England want to be No. 1 in the world – Trippier

first_imgKieran Trippier says England “want to be the No. 1 team” in the world after proving that they are capable of competing with the best sides in the business.Gareth Southgate’s side enjoyed a memorable run to the World Cup semi-finals in Russia over the summer, with those exploits helping to raise morale inside the camp.Since then, the Three Lions have held Croatia to a goalless draw and edged out Spain 3-2 on the road – ending their 15-year run without a competitive defeat on home soil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Trippier believes the next challenge is to top the FIFA rankings, with positive progress being made towards a next shot at major silverware in the 2020 European Championship.The Tottenham full-back told Standard Sport after an impressive victory over Spain in Seville: “You want to play against the best and we want to be the No. 1 team.“It was a great night and we move forward now.“We want to beat the big teams. In the past few games we have had draws and not scored, but I think last night we showed we can beat the top teams and defend well against the top teams. It was a statement last night and, ­hopefully, in the future, we can put performances in like this as well.“We want to win every game and play like that in every game. We know how well we can play as a team and last night in the first half we showed that.“It is something to build on, we have a lot of confidence going into the next games. We just have to keep working on our formation in training and, ­hopefully, on matchdays we can put out the performances.“It is good to come to places like this for the young lads to get the experience and, obviously, for me as well.”Harry Kane Marcus Rashford England SpainEngland’s ongoing development has seen them welcome a number of exciting youngsters into the senior squad, while Southgate has also moved away from a three-man defensive unit to favour a back four once more.Trippier added: “The players who came in the other day did very well and we have got so much young talent coming through into what’s already a young team.“It is a bright future for this England squad. We learned a lot as a group and individuals at the World Cup. The manager has changed the formation and I think it releases the forwards more to press. “Maybe sometimes at the World Cup, we were getting dominated in possession, but in this system that we are playing now, the midfielders can press easier higher up the field and we can play better. In the past two games, we played fantastic against difficult opponents as well.”last_img read more

Kane Williamson on sunstrike in Napier: It’s hard to move the sun

first_imgIndia vs New Zealand, 1st ODI Brief Scores: India 156 for 2 (34.5 overs) – Dhawan (75*), Kohli (45), Bracewell (1/29) beat New Zealand 157-all out (38 overs) – Williamson (64), Kuldeep (4/39), Shami (3/19) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Full ScorecardMore than 30 minutes of play was lost on Wednesday during the first of a five-match ODI series between India and New Zealand at the McLean Park in Napier. Not because of rain or bad light – the usual suspects in a cricket match but sunlight stopped play after dinner.The setting sun was shining in India batsman, Shikhar Dhawan’s line of sight and made it difficult for him to see the ball being released from the bowler’s hand. The bizarre incident that forced the on-field umpires to take the players off the field left the fans at the venue disappointed.Notably, the McLean Park was hosting its first international match in close to two years after successfully sorting issues with its outfield that had led to the abandonment of international games in the past. Usually, grounds have the playing surface facing North-South, but McLean Park has it facing East-West. Hence, this issue of shadows created by the setting sun.Hard to move the sun, hard to move the grandstand: WilliamsonReacting to the stoppage of play, Williamson, in his own relaxed tone, replied: “We haven’t had to deal with too many sunstrikes. We knew in some of the domestic T20 games it had been the case. It is fairly considerable and it did have to happen.”It’s hard to move the sun and hard to move the grandstand. We didn’t have either of those options so we had to sit down for a bit.”advertisementDhawan and captain Virat Kohli resumed India’s run chase of 156 after the stoppage in play brought down the target by 2 runs. Dhawan remained unbeaten on 75 while Kohli was dismissed for 45 but the duo had stitched a match-winning 91-run stand.Asked if he had experienced stoppage in play because of the sun, Kohli said: “Never in my life. I actually got out in a game in 2014 because the sun was in my eyes. This rule (play stopping because of the sun) wasn’t there then. I am glad there’s a rule now.”The stoppage in play due to the sun was a first even to both the on-field umpires who were officiating the first ODI.”This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game,” umpire Shaun Haig said.Williamson warns against knee jerk reaction to 1st ODI defeatMeanwhile, Williamson also said New Zealand shouldn’t panic or come up with knee-jerk reactions to the eight-wicket thrashing in Napier. The two teams will meet at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui for the second ODI on January 26.”It is not our best performance and I think you need to look at it in small bits. It is not about jumping … or any knee jerk reactions to our performance,” Williamson said.”It is about identifying some areas we need to get better at and when we get it together we can beat anybody but we are against a very strong team in India.”Also Read | #10YearChallenge What changed for India between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli rested for last two ODIs and T20I series vs New Zealand, Rohit Sharma to leadAlso Read | Trained really hard, says Mohammed Shami after breaking Irfan Pathan’s recordAlso Watch:last_img read more

Premier League 2018-19 preview No 3: Brighton & Hove Albion

first_imgGuardian writers’ predicted position: 14thLast season’s position: 15thOdds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 1,000-1Now that the novelty factor has worn off for Brighton & Hove Albion, one of their key challenges will be staying true to their values this season. After the euphoria of defying last year’s predictions of doom, the temptation to dream big must be strong. Yet that makes it even more important for Chris Hughton to ensure that everyone inside the Amex Stadium remembers that the club’s main priority must be establishing themselves in the Premier League. Share on Twitter features Brighton have acknowledged that some members of a promoted team have a natural ceiling in the Premier League. High-class opponents wise up to them and while the players who impressed last season will strive to stay in the team, it is vital that they face competition for their places. Too much loyalty can be risky. The idea is that a sprinkling of quality in the right places will give Brighton, who won two away games last year, more depth and make them a more rounded team. Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Pinterest Premier League 2018-19 preview No1: Arsenal Alireza Jahanbakhsh in action for Iran. Photograph: Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images The 24-year-old’s arrival demonstrates that Brighton’s recruitment team are endeavouring to think outside the box. A determination to look in places others are ignoring allows them to find young, hungry and affordable players who still have time to improve.Yves Bissouma is another example, although the promising Mali midfielder will initially find himself below Beram Kayal, Davy Pröpper and Dale Stephens in the pecking order after his move from Lille, while Bernardo’s arrival from RB Leipzig gives Hughton another option in the full-back positions. The buccaneering Ezequiel Schelotto alternates with the experienced Bruno on the right and Gaëtan Bong is reliable on the left, but Bernardo can play on either side. Hughton will prize the 23-year-old Brazilian’s versatility. Premier League 2018-19 preview No 2: Bournemouth Premier League 2018-19 previews Pinterest Share on Messenger Facebook Twitter Share via Email Granted, talk of survival can sound mundane when Burnley were able to back up their first campaign in the top flight by qualifying for Europe. Brighton were widely tipped to go down last season, especially after picking up one point from their first three matches, and they relished proving the doubters wrong. Even when they slid towards trouble after Christmas, a strong run in February and early March calmed fears and it is unlikely they will ever forget beating Manchester United to secure their top-flight status with two games to spare.Yet while avoiding any final-day drama was a fine achievement, it should also be pointed out that Brighton’s unease had been resurfacing before they earned their first victory over United in 36 years on a wild Friday night. They had not won since beating Arsenal 2-1 on 4 March and their final two assignments were trips to Manchester City and Liverpool. A piece of bad luck here, a couple of mistakes there, and Brighton could have been preparing for life back in the Championship. Despite the new arrivals, there is a settled feel to Brighton’s squad. The resilient pair of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk are mainstays in central defence and will not be dislodged easily by Leon Balogun, a 30-year-old Nigeria international who has signed on a free from Mainz, although one area of concern for Hughton will be his team’s vulnerabilities at set pieces. They conceded 21 goals from dead balls last season, leading to criticism of Mathew Ryan’s command of his area. Australia’s No 1 will face competition from Jason Steele and David Button.Overall, however, Brighton look equipped to survive if they adopt the right mindset. Consolidation is the aim, with Bournemouth’s cosy mid-table life something to aspire to. Anything more will be a happy bonus.The mood feels calm and under control, which is just how Hughton likes it. Premier League At their best they are capable of playing fast, vibrant football that relies on direct wing play and the inventive, intelligent Pascal Gross probing between the lines. Yet Hughton, who tended to favour a 4-4-1-1 system last season, needs to ease the goalscoring burden on the wily Glenn Murray. While the 34-year-old is still going strong, providing a focal point in attack and finding the back of the net 12 times last season, more is required from Murray’s fellow forwards given Brighton only scored more than one goal on eight occasions.With Sam Baldock set to leave, the jury out on Tomer Hemed, Percy Tau poised to go on loan after his £2.8m arrival from Mamelodi Sundowns and Florin Andone likely to need time to settle after signing from Deportivo La Coruña, the pressure is on Jürgen Locadia to show why Brighton signed him for £14m from PSV Eindhoven in January. Locadia’s only league goal came in a 4-1 win over Swansea in February, although the 24-year-old Dutchman has the support of his manager. “When you speak with him it’s the intensity of the Premier League,” Hughton said in May. “Here he arguably would not get the space and time he would get in Holland. He will benefit from a pre-season.”Someone else who flourished in the Dutch league is Alireza Jahanbakhsh, an Iran international who is out to prove that leading Eredivisie players can make the step up to the Premier League. Brighton’s wide players are crucial to their attack and although José Izquierdo was often an electrifying presence on the left, Anthony Knockaert was more frustrating on the right and Solly March is still developing. Jahanbakhsh, the club’s record signing at £17m, chipped in with 21 goals and 12 assists for AZ Alkmaar last season and could make a huge difference. Share on Facebook Read more That might seem like an uncharitable reading, but it is unlikely to have escaped the level-headed Hughton’s attention. For all that it is impossible to argue with the immense pride Brighton took from staying up, their manager will know that finishing seven points above a wretched bottom three is no reason to get carried away. In a league this competitive, with precious little to separate the majority below the top six, there is no room for complacency in a team looking to avoid second-season syndrome.Encouragingly, however, it is unlikely that will happen at a club with Brighton’s sensible mindset. They have not developed ideas above their station after finishing 15th. There has been no vanity splurge, no drive to target fading stars simply because they might sell a few shirts, and no sudden demand for a big-name manager to replace Hughton. Instead they have spent the summer looking for ways to progress without compromising the levels of organisation, teamwork and humility that have been in place since Hughton replaced Sami Hyypiä at the end of 2014. Share on LinkedIn Read more Brighton & Hove Albion The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

‘Ronaldo concerned about the World Cup, not Real Madrid’

first_imgTransfers Ronaldo concerned about the World Cup, not Madrid – Fernandes Tom Webber Last updated 1 year ago 19:00 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CristianoRonaldo - cropped Getty Images Transfers Primera División Portugal v Spain Spain Portugal Real Madrid World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Powerade The Lokomotiv midfielder believes that his national team-mate is fully focused on glory in Russia as speculation over his future continues Cristiano Ronaldo is fully focused on Portugal’s World Cup campaign and not his Real Madrid future, says international team-mate Manuel Fernandes.Madrid superstar Ronaldo suggested he could leave the Santiago Bernabeu in the aftermath of their third successive Champions League triumph last month.The 33-year-old confessed his comments were ill-timed, but it means he enters a second straight major international tournament with his next move at club level shrouded in mystery. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016 despite rampant speculation over his future and Fernandes insists the captain is paying sole attention to giving his country a second trophy.”I don’t have any kind of negative view. I see him as normal. He doesn’t seem to be worried about the future to me,” said Fernandes.”He’s very focused on what the national team are doing and being able to help Portugal.”Portugal are likely to be heavily reliant on Ronaldo for success in Russia, but Fernandes insists that is only natural when you have a five-time Ballon d’Or winner in the squad.”Given that he is such an important player for the team and one of the best in the world, it is normal that we have some dependence on him,” he said.”It’s perfectly normal, however Portugal were the champions of Europe because of the group, not its individuals.”In no way can Cristiano Ronaldo be detrimental to our team. It would not make much sense. He’s very demanding with himself and ends up demanding a lot from us as well.”First up for the European champions in Russia will be Iberian rivals Spain, one of the leading contenders, in Sochi on Friday.Fernandes highlighted Andres Iniesta as one of their key components, but he is content the talent at Portugal’s disposal is sufficient.”I’m a fan of Iniesta, but I don’t want any players from Spain,” said the Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder. “They have a lot of respect for our team and will always play in the same way.”Spain are very strong and a serious candidate to win the World Cup, but we will have the same seriousness as with Morocco and Iran.”last_img read more

Shannon Sharpe Responds To Dabo Swinney’s Protest Comments

first_imgShannon Sharpe discussing Dabo Swinney's protest comments.UndisputedWednesday, Shannon Sharpe responded to Dabo Swinney’s comments criticizing Colin Kaepernick’s protest method.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said yesterday that he believes Colin Kaepernick is being a distraction to his team. Shannon Sharpe responded to Swinney’s comments in this clip from his show with Skip Bayless, Skip and Shannon: Undisputed:”Protests, dissent is supposed to be uncomfortable.” — @ShannonSharpe responds to Dabo Swinney pic.twitter.com/uxK0jKd89S— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 14, 2016Sharpe stated that protests are supposed to be uncomfortable:“I’ve tried talking. I’ve tried it. But you won’t listen. So I must take a stand. And then when you say, ‘well, what is he doing?’ Then I get to tell you”In response to Swinney saying “I just think there’s a right way to do things and I don’t think two wrongs make a right,” and criticizing Kaepernick’s method, Sharpe issued the following statement:“When is the right time? When can we start talking about the 400 years? When is the right time? Tell me the right time.”Sharpe continued asking for what specific point in time he should be waiting for before starting a protest. Kaepernick’s protest has created a divide within the country, with those supporting the protest, and those opposing it. One thing remains clear, this protest doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.last_img read more

Port Angeles residents replace Canadian teens stolen shoes

first_imgPORT ANGELES, Wash. – When someone brandished pepper spray and stole a young Canadian tourist’s shoes last month, community members decided they wanted to make things right.A 16-year-old boy was walking back to his hotel room Oct. 6 when a man pulled up on a BMX bike, brandished a can of “bear mace” and demanded the boy’s limited-edition red Air Jordan shoes. The family asked Port Angeles police not to publicize the teen’s name.After hearing about the incident, community members decided to track down a new pair of shoes that they could return to the young man.“I think like a lot of people, we were just bummed to hear that happened to someone who came to visit Port Angeles,” said the Rev. Joe DeScala of Mended, who helped. “I — like a lot of people I spoke to — felt for that young man, and we needed to make it right.”DeScala and Lila Adams teamed up to get the young man a new pair of shoes, which retail at about $200.The plan was to raise the money to buy the new shoes, but Mended went ahead and purchased the shoes before all the money was raised.“We ordered the shoes just to get them coming,” DeScala said.The shoes arrived late October, and DeScala dropped off the shoes at the Port Angeles Police Department to be shipped to the young man.Tracking down the shoes wasn’t easy, DeScala said.He wanted to purchase them locally, but they were nowhere to be found. When he stopped by Athlete’s Choice, he was told they were a limited edition and each store received only a few pairs; they needed to be ordered online.Adams said it was unacceptable that a visitor to Port Angeles was treated like that.“I thought we could rally to fix this,” she said.She set up a bank account at First Federal to collect donations for the shoes and left a card at the police department to be sent to the boy.She also painted Port Angeles rocks and hid them around town in an effort to raise awareness.“I really wanted our town to make sure this kid has some new shoes,” she said.Port Angeles Police Chief Brian Smith said he plans to talk with the boy’s mother to double-check he has the correct address and then he’ll ship the shoes.He has spoken to the mother once already, and she was appreciative of the effort, he said.“This reminds me of why I live in Port Angeles,” Smith said. “We have a lot of great people who on their own come together to help someone.”No arrest had been made as of Oct. 27.DeScala said he has heard a lot of negative comments about the person who stole the shoes, but he believes people should focus on the positive.“I think there’s a lot more good out there, and this is just an example that no matter how much bad there is, people will do the right thing,” he said.___Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.comlast_img read more

Carr Canada will do what it must to prevent BC from stopping

first_imgOTTAWA – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr says the government will not entertain any attempts by British Columbia to stall or stop the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline.Carr is responding to a Conservative motion calling on the government to use every tool at its disposal to get the pipeline built and report to Parliament on its plans by Feb. 15.Carr says the Conservatives are trying to manufacture a crisis and that B.C. is very aware Canada can and will do what it takes to exert its authority to have the pipeline built.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs, however, says the government has been all talk and no action to this point and fears the government is happy to let the project die.Kinder Morgan’s proposal to triple the capacity of the Alberta-B.C. pipeline hit a new snag last month when the B.C. government suggested it planned to restrict the flow of additional oil while it studies its oil-spill readiness.Carr says all B.C. has done thus far is announce a plan to consult its residents about whether more research is needed, and that nothing has been done that should stop the construction of the $7.4-billion pipeline expansion.last_img read more

Algerias Bouteflika Seeks ReElection to 5th Term in 2019

Rabat – In power since 1999, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is seeking re-election for a fifth term at elections in 2019.The National Liberation Front (FLN) chairman Djamel Ould Abbes confirmed the president’s decision on Sunday.“Bouteflika… is the candidate of the FLN for the presidential election,” Ould Abbes said. He added that FLN members demanded Bouteflika’s candidacy. Ould Abbes’ chief of staff Nadir Boulegroune told the AFP news agency that the FLN central committee will meet to “formalise the candidacy” of the 81-year old president.It is no surprise that Bouteflika is seeking re-election for a fifth term; FLN had previously announced that they are in favor of his continued leadership.Bouteflika suffered a debilitating stroke in 2013. Several analysts and journalists recommended Bouteflika withdraw from the presidential election, questioning  his ability to lead.Some have also accused the Algerian regime of manoeuvers to make Bouteflika’s campaign successful.Read Also: Algeria Outlaws Burqas, Niqabs for Women at WorkThroughout the year, Algeria has sacked several top military officers for alleged corruption. However, for analysts, the purge of military officers is a clearing of the way for Bouteflika’s candidacy.In September, the Alternative News Agency of Argentina published an article by Adalberto Agozino who analyzed the political earthquake in Algeria’s military.The analyst interpreted Algeria’s sacking of military officers as a means to “steal” the next election and questioned Bouteflika’s ability to fulfill a fifth term as president.Former French Ambassador to Algeria Bernard Bajolet also questioned Bouteflika’s ability to lead. He said that Bouteflika is kept alive “artificially.” read more

Majority stake of Srilankan Airlines will not be sold

The Finance Minister said this after several agreements were signed today with regard to State Owned Business Enterprises (SOBE) at the Ministry of Finance. The Government today insisted that a majority stake of Srilankan Airlines will not be sold.Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told reporters today that more than 51 percent of the stake the Government has on the National airline will not be sold.

A victory for all of the planet Nations pledge to slow global

A ‘victory for all of the planet’: Nations pledge to slow global warming in historic pact LE BOURGET, France – Nearly 200 nations adopted the first global pact to fight climate change on Saturday, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution but imposing no sanctions on countries that don’t.The “Paris agreement” aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius (1.8 Fahrenheit) between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change.Loud applause erupted in the conference hall after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gaveled the agreement. Some delegates wept, others embraced.“It’s a victory for all of the planet and for future generations,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, adding that the pact will “prevent the worst most devastating consequences of climate change from ever happening.”Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira added: “Today, we’ve proven that it’s possible for every country to come together, hand in hand, to do its part to fight climate change.”In the pact, the countries pledge to limit the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by human activity to the levels that trees, soil and oceans can absorb naturally, beginning at some point between 2050 and 2100.In practical terms, achieving that goal means the world would have to stop emitting greenhouse gases — most of which come from the burning of oil, coal and gas for energy — altogether in the next half-century, scientists said. That’s because the less we pollute, the less pollution nature absorbs.Achieving such a reduction in emissions would involve a complete transformation of how people get energy, and many activists worry that despite the pledges, countries are not ready to make such profound, costly changes.The deal now needs to be ratified by individual governments — at least 55 countries representing at least 55 per cent of global emissions — before taking effect. It is the first pact to ask all countries to join the fight against global warming, representing a sea change in U.N. talks that previously required only wealthy nations to reduce their emissions.“History will remember this day,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said. “The Paris agreement on climate change is a monumental success for the planet and its people.”Speaking from Washington, President Barack Obama said the climate agreement offers “the best chance to save the one planet we have.”The deal commits countries to keeping the rise in global temperatures by the year 2100 compared with pre-industrial times “well below” 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and says they will “endeavour to limit” them even more, to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The world has already warmed by about 1 degree Celsius since pre-industrial times.Ben Strauss, a sea level researcher at Climate Central, said limiting warming to 1.5 degrees instead of 2 degrees could potentially cut in half the projected 280 million people whose houses will eventually be submerged by rising seas.More than 180 countries have ready presented plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions— a breakthrough in itself after years of stalemate. But those pledges are not enough to achieve the goals in the accord, meaning countries will need to cut much more to meet the goal.“We’ve agreed to what we ought to be doing, but no one yet has agreed to go do it,” said Dennis Clare, a negotiator for the Federated States of Micronesia. “It’s a whole lot of pomp, given the circumstances.”The agreement sets a goal of getting global greenhouse gas emissions to start falling “as soon as possible”; they have been generally rising since the industrial revolution.It says wealthy nations should continue to provide financial support for poor nations to cope with climate change and encourages other countries to pitch in on a voluntary basis. That reflects Western attempts to expand the donor base to include advanced developing countries such as China.In a victory for small island nations, the agreement includes a section highlighting the losses they expect to incur from climate-related disasters that it’s too late to adapt to. However, a footnote specifies that it “does not involve or provide any basis for any liability or compensation” — a key U.S. demand because it would let the Obama administration sign on to the deal without going through the Republican-led Senate.The adoption of the agreement was held up for nearly two hours as the United States pressed successfully to change the wording on emissions targets from saying developed countries “shall” commit to reducing emissions to they “should.” Experts said that means the deal probably won’t need U.S. congressional approval.Nicaragua said it would not support the pact. Its envoy, Paul Oquist, said the agreement does not go far enough to cut global warming and help the poor countries affected by it.Nicaragua is one of eight participating countries that haven’t submitted emissions targets, after Venezuelan envoy Claudia Salerno said her country — which had been holding out — liked the agreement and had submitted its pledge.Thousands of protesters demonstrated across Paris, saying the accord is too weak to save the planet. People held hands beneath the Eiffel Tower and stretched a two-kilometre-long (1.2-mile-long) banner from the Arc de Triomphe to the business district La Defence.Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace said the accord is a good start but isn’t enough.“Today the human race has joined in a common cause, but it’s what happens after this conference that really matters,” he said. “This deal alone won’t dig us out the hole we’re in, but it makes the sides less steep.”The accord does represent a breakthrough in climate negotiations. The U.N. has been working for more than two decades to persuade governments to work together to reduce the man-made emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.The previous emissions treaty, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, included only rich countries and the U.S. never signed on. The last climate summit, in Copenhagen in 2009, ended in failure when countries couldn’t agree on a binding emissions pact.The talks were initially scheduled to end Friday but ran over as Western powers, tiny Pacific island nations and everyone in between haggled over wording.The main dispute centred over how to anchor the climate targets in a binding international pact, with China and other major developing countries insisting on different rules for rich and poor nations. The agreement struck a middle ground, removing a strict firewall between rich and poor nations and saying that expectations on countries to take climate action should grow as their capabilities evolve. It does not require them to do so.Some scientists who had criticized earlier drafts as unrealistic praised the final pact for including language that essentially means the world will have to all but stop polluting with greenhouse gases by 2070 to reach the 2-degree goal, or by 2050 to reach the 1.5-degree goal.That’s because when emissions fall, nature compensates by absorbing less carbon dioxide — and can even release old pollution once there’s less of it in the air, said Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer. Forests, oceans and soil currently absorb about half the world’s man-made carbon dioxide emissions.“It means that in the end, you have to phase out carbon dioxide,” said John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.In addition to the cuts in emissions, the goal could be reached in part by increasing how much carbon dioxide is sucked out of the air by planting forests or with futuristic technology, Oppenheimer said, but added such technology would be expensive.French President Francois Hollande welcomed the world to a “low carbon age,” saying France is ready to cut emissions even further and increase aid to poor countries that are affected. He challenged all nations to do more.“The 12th of December, 2015, will remain a great date for the planet,” Hollande declared. “In Paris, there have been many revolutions over the centuries. Today it is the most beautiful and the most peaceful revolution that has just been accomplished — a revolution for climate change.”___Angela Charlton, Andy Drake and Matthew Lee contributed to this report. President Barack Obama speaks about the Paris climate agreement from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Karl Ritter, Seth Borenstein And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2015 7:35 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Average home prices to fall in 3 oilproducing provinces next year CREA

by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 15, 2015 7:35 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email An aerial view of housing is shown in Calgary on June 22, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Average home prices to fall in 3 oil-producing provinces next year: CREA OTTAWA – The Canadian Real Estate Association expects average house prices in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador to fall next year because of the downturn in the oil industry.The association is estimating Alberta’s average housing price will fall in 2016 by 2.5 percent.House prices in Saskatchewan are expected to decline by 1.2 per cent and by one per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador.Canada’s national average house price, however, is expected to edge higher by 1.4 per cent in the year ahead, to $448,700 — with Ontario leading the other regions with an increase of 2.9 per cent.CREA says that low interest rates will boost sales but that recently announced federal reforms to mortgage lending rules will have a negative effect beyond the intended targets in the Vancouver and Toronto areas — Canada’s most expensive markets.“Minimum down payments will be going up for homes that sell for more than half a million dollars, so larger more expensive housing markets will be affected most,” said CREA chief economist Gregory Klump.“Unfortunately, the regulatory changes will also cause unintended collateral damage to housing markets beyond Toronto and Vancouver, including places that are facing economic headwinds from the collapse in oil prices.”It says sales activity in Calgary’s housing market — which has been struggling to cope with the drop in oil prices to the lowest levels since early 2009 — will be one of the markets affected by the higher minimum down payments for properties above $500,000.The association’s 2016 forecast and a revised estimate for this year were released Tuesday with its regular monthly report on activity by member real estate boards across the country.It says that sales activity was up 1.8 per cent nationally between October and November, although half the markets covered posted declines. As usual, the Lower Mainland area of British Columbia and the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario showed the biggest month-month gains.Compared with statistics a year earlier, November’s sales activity was up 10.9 per cent with gains in two-thirds of local markets — with Calgary among those to see a decline from what had been historically high levels in November 2014.The national average sale price was up 10.2 per cent to $456,186. Exluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto areas, the national average price would have been $338,969 in November, up 3.4 per cent from a year earlier.The association’s MLS home price index was up 7.11 per cent, the largest gain in more than five years.CREA has revised its 2015 full-year estimates upwards since its September forecast, largely because of the strength of British Columbia and Ontario. The association is now expecting Canada will have the second-highest sales activity on record this year, with an increase of five per cent to 504,000 units this year.Partially offsetting increases in most provinces, it estimates Alberta will see a 21.4 per cent decline this year. Saskatchewan is also facing a 10.8 per cent decline in transactions compared with 2014, and Nova Scotia will see a 5.1 per cent decline, according to CREA’s estimates.B.C. is expected to have the biggest regional increase, with a 21.4 per cent jump from 2014’s sales levels. Ontario home sales are projected to be 9.3 per cent higher in 2015 than last year, but that figure would likely have been higher but for a shortage of low-rise homes around the Greater Toronto Area. read more

UN prioritizing needs ramping up aid as Hurricane Dorian continues to batter

Briefing journalists in Geneva, Jens Laerke from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that initial assessments from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands – where the storm made landfall and is effectively stationary as of Tuesday morning, local time – were “rather catastrophic”. He added: “As we heard, it made landfall in the Abaco Islands; the population there is a little more than 17,000 people, we are concerned for all of them. It is now over the Grand Bahama, the population there is about 51,000 people and we are concerned for every one of them. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas has said already that five individuals have been confirmed killed as a result of this hurricane.”#Dorian is at a standstill as it pummels Grand Bahama island. Now a category 3 hurricane, devastating sustained winds of 195 km/h, life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels 3 – 4.5 meters above normal tide levels, torrential rainfall. https://t.co/nr1pQlRTJx pic.twitter.com/zyca7PXZMC— WMO | OMM (@WMO) September 3, 2019 Initially classified as a Category 5 hurricane at the weekend when it hit the Bahamas’ north-west with wind gusts of over 320 kilometres per hour, Dorian has now been downgraded two notches.But it still has the potential to be deadly, regardless of its rating, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).“It was the strongest on record to make landfall in the Bahamas,” said WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis. “At its peak it had maximum sustained winds of 270 kilometres an hour, which is absolutely huge, with gusts of up to 321 kilometres an hour. It’s life-threatening it’s devastating, it’s now weakened to the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane. The winds are still devastating, the storm surge is still life-threatening and the rainfall is still torrential.”Confirming the widespread damage from the high winds and amid reports of storm surges between five and seven metres high, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said that more than 13,000 houses had been severely damaged or destroyed – about 45 per cent of all homes on the two islands.“In terms of needs, we believe that Abaco Island has the most vulnerable population,” said IFRC spokesperson Matthew Cochrane. “There’s a large Haitian community on the island, who will need, we believe, a significant amount of assistance to recover from and rebuild after this storm. We also understand that about 62,000 people across the two islands will need access to clean drinking water.”Thousands will need food supportInitial assessments carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP) with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and other humanitarian partners, indicate that Abaco will likely require food for more than 14,000 people and Grand Bahama for over 47,000 people.With a handful of specialized staff on the ground to provide support in food security, emergency telecommunications and logistics, WFP spokesperson Hervé Verhoosel said that they would support the Government of the Bahamas in “rapidly assessing the damage from the hurricane and in prioritizing needs” over the next three days.Meanwhile, in response to the “unprecedented storm”, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Mami Mizutori, expressed her condolences to the people of the Bahamas.“This is the fourth consecutive year that we have witnessed an extremely devastating Atlantic hurricane season including Category 5 hurricanes like Dorian”, said spokesperson Denis McClean from the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), reading from a statement.“The sequence cannot be divorced from fact that these last five years have been the hottest ever recorded because of the continuing rise in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”Storm shows ‘existential threat’ facing small island StatesAhead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York beginning on 23 September, Mr. McClean insisted that Hurricane Dorian “crystallises the existential threat posed to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by the ongoing climate emergency. This is an enormous humanitarian and development challenge for the Bahamas. Within the past few years, the Bahamas has been seriously affected by at least three major hurricanes, all Category 4 storms or above. The impact of hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew and Irma on the Bahamas has been reported to have cost approximately $820 million”, he said. read more

Jordan Hall has big day in win over Buffalo

Shelby Lum / Photo editorRedshirt senior running back Jordan Hall pushes through the line with the ball in a game against Buffalo on Aug. 31. OSU won, 40-20Coming into Ohio State’s season opener against Buffalo, the question was, “Who was going to step up as running back?”After OSU’s 40-20 victory, though, the question is, “Who can stop Jordan Hall?”The redshirt senior running back was named the starter in the week leading up to his team’s season opener, but there were some doubts about his ability to perform as the main running back.Hall quelled any doubts that the fans had by halftime, tallying 126 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground in the first half. He finished with 159 yards on the day, a career high.Both of his touchdowns came on big runs in the first half, one of which was a career-long at 49 yards. The other, a 37-yard sprint, came one play after Buffalo had cut the lead to 10 points and all but dashed any hope the Bulls had for a comeback.Junior quarterback Braxton Miller said that Hall’s second touchdown helped to keep the momentum in Ohio State’s favor as the game was starting to slip away from the Buckeyes.“It slipped a little bit. But Dontre (Wilson) came back with a nice kickoff return, we got up a little bit and then Jordan scored a nice little run,” said Miller.Hall credits his touchdown runs to the holes that were created for him by the offensive line.“I just was like wow, I don’t know if they messed up or the O-line just did what they do and I just (saw) it and I took it,” Hall said.It was a long journey back for Hall, who, despite being named a captain in 2012, missed 9 of 12 games because of two separate injuries.“It was tough, it wasn’t as tough because we won every game, so I feel like if we had lost a couple of games it would have been even tougher because I would have felt like I could’ve helped,” Hall said when asked about his time spent on the bench last season. “But we won every game so I was happy for my teammates.”During the offseason, it was believed that Hall would fill the H-back role in Meyer’s offense, but senior wide receiver Chris Fields started at the position Saturday, due to his ability to both run and catch the ball.Hall said he spent time preparing to be the H-back, but was also ready if he was needed as a traditional running back.“I was going to be the H and coach told me I had to learn both positions, so wherever they put me, I’m going to do what I have to do to help the team win,” Hall said.Hall finished the game with three catches for 14 yards to go along with his rushing total, but also caught a pass for a two-point conversion from senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.The two-point conversion was the second in a row for OSU, with Guiton being in on both conversions.“The first one we had a guy over to the right…basically Drew called it for me. He was like ‘You want me to block ‘em?’ and I said ‘Go ahead.’ I ran it in. And then the next one they had about four guys there, and I’m like they don’t have enough to hold Jordan and the offensive line. So I just threw it out,” Guiton said.Hall was glad to see the team come out to a fast start, taking a 23-0 lead after the first quarter, but felt that after that the team got complacent and slowed their pace.“Coach (offensive coordinator Tom Herman) Herman challenged us to come out fast, get things going, and I think we did that,” Hall said. “In the second half we slowed down a little bit, but we’ll be better next week.”Senior running back Carlos Hyde, the expected starter heading into the season, will return from suspension on Sept. 21 against Florida A&M. With Hall’s performance in the opener, it will be interesting to see what Meyer decides to do in the backfield.Hall isn’t worried about the return of Hyde, saying it’s about the team, not his individual stats.“We’re all brothers on the team, whatever we’ve got to do to get a win and do what our goal is this year, that’s our main focus,” Hall said.OSU next plays host to San Diego State at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Cabreras Millions And Baseballs Billions

I was surprised by my colleague Neil Paine’s analysis of Miguel Cabrera’s record-breaking new contract extension. I thought the Detroit Tigers would come out looking much worse.According to Neil’s estimate, which used projections from Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA system, Cabrera’s market value for the next 10 years is roughly $275 million. That’s not as much as the $292 million that the Tigers will be paying him, but the difference is modest.Neil’s valuation assumed that teams are willing to pay about $6.5 million per additional win in the free-agent market, based on research from Dave Cameron and Lewie Pollis. These estimates come from comparing the salaries given to free agents against their expected on-field production. (Neil further assumed that the market price of a win will increase by 5 percent per year.)In other words, Cabrera isn’t that vastly overpaid as compared to recent free agents. If Mike Napoli is making $16 million per year, then Cabrera’s $29 million per year doesn’t look so bad.But Cabrera’s market value is not the same as Cabrera’s economic value to the Tigers. It could be that free agents as a group are vastly overpaid, relative to the revenue they bring to their teams.In the 2006 book “Baseball Between the Numbers,” I estimated the marginal value of a win to a baseball team, based on how responsive different categories of revenue (such as ticket sales and TV deals) are to a team’s quality. I estimated that an additional game won added only about $1.2 million to a team’s bottom line, after subtracting revenue-sharing payments. (This assumes that the value of a win is constant from team to team, which it isn’t, but we’ll leave that aside for now.)That estimate is now eight years old. Total gross revenue accruing to the 30 Major League Baseball clubs has increased since then; it was $7.1 billion in 2013, according to Forbes, as compared to $4.7 billion in 2005.If the marginal economic value of a win has increased proportionately, a win would now be worth about $1.8 million. That’s still far less than the $6.5 million that teams are willing to pay for a win. Are baseball owners being irrational?Perhaps, but their motivation to own a baseball team may not be based solely in profits and losses. They may just be having fun. (I can think of a lot of worse ways to splurge.)And they may know that if they choose to sell their teams, they can do so — probably at a significant profit. The market value of an MLB franchise has increased by more than 600 percent since 1990, according to valuations from Financial World and Forbes magazine (see Rodney Fort’s website for the data). By comparison, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose by about 450 percent between March 27, 1990, and March 27, 2014. (Framed in terms of compound annual growth rates, baseball teams have increased in value by 8.5 percent per year since 1990, as compared with 7.3 percent for the stock market.)Not only have baseball franchises outperformed the stock market, but the patterns in their growth rates have been quite different. The stock market rose dramatically in the 1990s, but has teetered back and forth since then. By contrast, the rise in MLB franchise values has been much steadier.What accounts for this?Here’s a theory. The average baseball franchise is now worth $817 million, according to Forbes. Loosely speaking, you need to be a billionaire to afford one. And there are a lot more billionaires than there used to be.Forbes estimates that there are 492 billionaires in the United States, as compared to 99 in 1990. The increase in the number of billionaires, like the increase in baseball franchise values, has been relatively steady. (The number of American billionaires fell after the financial crisis of 2007-09 but has risen to a new high since then.)In a sense, the Tigers may be betting less on Cabrera’s performance and more on economic and regulatory conditions. If the number of billionaires continues to rise, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch (worth $3.6 billion) should find plenty of buyers should he sell the team down the line. Cabrera’s presence might make the Tigers a more attractive purchase — or if not, the liability might be modest as compared with the Tigers’ resale price. But if the rise of the billionaire reverses, Cabrera’s contract might come to look like the peak of a bubble. read more

Enhancing mineral processing with optimum mine chute lining design

first_imgUnder increasing pressure to maximize income from mining, optimize operational excellence and find new productivity gains, operators can ill afford to exhaust equipment or rely on under-performing components. Avoiding costly emergency shutdowns and breakdowns is a priority, especially when mining in demanding conditions and trying to meet the need for higher flow rates. While extending maintenance intervals can have a positive impact on the operators’ bottom line.Downtime is a significant issue and operators are always looking for ways to enhance availability in the equipment that breaks and processes materials. Therefore, components used must guarantee optimum performance and reliability, so that unexpected maintenance or replacement is minimized.Zane Thomas, Technical Manager for Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, discusses the importance of chute lining design to ensure the optimum flow rate of minerals and prevent extended downtime caused by excessive build up.Mine chute performance and upkeep are critical to a project. Liners play an important role in protecting chute walls from impact and wear.One of the core issues is the management of wet and sticky ores, which is compounded when mine chutes are tasked with handling larger flow rates. A common obstacle to hitting process and production targets lies in the very nature of wet materials. They stick to surfaces, especially chute wall liners, forming uneven lumps that clog and impede the flow of materials, resulting in decreased process rates.Traditional liners used in chutes have been simple rubber designs that simply protect the chute walls from abrasion and damage. However, a large oversight lies in the fact that wet and sticky ores striking the liners tend to stick to them, creating uneven gaps in flow rates.In addition, chute lining systems are difficult to install and remove. So extended downtime is not uncommon, due to the time taken to safely swap out chute liners. This is one of the issues Trelleborg sought to overcome for a customer in Australia.The company recently designed a chute lining system that was quick and easy to install for a port facility in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. After closely working with the project’s engineers, Trelleborg’s engineering team designed an innovative, new Flexible Chute Lining System that facilitates the free flow of materials in this high capacity mining application and overcomes build-up problems in mine chutes.Keeping the customer’s ultimate objectives in mind, Trelleborg designed and fabricated a made-to-measure system. The modular solution is made up of self-energized rubber panels, or fingers that simplify the replacement of worn panels during maintenance or repair. With no scaffolding on the outside of the chute required, installation and maintenance is easier and quicker, while labor and scaffolding costs are also significantly reduced.In this instance, the engineering team designed a hanger bracket system to fit into the existing hole configuration of the chute, delivering a flexible build-up resistant liner package. Ceramic in the liner material significantly improves wear resistance, durability and keeps wet, sticky materials travelling through chutes. This reduces the need for planned maintenance and lowers the risk of breakdown.Feedback on the installation system at the port has been extremely positive, thanks in part to the system being so easy to use – fittings were perfect when the system was delivered and not a single modification was required.last_img read more

Cedric Laney to help direct Vale Base Metals innovation roadmap

first_imgCedric Laney has been appointed to the role of Principal Mining Engineer for surface mines at Vale’s Base Metals Technology and Innovation division, the company has confirmed.In this role, Laney will lead the innovation roadmap, technical governance and engineering support for the Base Metals division’s surface mines. He will report to Samantha Espley, Head of Mining, Technology & Innovation for Vale Base Metals.“This is a critical role to aid in guiding technical applications in the mines resulting in improved safety, sustainability, and profitability,” Espley said.Laney has held several key leadership positions at Vale’s Goro operations in New Caledonia (pictured), most recently as the Manager for Mine Engineering and Construction and, last year, as the Mine Manager.“His guidance and knowledge over the last seven years has been instrumental to bring success to the team in Goro,” Espley said, adding, “He will be missed by his many colleagues there.”last_img read more

RNL Minsk and Tatran Presov complete CL 20102011

Qualifing weekend for Champions League 2010/2011 is finished with entry of Rhein Neckar Lowen, Dinamo Minsk and Tatran Presov in 32 best teams in Europe this season. Rhein Neckar Lowen took advantage of home ground in Karlsluhe and beat all opponents in big style (Gorenje 33:28, BSV Silkeborg 31:26, Ademar Leon 33:26).StandingRNL 6BSV Silkeborg 4Ademar Leon 2Gorenje 0Dinamo Minsk scored a winning goal for 23:23 draw against home team, Porto in last seconds of third round game, what was enough for CL Visa. Before game with Porto, Dinamo beat comfortable Macedonian Metalurg 27:21 and Ukranian Zaporozhye 29:28.StandingDinamo Minsk 5Porto 4Zaporozhye 2Metalurg Skopje 1In second qualifing group, Slovak Tatran Presov won five points from three games and took a chance to play 10 games with the best European teams. Slovak champion beat Turkish Besiktas 30:27 and the biggest opponent, Bregenz 27:25 from Austria. At the end, Tatran made a draw with Dramen (Norway) 35:35.StandingTatran 5Bregenz 4Besiktas 2Dramen 1 ← Previous Story CL “Wild Car” tournament: RNL the biggest favorite! Next Story → AG Copenhagen opened season with a win over champion! Dinamo MinskEHF Champions LeaguehandballRhein Neckar LowenTatran Presov read more

Digital Drive Car of the Year Honorable Mention

first_imgLike the Buick LaCrosse, the Ford Taurus (review) represents exceptional value in a full-size car. Ford offers more technology features, Buick has a nicer design, and they’re tied on borderline-too-much-chrome. Taurus technology includes adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, and massaging seats. Where the competing Buick LaCrosse has OnStar telematics with an integrated cellphone and a $200 yearly fee (after a free first year), Ford uses Sync and free 911 Assist to call for help via your cellphone. Sync gives you access to rudimentary free navigation via you cellphone if you don’t buy the integrated nav system. The Taurus does not have MyFord Touch, the touchscreen enhancement to Sync that, for a bit more of a learning curve, provides a lot more information on the center stack screen and in two 4-inch screens on either side of the speedometer. The Taurus is the successor to the Ford 500 that was a bit roomier inside than this Taurus but otherwise undistinguished. Volkswagen Tourag Gas, Diesel, Hybrid You’d think there are enough $50,000 SUV models already to go around. Not so. With the new, 2011 Volkswagen Tourag (review), VW has gone from one of the least desirable (first generation) to most desirable upscale SUVs, especially with three engine offerings: gasoline ($45,270 including freight), diesel ($48,770, or hybrid ($61,385). If the prices seem high for VW, they all come standard with Bluetooth, iPod adapter, navigation, rear camera, heated seats, rear camera, three 12-volt sockets, a 115-volt AC outlet, and steerable xenon headlamps. These are features that typically come as a la carte or packaged options in competing vehicles. For highway drivers, the 225-hp turbo diesel may be the way to go because of its superior mileage for an all-wheel drive SUV, 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway vs. 16 / 23 for the 280-hp V6. The hybrid seems to be an outlier on mileage at 20 city, 24 highway, but it’s also the most powerful, with 380 hp from a supercharged V6 engine plus an electric motor. All are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The previous VW Tourag excelled at off-roading, which most customers didn’t do and wound up not liking the stiff ride. This time around VW dialed back the harsh ride for the mainstream Tourag but offers, in some markets, a serious off-road Tourag.2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touch These cars and SUVs all have something to offer that puts them and their technology ahead of the pack: Acura TL, Acura MDX, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Taurus, and Volkswagen Tourag. Acura TL Usually a piece of metal on top of a structure is the lightning rod. In Acura’s case, that job is performed by the overbearing shield on the grille of the current Acura line that attracts lightning bolts of mostly negative comments. No matter: The Acura TL is one of the most complete sport sedans offered and for about $10,000 less than a comparable German sports sedan.  The all-wheel-drive version includes torque vectoring, called Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, to help stabilize the TL on slippery, curving  roads. The TL is fun to drive, roomy for passengers, and simple to buy. Choose front drive (280-hp engine, $36,165) or all-wheel-drive (305 hp, $39,715), then decide if you want the Technology Package with brings hard-drive navigation with space left over for MP3 files, voice recognition, real time traffic, GPS-linked solar sensing climate control, keyless go, rear camera, and an upgraded music system. Pick an exterior color, choose manual or automatic for the all-wheel-drive TL, sign on the dotted line, and drive away. The other things you’d want, Acura includes: Bluetooth, USB jack, satellite radio, leather seats. The TL was our Digital Drive Car of the Year two years ago, in 2008 and it’s still a leader.Acura MDX You’ll like the Acura MDX SUV (review) for the same reasons as the Acura TL: lots of standard features, easy-to-configure options packages, Acura fit and finish, and high resale value. Unlike the TL, it can ford streams two feet deep. Like the TL, it has that big grille shield. The MDX offers adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection, electronic damping (shock absorbers), steerable xenon headlamps, cooled and heated front seats, and standard Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive, Acura’s term for torque vectoring, which provides extra power to the outside rear wheel to help steer you through slippery patches. The rear entertainment system accepts sources from the center stack (including the DVD player), included satellite radio, iPod, or AV jacks. The blind spot detection warning lamp is inside the car rather than on the mirror; that makes it a bit easier to read. Although it has a center stack control wheel like BMW’s iDrive, there are also a lot of buttons, and the MDX dashboard beeped and booped more than a polite car should. But the bottom line is positive: By not going overboard on options, an Acura MDX tops out at about $55,000, and comparably equipped, it’s $5,000-$10,000 less than some high end competitors.Ford Fusion Hybrid Exciting it’s not. Economical it is. The Ford Fusion Hybrid (review) builds on a well-engineered hybrid drivetrain and the Ford Sync music-and-Bluetooth integration to provide solid transportation. There’s a significant bump in mileage from the gasoline-engine Ford Fusion: 41 mpg city, 36 mpg highway for the hybrid vs. 18-33 mpg city (depending on engine), 26-33 mpg highway for the gas engine Fusion. Since it’s a Ford, the Fusion has the Sync Bluetooth / music adapter system. It does not offer MyFord Touch although it does have the instrument panel color LCD displays, called a SmartGauge Cluster here, that are part of MyFord Touch. The Fusion offers blind spot detection, a useful option that is still uncommon on midsize cars. Ford Taurus last_img read more

Sony le PSN à peine rétabli la marque subit un nouveau piratage

first_imgSony : le PSN à peine rétabli, la marque subit un nouveau piratageSonypictures.com a été piraté. Les hackers auraient récupéré les informations de plus d’un million de comptes utilisateurs. Mauvaise nouvelle pour la marque japonaise qui venait d’annoncer en début de semaine le rétablissement du PSN (Playstation Network).  Décidément, la marque Sony a des problèmes de sécurité. Le 20 avril dernier, le système PlayStation Network reliant les consoles de jeux Sony au réseau Internet a dû être suspendu en raison d’un piratage informatique. Plus de 20 millions de comptes ont été récupérés par les pirates. Un vrai coup dur pour le géant du divertissement. Après avoir été victime d’attaque sur ses différents services de jeux en ligne, la firme japonaise a été de nouveau la cible de hackers. Sony venait d’annoncer le rétablissement complet du PSN, mais a subi une attaque sur un nouveau front, celui du partage d’images. Sonypictures.com a donc été la cible d’attaques et les informations utilisateurs de plus d’un million de comptes se sont volatilisées. Les comptes touchés seraient belges et néerlandais. Selon Clubic, l’attaque a été décrite par les hackers comme “simplissime”. “Notre but ici n’est pas de vouloir apparaître comme des maîtres du hack, surtout à la vue de ce que nous allons révéler : SonyPictures.com est tombé à l’aide d’une injection SQL simplissime, l’une des vulnérabilités les plus primitives et communes, à la portée de tout le monde aujourd’hui. Chaque bit de données que nous avons pris n’était pas chiffré”.  Le 3 juin 2011 à 10:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Snapchat Spectacles Capture Deep Sea Exclusives

first_img Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Stay on target The SeaSeeker mask is @robertoochoahe approved. Check out the barracuda! See conservationist Gaby Nava’s dive today. : @RoyalCaribbean pic.twitter.com/sv96DexdIa— Royal Caribbean (@RoyalCaribbean) June 22, 2017Over in Belize, Baird gave spectators extreme FOMO by visiting the Great Blue Hole—an underwater sinkhole believed to be the largest of its kind.“The SeaSeeker will enable all adventure-seekers to get a front-row seat to the thrilling adventures found underwater in a way that has never been possible before,” Jim Berra, chief marketing officer for Royal Caribbean International, said in a statement.“Snapchat continues to be a favorite channel for curious travellers and is the ideal platform for this first-of-its-kind undersea exploration,” Berra continued. “We are excited to find an innovative way to use the Snapchat Spectacles with our SeaSeeker mask so that we can bring the underwater experience to our guests.”SeaSeeker underwater snap (via Royal Caribbean)The company, which also applied for a patent for its scuba masks, intends to bring the covers “exclusively” to Royal Caribbean guests (smart glasses not included).Snapchat Spectacles launched in November, initially available only from bright yellow vending machines dubbed “Snapbots.” As of February, though, the $130 sunnies are sold online—in black, coral, and teal. Sync the shades with your mobile device via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi for easy social sharing.For more, see Geek sister-site PCMag’s full review of Snapchat Spectacles.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Snapchat and Royal Caribbean last week gave users a deep-sea look at life using Spectacles smart glasses.Three dives broadcast over five days provided a rare glimpse into underwater adventures thanks to the custom-designed “SeaSeekers” scuba mask.Engineered by the cruise line for use specifically with Spectacles, the mask allows wearers to capture images and 10-second videos, which are beamed back above the surface.SeaSeeker underwater snap (via Royal Caribbean)From June 21 to 25, the Royal Caribbean Snapchat channel invited fans to #SeekDeeper with marine wildlife photographer and conservationist Roberto Ochoa, marine biologist Gabriela Nava, and free diver Ashleigh Baird.In Mexico, Ochoa gave viewers a rare glimpse into the annual migration of Whale Sharks, the largest known extant fish species, while Nava showed armchair oceanographers a coral reef restoration project.last_img read more

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