBI, is providing a $15.1-million term loan as part of jobsHere, Nova Scotia’s economic growth plan. “The province is proud to work with companies like Cherubini that are making important investments to compete on a global stage,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This investment will increase the company’s capacity to take on more projects, helping create high-value jobs and grow the economy. That’s what jobsHere is all about.” The company is investing $4 million in the expansion project. Cherubini’s plans include increasing the size of its Woodside facility and constructing a second facility nearby. This expansion will further the company’s growth into civil structure fabrication, which includes projects such as tidal turbine pieces and large duct systems. It will bring manufacturing capabilities to Cherubini, and to the province, that hadn’t existed here. “Cherubini has worked hard to become a global competitor in the manufacturing industry from right here in Nova Scotia,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “With a clear goal to take on more projects, the company is committed to increasing productivity, and becoming more innovative and competitive.” Cherubini currently employs 151 workers. With the expansion, the company could, potentially, grow to a workforce of 274 employees. “This expansion, along with the support of the province, is helping us take our company to the next level of growth,” said Stephen Ross, general manager of Cherubini Metal Works Ltd. “Our goal is to continue to be a niche competitor in export markets worldwide while remaining a strong company here at home.” Operating since 1967, Cherubini specializes in fabricating bridgework and large-project heavy civil structures. The company sells its products to customers in the United States, Caribbean and other Canadian provinces. “Goods and services produced in Nova Scotia need to compete with the best in the world,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “Cherubini is a great example of a company whose work internationally is helping put this province on the map.” Beginning as a small metal fabrication plant almost 45 years ago, Cherubini Metal Works now generates annual sales in excess of $45 million. Cherubini’s production facilities use advanced computer numerically controlled fabrication equipment to produce high-quality heavy and light structural steel, bridges, platework, pressure vessels, transmission towers and miscellaneous fabrications in Canada and around the world. Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia’s private-sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps businesses in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through trade development, financing and venture capital. For more information, visit www.nsbi.ca and follow online at www.nsbi.ca/connect .last_img read more

Helping youth avoid the bad path

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe number of kids in the Northwest Territories who are using drugs and alcohol is on the rise.How to curb that increase has long been discussed, but there has been little success.APTN National News reporter Wayne Rivers fins one school in Yellowknife that is trying program to steer young students to a healthier, happier path.last_img

Even small companies may be able to cut Amazonlike deals

first_imgNEW YORK — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a good deal on real estate.Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on rent or taxes. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost.Even the smallest and newest businesses may be able to negotiate, says Seth Kaplowitz, who teaches real estate courses at San Diego State University. For example, a young doctor or dentist willing to start a practice in an area that needs more medical or dental services may be able to get financial help in buying and/or setting up an office.Small businesses can also band together and negotiate as a bloc, Kaplowitz says.“They can say, ‘this is what we’re bringing to the downtown. What can you do to help us?’” he says.Amazon, which plans headquarters in New York’s Long Island City section and Arlington, Virginia, each employing 25,000 people, won a promise from New York officials for at least $2.8 billion in tax credits and grants and expects $573 million in breaks from Virginia. Amazon, which is moving into a formerly industrial boat basin in New York, pledged money to fund job training programs for public housing residents, provide space for a new school and pay into a city fund that will be used for projects that benefit the community, Mayor Bill de Blasio says.When businesses that cater to consumers are looking to rent, they can get favourable leasing terms and help with renovations and repairs if they have an attractive or unique brand that’s likely to draw shoppers or other businesses to a neighbourhood or small shopping centre. A retailer or service provider who offers “something nobody else has in the neighbourhood” will appeal to a landlord, Kaplowitz says.Owners are also likely to get a better deal in a neighbourhood that’s been depressed but is showing signs of turning around.But even companies that cater to other businesses can get a deal. If they are willing to rent in a building that’s sat empty for some time, landlords are likely to make more concessions.Owners need to first figure out if they want to buy or rent. If they’re interested in buying, they should consider if the business is likely to outgrow a property within a few years? And if it does, is it feasible to add on to the space?Owning a building means being responsible for its upkeep. Does the owner have the time or available staffers to deal with maintenance and emergencies? And financial resources for unexpected expenses like damage from severe weather?Does the business have predictable or stable cash flow? If it does, buying may be best, Kaplowitz says.“If you’re going to be around for a while, you want to own,” he says. “If you’re willing to wait out the up and down cycles, ownership is the way to travel.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Escalating violence in Iraq prompts UN aid official to call for urgent

At least 315,000 people have fled their homes in the past seven or eight months, driven by military operations or sectarian violence that has escalated since a key Shiite shrine in Samarra was bombed in February, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland told a press briefing in Geneva.Armed sectarian militias and death squads murder an average of 100 people every day, he added, noting that no segment of society was immune.“These are police and their recruits, these are judges, these are lawyers, these are journalists, and there are increasingly women,” he said. “And the latter group is particularly targeted for so-called honour killings… Revenge killings seem now to be totally out of control.”There are now thought to be 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Iraq, as well as an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million Iraqi refugees in neighbouring countries. Each day as many as 2,000 people cross the border into Syria as the trend accelerates.Mr. Egeland said the rising numbers of refugees means Iraq is experienced a serious ‘brain drain,’ with reports indicating some universities and hospitals in Baghdad have lost up to 80 per cent of their professional staff. In total, a third or more of Iraqi professionals are estimated to have left their country in recent years.“Our appeal goes to everybody who can influence the violence, who can curb the violence. Religious leaders, ethnic leaders [and] cultural leaders have to see that this has spiralled totally out of control – Sunnis being pressured out of Shia areas, Shias out of Sunni areas. Exchanges of people in the tens of thousands are happening.“That means that those who remain as minorities in areas with such ‘ethnic engineering,’ as some call it, become increasingly vulnerable. And you have then an accelerating trend of mass movement of people. It has to stop and all of those who can influence it must do their utmost to stop it.”Mr. Egeland, who is also the UN’s Emergency Relief Coordinator, called for more funding – either from donors or from government budget surpluses – for the world body’s humanitarian programmes inside Iraq, which cover areas ranging from water and sanitation to food distribution. read more

Car production rises in November

Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: CV output volume up six per cent in November Export growth up 25 per cent for the month, 27.3 per cent over year-to-November Rolling year to November up 26,218 units to 211,463 Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘The recovery in CV demand throughout Europe has had a positive effect on UK production facilities. They have clearly been up to the challenge, delivering state-of-the-art vehicles throughout the EU. CVs produced for home markets remain broadly stable compared to 2003, reflecting the use of the UK as a positive outlet for new home produced vans and trucks. We still expect to meet the 2004 forecast for 210,000 units manufactured in the UK.’ Initial car production figures are in the table below. Further details on all sectors are attached.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows: Total UK car production rose 4.5 per cent in NovemberHighest November output since 20001.65 million cars will have left UK production lines by the end of 2004 SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘This year’s performance demonstrates the resilience of UK car production since the period of restructuring at the turn of the decade. Our nine volume manufacturers are now on track to produce 1.65 million cars this year and similar volumes in 2005. Growth this year has largely focused on production for export, demonstrating the value and strength of UK manufacturing in a competitive global market. Seven out of every 10 cars made in the UK are destined for export and we expect this trend to continue in 2005.’ Robust growth in CV exports to Europe Car production rises in November read more

Supreme Court allegations of ministerial corruption should not be struck out on

first_imgA SUPREME COURT judge has said that if the allegations contained in the report of the Moriarty Tribunal were to be established in an Irish court, they would be the most serious factual determinations since the foundation of the State.Delivered by Justice Frank Clarke, the remarks were included in a Supreme Court ruling which will allow two unsuccessful bidders for Ireland’s second mobile phone licence to challenge the State’s decision to grant it to Esat Digifone in 1995.The three presiding judges cleared the way for the appeals, citing public interest and the unique and distinguishable nature of the case as relevant factors.The losing competitors allege that money was paid by Esat Digifone’s Denis O’Brien both directly and indirectly to the then-Minister for Public Enterprise Michael Lowry during the competition process.Chief Justice Susan Denham ruled that the balance of justice is in favour of the case proceeding. She said she came to the decision after taking a number of factors into account, including the fact that “these proceedings make serious allegations of corruption by a Minister of the Government – not a matter which should be struct out on a technicality but which should be addressed in a full hearing in open court.”“In submissions it was argued by the State that the appellants’ actions were not in the public interest, but were private commercial interests. However, this is not a case between private companies, rather it involves allegations of corruption by a Minister of State. There is a public interest in determining such a claim of corruption in high office. It is a matter of public interest as to whether a Minister of Government corrupted a State process. This is an important aspect of the case.Denham mention of a technicality refers to the State’s motions to dismiss the proceedings on the grounds of inordinate and inexcusable delay. Those orders were originally perfected by the High Court in 2007 but overturned by the Supreme Court in July.Covert and concealed wrongdoingBecause of the unique nature of the case, the judges sided with Persona and Comcast who argued the delay in bringing forward proceedings was excusable and legitimate because they were waiting for developments at the Moriarty Tribunal. They believe they could not have formulated a statement of claim without the details which emerged during the nine-year probe.The three-judge court said the case brought up a question of “covert wrongdoing”, which is unusual when compared to most other civil suits in which the plaintiff can plead their own case.“Persons injured in accidents, whether on the roads or in the workplace, will normally be able to give a reasonable account of how the accident occurred…,” Justice Clarke said. “The problem with covert wrongdoing is, of course that it is covert. A person who suffers from covert wrongdoing may have little or no direct knowledge of the wrongdoing.”“The allegation made is of highly covert activity,” added Clarke.Justice Fennelly said that while ordinarily he would have been inclined to dismiss the claims of all plaintiffs on the grounds of an inordinate and inexcusable delay, the present case is distinguishable.They have “convincingly argued” that any private litigant – without the investigative powers of the Moriarty Tribunal – would not have been able to uncover the materials necessary to make their claims.“As Hardiman says in his judgement, ‘the corruption alleged in this case was covert, devious and concealed’.”Chief Justice Denham added that the case provided an exception to the rule that plaintiffs should not be able to decide unilaterally not to proceed a case for a particular time and reason.Reaction from Lowry and O’BrienAlthough the Supreme Court decision was revealed during the summer, the reasoning behind it was published for the first time today.In July, both Lowry and O’Brien welcomed the ruling.The Tipperary deputy said that he has “always advocated” that a court of law is the “proper forum to critically probe the process” which led to the licence being granted.“Shortly after the licence was granted and the losing consortia started a campaign to undermine the process, I as then Minister invited and encouraged the losing bidders to seek a judicial review of the process,” continued Lowry. “They declined that request.”I welcome the fact that 17 years later the Supreme Court is granting them the opportunity to have that decision tested in law…I am happy that the losing consortia’s court challenge will be governed by strict rules of evidence where facts must be established, where the sworn evidence of those who know the facts such as more than 17 civil servants and all others involved in the process will have to be accurately adjudicated on to the exclusion of hearsay and opinion.Lowry concluded that the claims about how the licence was awarded are “without merit or substance” and “should be vigorously defended by the State”.In a similarly worded statement, O’Brien said he is “absolutely satisfied” that the allegations being pursued will be “demonstrated to be devoid of evidence and substance”.He added that he welcomes the opportunity to fully defend all allegations made in relation to the licence competition process.Esat Digifone Limited won “for the very simple reason that it submitted the best bid”, according to O’Brien.The Moriarty ReportThe circumstances of the awarding of the licence was subject to scrutiny during the nine-year Moriarty Tribunal.In 2001, Comcast International Holdings Incorporated and Persona Digital Telephony Ltd brought actions against the State, Esat Digifone and its chairman Denis O’Brien.In 2007, the High Court stopped the cases because of inordinate and inexcusable delay in prosecuting them. However, lawyers for both consortia argued that they were entitled to wait until the Moriarty Tribunal report before proceeding.The Moriarty Report, published in March last year, criticised Lowry’s role in the awarding of the licence to Esat Digifone. Justice Michael Moriarty said that Lowry was far from a disinterested Minister who exerted “insidious and pervasive influence on the process”.Lowry, O’Brien welcome court ruling allowing challenge to mobile licence decisionlast_img read more

Big Brother Bientôt votre télévision vous regardera et vous écoutera

first_imgBig Brother: Bientôt, votre télévision vous regardera et vous écouteraEt si votre téléviseur était capable de vous entendre, d’analyser vos gestes et vos émotions pour vous pousser des publicités ciblés pendant que vous êtes affalé sur votre canapé. Inquiétant? C’est pourtant l’un des projets de l’opérateur américain Verizon. L’opérateur Verizon serait sur le point d’introduire un nouveau type de périphérique pour nos écrans de télévision, un boîtier qui “verrait” et “écouterait” les personnes postées devant leur écran. Étrange, surprenant, terrifiant…Une chose est sûre, c’est que la nouvelle ne laisse pas de marbre. Afin que les annonceurs ne se trompent pas de cibles lors des coupures pubs, certains n’hésitent pas à franchir des portes et à s’installer là où on ne les attendrait pas ! D’après le site FierceCable, l’opérateur Verizon aurait déposé un brevet, en mai 2011, pour un dispositif se plaçant à l’arrière d’un écran de télévision. Muni de capteurs audio et optique, il pourrait “voir” et “entendre” les personnes se plaçant devant lui, sur un certain rayon de perception. Il pourrait ainsi réagir à vos rires, vos discussions. Il serait également capable de déterminer si vous êtes en train de manger, de passer l’aspirateur. Le dispositif pourrait discerner également la couleur de la peau ou l’accent des personnes captées dans son champ. Mais pourquoi faire ?Vous parlez vacances, la publicité vous propose une offre de voyageOn dit souvent que l’argent est le nerf de la guerre, et, une fois encore, c’est ici le cas : le téléviseur “absorberait” l’ambiance de la pièce pour personnaliser les publicités passant à l’écran. Annonces de voyages quand l’entourage parle de tourisme, une conversation romantique en tête à tête et l’écran plat propose de commander des roses par correspondance…De nombreuses possibilités, et un vaste champs d’application pour ce “Big Brother” publicitaire qui, enfin, ne passerait pas une réclame pour un repas diététique quand le spectateur s’engouffre son bol de chips entre deux épisodes de son feuilleton préféré.Le gros lot pour les annonceurs Pour les annonceurs, la poule aux œufs d’or que représente ce dispositif est une véritable innovation. Les bénéfices sur les campagnes seraient autrement plus substantielles, et les stratégies beaucoup plus affinées. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais qui voudrait introduire un tel être numérique dans son foyer, dans son salon, qui ne ferait que scruter et écouter tout ce que l’environnement personnel et confidentiel peut produire ? Si la réponse peut paraître évidente, de nombreuses stratégies peuvent entourer l’utilisation de ce genre de produits et jouer avec son image ou les avantage l’accompagnant, comme le fait de prendre en charge totalement l’installation audio/Vidéo de la maison ou l’abonnement Internet.Plus les publicitaires connaîtront et comprendront leurs publics, plus la stratégie deviendra efficace ! Et dans ce tableau d’ensemble, le “Big Brother” de Verizon est le Saint Graal de tous les annonceurs de la planète, un outil unique qui entre dans un espace jusqu’ici réservé. Et si Verizon arrive au bout de son projet, vous ne regarderez plus la télé comme avant. Le 6 décembre 2012 à 17:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Astronauts Swap Soyuz Spacecraft’s ‘Parking Spot’ at Space Station

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSISS Astronauts Study What Happens to Concrete Mixed in Space Stay on target Astronauts took a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a brief “ride” around the International Space Station (ISS) and relocated it to another docking port on Aug. 25.According to NASA, the “Sunday drive” in space involved Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov manually flying the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to its new “parking spot,” which is located on the orbiting laboratory’s top-mounted Poisk module, Space.com reported. Space station crew members completed this move to make space for an unpiloted Soyuz spaceship that aborted its docking attempt due to locking issues on Saturday, said a NASA press release.Successful relocation! At 11:59pm ET, the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft was docked to the Poisk module of the @Space_Station. This move frees the port for an uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft to execute a second docking attempt Monday night. Get more details: https://t.co/PZBa5FweKJ pic.twitter.com/7BBPER7s5g— NASA (@NASA) August 26, 2019Skvortsov gently guided the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to the docking port at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano also joined Skvortsov on the 24-minute flight. The crew members arrived at the space station on July 20, and they will use the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft to travel back to our planet at the end of the year.Live now on @NASA TV, three Exp 60 crewmembers are in their Soyuz crew ship preparing to undock at 11:34pm ET and redock to another port at 11:59pm. https://t.co/yuOTrYN8CV pic.twitter.com/UhlTHIJpix— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 26, 2019Sunday’s docking port switch will enable the uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft, which is carrying a humanoid robot and 1,450 pounds of food and supplies, to safely “park” at the space station. On Saturday, the Soyuz spacecraft failed to dock at the space station due to a potential problem with an amplifier of a navigation system on the orbiting laboratory.A Russian Soyuz spacecraft will attempt a second docking on Monday at 11:12pm ET. Three station residents will first swap docking ports on Sunday at 11:59pm in another Soyuz crew ship. @NASA TV is broadcasting both events live. https://t.co/8WnuQM0mc1 pic.twitter.com/BzhID1s3E4— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) August 25, 2019Two days after the aborted dock operation, the Soyuz spacecraft is keeping a safe distance from the space station and waiting for its next parking attempt, which is expected to take place today at 11:12 p.m. EDT. NASA will livestream the event on its YouTube channel starting at 10:30 p.m. EDT.More on Geek.com:Russian Spacecraft Carrying Humanoid Robot Fails to Dock the ISSRussia Launches Humanoid Robot to ISSWatch Astronauts Spacewalk, Add Parking Spots to ISSlast_img read more

Dump truck and trailer crash blocks roadway

first_imgNo one was hurt, but traffic was blocked for much of the day, after a dump truck with a trailer careened off the roadway Thursday morning north of Battle Ground Lake.Officials responded to the crash, at the intersection of Northeast Kelly Road and Northeast Lucia Falls Road, around 10:30 a.m.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office said the truck and trailer were loaded and unable to stop. No one was injured.It took some time to remove the dump truck and trailer, and the roadway was blocked for several hours, the sheriff’s office said.last_img read more

Get fired up for the Fourth

first_imgEverybody knows that freedom isn’t free. Plenty have paid high prices to win you life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.What is free this year, however, is one of Vancouver’s main claims to fame: Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, the annual festival of music, food, fireworks and our own unique historical setting.Thanks to political and budget realities — the messy downsides of a functioning democracy — the event has slimmed down this year. It doesn’t cost to get in, but it’s not the daylong extravaganza it once was. That’s because host the Fort Vancouver National Trust has reviewed expenses and feedback from previous years, and decided to refocus on the main event: the rockets’ red glare and (harmless) bombs bursting in air.“The Trust recognized that the fireworks show is the element most valued by the community. We’re focusing on that — giving our audience what they most want,” said CEO and President Mike True.The fireworks will be just as glorious as ever, according to the Trust: launched at 10 p.m. from Pearson Field, synchronized to music and including some startling special effects, and reaching 500 feet high and 500 feet wide in the sky over the fort grounds and viewing area.But what used to be a long day of multiple entertainment zones, parades, tours, singing contests, family games, historical re-enactments and more is gone. Vehicle access will be restricted as of 8 a.m., and gates will be in place — but the event really is an evening one now, with music that begins at 6 p.m. The entertainment lineup is: The River Twain, Salsanova, the “45 Away” 234th Army Band, and the Nu Wavers.last_img read more

General Mills Announces Plans to Reduce Emissions from Agriculture

first_imgFood company General Mills announced this week that it would reduce its supply chain emissions to a target level by August 2015, and cited agriculture as the primary source of those emissions. The company said agriculture emissions “are the single largest source of emissions in our value chain. For this reason, we intend to focus our efforts on achieving agriculture emissions reductions and will include suppliers in the action plan.”In their announcement, General Mills cited a need to “limit the global mean temperature rise… in order to avoid permanently altering the atmosphere and negatively impacting the environmental, social and economic systems that sustain us – both today and in the future.” The company included several specific actions it will take, including: strengthening and expansion of Field to Market, sustainable sourcing, a water stewardship strategy, investment in plant breeding and technical assistance for farmers, and participation in efforts such as the Carbon Disclosure Project. The full announcement and list of planned actions can be viewed here.last_img read more

Crews working to repair water main on US 1 in Coral Gables

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – Cleanup crews are on the scene of a water main break in Coral Gables that temporarily shut down all southbound lanes on U.S. 1, Saturday.According to Coral Gables Police, the rupture occurred on the 1300 block of South Dixie Highway, near South Alhambra Circle, at around 10 a.m.The water flooded the street, causing officials to shut down all southbound lanes from South Alhambra Circle to Mariposa Court. By Saturday evening, all lanes had reopened to traffic.However, officials still advise drivers to seek an alternate route, as the repair work continues.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Superintendent Glenn Brand To Hold Community Meetings On October 1 3 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The upcoming Superintendent’s Parent/Community meetings will be an opportunity for the community to provide Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand with feedback about the Wilmington Public Schools. The Wilmington community is invited to attend these meetings, including community members who may not have children in the school system. Below are the dates, times and locations of the scheduled forums:October 1, 2018: 9:30am at the Woburn St. SchoolOctober 3, 2018: 6:30pm at Wilmington High SchoolOctober 16, 2018: 6:30pm at Shawsheen Elementary SchoolOctober 25, 2018: 6:30pm at Wilmington Middle School(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Public Schools.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security UpgradesIn “Education”last_img read more

Nirma raises Rs 4000 crore debt to fund Lafarge deal

first_imgDetergent major company Nirma on Thursday raised Rs. 4,000 crore debt to buy the cement business of French firm LafargeHolcim India. This is the largest rupee bond sale for a leveraged buyout.Nirma has raised the amount for the deal from Nirchem, a special purpose vehicle created by the company for the buyout.”The Rs. 4,000 crore five-year bond sale by Nirma offers a yield of 8.68 percent and was oversubscribed 1.5 times. This is the largest rupee bond sale for a leveraged acquisition as also the largest AA-rated debt instrument,” an investment banker was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.The banker added that the issue had been closed successfully and will be listed on the exchanges. The Ahmedabad-based company has appointed Barclays, Credit Suisse and IDFC to manage the issue.In July, Swiss cement major LafargeHolcim had announced that it had signed an agreement with Nirma to sell all of its assets to the Indian firm for $1.4 billion (about Rs. 9,400 crore) on getting clearance from the Competition Commission of India (CCI).During the time Lafarge had said it would use proceeds from the sale to reduce its debt.LafargeHolcim’s India will continue to have a presence through its subsidiaries, ACC Ltd. and Ambuja Cements Ltd, which have a combined cement capacity of over 60 million tonnes.The diversified Nirma group of companies has interests in soaps, detergents, salt, soda ash, caustic soda, cement and packaging, among others. The India assets sale to Nirma is part of LafargeHolcim’s larger divestment programme for the year, which comprises three cement plants and two grinding stations with a total capacity of around 11 million tonnes per annum.last_img read more

Early Diwali for blue chip stocks at Dalaal street TCS SBI gain

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesIt seems the top 10 Indian companies based on market capitalisation had early Diwali at the Dalaal street as eight of the firms added Rs 1.69 trillion in market capitalisation last week. The rally was led by India’s most valued firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and State bank of India.Last Friday was comparatively better for the Sensex as it surged close to 5 per cent or 1,662.34 points to reach 35,011.65. The rally was attributed to a strong broader market that drove the market capitalization (m-cap) of the eight blue-chip Indian companies, including ICICI Bank, HDFC and RIL, higher by Rs 1,69,865.11 crore.The valuation of the Mumbai-based TCS reported a jump in the market valuation by Rs 41,351.28 crore to Rs 7,16,630.43 crore. Similarly, the market cap of government-owned State Bank of India (SBI) soared Rs 33,333.33 crore to Rs 2,54,752.35 crore.India’s biggest private bank, ICICI Bank, performed well last week where its valuation took an upside of Rs 25,271.12 crore to close at Rs 2,28,030.59 crore on Friday. Furthermore, the HDFC Bank also witnessed a sharp increase in its valuation by Rs 20,763.9 crore to Rs 3,12,970.02 crore.Additionally, the numbers looked exciting for the other blues chips as well; the m-cap of Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) went up Rs18,730.2 crore to Rs 6,80,910.61 crore. Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) also joined the rally with its m-cap going up by Rs 15,834.4 crore to Rs 3,53,617.05 crore.One of the leading Indian IT giants, Infosys added Infosys added Rs 12,471.8 crore to its m-cap to reach Rs 2,89,209.72 crore and ITC leaped Rs 2,109.1 crore ahead to stand at Rs 3,45,701.22 crore. In contrast, the Kotak Mahindra Bank’s m-cap tanked Rs 4,910.8 crore to Rs 2,16,133.97 crore.TCS holds the number one spot in term of m-cap on the Dalaal street followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, HUL, ITC, HDFC, Infosys, SBI, ICICI Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. It is to be noted that the rise in oil prices and trade war initiated by the Trump administration has sent ripples across the stock markets, globally.last_img read more

Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack

first_img Citation: Cyclogyro Flying Robot Improves its Angles of Attack (2009, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-cyclogyro-robot-angles.html As the engineers explained, a key feature of the pantograph-based variable wing mechanism is that it not only changes the angles of attack, but also expands and contracts according to wing positions. By creating larger lift forces and smaller anti-lift forces, this design could provide greater flying efficiency, as well as high maneuverability. The group’s study, “Development of a Flying Robot With a Pantograph-Based Variable Wing Mechanism,” will be published in an upcoming issue of IEEE Transactions on Robotics. The mechanism is an extension of two of the authors’ earlier prototype designed in 2006, which demonstrated that a cyclogyro-based flying robot could generate enough lift force to fly and carry a very small (10 g) payload. With the new mechanism, the researchers hoped to improve the efficiency. Through simulations and experiments, they focused on demonstrating the possibility of a flying robot with a pantograph-based mechanism. The engineers explained that, in the downstroke motion, the new mechanism can generate heavy lift forces in the upward direction by expanding the wings with larger angles of attack. Conversely, in the upstroke motion, the mechanism can reduce anti-lift forces in the downward direction by contracting the wings with smaller angles of attack. Due to this folding up motion of the wings, which creates a larger wing area in a small space, the rotorcraft can get a larger lift force compared with the authors’ previous strategy. The simulations and experiments (in which the rotorcraft was tethered for stability) showed that the robot could generate a lift force exceeding its own weight. Not only could this force allow the robot to fly, it means the robot could carry a significant payload (155 g). Accounting for the robot’s four rotors, the engineers hope that it may be possible to fly the robot with a battery, some sensors, and even a control board (currently, the robot receives power from an external supply).In the future, the engineers plan to develop a detailed aerodynamic analysis of the wing motion. Eventually, they hope to develop a full-body flying robot with the optimal parameters, including four sets of pantograph-based variable wings and a stabilizing controller. With its ability to rise, hover, and go backward, a cyclogyro flying robot could one day operate as a highly maneuverable micro air vehicle.More information: Hara, Naohiro; Tanaka, Kazuo; Ohtake, Hiroshi; and Wang, Hua O. “Development of a Flying Robot With a Pantograph-Based Variable Wing Mechanism.” IEEE Transactions on Robotics. To be published.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further A prototype design of the cyclogyro craft with five pantograph-based variable wingunits. Image credit: Naohiro Hara, et al. (c)2009 IEEE. For climbing robots, the sky’s the limitcenter_img But one intriguing flying mechanism that has received relatively little attention is a horizontal-axis rotorcraft – or “cyclogyro” craft. First proposed in the 1930s, a cyclogyro is a unique mechanism of generating lift forces, being propelled by horizontal rotating wings. Unfortunately, the few prototypes that were built at the time were unsuccessful at flying. The essential flying principle of the cyclogyro rotorcraft is that, as the wings rotate, their angle of attack must be altered so that the wings can lift and thrust at the appropriate times in the cycle. Designing such variable wings that can alter the angles of attack has proven difficult. But recently, a team of engineers consisting of Naohiro Hara, Kazuo Tanaka, and Hiroshi Ohtake from the University of Electro-Communications in Japan, and Hua O. Wang of Boston University in the US, have developed a cyclogyro flying robot with a new kind of variable wing mechanism. The mechanism is based on a pantograph, which is a mechanical linkage that was originally developed in the 17th century as a drafting tool for copying and scaling line drawings. In the flight performance experiment, the cyclogyro robot created enough lift force to fly. Image credit: Naohiro Hara, et al. (c)2009 IEEE. (PhysOrg.com) — In the past few decades, researchers have been investigating a variety of flying machines. Most studies have focused on improving the flying performance of standard flying mechanisms, rather than developing innovative flying mechanisms. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more