Captain courageous Virat Kohli best in the business right now

first_imgIndian cricket has been blessed with some terrific captains over the years especially since the turn of the millennium when Sourav Ganguly took over the reins and turned his team into a hungry bunch of boys who wanted to win at all cost. Team India’s record in the longest format was always a worry whenever they travelled abroad but the momentum started to shift in their favour slowly but surely. (We are seeing the best of Virat Kohli now: Nasser Hussain to India Today)Rahul Dravid then took over from where Ganguly left and kept the momentum going. Anil Kumble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni together helped India clinch the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for the first time. And now that all the legends have retired, the responsibility lies on the young shoulders of Virat Kohli, Indian cricket’s latest wonder boy. (England’s fans bowled over by Virat Kohli)In a very short span of time Kohli has managed to bring back memories of the Ganguly era when the team was being lead by a captain who feared nobody and took on every challenge that came his way. Kohli’s talent and passion for the game was never doubted by anybody but everybody wondered how he would fare once he took over from Dhoni, India’s most successful captain in history. (Kohli rises to career-best Test rankings)Two years and 20 Test matches later we have got our answer, and the future looks bright for Indian cricket. Kohli is yet to lose a Test series and has already gone past Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar to become the fourth most successful Indian Test captain with 12 wins. It’s still early days but Kohli already has a better winning percentage than any other captain India has ever had. (What happens when Virat Kohli walks out to bat in an Indian stadium?)advertisementThe win at Mohali was Kohli’s 16th successive victory as captain, a feat which even Dhoni or Ganguly could not manage. It’s the third longest unbeaten streak for an Indian captain behind only Sunil Gavaskar’s 18 and Kapil Dev’s 17. Kohli could very well match Gavaskar’s record as India still have two more matches left to play against England in this series. (How Kohli inspired England’s teenage genius Hameed)Kohli’s hot-streak as captain has been such that even his contemporaries have not been able to match up to him. His records speak for himself. Australia captain Steve Smith for example, recently suffered a crushing series defeat at home against South Africa. In 17 Tests, Smith has won 8 and lost 5 and the defeat against the Proteas have raised a few eyebrows in Australia. Smith’s own batting average has increased from 51.83 to 68.11 but the team graph is on a decline. (Have lost all adjectives for Virat Kohli, nobody at par with him: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)South Africa’s stand-in skipper Faf du Plessis has certainly made a very good start. Du Plessis has delivered the results whenever he has been asked to lead the side and has showed that he can become the full-time skipper if need be. He has lead the team to three Test wins out of five and suffered just one loss. (Virat Kohli exclusive: Don’t compare me with Sachin Tendulkar)This year Kohli has taken his game to an all new level both in terms of his batting and his captaincy. With a win percentage of 70, Kohli is head and shoulders above captains from the other three top Test playing nations – England, Australia and Pakistan. In 2016 Mts Won Lost Drawn Win % W:L Virat Kohli (IND) 10 7 0 3 70.00 – Steve Smith (AUS) 9 3 5 1 33.33 0.60 Alastair Cook (ENG) 15 6 6 3 40.00 1.00 Misbah-ul-Haq (PAK) 8 4 4 0 50.00 1.00 Overall Mts Won Lost Drawn Win % W:L Virat Kohli 20 12 2 6 60.00 6.00 Steve Smith 17 8 5 4 47.06 1.60 Alastair Cook 57 24 20 13 42.11 1.20 Misbah-ul-Haq 50 24 15 11 48.00 1.60With great power comes great responsibility and Kohli has ensured that he leads by example. He has the highest average among the top four captains this year and is just behind Cook in terms of runs scored in 2016.Batting record as captain (in 2016):    Mts Runs Avg Hs 100s 50s Virat Kohli 10 965 68.92 211 3 2 Steve Smith 9 721 55.46 138 2 4 Alastair Cook 15 1147 44.11 130 2 7 Misbah-ul-Haq 8 523 40.23 114 1 4Batting record as captain (overall):   Mts Runs Avg Hs 100s 50s Virat Kohli 20 1861 60.03 211 7 4 Steve Smith 17 1771 68.12 192 7 7 Alastair Cook 57 4721 47.21 263 12 24 Misbah-ul-Haq 50 3867 53.71 135 8 32last_img read more

Giannis Antetokounmpo Dominates as Knicks Fall to Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo opened the game with a one night-only move, hiking the ball through his legs to Eric Bledsoe after securing the opening tip.The All-Star forward finished off the New York Knicks with some familiar plays in the lane, wheeling around defenders to get to the foul line.Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, outmuscling the Knicks to help the Milwaukee Bucks hold on for a 120-112 win on Friday night.Khris Middleton had a game-high 30 points for the Bucks, who got a head-start on their fourth-quarter surge when Antetokounmpo rejected Emmanuel Mudiay’s attempted layup before the third-quarter buzzer to preserve a 91-89 lead.“I think one thing that is really important is to never underestimate or undervalue the things that he does,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said about Antetokounmpo.The Bucks took control with a 19-7 run over a six-plus minute stretch of the fourth to build a 16-point lead that withstood a late run by the Knicks. Antetokounmpo had his way getting to the bucket, while Middleton provided balance from the perimeter after his 3 with 5:03 left gave Milwaukee a 112-96 advantage.“We’ve got to be able to lock in even more now and finish the game — that’s what we did,” Antetokounmpo said.New York, which finished a winless four-game road trip, has lost 14 of its last 15 games. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with 26 points, while Mudlay scored all 19 of his points in the second half.Still, the Knicks hardly looked like a draft lottery-bound team after rallying from an early 15-point deficit to take a brief lead in the third quarter. They held held edges in offensive rebounds (11-6) and second-chance points (14-5).“They battled and never quit,” coach Jeff Hornaceck said.Antetokounmpo swatted away their hopes of finishing a comeback.The Bucks, who fell into eighth place in the East entering Friday after losing six of their last seven games, hope to gain ground again in the playoff race during a four-game stretch against 40-loss teams that started with the Knicks.“We need every win at this point, so it was a good win no matter who it was,” Middleton said.Antetokounmpo’s opening-tip move was an attempt to have some fun to help get over a tough stretch, trying to emulate the game-opening routine that Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook have in Oklahoma City. Eric Bledsoe got in on the act with Antetokounmpo by doing a pushup before bringing the ball up the floor.“It was a half pushup but I don’t think we’re going to do it again, that’s it,” Antetokounmpo said slyly.Prunty wasn’t as impressed.“I didn’t like it. Didn’t like it,” he said.TIP INSKnicks: F Michael Beasley, who played for Milwaukee last year, finished with four points in 22 minutes. … F Troy Williams led all scorers in the first half with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He finished with 18 points.Bucks: Improved to 18-7 against teams under .500. … Bledsoe had five points, seven assists, four steals and three turnovers in 14 minutes in an active first half. … Zeller had 12 points in 16 minutes in his return from a two-game absence because of back soreness.HIGH ENERGYMilwaukee was at its best early on when pushing the pace. Bledsoe had four assists in the first quarter and the Bucks were active in the backcourt to force five turnovers in the period.The Knicks closed the first half with a 7-0 run to get within 60-55 after Hardaway Jr. hit a 3 over the outstretched arm of 7-footer Tyler Zeller just before the buzzer.Hardaway liked the team’s energy.“I think when we’re in these situations, when you start learning as the season winds down how we can build the leads once we have them and continue to fight and try to get three stops in a row,” he said.ON GIANNIS“Now that they allow the Euro-step, that you can go from the top of the key or the halfcourt line to the basket without dribbling, it makes it tough to guard him because he’s good at it, and he’s got long strides.” — Hornacek on Antetokounmpo.UP NEXTKnicks: Open five-game homestand Sunday by hosting the Toronto Raptors.Bucks: Hit the road to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.By GENARO C. ARMASTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37

first_imgWith a solitary defeat in 7 games, Australia became the first team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals after defeating their Ashes rival England by 64 runs last week. When they face New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday, they could only look to spoil the celebrations for New Zealand.Barring the defeat against India, defending champions Australia have been highly impressive in this tournament, with their all-round performances in every game.New Zealand, on the other hand, will look to register a win at Lord’s to not procrastinate their qualification to their last game against England.The Black Caps started their World Cup run on a sublime note as they remained unbeaten for the first 6 games. The winning streak ended only when they faced Pakistan on Wednesday.As the 5-time winner World Cup champions take on a team that has never won the World Cup, the match could turn out to be thriller.Here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenIn this World Cup, David Warner has proven that he has extraordinary batting feat and thus he should be your blind pick in the batting side. Warner is the highest run scorer in the tournament with his 500 runs. The Australian has maintained exceptional consistency as he has 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries. Warner’s opening partner Aaron Finch ranks second in the top scorers list.The Australian opening duo have put on a record-equalling three century stands with two league games still to go as they are on the track to become the greatest ever pair at the top in a World Cup.advertisementNew Zealand skipper Kane Williamson too has two centuries in this World Cup. Williamson with his composure and unbeaten 106, lef his side single-handedly to a win over South Africa. Your fourth pick for batsmen could be Ross Taylor as after Williamson, he is the second leading scorer for the Kiwis. Taylor has an average of 40.6 in his 5 innings and has 203 runs in total.WicketkeeperThere should not be much doubt in picking the wicket-keeper for this team as Alex Carey has a good stats behind him to support his pick. Alex Carey is on top of charts with 15 dismissals in 7 games. The left-hand batsman remained unbeaten on 55 against India and is averaging at 57.66 from 6 innings in the World Cup.All-roundersAll-rounder Neesham has 131 runs and 7 wickets to his credit and that makes him a must-to-have in your Dream 11. The 28-year-old has picked a 5-wicket haul against Afghanistan. Glenn Maxwell could be your other pick as he has the potential to steady Australia’s middle-order. Maxwell could prove crucial in the death overs to take the team to a big total or finish the game off. Against Sri Lanka, Maxwell’s arrival brought a typical flurry, as he stealed 22 runs off the last over.BowlersFast bowler Mitchell Starc is leading the bowling charts with 19 wickets at 18.26. He provided his side crucial breakthroughs with his bounce, swing and pace. Pat Cummins could be the second choice. The pacer has 11 wickets in 7 innings at an average of 28.45.You could then pick Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson from the New Zealand side to further strengthen your pace side.Australia vs New Zealand Dream11 suggested Playing XI:David Warner, Aaron Finch (captain), Kane Williamson (vice-captain), Ross Taylor, Alex Carey, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Mitchell Starc, Trent boult, Lockie furgeson, Pat CumminsSquads:Australia: Aaron Finch (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell.last_img read more

Nebraska Makes Big Changes To Football Roster

first_img The four players looking to transfer are Caleb Lightbourn, Quayshon Alexander, Breon Dixon and Cam’ron Jones.Losing Dixon and Jones is brutal for the Cornhuskers considering they were both four-star recruits. As for Lightbourn and Alexander, they’re hoping to find more playing time with their next team.McKewon also revealed that several walk-ons will leave the program, cutting the roster down to 149 players.Nebraska’s APR scores are in: https://t.co/86nghpJTUU #huskers— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) May 8, 2019The belief is that Nebraska will add 24 walk-ons over the course of the summer.Either way, it’s clear that changes will continue to occur for the Cornhuskers as they prepare for their second season under head coach Scott Frost.[Omaha World-Herald] Shot of the Nebraska football program, led by Scott Frost.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 27: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Memorial Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)With the summer quickly approaching, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have made sizable changes to their roster. The program trimmed its roster earlier this week.The Cornhuskers will enter this upcoming season with the hope that they’ll recapture their success down the stretch in 2018. Obviously the team’s record didn’t indicate that it’s heading in the right direction, but winning four out of the last six games is certainly an improvement.Most signs point to things looking up for Nebraska, but it did receive its share of unfortunate news this week as well.Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald is reporting that four scholarship players for Nebraska have submitted their name into the NCAA transfer portal.last_img read more

Transas Marine Installs Engine Room Simulator at ITE …

first_img My location Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom Transas Marine has installed a Full Mission Engine Room Simulator at Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore. With installation of this simulator, ITE will be able to train students to operate machinery of MAN B&W 60MC Tanker LCC.A broad range of skills, acquired during the course, enables trainees to minimize adaptation time onboard and reduce training time at sea. During this course, students will learn to perform basic maintenance of electrical equipment, align, install and repair marine machinery, maintain marine control circuits, verify measuring instruments, perform quality control and assurance, design and fabricate jigs and fixtures, inspect ship systems and machinery components, supervise work on machining systems, assist to execute commissioning and testing activities.Students, who will have accomplished the course, will receive a certificate, allowing them to advance their careers as marine supervisor and foreman (mechanical).The configuration of the full mission simulator is designed to train advanced operation, troubleshooting, it also includes resource management training, as well as final training and certification. One of the key features of the new platform is the advanced 3D visualization. System diagrams can be displayed on a multi-display video wall for monitoring and control. Operations can be carried out from the 3D visual model.The newest generation models are fully compliant with the most recent STCW requirements. The full mission engine room simulator ERS 5000 is designed to meet the requirements of IMO Conventions and Resolutions, as well as IEC standards.Graham Wagstaff, Business Development Manager, Transas Marine International, commented: “Transas has completed the installation of a full mission engine room simulator at the prestigious Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The full mission simulator will be used to teach the operation and trouble shooting of marine propulsion, auxiliary and electrical equipment. Having identified faults in the simulator, students from the Higher Marine engineering course will carry out repairs on real equipment located in the state of the art training workshop. Transas is pleased to have assisted in the development of this unique training methodology“.The Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, was established as a post-secondary education institution in 1992 under the Ministry of Education. ITE is a principal provider of career and technical education and key developer of national occupational skills certification and standards to enhance Singapore’s workforce competitiveness. ITE mission is to Create Opportunities for School Leavers and Adult Learners to Acquire Skills, Knowledge and Values for Employability and Lifelong Learning in a Global Economy. Positioned as a College of Creativity and Innovation, the new ITE College Central is co-located with ITE Headquarters, which occupies a land area of 10.6 hectares, home to some 10,400 students and more than a thousand staff. Transas, October 21, 2013last_img read more

Prudence au volant pendant le traçage des lignes sur les autoroutes

first_imgOn rappelle aux automobilistes de faire preuve de prudence lorsqu’ils passent près des équipes responsables du traçage des lignes sur les autoroutes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. En raison du temps ensoleillé et chaud, les équipes sont en mesure de repeindre les lignes jaunes et blanches sur les routes. Bien que plusieurs mesures de sécurité mises à jour servant à aviser et diriger les automobilistes soient en place, les véhicules d’entretien routier ont déjà été frappés par derrière. « Les lignes et les marques constituent des aspects essentiels de la sécurité sur nos routes, et le traçage de ces lignes au printemps est une priorité, a dit Geoff MacLellan, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Nous demandons aux automobilistes de faire attention et de faire preuve de prudence pendant le déroulement de ces importants travaux. » Pour tracer les lignes, les employés du ministère utilisent une série de véhicules, que l’on appelle un train, incluant un camion de peinture, un véhicule de queue qui comprend une remorque destinée à absorber l’énergie d’une collision et un panneau à flèche électronique, ainsi qu’un deuxième véhicule de queue muni d’un panneau à message électronique. Les automobilistes doivent obéir aux directives apparaissant sur les panneaux électroniques jusqu’à ce qu’ils aient dépassé le train au complet. Il y a quatre équipes de traçage des lignes sur les routes par temps sec. L’objectif est de terminer le traçage des lignes sur toutes les routes de la province d’ici la mi-octobre.last_img read more

David Beckham Calls On World Leaders To ENDviolence Against Children

first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham is championing a letter signed by 18 child survivors of violence that calls on world leaders to end the widespread abuse that affects millions of children around the world.Video: One powerful letter to #ENDViolence with David Beckham | UNICEFOne of the signatories is a 16-year-old boy from Cambodia, where Beckham travelled earlier this year.“When I visited Cambodia with UNICEF earlier this year, I spent time with children and young people who have experienced terrible violence and abuse often at the hands of the people who were supposed to protect them,” said Beckham. “Their stories were deeply distressing and as a father it is devastating to think that any child should have to suffer like this.“After listening to these incredibly brave children and hearing about the abuse they have endured, I want to make sure that world leaders act to protect children from danger. Every child, especially the most vulnerable, should be safe. That’s why I am going to travel to the UN this September, to make sure that children’s voices are heard and that the world comes together to stop violence against children.”Including the words of survivors of violent conflict in South Sudan, sexual abuse in Iceland, and child trafficking in Pakistan, the powerful letter highlights an epidemic of violence that is facing children in every corner of the world.Next week, Beckham will stand alongside the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake ahead of the adoption of the most expansive development agenda the world has ever seen. Together they will call on world leaders to put children, especially the most disadvantaged, at the centre of all decisions and investments made over the next 15 years.At the beginning of this year, Beckham launched 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund and made a commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable children over the next decade, including children affected by violence.Beckham said: “In February, when I launched my new fund with UNICEF, I made a promise to speak out for the world’s most vulnerable children and to help shine a light on the issues affecting them. It is shocking that every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence. Children are being abused in their homes, schools and communities and this has to stop. I hope others will join me to call on world leaders to put children at the heart of the new goals and commit to ending violence against children.”Cornelius Williams, UNICEF’s Global Chief of Child Protection, said: “Every day children are prey to torture, sexual and physical violence, emotional abuse, neglect and other horrific atrocities.“Violence against children, especially sexual violence, leaves deep, indelible scars that live on in them right through adulthood. It rips apart families and societies, shatters stability and sets back progress. Yet all too often, it is unseen and cloaked in silence. We have to speak about the unspeakable, make it visible, and act to end it.”The Sustainable Development Goals, the new 15 year development agenda that will be adopted at the United Nations General Assembly in September, present a historic opportunity to change the outcome that so many children endure – but only, says UNICEF, if the world focuses on the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and puts their rights to safety, education and health at the heart of the agenda.Latest UNICEF figures show:- Around 120 million girls under the age of 20 worldwide (about 1 in 10) have experience forced intercourse or other forced sexual acts. – One fifth of homicide victims globally are children and adolescents under the age of 20.- Almost one quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 worldwide (almost 70 million) report being victims of some form of physical violence since age 15.Read and share the letter written by child survivors (visit www.unicef.org/endviolence) and help #ENDviolence for all children.last_img read more

Womens Sports Foundation Celebrates Top Female Athletes

first_imgThe Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) — the leading authority on the participation of women and girls in sports — celebrated the biggest night in female sports at its 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.WSF Founder Billie Jean King and WSF President Angela Hucles were among the high-profile attendees who honored the top nominees; representing 18 sports and six different countries including Simone Biles (Gymnastics), Kelly Clark (Snowboarding), Anna Fenninger (Alpine Skiing), Maya Moore (Basketball), Inbee Park (Golf), Maggie Steffens (water polo), Lauren Chamberlain (Softball), and Talita Antunes and Larissa França (Beach Volleyball). Notable athletes in attendance included Tamika Catchings (Basketball), Meryl Davis (Ice Dancing), Michelle Kwan (Figure Skating), Angela Ruggiero (Ice Hockey), Julie Foudy (Soccer), Jessica Mendoza (Softball) and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Track and Field).The Women’s Sports Foundation’s coveted 2015 Sportswoman of the Year award was presented to Serena Williams (Tennis) in the individual category; Carli Lloyd (Soccer) in team category. The award is bestowed upon athletes who have distinguished themselves in their sports field through their supreme athletic performances over the past year.Eleven-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden (Track & Field, Cross-Country Skiing) was honored with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. McFadden has defied obstacles since she was a young girl to become one of the most dominant athletes in Paralympic Track & Field and Cross-Country Skiing, while also advocating for equal access for students with disabilities. Tatyana and her mother helped pass Maryland Fitness and Athletics Equity for Students with Disabilities Act (2005) that mandates that schools provide competitive opportunities for students with disabilities in interscholastic athletic programs.The Billie Jean King Contribution Award, an honor that recognizes an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of women’s sports, was awarded to Dr. Don Sabo, Ph.D. a Professor of Health Policy at D’Youville College. Dr. Sabo’s pioneering research is a catalyst for the advancement of girls and women in sports and uncovers the lifelong benefits of participation on their health and well-being.“Forty-one years ago we founded an organization to recognize the accomplishments of the world’s greatest women athletes just like we are doing here at tonight’s Salute,” said WSF Founder Billie Jean King. “We have seen great momentum and breakthroughs this past year for female athletes, coaches and commentators and we came together tonight to celebrate those moments, and to commemorate the impact the Foundation has on women and girls each and every day.”Julie Foudy and Jessica Mendoza opened the fundraising gala, beginning with a celebratory toast to Jessica’s historic achievement of becoming the first female in-game analyst for an MLB game on ESPN in August. The evening then proceeded with the traditional Grand March of Athletes where all 75 athletes in attendance were honored for their contributions to their sports.Angela Hucles, WSF President, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist for U.S. Soccer, two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist, took the stage in her first Salute as President to discuss the ongoing initiatives that WSF has focused on in the past year, specifically showcasing the Sports 4 Life program. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls in youth sports programs. By making sports more accessible, Sports 4 Life gives young females the chance to learn the foundational benefits of sports, such as leadership, confidence, self-esteem, and perseverance. This year, WSF awarded $110,000 in funding to 22 grantees to serve more than 6,800 middle and high school girls across the nation. All of the money raised in the room this evening will go towards 2016 grants, which is now accepting applications for the coming year.“The Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to creating leaders by giving girls access to sports. With support from the community, who is on the ground activating, to the corporations who support our mission by making it financially realizable, we are able to collaborate, educate and advocate for more opportunities and exposure for girls’ and women’s sports,” shared Deborah Slaner Larkin, CEO of the WSF. “We are privileged to host the Annual Salute so we can gain new ambassadors and spread awareness about our mission to ensure all girls have the chance to play.”The 36th Annual Salute to Women in Sports was co-presented by espnW, FOX Sports, Gatorade and NBC Sports Group.last_img read more

Wild weather causes Grand River to flood

It’s been a wild 24 hours, from temperatures in the twenties, to snow and freezing rain, and in some cases flooding. On a normal day, Wilkes Dam in Brantford flows at about 20 cubic metres per second, right now, it’s moving at about 700. “We’re seeing the river peaking now and through the next day or so.”The Grand River Conservation Authority’s Dave Schultz says the agency has been using its reservoirs to try to keep flooding to a minimum by managing the flow.“There are some road closures and some low lying areas where there is flooding going on right now.”In York, the swelling Grand has temporarily claimed a place to play, and just down the road, a place to rest. Water has come up over the banks in Caledonia as well. Each year the rising water levels brings residents and their cameras to the river. “It’s kind of a bit of a tradition to see how far it goes. So this year it goes to the road,” says one resident.Schultz says it’s best to enjoy the view from a distance. The ground near the water can be very slippery.“The water temperature is maybe a couple of degrees above zero so you won’t last long. And the speed it’s going right now you’ll get carried away before anybody even knows.” read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina UN official disciplines police officers for code violations

Vincent Coeurderoy, Commissioner of the International Police Task Force, decertified six police offers and issued “serious non-compliance” reports to 10 others, UNMIBH said in a statement released in Sarajevo. The 16 Bosnian Croat officers had been suspended last month “after signing a statement in effect renouncing the authority of the Federation organs and pledging allegiance to an illegal structure.”The six decertified officers have been permanently dismissed from any police work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Coeurderoy reminded them that if they were discovered with firearms they would be treated by the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR) “as armed civilians [who] may be seized and disarmed.”The 10 officers who had been issued non-compliance reports were no longer suspended and could return to work, UNMIBH said. It warned, however, that “any further violations committed by the officers may result in their immediate decertification.”Commissioner Coeurderoy also appealed to all officers in the area “to stay clear of politics and instead focus on the full integration of the Cantonal Police.”Set up in 1995, UNMIBH exercises a wide range of functions related to the law enforcement activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. IPTF is helping to create democratic and professional police forces which are multiethnic, impartial, accountable and representative of the society they serve. read more

Some frozen foods recalled in Canada due to listeria

Some frozen foods recalled in Canada due to listeria Here is a list of some of the products recalled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to Listeria monocytogenes:Sold at Costco:— Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Butternut Squash (UPC 8 46358 00067 1) and Organic Vegetable Medley (UPC 8 46358 00062 6) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan— Organic by Nature brand frozen Organic Sweet Peas (UPC 8 46358 00061 9) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, SaskatchewanOther Retailers:— Cookin’ Greens Organic brand A Blend of Kale, Sweet Corn & Peas (UPC 8 11138 00038 7) sold nationally— Alasko brand IQF Regular Mixed Frozen Vegetables A Grade (UPC 1 06 95058 17331 7) and B Grade (UPC 1 06 95058 17341 6) sold for hotel/restaurant/institutional use in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan— Harmonie brand, IGA brand, Co-op brand, Western Family brand and unbranded frozen vegetable products (various UPCs – check CFIA website) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Possibly National, Saskatchewan— Ajinomoto brand Yakitori Chicken with Japanese-Style Fried Rice (UPC 0 71757 05642 8) sold in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan— All Asia Fresh brand rice and noodle bowls sold in Alberta— Indican brand Mixed Frozen Veggies (UPC 6 27727 10001 3) sold in Alberta and British Columbia— Stahlbush Island Farms brand Cut Green Beans (UPC 6 38882 00053 7) sold at retail in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Possibly National, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon.Source: Canadian Food Inspection Agency. by The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2016 4:25 pm MDT Last Updated May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Anna Laurelle Hughes

Anna Laurelle Hughes, beloved mother, grand-mother, great-grand-mother, sister, friend, and music evangelist, passed away Sunday, May 5 2019 from a short battle with leukemia at the age of 84.Laurelle was born on March 24, 1935 in Cleveland, Utah to Lawrence and Lynette (Rawlinson) Thorderson. She was sealed to Ivan Hughes on September 23, 1955. They raised 4 sons, Kevin, Keith, Craig, and Michael.Laurelle grew up in a home rich in music and song. She developed a great passion for passing this family musical heritage at every opportunity. She always participated in directing or accompanying music in ward choirs and activities throughout her life as recent as last month with “Sing Along with Laurelle” time at her resident community at Solstice. Following graduation from North Emery High School Laurelle spent a long-accomplished career with the BLM. With her no limits attitude and capability, she advanced from a Clerk Typist to the title of Realty Specialist. She facilitated many improvement projects on public lands including the Millsite Golf Course in Emery County. She supported the family milk farm until a fire destroyed the operation. Typical of small farming operations, mom joked the first time she had money left over after paying bills and groceries was her first pay check after shutting down the milk operation.After spending most of her life prior to retirement in her hometown of Cleveland, Laurelle and Ivan moved to Alamo, Nevada. Ivan was excited to find a town more remote than Cleveland. Laurelle took an active role in the community. She became a member of the town board, chaired the development committee that oversaw the funding of the Yoppesville Children’s Park, and multiple leadership roles at the senior center.Laurelle was preceded in death by her husband Ivan Wood Hughes, sister Janet, sister Julia, father Lawrence, and mother Lynette.She is survived by four sons Kevin (Susian), Keith (Kristy), Craig (Marlene), and Michael (Wendy), her brothers and sister Chad, Freda, and Larry, her 14 grand-children and 13 great-grand-children.Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 11, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Alamo LDS Chapel in Alamo, Nevada. A viewing will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Church. And on Saturday at the Church prior to the service on Saturday, from 9:30-10:30 am She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Alamo Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent at www.sumortuary.com. read more

Ohio State alumnus Doug Ganim selected for Racquetball Hall of Fame

Ohio State graduate Doug Ganim, who has been selected for the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame. Credit: Courtesy USA RacquetballDoug Ganim has long been recognized for his excellence on the racquetball court and admired for his many contributions off of it, but now the former Buckeye is adding one more feather to his hat.USA Racquetball announced that Ganim, who graduated from Ohio State in 1987 with a degree in business, is being awarded the sport’s highest honor: a spot in the hall of fame. “It means just about everything to me,” said Ganim, who will be inducted in the amateur open category. “I’ve been playing (racquetball) full-time since I was 14 years old, and it’s really defined my life.”The Racquetball Hall of Fame’s main goal is to recognize those who have had a profound impact on the sport. Individuals are nominated and then voted on by a committee. To date, only 57 players have been enshrined, according to the USA Racquetball website. Getting to the pinnacle of one’s sport is obviously no easy task. For Ganim, hard work and a clearly defined vision helped him forge his future in the game, he said.  He went on to say that the important decisions he made at a young age helped propel him further into his career. One such decision was where to attend college.Because of how salient the sport was in his life, Ganim said he opted to attend OSU because of its close proximity to the interstates. That made traveling to tournaments much simpler and effective. “I played in a tournament every single weekend the entire four years I was at Ohio State,” Ganim said. “From Ohio State I could get north, south, east or west, and I did.”All that work Ganim put forth while in college paid off nearly immediately after he graduated, as in 1988 he captured gold in doubles at the International Racquetball Federation World Championships. He went on to achieve that same crown twice more.Furthering his international doubles success, Ganim won gold in the 1999 Pan American Games. What’s more, he medaled thrice at the United States Olympic Festivals. These go along with many additional accomplishments and accolades that helped solidify his place in the Racquetball Hall of Fame.“There is certainly no person who has had a broader impact on the sport of racquetball in the last few years than Doug Ganim,” said Steve Czarnecki, the executive director of USA Racquetball. “His playing accomplishments that he’s being recognized for with this Hall of Fame induction (are) just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what he has contributed to the sport overall.”As Czarnecki noted, Ganim’s contributions aren’t limited to just what he did on the court. He has had an important hand in growing the sport and one of its most important events. For more than 20 years, Ganim has helped develop the sport’s foremost championship, the U.S. Open, while also serving an executive role with racquet, equipment and apparel manufacturer HEAD Penn racquetball in that time. “Running the U.S. Open is virtually running easily the biggest (racquetball) event in the world, and he does an incredible job with it,” said Larry Haemmerle, president of USA Racquetball. “I don’t look at him as just a tournament director or any other player. I value him as a partner.” Ganim, who now resides outside Columbus in Westerville with his family, has also been the head of the Ohio Racquetball Association for more than two decades. He will be inducted into the Racquetball Hall of Fame in May at a ceremony held in Denver. “He’s really been the most successful person when it comes to developing outside investments and sponsorships into the sport of racquetball,” Czarnecki said. “He has had a great impact on the sport in a variety of ways.”Ganim noted the ways that racquetball positively impacted his life. He said he has also developed many lasting relationships throughout his 30-year career and is thankful to have met the people he has. “I hope I’ve left the sport in better shape than how I found it,” Ganim said. read more

Cleavage goes bust Vogue declares the décolletage over

first_imgIt has a long and controversial history, gracing the covers of countless magazines and catching the eye of many a gentleman.But the cleavage has had its day, Vogue has declared.Vogue magazine, the fashion bible, has claimed “the cleavage is over” as women fight back against the judgment of social media to pack away their push-up bras.An article in this month’s edition claims fashionistas are turning their backs on showing off their breasts, choosing instead to show more demure flashes of the shoulder, stomach or leg in a bid to outwit “creepy” online feedback.Even high fashion labels renowned for their “ample displays” have this year “sent out girl after girl with legs, midriffs and cut-outs on show but no cleavage”, it said, adding it was a clear sign “something’s up. Or more pertinently, not up.” The push-up bra was beloved in the 90s Earlier this year, retail analyst NPD reported that sales of traditional bras are down 19 per cent as millennials turn to sports bras for “comfort and ease of movement”.Women now put “long-term comfort, durability and support” as the most important elements in finding a bra, it said.Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, said: “Comfort is a dominant theme throughout the fashion world, and today’s bra consumer, especially Millennials, is seeking both physical and personal comfort. Vanessa Kirby shows off her modest red carpet glamour at the premiere of The Crown today Keira Knightley at the Harper’s Bazaar Woman of the Year awardsCredit:Rex Keira Knightley at the Harper's Bazaar Woman of the Year awards Sophia Loren offers perhaps the most famous side-eye in photographic history to Jayne Mansfield's cleavage Gillian Anderson photographed at the Harper’s Bazaar awards this weekCredit:REX In an article headlined “desperately seeking cleavage”, a Vogue writer states: “Rejecting the stereotypes of gender has been brought sharply into focus, with the days of women as eye-candy, their sexuality positively smouldering rather than subtly played out, officially over.”The December issue of the magazine is out now.  Gillian Anderson photographed at the Harper's Bazaar awards this week Sophia Loren offers perhaps the most famous side-eye in photographic history to Jayne Mansfield’s cleavageCredit:REXcenter_img In May, the Telegraph reported that soft cups now make up 30 per cent of Net-a-Porter’s bra sales, with the most common request among cosmetic surgery patients is now for a mid-C cup rather than a double-D.Celebrities attending the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year awards appeared to confirm the trend, with winners Keira Knightley, Felicity Jones, Donatella Versace, Gillian Anderson all opting for high necklines while model and lingerie designer Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley wore an off-the-shoulder top. “Seamless bra styles are increasingly top of mind for consumers of all ages, and can no longer be an afterthought for manufacturers and retailers.”Online retailer ASOS has launched a “side boob bra” to suit the trend to have clothes cut low at the sides rather than cleavage, while supermodel Heidi Klum, who produces her Intimates range, has said she is seeking “less underwire and padding, something simpler, more racer backs.” The push-up bra was beloved in the 90s Vanessa Kirby shows off her modest red carpet glamour at the premiere of The Crown todayCredit:PA Eva Herzigova, star of the iconic Wonderbra advert, during London fashion week this year “The cleavage – those magnificent mounds pushed together to display sexual empowerment, to seduce, to inspire lust or even just to show off – is over, or at least, taking a well-earned break,” the magazine declares.“The tits will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter.”Elizabeth Saltzman, stylist, said she now has to take online harassment into account when dressing those in the public eye, with the open public comments on sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook leaving stars open to scrutiny. Referring to an anonymous top-heavy actress, she said: “On those occasions where her cleavage is more visible, I see what happens on her Instagram feeds afterwards, and out of about 100,000 comments, 90,000 will be about her boobs.“That’s not healthy, that’s creepy.”The trend appears to be backed up by recent sales of bras, with soft-cupped natural shapes over-taking the push-up cleavage so beloved in the 1990s. Eva Herzigova, star of the iconic Wonderbra advert, during London fashion week this yearCredit:Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Church solicitor stole from the dead to fund her vintage wine collection

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A respected solicitor plundered £4 million from clients to fund her luxury holidays, vintage wine collection and an “obsession” with clothes.Linda Box, 67, a senior partner at Yorkshire solicitors Dixon, Coles & Gill, ­almost caused the firm to collapse after her fraud.Leeds Crown Court heard that during 12 years of 
deception, Box, a registrar and a “pillar of the community”, led a lavish life that 
included £800-a-night stays at luxury hotels and an £800,000 wine collection. Box had forged the signature of a fellow solicitor on probate documents as part of her offending and forged the signature of another colleague to access a trust fund.Some 75 individual client files, many involving estates of deceased, and 10 files ­relating to the Church, showed misappropriation. Box told police she took the money for her own use and her husband knew nothing.Mr Bashir added: “She said she was excessive in her spending. She said it developed into an obsession.”The judge called the scale and enormity of the breach of trust “staggering”.The mother of one ­deceased client said: “How can there be a more vile crime than pretending to be my friend when I was obviously overwhelmed with grief?”Joe Hingston, defending, said Box had been struck off after more than 40 years as a solicitor, adding: “Her reputation lies in ruins.” She said she was excessive in her spending. She said it developed into an obsessionNadeem Bashir, prosecutor She funded mortgages for friends, paid private school fees for her granddaughter and splashed out on work at her home as well as fancy holidays abroad.Once, the court heard, £11,000 was spent to take her family to the Edinburgh Festival.Her scheming even ­extended to the Church of England as she stole £63,000 in cash from the Bishop of Wakefield’s Fund. Box was jailed for seven years yesterday after admitting nine counts of fraud, two of forgery and one of theft.Jailing her, Mr Justice Blake said it was a tale of misplaced trust “all because of your unrestrained and out-of-control greed”.Nadeem Bashir, prosecuting, said the offences came to light in December 2015 when another partner, ­Julian Gill, became concerned over a £5,000 payment from a client account.Further checks revealed sums paid out on a wider scale, including to Box’s American Express account.The court heard that the Dixon, Coles & Gill building had since been sold off and staff made redundant as a result of Box’s fraud.The firm, which had offices in Wakefield and Horbury, shut its doors in January 2016 during the fraud investigation.last_img read more

HudBay reaches for the Skye

first_imgHudBay Minerals and Skye Resources announce that Skye shareholders, optionholders and holders of deferred share units have voted in favour of the previously announced business combination between HudBay and Skye at a special meeting of Skye securityholders held today in Vancouver.  In excess of 99% of the votes cast at the meeting were in favour of the Transaction. The completion of the Transaction remains subject to a final hearing by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, currently expected to take place on August 22, 2008, with closing of the Transaction expected to occur shortly thereafter.  The Transaction is structured as a Plan of Arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) between HudBay, Skye and 0828275 B.C. Ltd. a wholly-owned subsidiary of HudBay.HudBay Minerals is a leading Canadian base metals mining company with a focus on the discovery and production of zinc and copper metal. The company is investing for the future in one of the most ambitious exploration programs in Canada, targeting its 400,000 ha exploration territory in the Flin Flon Greenstone Belt. As an integrated mining company, HudBay operates mines, concentrators and metal production facilities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, a zinc oxide production facility in Ontario, the White Pine copper refinery in Michigan, and the Balmat zinc mine in New York state. Skye’s principal asset is the worldclass Fenix nickel project in Guatemala, which includes 41.4 Mt of reserves.  Skye has completed a feasibility study for a ferro-nickel project using proven conventional smelting technology.  Environmental and construction permits for the project have been received, basic engineering is complete, detailed engineering is approximately 50% complete and preparations to initiate construction are underway.last_img read more

The technological wonders of the ancient Greeks

first_imgThe automatic maid on the first floor of the Herakleidon Museum Annex on Apostolou Pavlou Street in central Athens looks like something out of Star Trek. Made by Philon of Byzantium in the third century BC, one of the leading engineers and writers on mechanics in the Hellenistic period, it is considered to have been the first working robot in history. It was a complex device in the form of a life-size woman. In her right hand she held a wine jug. When a cup was placed in the palm of her left hand, she automatically poured wine first and then water – both stored in metal jugs suspended in her chest area – to achieve the right mix. Its faithful recreation by collector Kostas Kotsanas never ceases to amaze visitors.But there are many more wonders to be seen in the exhibition ‘Amazing Inventions of the Ancient Greeks’, such as the static automated theatre, again by Philon, which presented to audiences the plots of popular myths through moving images, sound and impressive effects, or the alarm clock of Plato (fifth century BC), believed to be the first-ever such device designed to emit an alarm, in this case a whistle. Then there is the coin-operated holy water dispenser devised by Heron of Alexandria (first century AD), a distinguished mathematician and engineer, which was ideal for placement at temple entrances. When a coin was thrown into the pot, it fell onto a balance that moved and opened a valve, releasing a quantity of holy water according to the weight of the coin. And of course, Archimedes’ steam cannon, which fired stone balls.We have learned details about the existence and operation of these wonderful technological achievements thanks to Kotsanas, who began to reconstruct the inventions of the ancient Greeks as fully working models in the 1980s, when he was a student of mechanical engineering at the University of Patra.“They are extraordinary machines and pioneering, specialised instruments, which demonstrate that the technology of our ancestors was strikingly similar to that at the start of the modern era, and that Western civilisation owes much to Greece; far more than we think,” says Kotsanas.After exhaustively researching the source texts and archaeological finds using detailed drawings and – most importantly – the materials and methods of ancient times, Kotsanas has so far recreated more than 350 inventions. Apart from this exhibition, they can be viewed at the museums he has created in the Peloponnese at his own expense: the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments in Katakolo, Ilia, as well the Archimedes Museum at Ancient Olympia. Admission to all three is free.The Athens exhibition, which will remain open until January 10, was recently augmented with the addition of a photography section, featuring images captured by Anthi Xenaki of sixth century BC technology used in the ancient ore processing workshops at Lavrio.‘Amazing Inventions of the Ancient Greeks’ is on display at the Herakleidon Museum Annex, 37 Apostolou Pavlou, Thiseio, tel 211.012.6486. For further information contact www.herakleidon-art.grSource: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le climat aurait une grande influence sur les civilisations

first_imgLe climat aurait une grande influence sur les civilisationsPendant des siècles, prévoir le temps qu’il ferait le lendemain a été impossible. Or, une étude révèle que la chute de l’empire romain, par exemple, serait en partie due à la météo, imprévisible.Ulf Büntgen de l’institut fédéral suisse de la recherche sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage  a dirigé une étude portant sur l’implication des variations climatiques sur l’évolution et le déclin des civilisations à travers les âges. Grâce à l’étude de trois facteurs, lui et ses collègues ont réussi à retracer les climats, les températures et les précipitations des 2500 dernières années.C’est en se basant sur 7.284 échantillons de chênes que l’équipe de chercheurs a pu évaluer les précipitations et grâce à  1.089 pignes de pin et 457 échantillons de mélèze qu’ils ont pu reconstituer les températures.Ils ont ainsi pu constater qu’à chaque revirement dans le climat, quand celui-ci passait du froid et sec au chaud et humide par exemple, l’impact sur les civilisations était immédiat. En effet, l’agriculture s’en trouvait gravement perturbée mais cependant pas suffisamment longtemps pour que les populations aient le temps de s’y adapter.À lire aussiL’Homme de Néandertal aurait été poussé au cannibalisme… à cause du changement climatiqueAinsi, les revirements climatiques correspondent aux bouleversements politiques et aux vagues de migrations humaines. C’est dans ces conditions que l’empire romain a chuté. De même, dans les périodes relativement stables de l’époque médiévale, on constate que le climat était, lui aussi relativement constant. Mais au moment de la peste, la période était humide et l’épidémie a profité de ces conditions pour se répandre.Les exemples sont innombrables. A l’heure actuelle, notre société est moins perturbée par les changements climatiques parce que le commerce international et les technologies modernes en atténuent les effets comme le rapporte la revue Science.Le 14 janvier 2011 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Doodle Google Ada Lovelace la première programmeuse informatique de lhistoire

first_imgDoodle Google : Ada Lovelace, la première programmeuse informatique de l’histoireAprès un doodle consacré à l’un des maîtres de la sculpture moderne, Auguste Rodin, Google célèbre aujourd’hui l’anniversaire de l’une des pionnières de l’informatique, Ada Lovelace, une femme dont vous avez sûrement déjà vu le portrait, mais où déjà…Aujourd’hui, 10 décembre, en arrivant sur la page principale du moteur de recherche de Google, vous apercevrez l’image d’une femme, et plusieurs bulles représentant une feuille de calcul, une drôle de machine, un ordinateur à lampes, un ordinateur moderne puis un ordinateur portable et une tablette.C’est la manière avec laquelle Google célèbre aujourd’hui l’anniversaire de celle qui est considérée comme la première programmatrice informatique de l’histoire (à juste raison) : Ada Lovelace.Née il y a tout juste 197 ans, la fille du très célèbre Lord Byron, dont le vrai prénom, Augusta Ada King, comtesse de Lovelace, est entouré d’une sulfureuse histoire familiale, quitte son père avec sa mère, Annabella (née Milbanke, mathématicienne) le 21 avril 1816, cette dernière victime d’un quatrième viol par son mari.Du fait du goût de sa mère pour les mathématiques et les sciences, Ada est élevée en étant accompagnée dans ces matières (fait plutôt rare à l’époque), et rencontre, en 1832, Mary Sommerville, éminente chercheuse qui l’encourage dans ces voies, et, en 1833, Charles Babbage, auteur de la machine du même nom, considéré comme l’un des pères de la machine à calculer.Ada trouvera en cette homme le père qu’elle n’a pas eu, et en 1835, elle se marie avec William King, premier conte Lovelace, avec lequel elle aura trois enfants : Byron, Annabella et Ralph Gordon, qu’elle a eu en 1839. Jusqu’à cette période, la vie d’Ada la tînt éloignée du monde des Sciences et des Mathématiques, domaines qu’elle retrouve à travers avec la parution d’un article paru dans un journal suisse sur la machine analytique de Babbage, réalisée par Frederico Luigi, mathématicien italien, en 1842.Charles Wheatstone propose alors à Ada de traduire ce texte du français en anglais pour le journal Scientific Memoirs. Après de longs mois entre écriture et maladie, Ada finalise son texte en 1843 et le présente à Wheatstone qui lui demande pourquoi ce n’est pas elle qui présentait le mémoire sur la machine. Elle lui répondit que ça ne lui été pas passé à l’esprit…Un constat sur lequel elle et Babbage n’allait plus faire d’impasse : Ada replonge de manière intense dans ses matières de prédilection, autour de la machine de Babbage, et en étroite collaboration avec lui.Elle rédige alors sept notes venant compléter le travail de Babbage, le corrigeant sur certains points, et provoquant l’admiration de son “père” de substitution, qui annote de A à G les écrits de sa protégée.Une note historiqueAu-delà de l’ensemble du travail fourni par Ada, la note G va devenir une véritable pièce historique pour l’informatique actuelle : elle y contient un algorithme, élaboré en exemple autour du nombre de Bernoulli utilisé avec la machine. Cette algoritme est si élaboré qu’il devient le premier exemple de “programme informatique” au monde ! Si cet écrit semble soulever le doute vis à vis de sa provenance, son initiative et sa mise en œuvre par Ada Lovelace n’est pas du tout mis en cause, vis à vis des capacités et du Savoir de la comtesse de Lovelace.Visionnaire, Ada imagine même des utilisations de la machine qui vont au-delà des seuls domaines de la mathématique. Dans ses notes, elle explique que “la machine pourrait composer de manière scientifique et élaborée des morceaux de musique de n’importe quelle longueur ou degré de complexité”.Mais la machine de Babbage n’obtient pas le financement du gouvernement d’outre-Manche. Et pour la subventionner, Ada veut trouver de l’argent et se met à jouer aux courses. Elle imagine un système mathématique qui lui permette de gagner au derby d’Epsom…Mauvais calculs qui amène la comtesse à la ruine, criblée de dettes.À 36 ans, elle est atteinte par un cancer de l’utérus. Saignée à mort par ses médecins, elle s’éteint le 27 novembre 1852 à Londres.La résurrection numérique d’AdaAlors que le nom et le prénom de la comtesse de Lovelace semblait tombé dans l’oubli, Ada réapparait dans un programme du Ministère de la Défense américain, comme langage de programmation élaboré entre 1977 et 1983. L’idée de l’appellation, datée de juillet 1978, est attribuée à Jack Cooper du Naval Material Command.De nouveau dans l’air du temps, Ada est considérée comme la première programmatrice informatique de l’histoire.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Et si son portait vous dit quelque chose, c’est que vous l’avez très certainement aperçue à l’intérieur de l’hologramme d’authentification en 3D…Des programmes Microsoft !Une autre manière, par la firme de Redmond, comme Google à travers son Doodle d’aujourd’hui, de rendre hommage à la femme qui permit à l’ordinateur et à tout ce qui en a découlé, d’exister.Le 10 décembre 2012 à 12:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Telescope Maps Neighboring Galaxies in Unprecedented Detail

first_imgStay on target Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Operating a radio telescope in Western Australia, astronomers were able to detect radiation from cosmic rays in two neighboring galaxies.The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope was used to map the Large and Small Magellanic Cloud galaxies orbiting the Milky Way in what the University of Western Australia called “unprecedented detail.”These two irregular dwarf galaxies are less than 200,000 light-years from our own Milky Way, and can be seen in the night sky with the naked eye. Until the discovery of the Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy in 1994, the Magellanic Clouds were the closest known galaxies to our own.(The Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, discovered in 2003, is considered the actual nearest neighbor.)By observing the sky at very low frequencies—between 76 and 227MHz—scientists managed to identify cosmic rays and hot gas in the two galaxies.“These cosmic rays actually originate in supernovae remnants—remnants from stars that exploded a long time ago,” according to Lister Staveley-Smith, an astrophysicist at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).“The supernova explosions they come from are related to very massive stars, much more massive than our own Sun,” he continued. “The number of cosmic rays that are produced depends on the rate of formation of these massive stars millions of years ago.”Luckily, the team’s low-frequency surveillance allowed them to estimate the number of new stars being formed in these galaxies.“We found that the rate of star formation in the Large Magellanic Cloud [LMC] is roughly equivalent to one new star the mass of our Sun being produced every ten years,” ICRAR astronomer and study lead Bi-Qing For said in a statement.The Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) boasts one every 40 years.The findings, published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, provide a glimpse into the future of science with next-generation radio telescopes.“It shows an indication of the results that we will see with the upgraded MWA, which now has twice the previous resolution,” Staveley-Smith said, adding that the forthcoming Square Kilometer Array (SKA) will deliver exceptionally fine images.Some astrophysicists believe the SMC is actually two pieces, with a smaller “Mini Magellanic Cloud” hidden some 30,000 light years behind the main galaxy, as seen from Earth’s perspective.Scientists can capture super-sharp images of celestial bodies using the new adaptive-optics module on ESO’s Very Large Telescope. Perhaps they’ll find another 12 moons orbiting Jupiter. Stay up to date on all things outer space here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more