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first_imgPortugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remained coy about his future with the Spanish football giants, refusing to take questions beyond the Confederations Cup where his national team won 1-0 against hosts Russia.Ronaldo netted the winner of the game with a first-half header to send the European champions to the top of Group A and all but secure a place in next week’s semi-finals.He was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match and thus had to attend the post-match press conference.”I’m very happy,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by ESPNFC.”We knew it was going to be a difficult game against a very strong team.”It’s the first time Portugal have won in Russia and I think the team played very well. We played against a team playing at home with a home crowd, a team that pressured us but we were better.””We had more opportunities than Russia and we were just winners. We have four points and we have to congratulate the team.”Portugal coach Fernando Santos backed his player when queried over Ronaldo refusing to take questions on his club future.”Do you think he should answer questions from issues outside the game?” Santos said.”He is here to talk about the game, full stop, not about his life and his family.”I understand you are curious, but you have to respect and have an understanding — and I’m saying this with a good feeling.”You will have other opportunities. I think he did very well in not answering other questions,” Santos added.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGeraint Thomas has moved a step closer to winning his maiden Tour de France title. In fact, he has all but secured the title and is set to become the third British rider to win the prestigious Tour de France.Thomas took full advantage of Team Sky’s strength in depth and acknowledged that his imminent victory was the result of collective work.The 32-year-old Welshman held on to the yellow jersey after Saturday’s decisive time trial, a 31-km effort in the Basque country, to lead Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1:51 and team mate and defending champion Chris Froome by 2:34.Barring a crash in Sunday’s procession to the Champs Elysees in Paris, Thomas will become the third Briton to win the Tour after Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Froome (2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) – both Team Sky riders.”It has been a great race — if we look at all our individual riders they are amazing,” Thomas, who won two mountain stages including one up the iconic Alpe d’Huez climb, told a news conference.Also Read – Tour de France: Defending champion mistaken for fan and tackled by policeTeam Sky began the race not only with Thomas and four-time champion Froome, but also 21-year-old Colombian Egan Bernal, who thwarted most of their rivals’ attacks in the mountains, former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski and former Liege-Bastogne-Liege winner Wout Poels.The team’s dominance in recent years and Froome’s positive test for excessive levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol (before subsequently being cleared of any wrong-doing) fuelled the crowds’ anger.advertisementBut it brought the team together.”There is always going to be haters or whatever, but we work hard. Our biggest strength is not just in the legs but in the head and how we ride together,” said Thomas, who had warmed up for the race by winning the week-long Criterium du Dauphine last month.Thomas’s contract with Sky finishes at the end of the year and the British outfit could find themselves with two grand tour leaders if the new champion-elect extends his contract.LATE SCARE”I just want to enjoy this, man. I don’t know (about my contract),” said Thomas.”We’ll see. I’m not thinking about this at the moment. I just want to enjoy it with the boys.”There was a late scare for Thomas in the time trial, when he appeared to lose control of his bike. He rode cautiously after that to take third place behind Dumoulin and Froome but the title is now virtually in the bag.”(Sports director) Nico(Portal) said take it easy in the corners. Every corner seemed to be at 180 degrees,” he said.”So you just block this out and do what you’ve got to do.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgFormer India cricketer Nikhil Chopra said on Wednesday that MS Dhoni’s back-to-back half-centuries in the ongoing three-match ODI series between India and Australia will give the wicketkeeper-batsman a lot of confidence for the upcoming limited-overs fixtures in the lead up to World Cup 2019.Nikhil Chopra pointed out that the lack of match practice had made it difficult for MS Dhoni to shrug off rustiness in India’s 34-run defeat in the first ODI in Sydney but said he’s glad the former captain hit form and led India to a win in the second match of the series in Adelaide.Dhoni was criticised for his 96-ball 51 on a sluggish wicket at the SCG in the first ODI but the wicketkeeper-batsman managed to silence his critics, at least for the time being, with a 54-ball 55 that proved crucial in India gunning down a 299-run target at the Adelaide Oval.Dhoni, unlike the SCG knock, kept himself busy from the word go and cut loose after the departure of centurion Virat Kohli. Joining hands with Dinesh Karthik, who slammed a quickfire 25, the 37-year-old made sure India went past the finish line and levelled the three-match series at 1-1.”Tremendous [Dhoni’s effort in Adelaide]. After that first game where he got that half-century, little bit of rustines must have been shrugged off. Scoring a run-a-ball half-century, seeing India through, levelling the series just shows us that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back and back with a bang, without a doubt,” Nikhil Chopra told India Today.Shedding light on the positives from the Adelaide ODI, Chopra added: “Good thing for India is that players are fulfilling their roles – Dinesh Karthik and our man, Virat Kohli who loves to chase. He set up the chase beautifully. He will be a confident player, make no mistake about it.”advertisementKudos to Dinesh Karthik for quickfire knock in Adelaide: ChopraNonetheless, Chopra insisted that Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket in order to keep himself match-ready. The likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Mohammad Azharuddin had also insisted the World Cup-winning former captain keep himself busy with domestic commitments whenever he’s not playing international cricket.”I am glad he has got two back-to-back half-centuries because this will give him a great deal of confidence. I completely agree [with voices from back home urging him to play domestic cricket]. Why isn’t he playing domestic cricket? He has been a captain, he knows exactly that he needs to play domestic cricket so that the bat flow is there for him all the time,” Chopra said.”… He’s a great finisher, he has got more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. I can understand but at this moment of time. Nobody is doubting his ability but sometimes you need to keep playing according to the situation in hand. With Dhoni getting a run-a-ball 55, kudos to the unsung hero of the match, Dinesh Karthik. 25 off 14 was simply outstanding. He was outplaying the man who had been batting for a long time at the other end.”Despite facing a lot of criticism for the dip in scoring rate in the recent past, Dhoni has received the backing of the team management, the selectors and captain, Virat Kohli who heaped praise on the veteran for his contribution to the series-levelling win in Adelaide.”Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well,” Kohli had said.Also Read | Team India still benefitting from MS Dhoni’s finishing abilities: Jason GillespieAlso Read | MS Dhoni did not complete a single and forgot to raise his bat after reaching his fiftyAlso Read | India vs Australia: Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in AdelaideAlso Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgzoom Despite an increase in its voyage revenues for the period ended June 30, 2017, Greek tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) saw a drop in its net income.Namely, for the first six months of 2017, TEN’s net income halved at USD 21.1 million when compared with USD 41.8 million seen in the first half of 2016.Over the period, the company’s voyage revenues surged to USD 270.4 million from USD 241.9 million reported in the first half of 2016. The daily time charter equivalent rate per vessel was USD 20,038 and fleet utilization increased to 96.8% compared to USD 22,477 and 95.8% respectively in the same half of 2016.Operating income for the period was USD 49.1 million, down from USD 57.4 reported a year earlier.TEN also witnessed a drop in its net income for the second quarter of the year, which landed at USD 3.6 million compared to USD 16.4 million reported in the same three-month period in 2016, while its voyage revenues increased to USD 132.2 million from USD 119.9 million year-on-year.Revenues, net of voyage expenses, amounted to $104.1 million, an increase of 9.7% from the second quarter of 2016 due mainly to the eleven newbuilding vessels delivered to TEN and now operating in the fleet.The company’s operating income dropped to USD 19.3 million from USD 24.3 million delivered in the quarter ended June 30, 2016.Despite difficult market conditions, TEN’s fleet operated at 96.4% utilization in the second quarter of 2017, during which TEN operated, on average, a fleet of 62.3 vessels compared to 50.5 vessels in the second quarter of 2016.“TEN’s industrial shipping model is continuously reinforced with over 75% of the fleet on long term employment, including profit sharing provisions. This offers cash flow stability, visibility and substantial upside potential,” George Saroglou, Chief Operating Officer of TEN, said.In the first two quarters of the year, 22 new time charter contracts to international oil concerns have commenced including new strategic relationships with major end users. This brings the company’s time charter coverage of the fleet to more than 75%.“The continuous appetite of global oil concerns to cover their long term needs with solid charters is a positive sign for upcoming developments in the global oil markets. TEN, with one of the youngest fleets in international tanker shipping, will be well positioned to benefit from expected market upturns,” Saroglou concluded.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday announced a list of TMC candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats of the state, dropping 10 sitting MPs. She also attacked the BJP and the Modi government, claiming she had information that “VVIPs” were using helicopters and chartered flights to transport money to bribe voters. Releasing the list, the West Bengal leader assailed the Centre over a host of issues including the Rafale deal,farm distress and shrinking employment opportunities. Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said the outgoing TMC lawmakers whose names do not figure in the list will be drafted for party work. She said 41 per cent of the nominees in the list are women. The TMC, she said, will also contest some seats in Odisha, Assam, Jharkhand, Bihar and the Andamans.last_img read more

Gabriela Knaul, the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, issued a statement a week after Judge Patrícia Lourival Acioli was shot dead by unknown gunmen at her home near Rio de Janeiro.Judge Acioli was renowned for her fight against criminal gangs, death squads and corrupt police officers.“The assassination of Judge Acioli is evidence of the existence of a pervasive and serious problem regarding the protection of judges in Brazil,” said Ms. Knaul, who is herself a judge in Brazil.“The National Council for Justice has reported at least 69 threatened judges all over the country, while studies from the [Brazilian] justice ministry have reported that more than 90 judges are on a ‘most wanted’ death list.”In her statement Ms. Knaul stressed that “it is high time for the Government to set up a national system of protection in order to allow judges to discharge their functions without fear for their life, integrity and security, and that of their families.”She noted that Brazil’s Government is obliged under international law to adequately protect the judiciary against threats, intimidation, harassment and attacks.Since August 2009, Ms. Knaul has served – in an independent and unpaid capacity – as UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers. She reports to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 19 August 2011A United Nations human rights expert today called on Brazilian authorities to take immediate steps to better protect the country’s judges, magistrates, prosecutors, public defenders and other lawyers in the wake of the recent assassination of a high-profile judge. read more

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada is highlighting its growing concerns about the challenges of climate change for the economy and the financial system.For the first time, the central bank’s financial system health report is flagging climate change as an important vulnerability along with its long-running worries about household debt and apprehension about the housing market.The assessment is part of the Bank of Canada’s annual report card that explores key weak spots and risks surrounding the stability of the financial system. The bank says climate-change risks — including extreme weather events and the complex shift to a lower-carbon economy — is now being incorporated into its research.The report says the transition to the greener economy will likely lead to difficult adjustments for carbon-intensive sectors, such as oil and gas, and could expose insurance companies, banks and asset managers to more risks.Related Stories:ECB should take climate change into account – VilleroyStephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of CanadaIn addition to climate change, the report is also underlining the emerging vulnerability of rising corporate debt levels, some of which is of a lower quality. read more

MARKHAM, Ont. – Honda Canada says it is recalling about 7,800 vehicles to repair a potential malfunction that could affect braking _ part of a global recall involving nearly 250,000 vehicles.The problem lies with an electrical component of the Vehicle Stability Assist system, which on some cars, may have been damaged during manufacturing.The automaker says the malfunction could apply a small amount of brake force without the brakes being touched, or apply too much brake force when the brakes are used.Honda says there have been no reported crashes or injuries because of this, but it has received several complaints about the malfunction, which will be repaired free of charge.The recall covers 3,200 Honda Pilot vehicles, 700 Acura RL vehicles and 3,800 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2005 model year, and 100 Acura MDX vehicles from the 2006 model year.Honda says the owners of all affected vehicles will be notified my mail next month. In the meantime, owners can learn more about the issue by going on-line to www.honda.ca/recalls and www.acura.ca/recalls or by calling (888) 9HONDA9 for Honda owners or (888) 9ACURA9 for Acura owners. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 14, 2013 3:12 pm MDT Honda Canada recalling 7,800 Honda and Acura vehicles due to braking problem read more

Suncor profits fall during the third quarter on lower prices, currency swings by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2014 9:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. posted lower profits for the third quarter, but the bottom line beat the expectations of analysts.The Calgary-based company said its net earnings were $919 million, or 63 cents per share, down from nearly $1.7 billion, or $1.13 per share, a year earlier.Operating earnings, which strip out the effects of unusual items, were $1.3 billion, or 89 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 77 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.During the same 2013 quarter operating earnings were $1.4 billion, or 95 cents per share.Revenue during the third quarter was $10.3 billion, compared to $10.4 billion a year earlier.“Suncor delivered a solid financial quarter despite lower crude oil pricing,” said Steve Williams, president and chief executive officer.“Our focused strategy, integrated model and strong balance sheet are competitive strengths that will continue to serve us well through the current lower crude price environment.”In addition to the lower crude prices and a drop in production from its exploration and production business, Suncor said foreign exchange fluctuations affected its net earnings.Company-wide production dropped to 519,300 barrels of oil equivalent per day from 595,000 barrels due to asset sales, maintenance work at some of its operations and lower production from Libya.But output from its oilsands business rose to 411,700 barrels per day during the third quarter, up from 396,400.Work is underway on the Fort Hills oilsands mining project, which Suncor will operate. Other partners include a the Canadian arm of France’s Total and Vancouver miner Teck Resources Ltd.Some construction has begun in the field and detailed engineering work is about 55 per cent complete on the $13.5-billion project. Fort Hills is expected to start up in late 2017 and reach 90 per cent of its planned capacity a year after that.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter read more

MANCHESTER, England — Canadian international Janine Beckie scored four goals Wednesday as the Manchester City women’s team thumped Sheffield United 6-0 to reach the knockout stages of the Continental Cup.Beckie’s goals came in the 12th, 30th, 48th and 78th minutes, cementing Man City’s place atop Group One North with one game to play Dec. 13 against Aston Villa Ladies.The 24-year-old Beckie joined Manchester City in August in a transfer from Sky Blue FC of the NWSL.Beckie, whose parents came from Saskatchewan, grew up in Colorado and holds Canadian and U.S. citizenship. She has 24 goals in 48 appearances for Canada. The Canadian Press read more

Maurice ArjoonLawyers, for former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Building Society (NBS) Maurice Arjoon who was recently awarded over $59M in judgement from the High Court over his wrongful dismissal case, in the company of High Court Marshals have this morning descended onto the NBS headquarters to levy on the company’s assets in a bid to recoup the pension owed to Arjoon.The bank, which is appealing the $59M award, has since locked the doors to the institution, this publication was informed, trapping among others, the lawyers and a court marshal within the facility.Police are currently at the scene.This publication was informed that one of the company’s vehicles has been removed with another likely to be taken away.More details will be provided in a subsequent story. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: $59.3M cheque made out to Arjoon as several NBS officials detainedJanuary 23, 2018In “Business”Detained NBS officials on bail, Society says it will ‘safeguard’ $59.3M chequeJanuary 24, 2018In “Business”NBS employees charged with 8 counts of false imprisonmentMarch 21, 2018In “Court” read more

first_imgMartin Engineering offers a suite of products and services to protect workers from fast-moving rollers and belts, helping bulk material handlers maintain safer and more productive operations. Components and training from the company can be used alone or together to help prevent accidents and injuries, reducing risk while benefiting productivity. Designed to prevent workers from being drawn into a moving return roller, the Martin® Return Roller Guard is an economical way to raise safety awareness and reduce injuries.  The solid upper section delivers pinch point protection, and the slotted lower area allows visual inspection while preventing contact with the roller. Installation is straightforward, with brackets included to mount the guard directly to either the side or bottom of the stringer.  Quick-release pins allow easy service, with side and bottom panels that swing open for cleaning or maintenance, and removable end plates provide access to roller bearings.  The guards are designed to fit all major roll manufacturers’ sizes (CEMA C, D & E).  Installation is recommended on all return rollers that are less than 2.13 m from the ground, or in locations where the roller is otherwise within reach of workers.The Martin Return Roller Basket is designed to prevent a return roller from falling in the event of a mechanical failure, recommended for rollers that are more than 2.13 m off the ground and out of reach for any workers.  The combination of guards and baskets provides a systematic approach to conveyor guarding that’s easy to use and safety compliant. Like the Return Roller Guard, slotted panels allow easy inspection, while keeping workers protected.  Brackets designed to fit all major roll manufacturers’ sizes are included to mount the basket directly to either the bottom or side of the stringer.  Quick-release pins allow easy access, and side panels swing open from either top or bottom for cleanout or service.  Both the roller basket and guard are available in painted steel and two grades of stainless steel. Martin Conveyor Guards simplify conveyor guarding to improve plant safety and productivity.  The heavy mesh guards allow easy inspection, while keeping moving components and pinch points isolated from workers. The rugged modular design is supported by a supplied angle iron structure, and attachment to the conveyor equipment is not required. Installation is straightforward, with wedge clamps that allow panels to be removed and re-installed quickly. The guards conform to OSHA 29 CFR 1910.217 when installed with a minimum of 140 mm between the guard opening and hazard.  Available in a range of sizes from 610 mm x 610 mm to 914 mm x 1,270 mm, they feature a universal design that can be used in a variety of combinations to fit almost any application.  Systems can be easily expanded or relocated as needed. Martin Engineering has expanded its Foundations™ Training Program on the design and development of more productive belt conveyors to offer three customisable seminars. Training is available to suit individuals with varied levels of experience and responsibility from new hire to senior engineer. Attendees attain a better understanding of conveyor safety and performance, helping to justify upgrade investments and increase profitability.The Foundations Workshop series has been teaching bulk-materials handling personnel how to operate and maintain clean and safe belt conveyors for nearly twenty years. All programs offer the opportunity for customisation/localisation to feature specific images, conditions and problems from the customer’s site. Programs are flexible as far as location and length. The presenters are highly trained and have many years of hands-on experience around conveyor systems. These industry experts keep the programs lively and interesting, while giving attendees a new outlook on conveyor operations.last_img read more

first_imgFYI Resources Ltd provides a summary outline of its optimised high purity alumina (HPA) process flowsheet designed specifically for the kaolin feedstock from FYI’s Cadoux project in Western Australia. This follows the recent achievement of independently verified 99.997% HPA from Cadoux. Highlights:• Extensive metallurgical test work undertaken on Cadoux’s superior kaolin characteristics• FYI’s metallurgical flowsheet specifically designed for Cadoux kaolin feedstock• Proposed HPA flowsheet design should lead to cost effective (Capex and Opex) processing• Exceptional HPA recoveries of 99.997% Al2O3 independently verified• Revised Mineral Resource Estimate, tailored to optimised flowsheet, to be completed by CSA Global.Development and optimising of FYI’s processing flowsheet for refining of HPA from Cadoux kaolin feedstock has been successfully completed for the prefeasibility phase of metallurgical test work. The independently verified recovery grade of 99.997% Al2O3 is a result of significant metallurgical test work and associated development of the flowsheet suited specifically to the Cadoux kaolin feedstock.The metallurgical response to the characteristics of the Cadoux kaolin has been excellent in achieving purity of 99.997% Al2O3. As a result, the processing flowsheet is straightforward and effective. This is expected to positively impact on the capital and operating costs of the HPA project.FYI notes that “no two orebodies are the same in their character and content and different processing flowsheets and technologies are required to recover the targeted product from an orebody in a viable and cost-competitive manner.”FYI’s HPA flowsheet development is specifically engineered towards Cadoux’s unique geology, mineralogy and physical characteristics and substantially different to a ‘standard’ HCl leach and precipitation process. Advantages of the design are:Utilisation of “off-the-shelf” items and equipment that should reduce capital expenditure as well as reducing equipment construction and delivery timesExpected lower operating costs from rate and ease of chemical processBetter than anticipated processing time for the entire multiple stage circuit.The quality of the feedstock is key to production of a high-grade alumina product for low-cost processing. An ideal feedstock, as a minimum requirement, should be high in aluminium, low in deleterious elements, not be complex in its composition, nor variable as a feedstock and it must have certain crystal structures and compound qualities for the chemical stages of the process to react successfully.This is the distinct advantage that kaolin offers in the processing of HPA over the traditional feedstock derived from refined aluminium (which is expensive) or from industrial waste or other byproduct industrial sources which has a low aluminium grade, has a high level of soluble deleterious minerals such as sodium and is metallurgically complex and difficult to refine – making it difficult to refine and achieve a target high grade product of 99.99% Al2O3.The kaolin feedstock at the 100%-owned Cadoux project exhibits excellent grade and qualities that is suited to FYI’s developed HPA process flowsheet and refined over the prefeasibility study period. The outcomes are demonstrated in the efficiency and effectiveness of the flowsheet and the high-grade product that has resulted.The additional benefits of the Cadoux kaolin as a feedstock source is that FYI controls and manages the provenance of the product throughout the process chain, the geology and minerology is uncomplicated and well understood, the ore is amenable to the process and, importantly to the economics of the project, it is a very low-cost input.FYI’s processing flowsheet has been successfully tested on all the mineralised zones of the Cadoux deposit, however, a selected resource area for the initial operations has been targeted by FYI (the focus area of the revised mineral resource estimate currently being finalised by CSA Global) which should provide an excellent source of feedstock for the first several decades of processing.FYI, through its HPA process consultants Independent Metallurgical Operations and GR Engineering Services, will continue refining the metallurgical flow sheet during the various development phases to enhance process efficiencies and further reduce Capex and Opex costs.The optimised process flowsheet shown will form the basis of process design, equipment selection and equipment sizing, and should reduce both capital and operating costs for the project. The flowsheet has relatively straightforward processing design parameters utilising atmospheric pressure, moderate temperature and incorporating numerous “off the shelf” processing items and equipment.FYI’s Managing Director, Roland Hill, said of the metallurgical studies: “Attaining the excellent base grade of 99.997% HPA is a remarkable achievement and a testament to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Cadoux process flowsheet. The company’s focus is on building a quality HPA strategy as well as delivering a superior investment return to shareholders – so operating margins and capital costs are important to our business case. We expect our extensive defining test work program and resulting flow sheet optimisation to bear fruit for us by having a material impact on the project economics”.FYI is positioning itself to be a significant producer of high purity alumina (4N or HPA) in rapidly developing LED, electric vehicle, smartphone and television screen as well as other associated high-tech product markets.last_img read more

first_imgmSpot propose de la musique en ligne et en streaming sous plusieurs OSEtats-Unis – Alors que les grandes entreprises telles qu’Apple et Google travaillent sur des logiciels proposant le stockage de la musique en ligne, une petite entreprise propose un service de streaming. Alors qu’un modèle de stockage de musique en ligne est à l’étude dans les grandes entreprises du web, une start-up a doublé tout le monde en proposant un service en ligne. mSpot propose une application permettant d’obtenir 40 Go d’espace de stockage sur Internet avec la possibilité d’écouter les titres à volonté en streaming. Ce service est payant et est accessible depuis un ordinateur PC ou Mac ou alors d’un mobile fonctionnant sous iOS4 ou Android. Désormais, la concurrence devra s’activer et faire preuve d’ingéniosité pour concurrencer mSpot, dont le service est disponible uniquement aux Etats-Unis pour le moment pour 3,99 dollars par mois. Le 20 décembre 2010 à 15:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nothin But Net for Toyotas Guinness RecordWinning Basketball Bot

first_imgStay on target Evan Rachel Wood Just As Disturbed by Humanoid Sophia As Everyone ElseMIT’s Thread-Like Robot Slides Through Blood Vessels In the Brain Toyota’s basketball-playing CUE3 humanoid robot has earned a Guinness World Record by sinking 2,020* consecutive free throws.CUE’s road to Guinness glory, however, was not paved in gold.The project dates back to 2018, when Toyota engineers began developing an athletic android inspired by Japanese manga and anime series “Slam Dunk,” in which main character Hanamichi Sakuragi practices shooting 20,000 times.“So, it was never about creating many different sport robots,” project leader Tomohiro Nomi said in a Guinness World Record video (below). “Instead we were creating an AI and for that we needed data. And that’s when Sakuragi Hanamichi gave us our inspiration.”The Guinness World Record attempt began amid great tension (via Toyota)Development of CUE officially became part of the team’s work in May 2018. Six months later, they unveiled CUE2, which victoriously scored a three-point throw during halftime of a professional basketball game.Toyota didn’t stop there, though: In April 2019, the vehicle maker introduced its next success story, CUE3. Despite pre-match rehearsal jitters, the robot landed a super-long throw that took the Internet by storm—and caught the attention of Guinness World Records.On the day of the record attempt, the team sweated over every shot; failure was not an option.The opening five throws—enough to set a record—went smoothly. But the team’s attempt “had only just begun,” according to Toyota’s account of the day.“Thirty throws. Soon it would be 100. CUE3 quietly continued to sink its shots,” the firm said.As 500 turned to 800, no one spoke. The only sound of the ball swishing through the net echoed around the hall.More than three hours later, CUE scored its landmark 1,000th shot. Still the attempt continued.Not dissimilar to a human player preparing their mind and body to make the shot, Toyota’s bot uses vision and radar to compute a 3D image of the basket and its relative distance.An algorithm then transforms that data into instructions for arm, knee, and torso motors, calculating the perfect angle and propulsion for each throw.Depending on its distance from the basket, CUE3 can adapt its shot.CUE3 surpassed the 200 shots it attempted during rehearsal (via Toyota)“Before we created it, we imagined that the better it became, the closer it would be to a human body,” Nomi explained. “But once we started, it actually required different movements to a human.“One of the reasons is that a human has a different number of axis and muscles,” he continued. “So, the biggest lesson for us is that the most subtle change in movement of the human body and a robot creates a substantial difference.”The next goal for the development team is to take part in the B.League All Stars Game in January.* The number was selected to commemorate the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which will be held in Toyota’s home country of Japan.More on Geek.com:Watch 1,007 Chinese Robots Dance Their Way to a World RecordToyota Unveils Lunar Rover Concept as Japan Plans Moon MissionToyota’s New Humanoid Robot Mimics Your Movementslast_img read more

IAAF Championships moves to 4x400m relays on Saturday TCIs Delano to compete

first_img Students of Community Christian Academy tour FLOW Headquarters and meet TCI Olympian Related Items:#DelanoWilliams, #magneticmedianews TCI exposed to terror attack survivor from 1972 Olympics Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#United Kingdom, August 11, 2017 – London – TCIs first Olympian, #DelanoWilliams will run in the 4x400m heats on Saturday with Team Great Britain in the early session, and hopefully the team makes it through… and they should, to compete in the finals and to medal.   Team GB will run out of lane six in heat 2.The first three teams qualify to advance to the finals which is slated as the finale event of the 2017 World Championships of the IAAF.    The heats in the 4x400m begin at 5:50am, our time on Saturday.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_imgThe Moto X4 is a seriously good deal at $130. Josh Miller/CNET This is something of a rerun, because just a few weeks ago the Moto X4 was on sale bundled with a month of Cricket service. Today, it’s just the phone — with a lower price.As I’ve said many times, it’s crazy to spend $750 to $1,000 for a phone when you can pay a fraction of the price for one that’s pretty damn good.Witness the Motorola Moto X4, which now qualifies as an “older” model (because it arrived way back in December 2017, gasp) but still rocks — especially at this price, one of the lowest to date.For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amazon Prime subscribers can get the unlocked Motorola Moto X4 (32GB) for just $129.99. I first spotted this late yesterday, so I’m not sure how much longer this deal will be active. Could be days, could be hours.See it at AmazonBecause the phone is unlocked and capable of working on both CDMA and GSM networks, you can take it to just about any carrier: AT&T, Cricket, Mint Mobile, Verizon or wherever. If you already have a number, you can port it to Sprint and get an entire year of service for free. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Best Buy Review • Moto X4 review: Standout midrange Android phone is even cheaper Now playing: Watch this: Motorola Moto X4 $256 16 Photos Share your voice Mentioned Above Motorola Moto X4 (Super Black) 2:32 $335 Phones Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img Comments Preview • Moto X4 wants to outsmart other phones. Better Bluetooth is just a start 16 Motorola’s Moto X4 packs a boatload of AI goodies CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Motorola’s glossy Moto X4 shines bright See it Amazon AT&T Cricket Motorola Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Tags The Cheapskate See It As for the X4, I’ve used one (sparsely) as a backup phone and I like its design and performance. Here are some key things to know:It has a USB-C port instead of Micro-USB: yay! The latter deserves a special place in hell, the former is the future.It has a headphone jack: yay!It has a dual-lens rear camera that does a solid job creating bokeh effects.It has an expansion slot for adding tons more storage on the cheap.It’s water resistant enough to survive a dunk for up to 30 minutes.What’s not so great about the phone? According to CNET’s Motorola Moto X4 review, the camera can be slow to load and has a few issues with wide-angle images.To that I’ll add that the X4 doesn’t support wireless charging, though I stand by this $13 accessory that adds the capability.Bottom line: If you want a midrange phone but can afford only a budget one, this is the deal to beat.last_img read more

first_imgChinese smartphone maker OnePlus has partnered with Foxconn, the world’s largest contract manufacturer, to manufacture smartphones in India, joining a handful of foreign companies who have announced plans to make electronic goods in the country.Foxconn will manufacture handsets for OnePlus at its facility in Sri City, located in southern part of Andhra Pradesh.However, the company did not disclose any details about the devices to be manufactured in India.”Producing smartphones in India is one of the most important decisions that we have made so far at OnePlus, and we are thankful to the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Foxconn for helping us make this happen,” The Economic Times quoted Pete Lau, founder & CEO of OnePlus, as saying.”India being one of our biggest markets worldwide, we are committed to a long term sustainable growth path,” he added.The Shenzen-based company is now among a group of companies who have announced plans to produce smartphones locally within a year of their launch in India.In April, Chinese handset maker Xiaomi had also announced to set up manufacturing units in India as it saw robust demand for its phones in the world’s third largest smartphone market. Xiaomi tied up with Foxconn in June to make about 10,000 phones per day.”Local production will not only make our operations more efficient in terms of cost and working capital requirements but also help us in making our products available for sale much faster than ever before,” Vikas Agarwal, India general manager, OnePlus said.The company’s recent launch, OnePlus 2, has received over five million registrations globally. OnePlus said that it is facing “production and supply side constraints to meet demand.””Local production will help to address this issue and better cater to the fast growing demands for OnePlus products in India,” Agarwal added.last_img read more

Count on the contemporary

first_imgAll the art lovers across the Capital can head on for this art exhibition cum sale of curated fine arts, decors and jewelry being organised by Artanddecors.com. The main aim of this show that is on till 17 August  is to appreciate the value of art and create awareness about the Indian contemporary paintings. The collection from Arrested By Art, a contemporary art boutique is a visually rich representation of our beautiful cultural heritage comprising of world famous iconography like peacocks, Maharajas and Maharanis.This collection has been designed to suit the requirements of today’s contemporary audiences starting at Rs 4,500. All art works are accompanied by Certificate of Authenticity mentioning the title and date of the artwork along with an acknowledgment of the artist. The collection includes not only Indian contemporary artworks but also abstract and modern contemporary artworks too.last_img read more

The Political Intrigue which Sadly Derailed Grace Kellys Big Screen Comeback

first_imgAside from being the “Master of Suspense,” director Alfred Hitchcock was known for his beautiful and conflicted female characters. While his behavior around actresses has been called into question, most notably in the 2012 TV movie The Girl, there was one working relationship that ran pretty smoothly. During the 1950s Hitchcock began casting Grace Kelly, starting with Dial M For Murder (1954). He was impressed by her cool yet compelling demeanor. A BBC article from 2017 writes he referred to her as a “snow-covered volcano.”Grace Kelly in Rear Window.He also directed her in Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. The last film was significant due to its French Riviera location, as Kelly went on to marry Rainier III, Prince of Monaco and her Hollywood career would effectively end.There was one other project Hitchcock hoped to shoot with her, several years after she’d settled into life as Princess of Monaco. And it was here that the Hitchcock-Kelly collaboration hit a bump in the road.Princess Grace Kelly in her wedding dress at the Prince’s Palace. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty ImagesMarnie was a 1961 novel by Winston Graham about a female embezzler who enters into a reluctant relationship with one of her targets.Hitchcock wanted her for the title role in his adaptation, but couldn’t just hand over a script. Reportedly a friend of the Royal couple, he resisted the urge to broach the subject over dinner.Studio publicity photo of Alfred Hitchcock.“I am too much of a gentleman to mention work to a princess,” he said, as quoted in Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie. “That would be most uncouth. But I waited and finally, she came to me.”As for the reason she came to him, that is more complex. For starters there was scheduling.Princess Grace had responsibilities to bear, so it was agreed the movie would be shot during a family vacation in the US, killing two birds with one stone and avoiding any clashes.Grace Kelly.Then there were the protests from MGM. Marnie was being produced by Universal Pictures, and back in the days of the all-powerful studio system, MGM argued their contract with her was still binding.According to Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, “Metro Goldwyn Mayer claimed that their contract with Kelly was merely suspended and not canceled when she left Hollywood in 1956; therefore, she could only make films for them… Hitchcock’s reply was that because the contract was made in 1953, by law it could only last seven years.”Marnie, 1964.Thankfully, due to the dawning of another decade, the red tape was out the way and production could begin.But rumors were swirling about Princess Grace’s motivation. Stories appeared claiming the part had been taken for financial reasons. Monaco was luxurious yet also constitutionally precarious.Running it was a juggling act, though Rainier III strenuously denied Grace’s involvement for monetary gain.Princess Grace and Prince Rainier before Pope John XXIII at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, 1959.According to screenwriter Joseph Stefano, Hitchcock believed that was the reason the Princess said yes.If people thought Marnie was about to come to life, they were going to be disappointed.In 1962 Hitchcock decided to hold off the shoot until the following year. He’d recently finished The Birds and the timeframe was tight.Hitchcock at work on Family Plot, San Francisco, summer 1975. Photo by Stan Osborne CC BY 3.0This was the straw that appeared to break the camel’s back. The Princess withdrew from the film, citing a complicated schedule. Hitchcock himself was less than pleased.Quoted in Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, Stefano commented: “He informed me that Miss Kelly has changed her mind. I think Hitch was more hurt than angry.He had invested his very special passion in something over several weeks. He was abruptly informed that she wasn’t going to be involved, and his comment was, ‘They probably got the money from somewhere else.’”Grace Kelly, 1956So that appeared to be that for Grace Kelly and Marnie. However, another layer of the story was yet to be uncovered. It transpired political intrigue was at the heart of the matter, rather than Tinseltown wranglings.In Hitchcock’s archive, the fraught political situation between France and Monaco was laid bare.A memo revealed that the administration of President Charles de Gaulle was “irritated over Monaco’s free and easy tax system which included no income or corporation taxes… To make Monaco fall in line with the French tax system, de Gaulle ordered the withdrawal of the 1951 convention governing French-Monacan relations under an older treaty.”Commander of the Free French Forces Charles de Gaulle, seated.“Monaco had six months to negotiate a new one and otherwise faced economic loss of its French-controlled water supply and electrical and telephone services.”Put simply, Rainier III had to straighten up and fly right. Having Grace resume her acting career would not have been a good look, so she had to bow out.The BBC claims that before he met his wife “Rainier had been paying people to introduce him to Marilyn Monroe.”The Prince and Princess of Monaco arrive at the White House for a luncheon, 1961“He wanted a top-shelf US actress – who would then quit acting to bear him children, thus securing Monaco’s crown and tax-free independence from France.”The role of Marnie was eventually taken by Hitchcock’s muse, Tippi Hedren. Tensions between the pair led to their relationship breaking down. Inevitably Hedren was linked to Grace Kelly in reviews, following the press frenzy which greeted the Princess’s potential involvement.Tippi Hedren as Marnie Edgar in ‘Marnie,’ directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1964. Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesA Variety review says that “Hedren, undertaking role originally offered Grace Kelly for a resumption of her screen career, lends credence to a part never sympathetic.It’s a difficult assignment which she fulfills satisfactorily, although Hitchcock seldom permits her a change of pace which would have made her character more interesting.”When it came to her personal character, Princess Grace was always under scrutiny. She rarely gave anything away but some speculate Hitchcock could have been a father figure to her. Raised in a wealthy and high-achieving family, she was surprisingly made to feel like the outsider despite her accomplishments.Read another story from us: Celebrity jobs before they were famousThe BBC writes “Instead of (Dad) Jack Kelly’s affection, she had Hitchcock’s, who claimed that Kelly could practically read his mind.” Who knows what Marnie might have been had circumstance allowed the two to work together again?last_img read more