Baby vs. puppy and the winner is…

first_imgBaby!(Fantastic DonateNow button from Network for Good customer Heartspring. We love you.)UPDATE: apparently in the last 24 hours, Heartspring got rid of the baby button. So the above link is gone. As a colleague of mine says – “Nobody puts baby in the corner!” But I guess they did. Heartspring, bring back baby! That was my favorite DonateNow button of all time.I’ve often joked about how the way to get someone’s attention – and compassion – is through babies and puppies.And now – further proof, from the Neuromarketing blog.This highly recommend blog notes an experiment in Scotland:Hundreds of wallets were planted on the streets of Edinburgh by psychologists last year. Perhaps surprisingly, nearly half of the 240 wallets were posted back. But there was a twist.Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, and his team inserted one of four photographs behind a clear plastic window inside, showing either a smiling baby, a cute puppy, a happy family or a contented elderly couple. Some wallets had no image and some had charity papers inside.When faced with the photograph of the baby people were far more likely to send the wallet back, the study found. In fact, only one in ten were hard-hearted enough not to do so. With no picture to tug at the emotions, just one in seven were sent back.According to Dr Wiseman the result reflects a compassionate instinct towards vulnerable infants that people have evolved to ensure the survival of future generations. “The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective,” he said. [From TimesOnline – Want to keep your wallet? Carry a baby picture.]The results were quite startling. Fully 88% of the wallets with the baby photo were returned. The next best rate was the puppy photo, at 53%. A family photo netted a 48% return rate, while an elderly couple picture scored only 28%.Attention nonprofit marketers: Want to keep your wallet? Carry baby pictures. Want to win hearts and minds? Apparently, the answer is the same.last_img read more

Korea Open: PV Sindhu looks to avenge World Championships defeat against Okuhara in final

first_imgRio Olympic Silver medallist PV Sindhu came out with yet another stellar performance as she defeated China’s He Bingjiao in a three-game thriller here on Saturday to enter the finals of the ongoing Korea Open Super Series.Sindhu defeated Bingjiao 21-10 17-21 21-16 in the semifinal match that lasted 66 minutes to set up the summit clash against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, who she had lost to in the finals of the World Championships last month.BAI Twitter PhotoBefore the match, Sindhu’s head-to-head record against Bingjiao was 3-5, but the Indian started brightly and took control of the game from the beginning against her Chinese opponent.The Olympic medallist didn’t break too much sweat in the opening game, clinching it 21-10.However, Bingjioa made a resounding comeback in the second game to win it 21-17 to level the tie and send jitters in the Indian camp.Sindhu, however, held her nerves to win the third and deciding game 21-16 and set up what would be a repeat of the World Championships final.The Hyderabadi shuttler lost 19-21, 22-20, 20-22 to Okuhara in the World Championships summit showdown.That match, which was termed by many as one of the best matches in world badminton, spanned one hour and 49 minutes.last_img read more

A league they can own: why pro footballers are signing up star video gamers

first_img Leicester City player Christian Fuchs Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images features Share on LinkedIn esports Twitter Football politics Share via Email The obstacles standing between young people and a professional football career are indeed manifold: injuries, missed opportunities or the overwhelming pressure of being a youth protege derail promising football careers daily. “Esports allows people with physical impairments to play professionally,” adds Mascherano. “It’s no better or worse, but a new and different way to enjoy the game.”Expensive TV subscriptions even make watching pro football impossible for skint teenagers. So, for a generation raised online, perhaps esports is a natural substitute. “Football didn’t start in the same dimensions as it is now,” says Fuchs. “It’s still growing, even if it is the most popular sport in the world.” Twitter Facebook Pinterest Fifa Topics Facebook Marcus ‘Marcuzo’ Jorgensen of Denmark reacts during the Fifa eWorld Cup 2018 semi-final match, won by Stefano Pinna of Belgium. Photograph: Ben Hoskins/Fifa via Getty Images Team Gullit … former Netherlands star Ruud Gullit and his team of gamers. Photograph: PR Company Handout As the fifth Russian goal struck the Saudi net in the opening game of last summer’s World Cup, the dreams of Saudi Arabian football supporters were crushed before the competition had really started. A few months later, though, fans were glued to screens once again, witnessing a Saudi player do the unthinkable and lift the trophy. This time they were watching a YouTube stream, and their star player was a gamer named “MSdossary”.Beating 20 million other players of Fifa 18, Electronic Arts’ wildly popular officially licensed football video game, Mossad “MSDossary” Aldossary was crowned the Fifa eWorld Cup champion, winning $250,000 (around £190,000) for his efforts. He has become the player to watch, an armchair Mbappé – and as football stars from Arsenal’s Mesut Özil to Dutch veteran Ruud Gullit begin investing in esports, he is drawing a lot of attention.center_img Sports games And kicking off in 2019 is the Uefa eChampions League, the brainchild of Uefa marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein. Billed as the virtual counterpart to the Champions League, the eChampions League is “a natural extension of the Uefa Champions League into competitive gaming,” says Epstein, and “could lead to the coexistence of virtual and real competitions. Competitive gaming is not intended to be a substitute for real football, but instead, to complement it.”Argentina’s most-capped player, Javier Mascherano, is a fan: “Once my football playing career enters its last stages, I’m interested in opening up to new fields of business, and esports is an excellent vehicle to connect with new generations.” He currently wears the No 14 shirt for Hebei China Fortune, but after retiring from international football last year, his football playing career is drawing to a close. Now, his competitive nature has found an outlet: by partnering with Argentinean agency eSports Planet, he wants to make Latin America – currently an underrepresented force on the global esports circuit – a serious player.It’s easy to dismiss footballers moving into esports as a cash grab or vessel for self-promotion, but for Mascherano and Fuchs, it’s a little bit deeper. Like millions of teenagers, Fuchs was a Fifa obsessive. “As a boy, you look up to big stars in the Bundesliga and Premier League, so it was great to have the chance to play them in your own living room,” he recounts.Gaming obsessives and professional sports players aren’t the chalk and cheese they once were. A great many professional footballers play video games; indeed, almost everyone under 30 does. Just look at Özil, once Germany’s most expensive player, who pocketed a cool €50m with a 2013 transfer to Arsenal. Today, amid transfer whispers, you can find him on Twitch and fronting his M10 Esports team. Fuchs says: “When I got to know my players in person I realised how professional and competitive they are, just the way I am with everything I do. They reflect my nature … [NoFuchsGiven] feels like a real, physical football team, where you support and learn from each other. People dream of becoming a footballer but they may not have made it, and this is another way into a business where you can become a top star.” Games Share on WhatsApp Facebook Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs has become the first Premier League footballer to form his own nine-player Fifa team: NoFuchsGiven. “The appeal of esports is a part of everyday life now. Fortnite and Fifa are spoken about in the same way as we talk about football and rugby. [Fortnite streamer] Ninja is as big a star as Messi and Ronaldo, so I’ve realised how professional and competitive [professional gamers] are, just like I am with everything I do.”Fuchs isn’t the only athlete who sees opportunity in esports. Projected to be worth $1.4bn by 2020, virtual sports mirror the lucrative world of professional sports. Gullit is using his managerial prowess on the pitch to scout the next wave off it with the Team Gullit esports academy, while retired Real Madrid defender Álvaro Arbeloa has gone from lifting the World Cup in 2010 to partnering with League of Legends team Origen in 2018. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on Twitter Twitter Uefa Share on Messenger Pinterest Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri enjoying his first Christmas programme

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri enjoying his first Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he’s enjoying his first Christmas programme.Chelsea are halfway through a run of four league matches in 12 days but Sarri, who had never managed outside Italy until this season, says it is “fantastic”.He told Sky Sports: “I like to play in the Christmas days. I think it’s very difficult to play every three days.”This season we had a very unusual pre-season. I have no experience of this kind of pre-season. Then we had three weeks of working, then from the end of August we started to play every three days.”So we have no time for training, we have no time for improving the team, we have no time for improving single players.”So I think it’s very difficult to play here, but I think it’s fantastic.” last_img read more

Ashes 2019: Cricket Australia defends team doctor in Steve Smith’s concussion call

first_imgAshes 2019: Cricket Australia defends team doctor in Steve Smith’s concussion callAshes 2019: Steve Smith was ruled out of the remainder of the 2nd Test on Sunday due to a delayed concussion, as assessed by the Australian team doctor Richard Saw.advertisement Associated Press LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 19:19 IST Ashes 2019: Steve Smith remains doubtful for the third Test which starts on Thursday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was hit on the back of his neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Day 4Smith had left the field after being hit but came back later to bat, scoring 92 runsSmith was later ruled out of the remainder of the Test before the final day’s playCricket Australia has defended the team doctor who allowed Steve Smith to resume his innings after assessing him for concussion on day four of the second Ashes Test and then ruled the veteran batsman out the following day after further Testing.Alex Kountouris, Cricket Australia’s manager of sports medicine, told a news conference in Australia on Monday he was “100%” satisfied with team doctor Richard Saw’s treatment of Smith in London on the weekend, and he urged against any over-reaction to the sport’s new concussion guidelines.Smith had to leave the field after being hit on the neck near the rear base of his batting helmet by a fast, sharply rising delivery from Jofra Archer on Saturday. Saw conducted Tests before allowing Smith to return at the fall of the subsequent wicket, and the ex-Test captain was eventually dismissed for 92.Smith complained of headaches later Saturday and was ruled out of the remainder of the match on Sunday after displaying concussion symptoms.Marnus Labuschagne replaced Smith, becoming the first concussion substitute in international cricket, and scored 59 in an important innings that helped Australia draw the match at Lord’s and retain a 1-0 series lead in the five-match series.”The reality is only about one in five or six head impacts end up in concussion,” said Kountouris, who added that Cricket Australia’s research showed delayed concussion accounted for up to 30 percent of those cases. “If we pulled out every player who had a head impact, we’d be pulling out 80 per cent of players who don’t have a concussion and taking them out of the game. So that would be an overreaction.”advertisementKountouris said three other batters were hit in the head, but only Smith had a concussion.”He didn’t have a concussion at the time (Saturday),” he said. “If we took him out of the game, we would have been leaving him out of the game for no reason other than what we saw on the field.”Our doctor is an expert in his field. He’s trained to pick up even the minor signs of concussion. Everything he did was according to the protocol, he was very thorough and … we’re 100% happy with what happened over there.”The third Test starts Thursday in Leeds, making Smith a doubtful starter.Also Read | Watching Jofra Archer bowl more frightening than facing him: Marnus LabuschagneAlso Read | James Anderson left out as England name unchanged squad for 3rd Ashes TestAlso Read | ICC Test rankings: Steve Smith overtakes Kane Williamson, closes in on Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS AustraliaFollow Richard SawFollow Cricket Australialast_img read more

TSA Carriers Propose Rate Hike to Stop Further Rate Erosion

first_imgzoom Container shipping lines in the U.S. export trade lane to Asia are recommending phased, across-the-board increases in freight rates, beginning October 1, 2015. According to member lines of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), the scheduled action reflects the trade’s recovery from congestion challenges earlier in the year; a strengthening market heading into what is typically the trade’s peak season; and an urgent need to halt damaging rate erosion.Effective October 1, member carriers in TSA’s Westbound section will be seeking to establish new target rates in all dry commodity segments that TSA described as modest increases in most cases, with higher proportionate increases for the most depressed rates. TSA-Westbound lines say they expect to follow with similar, gradual increases in November and December.“U.S.-Asia freight rates have fallen to historically low levels since the beginning of 2015 due to a strong dollar and unusually weak emerging market demand,” said TSA-Westbound executive administrator Brian Conrad.“Current westbound rate levels in many cases do not fully cover costs. At best, they make only a nominal contribution to a round-trip sailing, and barely compete for space aboard ship with empty repositioned containers needed in Asia. Worse, at a time when westbound equipment is already in short supply, depressed rates encourage migration of containers to other trades.”Industry analyst Alphaliner predicted the move as World Maritime News reported earlier, saying that although carriers would attempt another rates hike in September, any success would likely be short-lived as demand is expected to fall sharply in October, when China’s week-long National Day ‘Golden Week’ holidays will mark the end of the summer peak season.last_img read more

Progress Made Toward Making Life Better for Families

first_imgOver the last several months, government has made significant progress toward getting the province back to balance, creating good jobs, growing the economy, improving health care and making life more affordable for families. “We are well positioned to meet government’s commitment to make life better for families in all regions of the province,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “We have tabled a multi-year fiscal plan to restore the province’s finances and keep services that Nova Scotians need, introduced one of the most ambitious targets for renewable electricity generation in North America and worked with one of the largest businesses in the world to establish a wind turbine manufacturing plant in Trenton that will employ hundreds of Nova Scotians.” On April 6, government introduced a budget that outlines the steps needed to get the province back to balance, improve the economy, and make life more affordable for many Nova Scotians. “Nova Scotians told us that they could live with an increase to the HST if it meant government would do all it could to reduce unnecessary spending and live within its means,” said Premier Dexter. “We listened and introduced a budget that secures valuable services in areas like health and education while helping Nova Scotians who need it the most, and creates good jobs that will stimulate economic growth in all regions.” Some notable highlights from the budget include: introducing the House of Assembly Management Commission Act to provide clear, new rules for MLA expenses. developing an act to help the Department of Agriculture work more closely with fur ranchers so the industry can continue to grow and be successful improving the school review process by increasing the opportunity for community engagement and clarifying the circumstances under which a school must be reviewed. Government committed to putting the legislature back to work for Nova Scotians. During this session, government introduced and passed 29 bills for a total of 59 bills introduced and passed since June 2009. “This session is one that government can be proud of because we made the tough decisions that are in the best interests of all Nova Scotiains,” said Premier Dexter. “This government will continue making sound and strategic decisions that will ensure Nova Scotia is a great place to live, work, run a business and raise a family.” Premier Dexter noted that one of his most important responsibilities during this session was working to finally acknowledge the wrong done to Mrs. Viola Desmond and her family when Mrs. Desmond was wrongfully jailed and fined in 1946 for sitting in the white people’s section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. On April 17, on the advice of the Executive Council, the lieutenant governor exercised the Royal Prerogative of Mercy to grant a Free Pardon to Mrs. Desmond. “April 17 will go down in history as a day when Nova Scotians stood against racism in all its forms,” said Premier Dexter. “We promised never to forget the legacy of a remarkable woman who taught us all the importance of standing up for what we believe in and what is right.” During the 62nd session of the General Assembly, which wrapped up today, May 11, Premier Dexter highlighted some of the significant legislation government passed during the 32-day sitting of the House of Assembly. “Government’s ambitious legislative agenda are steps we have taken to make the right decisions for Nova Scotia families,” said Premier Dexter. “We are banning the sale and use of non-essential pesticides, amending the Electricity Act to bring more stable and secure renewable electricity to Nova Scotia, and amending the Insurance Act to provide fair compensation for accident victims while not increasing premiums.” Other bill highlights include: maximizing available federal infrastructure funds, which is expected to create 7,000 person-years of employment and generate about $300 million in income. stabilizing the Public Service Superannuation Act to restore the pension plan to financial health. establishing an Affordable Living Tax Credit which will put $53 million back in Nova Scotia households this year alone. removing the provincial portion of the HST from items such as children’s clothing, shoes, diapers and feminine hygiene products to ensure basic necessities remain affordable eliminating the provincial income tax for 18,000 seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement creating a poverty reduction credit that will provide tax-free payments to help about 15,000 low-income Nova Scotianslast_img read more

DefExpo in Lucknow will be shining example for similar events in future

first_imgNew Delhi: The next edition of India’s mega defence exhibition, the DefExpo, to be held in Lucknow in February, will be better than the previous chapters of biennial event, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.The defence minister held a high-level meeting to review preparations for the 11th edition of the DefExpo. The meeting was attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh and several top officials of the Defence Ministry. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Officials said the exhibition will highlight emergence of Uttar Pradesh as an attractive destination for investment in the defence sector. In his remarks, Adityanath said a land bank of 3,000 acres is available for companies desirous of investing in Uttar Pradesh. It will be for the first time Lucknow will host the exhibition in which delegates of a number of leading countries will participate. It will be held from February 5-8. “The next edition of DefExpo will be different from earlier editions. It will be better, it will be a shining example for such events in future,” Singh said in his opening remarks at the meeting. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHe said the DefExpo would give a major boost to investments for the defence corridor in Uttar Pradesh. He recalled that during his recent visit to South Korea, several Korean companies had expressed interest in investing in the state. Nearly 300 acres land has already been identified by the UP government for the event. The theme of the DefExpo will be ‘India: the emerging defence manufacturing hub’ and it will be focused on ‘digital transformation of defence’.last_img read more

Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones

first_imgHAVANA — Cuba says its citizens will be offered full internet access on mobile phones beginning Thursday, becoming one of the last nations to do so.Mayra Arevich is president of the Cuban state telecom monopoly. She announced on national television Tuesday evening that Cubans can begin contracting 3G service for the first time Thursday.Until now, Cubans have had access only to state-run email accounts on their phones.The communist-governed island has one of the world’s lowest rates of internet use but that has been expanding rapidly since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared detente in 2014. Expansion has not slowed with President Donald Trump’s rollback of relations.Cuba authorized home internet in 2017 and hundreds of public Wi-Fi connection points have opened in parks and plazas around the country.The Associated Presslast_img read more

AAP failed to fulfil its prepoll promises says Rajnath Singh

first_imgNew Delhi: Hitting out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said the AAP government has “failed” to fulfil its pre-poll promises and asserted that it cannot form the government every time by fooling the people. Addressing the party’s ‘Vijay Sankalp Sabha’ in northeast Delhi parliamentary constituency, Singh said the Narendra Modi dispensation always does what it says.Hours after Singh’s comments, Kejriwal hit back at the Home Minister, saying he should not be “lying like his boss”. “They had promised to give Delhiites facilities which they had been deprived of and had even promised a government that would be impeccable and corruption free. But everybody knows what is the truth of the AAP,” Singh said. He accused the AAP government of preparing a weak draft of Lokpal bill and trying to get it passed in the Vidhan Sabha. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also asked people whether they had received free water since the AAP had promised 20,000 litres of free water before coming to power. “Promises were made that 20 new colleges and 500 new schools will be opened. How many schools and colleges have been opened in northeast Delhi. “You had promised that if you were elected you would install CCTVs all around the city for women’s safety. But had Manoj Tiwari not tried, there would have been no CCTVs here. I want to question how many CCTVs has the AAP installed,” Singh asked. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe also questioned the Chief Minister how much funds have been used from the Nirbhaya fund for women’s safety and how many toilets had been constructed in slum areas. “Even a minister accused of sexual harassment had to leave his post but the party did not remove him,” he added. Responding to such allegations, Kejriwal tweeted, “Modji ensured that Delhi did not get CCTVs for three years. Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain went on a hunger strike and ensured that the CCTV proposal was approved. Modi government is sitting on Delhi’s Lokpal for the last four years. Delhi is getting free water.”last_img read more

UN agency assists Liberians fleeing to Côte dIvoire as new fighting erupts

Thousands of Liberians have fled a new round of fighting in southern Liberia and arrived in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire, where the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is now working to alleviate the added pressure on local communities already burdened by other refugees and the effects of their own country’s civil conflict. In the past two days, more than 2,000 Liberians, mostly women and children, have arrived at Tabou in western Côte d’Ivoire, paddling canoes 200 metres across the roaring Cavaly River, UNHCR said. The frightened refugees are arriving mainly at the Yeoli and Nero entry points, bringing stories of heavy fighting between the Liberian Government and rebel forces battling to control the region, despite the torrential rainy season downpours hampering travel in the area. “We’re in a race against the weather and the poor health condition of the new arrivals,” said UNHCR’s acting representative in Abidjan, Panos Moumtzis. “We’re very worried about the children should diarrhoeal outbreaks become widespread.” The newly arrived Liberians further strain the infrastructure in Tabou, which receives only an hour of electricity daily and suffers a serious shortage of clean water, according to UNHCR, which is providing assistance to communities willing to host the refugees. The agency has dispatched shelter materials to the new arrivals, and re-opened a transit centre intended for 700 people but currently sheltering more than 2,500. UNHCR is also working to identify more villages willing to accept the fleeing Liberians. Few non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are established in the region, complicating the relief operation. Altogether, an estimated 15,000 Liberians have arrived in the Tabou area in the last 10 to 15 days, a number over the 12,000 Ivorians who populate the town. read more

Beshear touts plan to promote agritech manufacturing

Beshear, the state’s attorney general, is challenging Republican Governor Matt Bevin in the November election. Bevin routinely touts the state’s low unemployment rate and job growth in his pitch for a second term.Beshear’s plan includes having the state partner with universities to develop “agritech accelerators” to promote business startups.He says he’d focus tax incentives on agritech businesses and advanced manufacturing and would expand “micro-loan” programs to increase access to credit for businesses. The first ad of his campaign for governor debuts Tuesday. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andy Beshear has released a plan aimed at producing more Kentucky jobs tied to farm technology and advanced manufacturing.The proposals released Wednesday are part of what Beshear calls his “kitchen table agenda.” Beshear’s plan includes starting “business accelerators” and expanding access to credit to recruit agritech and advanced manufacturing operations to Kentucky.- Advertisement – read more

Wrestling No 2 Ohio State rolls through Purdue 357

Ohio State’s Bo Jordan wrestles Kaleb Young in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (12-0, 7-0 Big Ten) beat up on Purdue (6-6, 0-5 Big Ten), defeating the Boilermakers 35-7 Sunday afternoon at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio.Ohio State’s Bo and Micah Jordan competed in their high school gym for the first time since they graduated. No. 5 Micah beat redshirt sophomore Cole Wysocki 21-9 at 157 pounds, and No. 3 Bo won 9-4 against No. 10 redshirt sophomore Dylan Lydy of Purdue at 174 pounds.Two other matchups between ranked wrestlers occurred, with Ohio State No. 11 junior Joey McKenna edging out No. 18 sophomore Nate Limmex 6-0 at 141 pounds. Ohio State No. 4 senior Nathan Tomasello beat No. 15 senior Luke Welche 18-5 at 125.Ohio State redshirt junior Cody Burcher upset No. 19 Jacob Morrissey with a pin just 34 seconds into the match. Burcher was wrestling in replace of No. 13 junior Te’Shan Campbell, who has struggled recently and lost his fourth consecutive match against Michigan State Friday.No. 2 junior Myles Martin won 20-4 with a technical fall against Purdue junior Jonathan Morales, securing the victory in the 184-pound division. No. 1 sophomore Kollin Moore won 18-3 against Purdue sophomore Christian Brunner.Ohio State No. 6 sophomore Ke-Shawn Hayes competed against redshirt sophomore Austin Nash at 149 pounds, and came away with a 24-6 win. Redshirt junior Ben Thornton beat Ohio State freshman Brakan Mead 10-2 at 133 pounds. Mead wrestled in place of No. 2 sophomore Luke Pletcher.Ohio State redshirt freshman Kevin Snyder lost to No. 15 freshman Shawn Streck 5-2 at heavyweight. Snyder was wrestling in replacement of his brother Kyle Snyder, who won the Yarygin Grand Prix in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Sunday morning. Ohio State’s next meet starts at 8 p.m. Saturday in University Park, Pennsylvania, against No. 2 Penn State. The matchup will be streamed on Big Ten Network. read more

Bulk Aviation Transport Tank wins fourth award

first_imgSEI Industries’ Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT) has been recognised with a fourth award – this one from the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). After receiving a total of 335 entries from 14 countries, SEI Industries was selected to receive a 2012 International Achievement Award for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications.  Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. For the past few decades, the most common solution to fuel remote operations was to fly bulk fuel in using drums that were never designed for aircraft interiors.  Once the fuel was offloaded into storage containers, the same aircraft then departed with empty drums as its ‘non-paying’ cargo.  Unfortunately, this empty return flight doubled the actual cost of fuel delivery. “The BATT allows these operators to eliminate fuel drums and cut fuel hauling costs in half by flying fuel in then folding up the BATT to free up usable space for back haul cargo.  It provides huge savings and it’s a lot less harmful to the environment,” says Paul Reichard, Remote Site Division Manager for SEI Industries.In January 2012, SEI learned that the BATT had won two awards – both the regional and national 2011 Innovation Insights awards for new technology – from the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.  The award committee noted that the BATT is the world’s first and most advanced collapsible, double-walled, baffled tank that lets users safely carry bulk fuel to remote sites via aircraft. In April 2012, the BATT won its third award – an IFAI Canada 2012 Honours Program recognition in the Industrial applications category.last_img read more

Madagascar sauve in extremis ses baobabs de la noyade

first_imgMadagascar sauve in extremis ses baobabs de la noyadeL’allée des baobabs de Madagascar est un lieu mythique qui a bien failli disparaître. C’est en effet in extremis que ces arbres géants viennent d’être sauvés d’une mort par noyade.En 2007, une zone protégée de 320 hectares a permis de prendre des mesures pour conserver l’allée des baobabs étape incontournable des circuits touristiques de l’île de Madagascar. L’arbre géant (Ansonia grandidieri) est un des symboles de la Grande île qui compte six espèces endémiques sur les huit recensées dans le monde.Or, une usine de sucre déversait de l’eau dans le site tandis que les habitants utilisaient cette eau pour faire de la riziculture. Les baobabs, au beau milieu des rizières, étaient toute l’année dans l’eau, explique Anselme Tilahimena de l’association environnementale Fanamby qui gère l’aire désormais protégée et ses 313 baobabs. Conséquence inévitable, les troncs pourrissaient de l’intérieur et les cyclones renversaient régulièrement les colosses au pieds d’argile (deux par an en moyenne).En stoppant le déversement d’eau et en asséchant les rizières, “il a fallu développer des activités agricoles alternatives de culture sèche comme l’arachide, ou bien des cultures maraîchères, pour compenser la perte de revenus liée à l’arrêt de la riziculture”, explique Anselme Tilahimena. Un changement très difficile à accepter pour les cultivateurs qui avaient des récoltes de riz abondantes grâce à l’eau déversée par l’usine de sucre.Un canal en construction et de l’artisanat “C’est important de protéger les baobabs, mais l’arachide rapporte moins”, déplore Vontanana, 56 ans, qui cultivait du riz au pied des baobabs. Un canal de sept kilomètres est actuellement en construction en dehors de la zone protégée, rapporte Destiné à irriguer une surface de 187 hectares, les paysans pourront y cultiver du riz sans que cela présente de danger pour les baobabs.À lire aussiPour dormir en sécurité, les Makis Catta passent la nuit dans des grottesAutre solution mise en avant par l’association Fanamby et les communautés : l’artisanat. Une boutique de bois et de raphia propose aux touristes des boissons fraîches et des baobabs miniatures en palissandre, sculptés par des villageois. Les bénéfices reviennent aux sculpteurs et aux organismes de gestion du site.”Je maîtrise bien la sculpture maintenant. Grâce à cela, mes revenus ont beaucoup augmenté, et avec cet argent j’ai pu construire une nouvelle maison et acheter des chèvres”, raconte derrière le comptoir Mahotoeky Randrianirina, un père de famille de 28 ans. Il espère que le développement du tourisme lui permettra d’améliorer son niveau de vie et celui de ses trois enfants, même si pour l’instant, la boutique est la seule infrastructure d’accueil sur un site visité par 6.000 touristes par an.Le 26 novembre 2011 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Electrify America Hubject want EV charging payments to be as easy as

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Preview • 2019 Chevy Bolt EV: Model overview, pricing, tech and specs These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 Review • 2019 Chevy Bolt: No longer unique, still something special Share your voice Comments Tags CES 2019: Every story so far.Concept cars: Can’t get enough of concept cars? We’ve got you covered. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Imagine this scenario: You need to charge your EV. So, you pull up to a station, open your charging port, plug in the cable and… that’s it. Payments, logins, all of that is handled simply by plugging in your car. That’s the future Hubject and Electrify America are aiming for.At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Electrify America and Hubject announced a partnership that will bring Hubject’s Plug&Charge technology to more than 2,000 of Electrify America’s public EV chargers by the end of the year. Hubject, who developed the tech, is already working to make this happen.Plug&Charge relies on the ISO 15118 standard, which describes a standard of communication between an electric car and charging equipment. Once the plug is connected, the charger receives encrypted data from the car — your charging account credentials, stuff like that — through the cable. The payment processing and everything happens in the background. All the user needs to do is plug in the car. This tech was first announced back in April with Daimler.The technology doesn’t have to be limited to any specific companies, but Hubject also counts BMW Group among its shareholders. Getting people to adapt to new technology is always difficult, but offering a super simple solution like Plug&Charge could very well help folks warm up to electric cars. The charging itself might not be as quick as a trip to the gas station, but handling the payment will soon be much faster. More about 2019 Chevy Bolt EV 26 Photos Electric Cars Car Industry Auto Tech CES 2019 Volkswagen 2last_img read more

Bill to Remove Alaska Exception to VAWA Passes in US Senate

first_imgA bill to remove the Alaska exception from the Violence Against Women Act cleared the Senate today. Outgoing Alaska Sen. Mark Begich brought the bill to the Senate floor. It cleared by consent, with no debate and no vote.Download AudioThe Violence Against Women Act of 2013 allows Lower 48 tribes to prosecute non-Indians who commit acts of domestic violence against Indian spouses and partners. But a provision known as Section 910 excluded Alaska tribal courts. Both Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski have worked to have it removed. Alaska tribal advocates say the Violence Against Women Act could provide them important tools to combat crime. The state of Alaska, while fighting tribal jurisdiction on multiple fronts, says it is already enforcing domestic violence orders issued by Alaska tribes. It’s  unclear whether the repeal of Sec. 910 can also pass the House this week, before Congress adjourns.last_img read more

Yamahaframe bike with scuba tank makes Dyson shortlist

first_imgThe O2 Pursuit was designed by Dean Benstead, an industrial designer and a graduate of RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia. Benstead started out with a what-if idea: “Living in a world where people can commute in vehicles and have fun without impacting on the environment in a scenario that seems unachievable and unimaginable—what if we could?” He worked the idea into a functional prototype stage with numerous design iterations along the way. He said he conducted a validation of air as power source with the use of life-cycle analysis mapping and futuring. A Yamaha WR250R frame was fitted with a compressed-air engine, which is the DiPietro Air Engine developed by Engineair Australia, and a standard scuba diving tank. Last year, he showcased his O2 Pursuit air-powered motorcycle at the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show. This year, the O2 Pursuit is one of the inventions that have been shortlisted for the upcoming James Dyson Award. There are 15 projects on the list and the winner and two runners-up will be announced on November 8. (—Look what an Australian designer would like us to roll with in a no-emissions future: A motorcycle powered by nothing but air. Adding to a growing portfolio of ideas centered around compressed-air engines, this good-looking entry is called the 02 Pursuit. As an alternative-fuel bike, it reaches impressive speeds, given that is powered by a tank of compressed air. Opened up all the way, according to claims, the O2 Pursuit can do over 60 miles on a single tank and can zoom past trees and mountains at 87 mph. The obvious advantage to electric bikes would be that this Pursuit cycle would not require the big heavy batteries, long re-charging waits, and thoughts about battery disposal. Citation: Yamaha-frame bike with scuba tank makes Dyson shortlist (2012, November 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 New design for motorcycle engines powered by compressed aircenter_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. Explore further As some suggest, however, the idea is wonderful but not yet practical. The drawback is lack of refilling stations, and a need to find power to compress the air in the first place. While gas stations are available to provide compressed air, they would not be efficient for something like a scuba tank. The answer would be in a “distributed generation smart grid,” he said, where refill stations can be positioned around a city or rural area to facilitate the required range. The refill points would be navigable via the user’s integrated smartphone and GPS system. Air energy could be compressed via solar or wind and stored in an inert state forever. Right now, however, the O2 Pursuit is a project that provides an inviting look into the use of air as an alternative fuel in, as he said, a post-petroleum world.last_img read more

VIDEO Theres a giant 7th grader on LeBrons sons AAU team thats

first_imgLeBron James is a man among boys in the NBA at 6’8” 270, which is why the sight of him being the same size as a 7th grader on his son’s AAU team at a recent tournament even more baffling.LeBron was doing some coaching during his son Bronnie’s team’s game and as he coached up the kids during a timeout it’s impossible not to notice the team’s massive, 6’9” 270 center named Jahzare Jackson looking the 4-time MVP right in the eye. He’s a big boy.LeBron coaching a 7th grader who’s the same size as him… 😳— Overtime (@overtime) July 20, 2018 Jackson is a regular sized kids’ worst nightmare and a the top post prospect in the country for his age (because apparently that exists).  Maybe he hangs out with the 7’0” French kid that plays on 8 foot rims.These poor kids in this clip. Prayers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Find out if a Windows program is 32bit or 64bit

first_imgFind out if a Windows program is 32-bit or 64-bit by Martin Brinkmann on December 09, 2016 in Tutorials – Last Update: December 09, 2016 – 13 commentsIf you have bought a computer in recent years, chance is you run a 64-bit version of Windows on it. While Microsoft is still producing 32-bit copies of Windows 10, those are sold and deployed considerably less than 64-bit copies.Microsoft itself has not released statistics about the distribution of 32-bit and 64-bit Windows systems. If you look at Steam’s Hardware Survey, as flawed as it is, you will notice that 64-bit dominates the chart.That is somewhat to be expected considering that games benefit from a lot of memory. Still, Windows 10 64-bit dominates Steam with 48.37% currently opposed to 32-bit Windows 10 with only 1.23%. The differences are less drastically for Windows 7 (28.82% to 5.40%) and Windows 8.1 (8.59% to 1.19%).Things are different on the software side. Plenty of high profile applications are either only available as 32-bit versions, or prioritize the 32-bit version over the 64-bit version. This has been the case for the Firefox web browser for instance. Mozilla pushed the 32-bit version of Firefox on Windows, and is just starting to change that.Differences between 64-bit and 32-bit programsWe talked about the differences of 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows back when Windows 7 was released. These are still true. While there are plenty of differences, the most important ones are that 64-bit Windows and programs may use more RAM, that 64-bit Windows offers additional security benefits, and that 64-bit Windows and programs are usually larger.Find out if a Windows program is 32-bit or 64-bitThere are several ways to determine whether a Windows process is 32-bit or 64-bit. One of the best ways is to make use of the Windows Task Manager for that.Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Shift-Esc to open the Task Manager.All versions of Windows highlight 32-bit processes right away in the Task Manager. Any 32-bit program has a *32 listed after its image name so that you knew directly that it was a 32-bit process.You can improve that by adding a dedicated platform column to the task manager that reveals right away if a process is 32-bit or 64-bit.Step 1: First thing you may need to do is click on “more details”, as the Task Manager that Windows 10 opens is not usable at all.Step 2: The processes tab is of no use as well when it comes to determine whether a process is 32-bit or 64-bit. The important *32 addition is missing on that page.Step 3: Switch to the Details tab. While that offers better information, it still lacks the vital information.Step 4: Right-click on the title row of the tab and select “select columns”.Step 5: Locate and check “platform” when the new selection window opens.Platform indicates directly whether a process is 64-bit or 32-bit.Other meansOther means of determining whether a program is 32-bit or 64-bit are not as reliable. While you could look at the installation directory, Program Files (x86) or Program Files, it is not a 100% indicator as programs are not required to install in the right directory.Also, this does not include any portable program you may be running, or programs that install in other directories by default.Another indicator that seems to be reliable is to look at a processes compatibility information. Right-click on an executable file on the system or a process in the Task Manager, and select Properties from the context menu.Third-party programs like Process Explorer may also be used to reveal whether a process is 32-bit or 64-bit.This works similarly to how it is done in the Task Manager. Right-click on the title row in Process Explorer, select “select columns”, and then select “Image Type(64 vs 32-bit) under “Process Image”.Now You: do you care if a program is 64-bit or 32-bit on your system?SummaryArticle NameFind out if a Windows program is 32-bit or 64-bitDescriptionThe guide walks you through the steps of determining whether a process or program on a Windows PC is a 32-bit or 64-bit one.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more