Ja to host Carib Volleyball Champs

first_imgJamaica has won the bid to host the 2016 Caribbean Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championship to be held in July of this year.Jamaica had been in contention to host the championships that will feature eight male and a similar number of female teams from across the region battling for the right be called Caribbean champions. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending male and female champions.Martinique had also expressed an interest in hosting the championships, but following a visit here late last year by president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA), Mushtaque Mohammed, it was decided that Jamaica was the better option. During his visit Mohammed conducted site inspections and looked at hotels in Kingston. He also met with athletes and officials before making his decision.”From my inspection visit, it was evident that you and your team have the enthusiasm and drive necessary to provide the best conditions for the hosting of our major tournaments,” Mohammed told Jamaica Volleyball Association president Rudolph Speid in a letter communicating the good news.This will be the second occasion this year that Jamaica will be hosting a major international volleyball tournament as the island is set to host the second round of Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, at the end of January.last_img read more

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece: Michael O’Neill’s men book historic place at Euro 2016

first_imgNorthern Ireland reached their first major tournament since 1986 after beating Greece 3-1 at Windsor Park on Thursday night. Despite taking on the top seeds of their group, Northern Ireland went into their Euro 2016 clash against Greece with great confidence.Prior to kick off, Michael O’Neill’s side were sitting top of Group F, knowing that a win would see them qualify – and they did just that. The match began with significant hostility towards the hosts, which only subsided once the ball was at the feet of Northern Ireland.Even with the hostility, it began an even affair before Greece came close to opening the score with just a quarter of an hour having been played.After winning a corner, the ball delivered into the box reaches Sokratis Papastathopoulo who headed the ball towards Alexandros Tziolis, but the midfielder’s effort at the far post was palmed away by Michael McGovern.Greece, however, offered little threat after the opportunity, and Northern Ireland quickly began to dictate the play.After a number of chances, just moments before half-time, they finally got their goal.An excellent through ball from Corry Evans played Stuart Dallas in on the right, who delivered a cross into the centre of the box for Steven Davis to slide in and send the ball into the back of the net.Heading into the dressing room with a lead, it really was almost party time for the hosts.Northern Ireland showed no desire to sit back with the one goal cushion, and within just three minutes of the start of the second half, two corners had been conceded by Greece.With such pressure, a second seemed almost inevitable.And in the 50th minute, the hosts doubled their lead and looked to have booked their place in France.Their third cross of the half paid off, as it reached Josh Magennis who, moving away from goal, sent his header over the defender at the near post, confirming that it was now time for the home side’s fans to get the party started.After the goal, Greece did enjoy increased possession of the ball, but as far as the fans were concerned, the game was already won.So, just to rub salt in the wounds of the visitors, Northern Ireland grabbed their third of the game.And it was Davis again with the finest goal of the game saved for last.Once more, a corner paid off.  After the delivery was poorly cleared by Greece, from near the edge of the box, Davis superbly headed the ball into the far post.Greece did grab one goal back late on, from Christos Aravidis, but it wasn’t to spoil the final result for Northern Ireland who can finally look ahead to next summer. Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece: Michael O’Neill’s men book historic place at Euro 2016 1last_img read more

Evacuation ends and rail line reopens after Alberta train derailment

first_imgIRVINE, Alta. — Residents of a southern Alberta hamlet are back in their homes after an evacuation that followed a train derailment and chemical spill.Cypress County posted on its website Saturday that the spill, which Canadian Pacific Railway says happened Friday afternoon and involved styrene, has been contained and the evacuation was lifted late Friday night.A state of local emergency remains in effect remains in Cypress County, but the county says it’s due to a grass fire that’s been burning since last weekend, and not because of the derailment.An emailed update from the railway says the leaks on the two styrene cars were contained to their top valves, and that about eight litres of the substance leaked.The railway says the line reopened Saturday morning at 11 a.m. MT after track repairs and safety inspections were completed.An investigation into the cause is ongoing, and CP thanked firefighters, government and Red Cross officials for their support in responding to the derailment.“We also thank local residents for their patience and understanding and apologize for the inconvenience this incident has caused,” the railway said in its update.Styrene is a synthetic chemical used in the manufacture of rubber, plastic and fibreglass, and is flammable.A provincial government spokeswoman said Saturday that Alberta Environment and Parks is monitoring the company’s response.“The environmental impacts related to this incident are being observed and measured by our department,” Jess Sinclair said in an email.There was no report of any injuries.Part of the Trans-Canada Highway east of Medicine Hat, Alta., was ordered closed but was reopened in both directions Friday night. Witness Trehia Stevenson said the derailment included about a dozen rail cars, which she said did not appear to be tanker cars. She said it was right on the western edge of Irvine, less than a kilometre from homes.Stevenson said she could only see one car on fire, but there was a grass fire as well.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

5 Days 99 Events 72 Films 3 Celebrity Chef Dinners 1 Epic

first_imgWOLFVILLE, NS, Aug. 22, 2017  – The world’s largest culinary film festival, Devour! The Food Film Fest (Devour!) today announced initial programming details for the seventh annual instalment. Celebrated chefs Jacques Pépin, Michael Smith, Bob Blumer and Mark Greenaway are joining previously announced festival Guest Curator, Canadian film icon Gordon Pinsent as 2017 participants.Devour! is the world’s largest film festival devoted to all things culinary. Each year, the festival showcases engaging cinema paired with extraordinary food and wine culture over five days in Wolfville, Nova Scotia from October 25 – 29, 2017. The seventh edition of Devour! is themed “A Celebration of Canadian Cinema and Cuisine” and will bring acclaimed filmmakers and chefs from across Canada and internationally. The festival features 99 events including 72 films in 34 screenings, 23 industry workshops, three celebrity chef dinners, 22 tasting tours, and 20 special events including dinners and parties.“In the span of just eight years, Devour! has grown to become a pre-eminent Canadian film festival and one of the most delicious events in this great country,” says Michael Howell, Executive Director, Devour! “We cannot thank our many partners and supporters enough, as they have shared our vision of becoming one of Canada’s must-visit festivals. We are grateful for the ongoing support of The Province of Nova Scotia and their invaluable commitment to helping the festival grow.” Advertisement The first round of tickets to the highly anticipated seventh edition of Devour! The Food Film Fest goes on sale Tuesday, August 29 at 10am AT. Tickets range in price from $10 to $999 for the exclusive Devour! The Festival Pass (limited quantities available). This all-access pass gives priority entry to the opening gala and all films, workshops, tasting tours, celebrity chef dinners, parties and special events. Devour! offers a round-trip shuttle from Halifax to Wolfville for $20.For additional information, visit https://devourfest.com/ Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

With P30 Pro Huawei shows US controversy and trade war arent stumbling

first_img Tags Share your voice Huawei’s P30 Pro boasts cameras galore 3:34 Comment Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) 24 Photos Huawei P30 “Globally, more people know the Huawei brand, actually,” Yu said in an interview at the P30 launch event in Paris on Tuesday. “It’s a good advertisement for Huawei.”Maybe it’s a case of all publicity being good publicity. It doesn’t hurt that Huawei is making some of the best phones (and especially the best phone cameras) money can buy right now. IHS predicts it will once again ship more phones than Apple in 2019 — even though it doesn’t look like it will be able to make any headway in the US at any point in the near future.”The phenomenal thing about Huawei is they are successful in spite of the US policies or the US market,” said Lam. They’ve taken a leadership in AI, chip/modem tech and mobile photography — not to mention foldable smartphones and 5G. They have all the elements that Samsung had when it matured into a global powerhouse.”There’s no doubt about it: When it comes to making devices, Huawei is a force to be reckoned with, and not even its involvement in an international trade war is about to knock it off its pedestal anytime soon. Phones News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Huawei P30 Pro’s camera put to the test in Paris Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less 40 Photos Not that you’d know any of this from attending Huawei’s P30 Pro phone launch in Paris on Tuesday. It was almost as if Huawei’s geopolitical strife didn’t exist — and given the popularity of the company’s phones, it might as well not. Following years spent establishing its P series and Mate series as standout phones in a market crowded with impressive rivals, Huawei now has a firm track record of exciting us with its flagships.”If you were to ask me what I thought of Huawei just five years ago, I would just say that it’s a Chinese OEM catching Apple,” said IHS Markits analyst Wayne Lam. “But ever since the P20 Pro, introduced last year, I can confidently say that Huawei has surpassed Apple in terms of quality and performance of mobile photography.”Foldable fameThis year has seen the company step up its game even further with the launch of the Mate X at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Huawei’s entry into the foldable phones market stole the show, eclipsing even the long-awaited first slew of 5G handsets to hit the market. It’s enjoying similar success in the PC market. The Huawei X Pro, the latest top-end laptop from the company (and a dead ringer for an Apple MacBook), is winning early plaudits from reviewers.After bringing the wow factor with the Mate X and X Pro, Huawei’s latest hope is that it will blow you away with the photographic capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro. In the keynote at the phone’s launch event, Huawei CEO Richard Yu walked the audience through the varied capabilities of its four cameras. He boasted of its skills in low light, its ability to capture details from a distance and the layered depth-of-field (or bokeh) effects, comparing results side-by-side against photos taken with the latest Apple and Samsung phones. How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect 1 See it Early results in CNET’s own tests suggest that Huawei’s right to be proud and that the P30 can compete with the Galaxy S10 and that the zoom function is, according to Senior Editor Andrew Hoyle, “unprecedented in a phone.”Elephant in the roomHuawei is a hit machine, and at the top of its game when it comes to turning out rockstar products. But then there’s the small matter of its geopolitical troubles that mean it can’t sell its phones in the US right now — “the elephant in the room,” as CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood describes it.”The single biggest impact on its devices business remains its exclusion from the US market. However it is interesting that many vocal US analysts and bloggers are starting to bemoan the fact they can’t easily get Huawei’s latest devices in the US,” said Wood. “This has to be a positive development for Huawei, which is keen to do anything to improve sentiment in this key market.”Perhaps it’s even possible that the controversy, mixed with buzz around its products, is actually giving Huawei greater visibility. Huawei’s P30 Pro: its exciting new flagship phone. Angela Lang/CNET Whether you know the telecom giant because of its popular Android phones or because it’s made an enemy of the US government, you’ve probably heard the name Huawei.This fact alone marks a big shift from just a couple years back, when people struggled to even pronounce the name of the Chinese company — now the number two phone maker in the world behind Samsung and the world’s largest telecom equipment maker.Huawei’s phone business has grown since then, but a dark cloud has also formed over the company. The US fears Huawei is using its phones and network equipment for spying, given its coziness with the Chinese government. The company’s CFO has been detained in Canada, awaiting extradition to the US to face charges of violating sanctions on trade with Iran, and she increasingly looks like a pawn in a broader trade war between the US and China. $534 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Huaweilast_img read more

New Nokia tech may double your phones battery life

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 4:20 1 Tags Share your voice Is 5G safe? (The 3:59, Ep. 575)center_img 5G Nokia Comment Mobile Sci-Tech Tech Industry Phones Nokia researchers have filed a patent for new battery tech that’d better support 5G services.  Logan Moy/CNET As 5G becomes more common, phones have to adapt to support the next-gen network’s power requirements. As such, Nokia Bell Labs and Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research (AMBER) have developed new battery technology that might double the life of your phone’s battery without making it heavier. The researchers filed a patent to protect the design and start commercialization soon, according to a June company announcement. “By packing more energy into a smaller space, this new battery technology will have a profound impact on 5G and the entire networked world,” Paul King, one of the lead investigators on the project and member of the technical staff at Nokia Bell Labs, said in the release. The technology uses similar components and designs as today’s technology, so it should cost a similar amount, Nokia spokesman Eric Mangan said. That’s an important factor for any new battery technology.But don’t expect it to help with the 5G phones now arriving, or the more mature successors coming next year. The new battery technology still has to clear hurdles in design and manufacturability. “A few years is a good bet,” Mangan said of the technology’s availability.The new batteries use carbon nanotubes, tiny tubes that have shown engineering promise for decades. A network of them enables stronger electrodes within the battery that conduct more electricity with lower resistance, a Nokia research paper on Nature Energy said. That helps to increase the amount of energy that can be stored in a given battery volume.The new technology can also better sustain renewable energy grids, consumer services and the industrial internet of things. The grids could manage high energy fluctuations in wind and solar technologies. According to a study from Wood Mackenzie published in February, the energy storage in 100 percent renewable systems will likely be 25 times higher as compared to today’s systems. The need for efficient, fast charging and compact energy storage becomes even more imperative with these challenges, the study said.Originally published June 21.Update, June 25: Adds more detail about the battery technology.last_img read more

Morgan Stanley to cut up to 25 of its fixedincome jobs

first_imgMorgan Stanley plans to cut up to 25% of its fixed-income jobs, according to a person familiar with the matter.The workforce reduction will be across all regions and is set to take place in the next two weeks, said the person.The news was first reported by Bloomberg on Monday, 30 November.The Wall Street bank reported a 42% slide in bond trading in the third quarter, one of its worst performances since the financial crisis.Morgan Stanley Chief Executive James Gorman has been focusing on equities trading and particularly wealth management as profit-drivers for the No 6 US bank by assets as stricter regulations and capital requirements make it more difficult to trade bonds.Ted Pick, who was in charge of the company’s equities business, was picked by Gorman last month to oversee its entire trading business to facilitate better coordination between the firm’s bond and equities desks.Morgan Stanley declined to comment.The company’s shares, which have fallen 12.9% this year up to Friday’s close, were up 2.1% in afternoon trading.last_img read more

Government reduces import tariff on gold increases for silver

first_imgThe Central government on Thursday, 31 December, 2015, reduced the import tariff value on gold by $2 to $345 per 10 gm and increased the tariff value by $4 on silver to $452 per kg.The tariff values on gold and silver were fixed at $347 and $448 by the government on 16 December, 2015.The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is normally revised on a fortnightly basis.The tariff values were fixed at $344 on gold and $461 on silver on 30 November, 2015, by the government.Gold lost about 6.30% during calendar year 2015; the metal’s price was Rs 27,100 per 10 gm on 1 January this year, and the closing price on 31 December, 2015, was Rs 25,390.Silver, too, witnessed a similar trend, losing almost 8%. Its closing price on 1 January was Rs 36,200 per kg while the price on the last day of calendar 2015 was Rs 33,300 per kg.India’s gold imports have come down consistently over the years, from $56.5 billion in the 2011-12 fiscal, to $53.8 billion in 2012-13, to $27.70 billion. It was $24.49 billion last year, and in this fiscal, the country imported gold worth $22.73 billion in the first eight months (April to November).India’s gold imports plunged 36.48% to $3.53 billion in November 2015 from $5.57 billion in the corresponding month last year, due to falling gold prices.The import value of silver also declined last month, according to statistics released by the Union Commerce Ministry.Silver imports dropped 55% to $285 million in November 2015, from $643.71 million in November 2014.last_img read more

Seabirds morphing wings inspire design for robots that can both fly and

first_img 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. Citation: Seabird’s morphing wings inspire design for robots that can both fly and swim (2010, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-seabird-morphing-wings-robots.html (PhysOrg.com) — There are robots that can fly, and there are robots that can swim, but so far a robot that can both fly and swim does not exist. With the goal to design an aerial/aquatic robotic vehicle, a team of researchers is investigating how nature achieves both aerial and aquatic motion in a single entity, particularly in a seabird called the common guillemot. They plan to use their calculations, models, and simulations to design a robotic vehicle with a morphing wing similar to the one used by the seabird. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com.All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further A robotic vehicle with the ability to fly and swim could have a variety of applications. For example, the vehicle could be used to inspect underwater oil pipes while flying to and from remote oil rigs. It could also be used for aerial and aquatic surveillance for counter-terrorism purposes. Variations in the missions could require very different operating speeds in each medium. The numerical model developed by the researchers takes these issues into consideration and can provide mission-specific optimal values to use in future concept vehicle designs. Currently, the researchers are developing an experimental platform from which they can investigate various parameters associated with flapping propulsion during aquatic locomotion.As Lock noted, there are still several challenges that need to be addressed, starting with the need to better understand the performance compromise between operations in the air and water due to the fact that robots of this type have not yet reached a level of maturity within the research community. “The second biggest challenge that we face is one that everybody within the robotics community has to deal with, and that is the problem of a suitable power source,” he said. “There is of course a finite payload which any robotic vehicle can carry, of which the power source invariably contributes a significant proportion of the overall mass. Implementing a power source that is light enough to allow aerial operations but provides sufficient power to enable the use of the locomotion mechanisms for any feasible length of time is a huge problem that we face. Luckily this is a common problem faced by many robots whereby the ultimate aim is for the untethered operations and as such many research groups are striving towards new power sources with greater power-to-weight ratios and lifespans. Although not currently available, we believe that in time a suitable power source will be developed that allows aerial/aquatic vehicles to be developed.“Finally, the third challenge we face comes from developing a vehicle of this scale capable of aerial operations utilizing beating wing flight. Very few mature examples exist that achieve this mode of locomotion through a flapping locomotion strategy, and they are not attempting operations in water as well. Solutions to this problem do exist, such as the inclusion of an additional propulsion source for use whilst in air such as a propeller, but this then moves away from the biological example from which the work drew inspiration. However, we are not ruling this out as a stepping stone whilst addressing other elements of the complex task that we face.”center_img The common guillemot flies with straight wings and swims with bent wings, which reduces profile drag by up to 50%. This strategy is providing inspiration for the design of aerial/aquatic robotic vehicles. Image credit: Lock, et al. Adapted from unpublished BBC footage.) Micro flying robots can fly more effectively than flies More information: Richard J. Lock, et al. “Development of a biologically inspired multi-modal wing model for aerial-aquatic robotic vehicles through empirical and numerical modelling of the common guillemot, Uria aalge.” Bioinsp. Biomim. 5 (2010) 046001 (15pp). DOI:10.1088/1748-3182/5/4/046001 Researchers Richard Lock, who is working under the supervision of Dr. Ravi Vaidyanathan at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, and coauthors, have published their investigation of the common guillemot’s locomotive abilities in a recent issue of Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. “The capacity to mathematically model the morphological shifts the bird makes from aerial to aquatic media is our first step in being able to reproduce the process,” Lock told PhysOrg.com. “Understanding locomotion in a single medium is already a complex problem to solve; therefore, attempting to further our understanding of systems with a multi-modal capability, i.e., operations in two different media, provides many challenges. Our work focuses on trying to understand this balance between the different media, focusing on how different mission requirements present different compromises in performance.”As the researchers explained, a variety of birds and insects are capable of locomotion in both air and water. However, these animals are confronted with numerous physiological challenges, due primarily to the fact that water is some 800 times denser than air. The animals’ locomotive strategies that solve this problem can generally be divided into two categories: two different mechanisms for the two different media, or a single mechanism adapted for both media. The common guillemot falls into the second category, as it flaps its wings for locomotion in both media. However, the bird modifies its wing shape when swimming by folding part of its wing. This simple change results in a reduction of surface area, which, as the researchers calculated, reduces profile drag by as much as 50% and significantly reduces the overall power requirements. This ability enables the common guillemot to nest on land along the coast, fly up to 30 km out to sea, dive underwater, and flap its wings to swim and hunt for marine food. After developing a model of the common guillemot’s wing size, shape, and flapping behavior, the researchers validated the model with simulations. Their goal was to find the values of key variables that achieve the highest performance (i.e., the lowest energy requirements) for a robotic vehicle that could fly with a range of 2 km at a velocity of 20 m/s and swim with a range of 500 m at a velocity of 1.5 m/s. These values are similar to that of the typical feeding habits of the common guillemot. The model’s suggested values for key geometric and kinematic parameters were in close agreement to those exhibited by the guillemot, providing the researchers with preliminary validation of their numerical model. The model can also be used for additional missions based on projected uses of the concept vehicle.last_img read more