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

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.”last_img read more