Carl Bryan Cruz comes to the rescue of ailing Aces

first_imgAlaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 1 PLAY LIST 00:59Alaska rallies from 22 down, stuns San Miguel in OT to take Game 135:57PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – February 24, 201630:42PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – March 09, 201602:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Coach Alex told us that this was our opportunity to correct our mistakes from the first game,” said Cruz. “It just showed here in the second game how much we’ve improved. We did not just improve individually but we were able to adjust.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MANILA, Philippines—With Alaska playing without most of its starting five in the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, Carl Bran Cruz picked the perfect time  to put on a show.Cruz had a game-high 20 points with nine rebounds to lead the Aces to a 94-72 walloping of Columbian Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena in a game Alaska badly needed to win. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong determined to get back into ONE title contention PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Aces were coming off a sorry 85-72 loss against Rain or Shine and they were obviously missing the help of Vic Manuel, JVee Casio, Simon Enciso, and Kevin Racal.“All I could think of was this was my opportunity because we didn’t have our main guys like Vic,” said Cruz in Filipino. “Simply put, this was my chance so I had to step up and just give it my all.”Cruz was dormant for all of the third quarter but turned it up a notch in the fourth, scoring 12 points with the Aces already well in the lead, 68-50, to start the period.“It’s hard playing without the main guys especially without our guards but it was our system that really brought us to the win,” said Cruz. “Whoever coach Alex [Compton] called, even though we didn’t have a star player inside the court, played within the system.”The bounce back victory, which hiked the Aces’ record to 1-1, was proof of how they learned from their mistakes from the last loss, said Cruz.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Companies making beeline to sign Sindhu for endorsements

first_imgAugust 26, 2016 sindhu_1547118f Companies are queuing up to sign Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu for endorsements, but the ace badminton player’s brand management firm wants to go slow as it wants her brand valuation to rise further.The silver medal at Rio Olympics has pushed Sindhu’s brand value many times and the badminton star is expected to announce a couple of endorsement deals soon.Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures managing Sindhu’s brand marketing, said though the endorsements were signed before Olympics, they did not want to announce them due to hectic schedule of the city-based badminton players for the preparation for the event. “They are major endorsements at the national level. There have been couple of brand signed before Olympics. We could not announce them because of the Olympics preparation.So, we did not want to promote her more before Olympics. We may be announcing them during the second week of September,” Ramakrishnan told PTI.Baseline, the sports marketing company, also manages another badminton player Srikanth.Sindhu became the first Indian woman athlete to grab an Olympic silver in the just-concluded event when she lost a close final clash against world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.“We are pouring with requests for endorsements by Sindhu. That is not what we think would be credible and grand association. We want to last long. Building brand takes years. So want to start slowly and add value to Sindhu which is very important. And also Sindhu is excited to work with us. Our intention is the brand valuation of Sindhu to go up,” he further said.Harish Bijoor, an expert in brand and business strategy, said post Olympics, Sindhu’s brand value has gone up to Rs 2 crore which was fuelled by the cash awards given by various state governments.“Two or three things have happened post Olympics. One is the cash awards she got by various state governments. Now all these add to the dimension of brand value of Sindhu.Because the moment a state government gives you Rs 5 crore, it means that the brand value goes much higher,” Bijoor said.“There are people (government and organisations) may be looking at offering money to Sindhu which are substantially larger. So all of a sudden Sindhu’s brand value jumps to Rs 2 crore (post Olympics) from under Rs 20 lakh to Rs 30 lakh (per Olympics),” he said.Soon after her win in Olympics, Telangana government felicitated Sindhu with Rs 5 crore cash and a residential plot in Hyderabad. The Andhra government led by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu presented her a cash award worth Rs 3 crore.The AAP government in Delhi has also announced Rs 2 crore for the star badminton player, while public sector oil company BPCL has announced Rs 75 lakh cash. Various organisations have also announced different cash incentives to the player.Bijoor further said unlike other sporting events, the win in Olympics will remain fresh in people’s memory for more time and Sindhu will enjoy her brand image at the current levels till then. celebrity Published on sport × 0center_img sindhu_1547118f SHARE SHARE EMAIL The badminton star is expected to announce a couple of endorsement deals soon. SHARE COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more

Nine-man Newcastle United lose extraordinary game at Nottingham Forest

first_imgJamaal Lascelles’ late own goal gave Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win over Championship leaders Newcastle United who had two players sent off and conceded two penalties in an extraordinary first half on Friday. (Latest Football stories)Forest missed both spot kicks while Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett were dismissed for the visitors who took the lead through Matt Ritchie’s opener in first-half stoppage time.The home team fought back to level through Nicklas Bendtner after the break before Lascelles turned a corner into his own net with four minutes remaining to give Forest a third straight win that moved them up to 13th in the table.Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle, top with 40 points from 19 matches, two clear of Brighton and Hove Albion, have now lost two games in a row.The match burst into life in the 32nd minute when Newcastle midfielder Shelvey was sent off for kicking out at Henri Lansbury and conceded a penalty.Bendtner stepped up but could not beat Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow who was back at the City Ground having left Forest two years ago.Despite being a man down, Newcastle opened the scoring when Isaac Hayden’s cross found its way through to Ritchie who lashed the ball first time into the net.There was still time for more first-half drama as Dummett was dismissed for bundling into Lansbury who dusted himself off to take Forest’s second penalty, only to draw another excellent save from Darlow.Bendtner made amends for his penalty miss when he dragged Forest level in the 52nd minute, poking the ball home from close range after his first effort was saved, before Lascelles’ own goal decided an entertaining encounter.advertisementlast_img read more

Microchip: development kit for Amazon AVS supports far-field voice interaction

first_imgMicrochip, via its Microsemi subsidiary, announces that its AcuEdge ZLK38AVS Development Kit for Amazon Alexa Voice Service (AVS) now introduces far-field voice pickup and the flexibility to build devices with multiple mic array configurations. The solution reduces BOM costs while addressing the requirements of small-form-factor designs.The audio front-end development kit with one-mic hands-free and two- or three-mic far-field configurations qualified by Amazon features the ZL38063 audio processor which includes a 300 MHz DSP and dedicated hardware accelerators for voice processing. It also features Stereo Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), which enables barge-in recognition to improve the consumer experience in extreme audio playback environments.With the flexibility to work with a variety of microphone options and configurations, Original Design Manufacturers and third-party developers can use the development kit to cost-effectively achieve their design criteria across a range of applications and form-factor constraints.The development kit enables far-field speech recognition in the presence of interfering noise sources, including device playback and external noise sources. The field-programmable, field-upgradable solution features signal-processing algorithms proven to improve both local trigger detection performance and cloud speech-recognition accuracy, while the multi-microphone configurations include Direction of Arrival estimation to indicate where the primary voice sound source is located.The development kit includes a ZL38063 audio processor that connects directly to a Raspberry Pi 3B with plastics and mounting hardware to simulate a typical, recommended end-application mic-speaker arrangement. It supports all microphone options and includes an LED ring to report the detected sound location, as well as a high-quality speaker that is representative of a typical smart speaker application. Microchip has audio labs and tuning facilities located worldwide which support customers from design through Amazon certification.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Basler presents highlights from embedded portfolio at embedded world 2019Next Wind River: next-gen software framework for connected and autonomous carslast_img read more

Swarup moved to Delhi as IndoCanadian ties remain frosty

first_imgNew Delhi: Author-diplomat Vikas Swarup, India’s current High Commissioner to Canada, has been appointed as Secretary in the Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs division, with effect from August 1. According to a circular issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Vikas Swarup, (Indian Foreign Service officer of 1986 batch) High Commissioner in Ottawa, as Secretary (CPV &OIA) in the Ministry of External Affairs with effect from 1-8-2019.” Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day He takes over from Sanjiv Arora, former envoy to Lebanon, who took over as Secretary (CPV & OIA) on February 25. Swarup, former spokesperson of the MEA and author of the bestselling “Q&A”, which was made into a hit film “Slumdog Millionaire”, returns to the capital at a time when India-Canada relations have turned frosty over the growing prominence of pro-Khalistani elements. India on Wednesday banned the pro-Khalistan Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) that is run by a few Sikhs in the US, Canada and the UK. The Indian government is also to take up with Canada the anti-India and subversive activities of SFJ persons. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The visit of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India last February was also sullied with allegations of his cabinet having links with Sikh separatists. Trudeau had received a lukewarm welcome by the Indian government during his visit as two of the four Sikh members in his cabinet — Harjit Sajjan, who is Defence Minister and Amarjeet Sohi, Minister for Natural Resources — allegedly support the Khalistan movement. Earlier this month, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar conveyed to his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland that there is little hope for improving the frosty bilateral relations if Ottawa doesn’t address India’s concerns about the growing activities of Khalistani operatives and organisations.last_img read more

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate but legislation not dead

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee.On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night.The committee’s five Conservative senators voted against it, joined by Alberta independent Paula Simons. Five other independents and one self-identified Liberal voted in favour.When the result was clear _ a tie vote means whatever is being proposed fails _ the bill’s opponents applauded briefly in the Senate committee room.“The bill is defeated,” declared the committee’s chairman, Saskatchewan Conservative Sen. David Tkachuk.The House of Commons passed the bill a week ago and its failure in a Senate committee doesn’t mean it’s dead, but the vote is a blow for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals.Bill C-48 would put into a law a longstanding voluntary moratorium on coastal tanker traffic between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border, which is meant to protect delicate marine environments from potential spills.More precisely, the bill would forbid tankers carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of oil from loading or unloading in the exclusion zone, either directly at ports or by using other ships as intermediaries. Simons said late in the debate that she wasn’t confident that enough homework had been done to justify a permanent ban _ that the bill would lock in a temporary measure based on limited research more than 40 years ago.“I felt it was important as an Albertan, as a member on this committee, to come here with goodwill, to work towards amendments that would somehow strike a compromise where we could both protect one of Canada’s most extraordinary ecosystems while simultaneously not slamming the door in the face of the people of Alberta,” Simons said.She might have backed a temporary legal restriction on tankers to allow further research, she said, but couldn’t support the bill as it stood.Along with Bill C-69, which is meant to reform the federal assessment process for national-scale construction projects and is also in the Senate, Bill C-48 has enraged many backers of the Canadian oil industry, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.center_img “This is a victory for common sense & economic growth,” Kenney tweeted after the vote. “Thank-you to Senators for listening to Albertans & respecting fairness in our federation!”Conservatives in the Senate said voting down the bill is a win for Canada’s energy industry, leaving open the possibility of exporting Canadian oil from northern B.C. ports.The now-aborted Northern Gateway pipeline project, for instance, would have carried Alberta oil to Kitimat, B.C., in the no-tanker zone.“This bill would only make the issue of landlocked Canadian oil worse,” said a statement from Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate.The statement pointed out that Bill C-48 would forbid the transfer of oil onto or off ships in northern B.C. but wouldn’t stop tankers from passing through the area, impeding Canadian oil but not outlawing tanker traffic from Alaska.The bill has divided First Nations. Some, such as the Nisga’a, see economic opportunity in pipelines. Others, including a nine-nation alliance of coastal First Nations, worry about irreversible damage to fisheries and nascent industries based on products such as essential oils from old-growth trees.last_img read more

German leader clarifies stance on student climate protests

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is making clear she supports students protesting around the world against global warming, following widespread criticism of comments seeming to suggest the demonstrations may have been fomented by Russian online agitation.Merkel last month was talking about Russian cyberwarfare at the Munich Security Conference when she brought up the student protests, saying “that suddenly after years all German children suddenly come up with the idea you have to protest, without any external influence, is hard to imagine.”Her office says the comment was misunderstood, and Merkel was talking about how easy it was to mobilize a campaign on the internet.Merkel clarified her stance in her weekly podcast Saturday, saying she “really welcomed” the student protests and that “I think it is a very good initiative.”The Associated Press read more

Senior UN official in Jordan to address plight of refugees there

Kamel Morjane is visiting Jordan’s Ruwaished refugee camp, which houses some 400 refugees. Another 1,200 refugees are in a nearby makeshift site “in no-man’s land,” agency spokesman Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.”UNHCR is working to find a solution for the refugees in the two camps, particularly more than 400 Palestinians, many of whom would like to go on to other countries in the region since fleeing Iraq last year,” he added.Earlier this week, Mr. Morjane attended a meeting in Amman with Iraqi officials to hammer out a national strategy for the protection, care and assistance of refugees, returnees and displaced persons. “Intensive brainstorming sessions were conducted during the two-day meeting on issues such as assistance needs, capacity building, coordination, property rights and housing requirements,” Mr. Redmond said. Over the last six months, more than 6,800 refugees have repatriated to Iraq from Saudi Arabia and Iran on convoys facilitated by UNHCR. During his mission, Mr. Morjane also met with senior Jordanian officials, the Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Karen Koning Abu-Zayd, and the Secretary-General’s Acting Special Representative for Iraq, Ross Mountain. read more

Higherlevel officials from Greece international creditors take over bailout talks in Athens

Higher-level officials from Greece, international creditors take over bailout talks in Athens by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2015 2:24 am MDT Last Updated Jul 31, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses a meeting of his ruling radical left Syriza party’s central committee in Athens, on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Tsipras called for an extraordinary party congress in September, after Greece is expected to seal a new bailout deal with its international creditors, in a bid to end a rebellion by his hardline lawmakers that is threatening to topple his coalition government. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s talks with its international creditors on a third bailout worth 85 billion euros ($93 billion) shifted into a higher gear on Friday, with lead negotiators from the European Union and International Monetary Fund meeting key ministers in Athens.The talks with Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis follow preparatory meetings in the Greek capital this week between lower-level officials on reforming the tax system and labour market regulations.The third bailout will include a new punishing round of austerity measures heaped on a country reeling from a six-year recession and more than 25 per cent unemployment. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has pledged to back the new cutbacks, while openly admitting that he disagrees with them.“We will implement them, yes, because we are forced to,” he said in parliament Friday. “But at the same time we will struggle to change them, to improve them and to counter their negative consequences.”The bailout talks with the IMF, European Commission, European Central Bank and European Stability Mechanism must be concluded before Aug. 20. That’s when a debt repayment to the ECB worth more than 3 billion euros is due — money which Greece does not have.Friday’s meetings came hours after Tsipras defeated a bid by dissenters in his left-wing Syriza party to push for an end to bailout negotiations and seek a return to the old national currency, the drachma.The party’s governing central committee backed a proposal by Tsipras to hold an emergency party conference in September, after the talks have been concluded.Dissenters had sought a conference earlier, pressing the government to abandon the negotiations.Tsipras effectively lost his majority in parliament in a vote three weeks ago, when nearly one-fourth of Syriza’s lawmakers refused to back new austerity measures, arguing that the party has betrayed the anti-austerity platform that got it elected in January.“This country no long has democracy, but a peculiar type of totalitarianism — a dictatorship of the euro,” prominent dissenter Panagiotis Lafazanis said.Pro-European Union opposition parties were left to save the bill and have continued to prop up his government, while Tsipras has taken no disciplinary action against dissenters.“We have to agree that we can’t go on this way,” Tsipras told the committee members during a 12-hour meeting. He added that “the absurdity of this strange and unprecedented dualism” within the party must stop.Later Friday, Tsipras defended his flamboyant former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, who came under heavy fire over claims he made — and confirmed after they were leaked — that he had drafted contingency plans for a parallel payment system that could have eased a euro exit.“Of course I issued personal instructions to the finance minister to create a team that would work on a plan of defence in the event of a national emergency,” Tsipras told parliament, answering a question from the opposition. “It would have been politically naive and irresponsible not to do so. Does that mean … that I was seeking an emergency?”Tsipras did not directly address Varoufakis’ more controversial claim that he had been planning to hack into his own ministry’s tax records to bypass officials allegedly under the control of Greece’s creditors. Varoufakis had alleged that the aim would have been to create a parallel banking system to deal with a potential closure of the country’s banks.But Tsipras defended the former minister’s integrity.“Mr Varoufakis may have made mistakes,” he said. “You can accuse him as much as you want for his political plans, for the comments he made, for not wearing tasteful shirts, for going on holiday to (the island of ) Aegina,” during a key parliamentary vote. “But you can’t accuse him of dishonesty.” read more

Football Marcus Hooker suspended one game for DUI arrest

Freshman defensive back Marcus Hooker will be suspended one game by the team for a charge from June when he was arrested for driving under the influence, head coach Urban Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days Tuesday.“He’ll be suspended for the first game,” Meyer said on Hooker.A three-star recruit who was ranked No. 642 in his class according to 247Sports, Hooker was arrested in Township, Pennsylvania, at a traffic stop. The 18-year-old was charged back in June with driving under the influence, purchasing alcohol as a minor, careless driving, disregarding traffic lanes and missing rear lights.Hooker is the brother of ex-Ohio State safety and Indianapolis Colts player Malik Hooker, and committed to the Buckeyes back in July 2017.

Father falls to death from cliffs after cancer all clear

first_imgMiss Blackman’s mother, Rebecca Watson, 53, said his death was a “mystery” and the family man was “happier than ever” and had “everything to live for”.Speaking on behalf of her distraught daughter, she said: “He got diagnosed eight or nine months ago and it was one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and in his heart, lungs and lymph nodes.”He had six months of chemo and we thought we were going to lose him then. It was a miracle he got through it. “We never thought he would come out the other side. But he did.”They said that the tumours had all shrunk.”They couldn’t say he was in remission but he had a scan and they had all gone.”We were celebrating. We thought he would never get through it but he responded to the treatment. It was unbelievable.”He got the all clear three weeks ago and now he’s dead.”They were about to get married and now the songs they picked for their wedding will be played at the funeral.” Adam Fenton with his daughter Carly Blackman with daughter Maddison Carly Blackman with daughter  A father-of-three fell to his death from a cliff following his first night out with friends after he was given the all clear from cancer just three weeks earlier.Adam Fenton, 31, endured six months of chemotherapy for blood cancer and, against all the odds, was given the “all clear” around a month ago.But his body was discovered at the foot of cliffs on Newquay’s Towan beach after he failed to return from his first night to the pub with friends on July 28.The roofer was planning his wedding to fiancee Carly Blackman, 33, with the help of their daughters Macie, six, Maddison, five, and his step-daughter Bayleigh, 13. Friends of the family are now raising money to support Miss Blackman. Adam Fenton with his daughter Macie “The cancer brought us all closer together. We were going up and down from Derriford Hospital. The tumours were so big. It was so much. 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.last_img read more

Metso to expand the NW Rapid crushing unit range

first_imgPlanning a crushing and screening process can typically take months. Additionally, it’s often difficult for aggregates producers to move their largest equipment from site to site. Metso says that the NW Rapid is the market’s first wheel-mounted crushing unit that can be delivered in standard containers from the factory as well as easily moved from one site to another using standard prime movers. The flexibility of the concept allows producers to profitably offer their customers contracts of various sizes.Besides portability, it says other advantages of the NW Rapid models include quick set-up and best-in-class production capacity. NW Rapid has been designed so that it can be set-up and dismantled in 24 hours. The 11 predesigned layouts make planning the crushing process significantly faster. The solution consists of modules that can be used to create a variety of combinations as needed.“A large share of our customers supply aggregates for public infrastructure projects that can last from a few months to a couple of years. Depending on the project phase, our customers must have the ability to offer also very high capacity. The new NW Rapid models enable production capacity to temporarily be increased up to 500 t/h, which is equal to the capacity of a fixed plant. Because of the flexibility, customers can better respond to short-notice orders and can accept contracts that couldn’t be carried out with the traditional fixed solutions,” says Julius Mäkelä, Metso’s Director of Portable and Modular Solutions.The NW Rapid series models are electric driven and they have Metso’s IC Series crushing automation as a standard feature. Additionally, the NW Rapid units can be connected to the Metso Metrics remote monitoring service, which allows central monitoring of the entire crushing fleet’s production and energy consumption.Metso says the NW Rapid series is ideal for producing high-quality end products with multistage crushing and screening units. Now, the NW120 Rapid jaw model will be joined by the screen-equipped NW330GPS and NW300HPS cone crushers. The NW4MXS is the latest introduction to the series and brings the MX4 Multi-Action cone crusher, launched in 2017, to the integrated crushing solution for the first time. Serial production of the NW4MXS will start in the second half of 2019. For other models, factories are already working to bring new machines to customers globally.The NW Rapid series has sparked great interest. More than one thousand units have been sold since 2015. “The demand for Metso’s crushing and screening plants has been growing in recent years, and, in fact, NW Rapid has quickly become one of our most popular solutions especially in fast-growing markets like India, where urbanisation and huge public infrastructure projects have accelerated growth of the aggregates sector. Because of the flexibility and cost-efficiency, NW Rapid is of interest also in several other markets: the equipment has already been sold to more than 20 countries,” says Renaud Lapointe, Senior Vice President, Business and Product Management for Aggregates Equipment at Metso.last_img read more

Hausse du niveau de la mer un îlot convoité par lInde et

first_imgHausse du niveau de la mer : un îlot convoité par l’Inde et le Bangladesh a disparuBangladesh – Un îlot situé dans la baie du Bengale que se disputaient l’Inde et le Bangladesh depuis trente ans, a été englouti par les vagues le 25 mars. C’est la hausse du niveau de la mer engendrée par le réchauffement climatique qui s’est chargée de régler le différend qui opposait les deux pays.Baptisé “New Moore” par les Indiens et “South Talpatti” par les Bengalis, l’îlot de 3 km² situé dans l’archipel de Sunderbans, a été submergé par les flots. Annoncée par l’océanographe Sugata Hazra, professeur à l’Université Jadavpur de Calcutta, cette disparition a été confirmée par des images satellites et des patrouilles de la marine.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”Ce que deux pays n’ont pas réussi à régler durant des années de conversations a été réglé par le réchauffement climatique” a ironisé Sugata Hazra avant d’avertir qu’une dizaine d’autres îlots de l’archipel pourraient disparaître à leur tour. Les scientifiques de l’Université Jadavpur ont en effet constaté une hausse alarmante du niveau de la mer au cours des dix dernières années dans la baie du Bengale. Lors de la dernière décennie, l’augmentation a en effet atteint une moyenne annuelle de 5 millimètres, contre 3 millimètres jusqu’en 2000.Le Bangladesh est et sera l’un des pays les plus touchés par le réchauffement climatique, ses 150 millions d’habitants vivant essentiellement dans un delta proche du niveau de la mer. D’après les autorités bengalis, 18% des côtes seront submergées et 20 millions de personnes pourraient devoir être déplacées d’ici 2050 si, conformément aux prévisions des experts du climat, le niveau de la mer augmente d’un mètre au cours des quatre décennies à venir.Le 27 mars 2010 à 12:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

CES 2012 Hercules lance des webcams popart et des hautparleurs ovni

first_imgCES 2012 : Hercules lance des webcams pop-art et des haut-parleurs ovniLe CES continu, et c’est au tour du fabricant français Hercules de présenter une gamme de webcams rigolotes ainsi que son nouveau haut-parleur sans fil.  Les webcams Hercules sont des 720p en USB (30 images/secondes) appelées « HD Twist ». Ce nom leur vient de leur fixation plate, que l’on peut tordre pour mieux fixer l’appareil sur son support. Elles se déclinent en une palette de 6 couleurs vives, ce qui donne aux affiches Hercules un petit look Andy Warhol ! La focale est fixe, de 30 cm à l’infini, et le microphone est à réduction de bruit. Fin mars, il sera possible de s’en procurer une pour 29,99 €. Retardateur et mode rafale (entre 1 et 5 s) permettent de bien utiliser la bête, sans parler des logiciels inclus. Station Evolution SE est donné pour les réglages de luminosité, cadrage, de stockage et partage des captures, tandis que Xtra Controller Ex gère le zoom numérique, avec un mode de suivi automatique du visage, pratique pour dynamiser les vidéos !Le haut-parleur quant à lui, fait figure d’ovni, mais d’ovni très classieux ! Premier d’une gamme qui prendra corps au long de l’année 2012, ce premier modèle n’a pas encore de nom commercial : c’est un système stéréo (2.0) sans fil plus ou moins portable. Dans la suite de l’année, la gamme devrait s’enrichir de haut-parleurs compatibles smartphones.Le 13 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Bicom PlayGo AP1 rend les chaines HiFi compatibles AirPlay

first_imgBicom PlayGo AP1 rend les chaines Hi-Fi compatibles AirPlayBicom propose de modifier une chaîne Hi-Fi en station d’accueil AirPlay ou DLNA. Vous ne rêvez pas, cela semble bien possible !La marque Bicom vient de lancer une idée produit sur Kickstarter : le PlayGo AP1. Ce dernier permettrait de faire de son installation sonore à domicile un récepteur AirPlay pouvant lire son répertoire de musiques stocké sur son iPod, iPhone ou bien iPad. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Bicom aurait mis au point un système de transmission sans fil et sans perte de qualité. Ce n’est décidément pas tout puisque, en plus de transformer votre ancienne chaîne Hi-Fi en station d’accueil Airplay, le PlayGo AP1 proposerait un module DLNA.Cette solution est pour l’heure au stade de projet et son financement est ouvert aux dons en vue d’une éventuelle commercialisation. Le site Kickstarter offre, par ailleurs, de plus amples informations relatives au projet. Il faut dire qu’étant donné l’ingéniosité de ce dernier, il est possible que celui-ci voit effectivement le jour.Le 23 mai 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un astéroïde de 500m a croisé la Terre

first_imgUn astéroïde de 500m a croisé la TerreJeudi 14 juin, des astronomes australiens ont annoncé qu’un gros astéroïde passerait vendredi pas très loin de la Terre, et serait filmé à l’intention des internautes qui pourront l’observer sur un site web.    C’est il y a quelques jours à peine que l’équipe d’astronomes et d’astrophysiciens de l’Université nationale australienne dirigés par Rob McNaught a découvert l’objet : un astéroïde prêt à “frôler” la Terre. Baptisé 2012 LZ1, celui-ci mesurait pas moins de 500 mètres de largeur et devait selon les calculs croiser ce vendredi, notre planète bleue, à une distance avoisinant tout de même les 5,38 millions de kilomètres (soit 14 fois celle nous séparant de la Lune). Il n’y avait donc pas de réel danger pour nous.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Cet astéroïde inhabituellement grand ne sera pas visible à l’œil nu, mais les amateurs pourront l’observer en direct sur Internet”, avait précisé Patrick Paolucci, dont le site (lien non disponible) devait recevoir en temps réel, ce vendredi à partir de 00H00 GMT, les images fournies par un télescope des îles Canaries (Espagne). L’objet cosmique a été classé dans la catégorie des objets considérés comme ‘proches de la Terre’ et donc potentiellement dangereux, puisque les critères qui répondent à ce classement sont : une taille supérieure à 152 mètres de largeur et une distance (de la Terre) inférieure à 7,5 millions de kilomètres.Bien que l’objet ait été détecté tard, les spécialistes avaient tout de même pu estimer sa trajectoire visible en vidéo. Néanmoins, 2012 LZ1 est loin d’être le seul astéroïde à avoir “frôlé” notre planète depuis le début de l’année. Le 1er avril dernier, un astéroïde de 45 mètres de diamètre est passé à environ 230.000 kilomètres de la Terre. D’autres devraient également être repérés au cours des mois suivants. Par ailleurs, les spécialistes ont d’ores et déjà averti qu’un astéroïde frôlera la Terre aux alentours du 15 février 2013.Le 15 juin 2012 à 20:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

LacMégantic la NASA a photographié lincendie depuis lespace

first_imgLac-Mégantic : la NASA a photographié l’incendie depuis l’espaceL’agence spatiale américaine vient de rendre publique une photo prise par l’un de ses satellites actuellement en orbite autour de la Terre. Elle montre le terrible incendie qui s’est déclenché dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi après le déraillement d’un train-citerne.L’incendie a pris une ampleur catastrophique, à tel point qu’il a pu être observé de l’espace, par le satellite Suomi NPP de la NASA. Actuellement en orbite autour de la Terre, cet engin exploité par la NOAA a ses objectifs constamment braqués sur notre planète et ce qu’il s’y passe. Dans la nuit de vendredi à samedi, ils n’ont ainsi pas raté la terrible explosion causée par le déraillement d’un convoi de wagons-citernes en plein coeur de la ville de Lac-Mégantic au Québec.Le cliché de droite a été pris le 6 juillet à 2H59 GMT, celui de gauche, deux jours avant, le 4 juillet. On voit ainsi clairement l’apparition d’une grosse tache lumineuse, malgré une vue un peu plus floue due à la couverture nuageuse. Selon le dernier bilan, l’explosion aurait causé la mort de 15 personnes, deux nouveaux corps ayant été trouvés mardi. Mais une quarantaine de personnes restent encore portées disparues. Ajouté à cela, plus de 800 personnes vivant près de là où a eu lieu l’explosion, n’ont toujours pas regagné leurs habitations, suite à l’interdiction émise par les autorités.Un accident du à un problème de freins D’après les derniers éléments de l’enquête, l’accident aurait été provoqué par un problème de freins. Le train était stationné dans une pente à 12 kilomètres de Lac-Mégantic et avait été quitté par le conducteur. Celui-ci avait alors laissé le moteur en marche afin de faire fonctionner les freins pneumatiques. Mais les pompiers ont dû intervenir pour éteindre un petit feu qui s’était déclaré sur l’un des wagons, et comme le veut la procédure, ils ont dû couper le moteur de la première locomotive avant d’intervenir.Ed Burkhardt, le président de la compagnie ferroviaire locale, The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, a expliqué que ceci avait fait diminuer peu à peu la pression, rendant les freins inopérants et entraînant le mise en mouvement du convoi de 72 wagons dans la pente. Emporté par la vitesse, le train a alors déraillé et quatre wagons au moins ont explosé dans la bourgade de 6.000 habitants, générant une impressionnante boule de feu. Néanmoins, la responsabilité du drame reste encore à attribuer.Si le président de la compagnie accuse les pompiers, le chef des sapeurs-pompiers de la municipalité de Nantes, Patrick Lambert, a expliqué que couper le moteur faisait partie de la procédure d’intervention. Le P-DG de la MMA qui a rejeté toute responsabilité, a également accusé les pompiers d’avoir tardé à avertir la société de l’incident, mais les enquêteurs du Bureau de sécurité des transports (BST) ont affirmé le contraire mardi. D’après l’AFP, les enquêteurs québécois envisagerait aujourd’hui la piste d’une “négligence criminelle”. Un risque de pollution ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Par ailleurs, lundi, le ministère de l’environnement québécois a annoncé craindre que la catastrophe humaine ne se transforme également en catastrophe écologique. En effet, le gouvernement avait observé une fine particule de pétrole provenant dans l’accident dans la rivière Chaudière. Or, ce cours d’eau se déverse dans le lac Mégantic qui alimente lui-même le fleuve de Saint-Laurent. Le ministère redoutait donc que les quelque 100.000 litres de pétrole contenus dans les wagons-citernes ne se retrouvent dans le fleuve.Mais le risque qu’une telle pollution ne se produise a finalement été considéré comme “faible”, le gouvernement ayant observé que la pellicule avait quasiment disparu. “Il n’y a rien de perceptible qui devrait se rendre au fleuve”, a dit à la presse le ministre de l’Environnement, Yves-François Blanchet, assurant également qu’il n’y avait aucun danger pour la santé publique.Le 10 juillet 2013 à 12:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Minister of Tourism attends launch of Darwin Initiative Saving the Iguana Islands

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 12, 2017 – Providenciales – On 7th April 2017, the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs joined the National Trust as they prepared for the launch of the Darwin plus Initiative entitled ‘Saving the Iguana Islands’.The National Trust in partnership with other stakeholders including the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds(RSPB), San Diego Global Zoo and Department of Agriculture amongst others, have, over the years diligently work to conserve the endemic Rock Iguana, and other native reptile species to secure a future for these unique and highly threatened species – which are iconic for the Turks and Caicos Islands and serves as a major attraction for both locals and visitors alike.The project has received support from the Darwin plus Initiative in the form of £200k with £170k matched funding by RSPB and San Diego Zoo Global for a three year period. The organizations will collectively work to improve and control alien invasive species on Little Water Cay (‘Iguana Island’), particularly rodents and feral cats which are a threat to the iguana populations. Biosecurity for Little Water Cay and Big Ambergris Cay will also be designed to ensure that these invasive species and other potential harmful species do not become established and threatened the iguanas and other native reptiles.Minister Higgs in his remarks stated; “My love, respect and admiration for the work and successes of the National Trust is well known and documented, the Darwin Initiative has the experience to make the Rock iguana project in TCI a resounding success.”The Darwin Initiative funds projects that help countries rich in biodiversity to meet their objectives. Projects typically address threats to biodiversity such as: over-exploitation, invasive species, habitat degradation and loss, climate change mitigation and adaptation and pollution.The Minister confirmed the Ministry’s and Government’s continued support to projects such as these and also indicated his desire to see the Trust and Darwin Initiative partner on future projects.Press Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more