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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At the end of the day a frustrated Ron Rivera didn’t have a choice whether Carolina players could continue to bring baseball bats on the field before games.The NFL made sure that Rivera and other coaches were clear on the rules.League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to The Associated Press that the NFL sent a memo all 32 teams reminding them that “no foreign objects unrelated to the uniform or playing equipment are permitted on the playing field and sidelines on game day (which includes the pre-game period, during the game, and postgame on the field).”The Panthers baseball bat, which they say is a motivational prop, has garnered much attention in the fallout after the Panthers-New York Giants game on Dec. 20 due mainly to incidents involving wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.Rivera said earlier Dec. 22 that the Panthers had not done anything wrong and was asked if that was the case, why he made the decision. The coach said, “because I’m going to hear it if I don’t. That’s the truth of the matter,“So to avoid the situation and set of circumstances, let’s just eliminate it. So that’s what we’re going to do. Again, it’s the No Fun League for a reason.”Rivera didn’t say if he had received a league memo, which also stated, “While we realize that teams and individual players may have items they use for motivation or to symbolize a theme that the team has used this season, we ask that you instruct your club personnel and players to leave those items in the locker room. For the purposes of this policy, ‘foreign objects’ broadly encompasses any item that is neither intrinsic to the game nor necessary to conduct pregame drills and treat and prepare players for the game.”One thing the Panthers fifth-year coach did make clear was being upset about what he said were untrue reports that some players taunted Beckham with physical threats and homophobic slurs before the Dec. 20 game.Rivera said the Panthers wouldn’t stand for that kind of behavior and the team found no evidence it occurred.Neither the Giants nor Beckham have released any statements accusing the Panthers of taunting the wide receiver before the game with physical harm or homophobic slurs. Rivera said homophobic slurs are an important social issue and he doesn’t take them lightly.“If there is something out there that is factual, that there is truth or hard evidence, please present it to us as well so we can act accordingly,” Rivera said. “We don’t tolerate that here. We don’t. If there is some truth to it we will react to it and handle it appropriately. Until there is, there’s nothing for me to do.”None of the Panthers questioned about the incident addressed the issue in the open locker room session, which came before Rivera’s press conference.The coach said the baseball bat represents the team having a home run mentality when it comes to making big plays.Rivera spoke to practice squad player Marcus Ball, who was seen carrying the bat before the game, but the defensive back denied any of the accusations. “I’ve seen some of the clips but honestly they are benign,” Rivera said.The Panthers are 14-0 on the season and five wins away from completing an unbeaten season. They can wrap up the No. 1 seed in the NFC on Dec. 27 with a win or tie against the Atlanta Falcons.(STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Congratulations to Aussie Mens Open representative Ben Robinson and also Sharks Womens Open representative Kylie Glasson who married last weekend in a surprise/private ceremony. The couple, pictures and location looked beautiful and we wish them all the best as they start their new life as Ben and Kylie Robinson. Congratulations guys!
The Best American Liqueur The Ooni 3 Portable Pizza Oven Produces Perfect Pies on the Go The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) When a band of backpackers and fellow ex-pats met by chance in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they decided to go all-in on distilling a new spirit that embodies the rugged beauty of Patagonia. This mountainous region shared by Chile and Argentina would not only be the spiritual inspiration, but the garden for all ingredients used in the making of the booze eventually called Träkál.“We use local apple and pear varieties to create our base alcohol and work with local communities to hand-pick seven native herbs and four native berries that are all integral to our authentic spirit,” says Träkál co-founder Ben Long.During the process of finding the perfect balance of ingredients, master distiller Sebastian Gomez Camorino found a way to use Patagonia’s seasonal wild herbs year-round. To capture the flavor profile January through December, Camorino’s mother suggested they make essential oils from each herbal variety. The idea was a success, maintaining the consistency of Träkál’s unique taste and the distillery’s ability to scale production for market. Today, Träkál uses essential oils and vapor infuses fresh herbs on the third and final distillation.But what exactly does it taste like?The folks behind Träkál, which clocks in at 42-percent ABV (84 proof), will say that you just have to try it. But it’s recommended both on the rocks and in cocktails.“The profile is approachable like a gin, but instead of a juniper bite, you get a bit of the sweetness of the apple and pear for a smoother finish,” says Long. “We like to say, it sips like a whiskey and mixes like a gin.”If that concept is hard to wrap your head around, that’s because Träkál is a completely new spirit classification. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) had a similar conundrum, finally deciding to classify the Patagonian creation as a “spirit distilled from apple and pear with natural flavors.”“Nobody has ever put these herbs and berries into a bottle before, so people can’t quite put their finger on it. They say, ‘OK, this is different,’ and recognized we are a whole new type of spirit,” says Long, adding that the struggle to classify Träkál was a bit of a roadblock in getting the liquor distributed. “We went back to the Chilean authorities and they also had no idea how to classify our spirit, which took time. But the brand is also the category.”Just like Chartreuse is Chartreuse, they say Träkál is Träkál, and hope that once the brand expands (they’re currently only available in Chile and Colorado, but you can get a bottle shipped to you by The Proper Pour of Denver), people will correlate Patagonia to Träkál the way Scotland is to whisky and Mexico to mezcal.The co-founders of Träkál are serious about maintaining the integrity of their brainchild, so much that the bottle itself is Chilean-sourced with a natural cork. The distillery is also located in Patagonia, and the spirit is made in batches using water sourced from an underground river.And, yes, Long does admit it would have been easier had they decided to make another vodka or gin, but as recovering backpackers, there would have been no adventure in that. “We want to show the world that Patagonia can be a distilling destination and honor its botanicals and be authentic to that,” Long adds. “Our friends said, ‘Oh, you should have just done a gin, to be more marketable,’ but juniper doesn’t grow in Patagonia.”We’re grateful because, to be honest, the world doesn’t need another vodka or gin. What we need is a spirit for Patagonia that embodies the luscious yet rugged terrain, complete with deserts, pampas, and grasslands. Träkál has forged this new path, which helps explain the name that translates to “the first warrior in battle.”For more information on Träkál’s availability, sign up for alerts here.Images courtesy of Träkál. NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy
Several key pieces of legislation to improve the safety of Nova Scotia communities were passed during the recent session of the legislature. “The safety and security of our citizens is a priority,” said Justice Minister Murray Scott. “This new legislation puts new supports in place to address crime and its underlying causes.” Under the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, citizen complaints can result in court orders to close locations that are home to prostitution or illegal liquor, drugs, or gaming. The recent provincial budget included $540,000 for the creation of a Public Safety Investigation Unit under the act, to follow up on complaints and work with community members to address their concerns. An Act to Combat the Production and Use of Illegal Drugs will allow government to regulate the storage, transportation, distribution and sale of ingredients, materials and equipment used in the production and use of illegal drugs. The bill requires people to notify authorities if they become aware of the loss or theft of certain ingredients, materials or equipment. The Police and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day Act designates the third Sunday of each October as a special day for Nova Scotians to commemorate peace officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Finally, the new Personal Information International Disclosure Protection Act outlines a series of requirements and penalties that protect personal information from inappropriate disclosure.Under the act, the minister of justice must be notified if there is a foreign demand for disclosure of any personal information of Nova Scotians. It also requires that service providers storing information only collect and use personal information for the purposes of work for a public body or municipality. Earlier this spring Mr. Scott also announced the creation of a task force on safer streets and communities. The goal of the task force is to look at community programs, government services, legislation and policing best practices across Nova Scotia and in other jurisdictions to identify and promote programs and actions that are making a positive impact in communities. The task force will begin meetings in the fall. “These important pieces of legislation support both law enforcement and communities,” said Mr. Scott. “We will continue to work with our partners and add new tools to fight crime in our province.”
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in British Columbia.There were also 50 guaranteed prizes of $50,000.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on May 2 will be approximately $7 million.
A team of scientists spent weeks combing through the garbage of dozens of households to come up with what the researchers say is the most accurate measure yet of how much food is wasted in Canadian kitchens.Michael Von Massow at the University of Guelph acknowledged it was, at times, messy.But he adds it was the best way to find out how much food that could have been eaten wound up in the garbage.The team calculated that so much fruit, vegetables, bread and meat got tossed that the families could have had a guest for supper five nights a week.That amounts to about six kilograms of food a week, worth about $18.Von Massow says producing and disposing of that wasted food generated about 23 kilograms of greenhouse gases every week.He looked at 94 families in Guelph, Ont., over three- and four-week periods in 2017 and 2018.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019. The Canadian Press
26 August 2008The question of recognition of States is a matter for sovereign States to decide, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today after Russia announced that it had recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two separatist regions in Georgia. But he cautioned that “today’s developments may have wider implications for security and stability in the Caucasus,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.Mr. Ban also voiced regret that “ongoing efforts to find a common solution on the way forward in the crisis in Georgia within the Security Council may be complicated.”Violence broke out earlier this month between Georgian and South Ossetian forces, with Russian forces becoming involved in South Ossetia and in the separate region of Abkhazia in north-western Georgia.In today’s statement, the Secretary-General repeated his call for the six-point plan agreed to between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to be fully implemented.The principles in that plan include: a commitment by all parties to renounce the use of force; the immediate and definitive cessation of hostilities; free access to humanitarian aid; the withdrawal of Georgian forces to their places of permanent deployment; and the convening of international discussions on lasting security arrangements for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.The other principle stipulates the withdrawal of Russian forces to their lines of deployment before 7 August, and includes the additional provision that Russian peacekeeping forces may implement additional security measures pending the definition of an international mechanism.Mr. Ban also stressed the “urgent need” to protect all civilians living in zones of conflict.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that over 158,000 people – 128,000 within Georgia and 30,000 who have fled to Russia – were uprooted by the recent fighting.In a press release, the agency called on all parties to the conflict in South Ossetia to “make their best efforts to contain further outbreaks of lawlessness which could contribute to additional displacement.”Most of the returns of people since last Friday’s Russian withdrawal “have been spontaneous, with many of the displaced [returning] from areas in and around the Georgian capital, Tbilisi,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.The agency expressed concern over reports that marauding militias, north of Gori, forcibly displaced people from their homes. Some civilians who had returned home this weekend to the town, which lies near the boundary with South Ossetia, after fleeing earlier this month were once again uprooted.UNHCR said it had received reports that some of the newly displaced have been beaten, harassed, robbed or even killed.Out of an initial population of 70,000, the agency estimates that between 10,000 and 15,000 people have returned to Gori, which was largely abandoned.UNHCR, whose chief recently wrapped up a four-day mission to both Georgia and Russia, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have opened offices in Gori since the start of hostilities, distributing food and other relief supplies.A WFP team found nearly empty villages, burned-out houses and looted shops in the heart of the combat zone north of Gori. The few remaining people expressed fear to go into their fields and orchards because of mines and other unexploded ordnance.Georgian police are also returning to the area, with the Government setting up shelters for the displaced, including many from South Ossetia.As of yesterday, 104 airlifts, truck convoys or ships have delivered supplies to Georgia and North Ossetia (Russia) since fighting broke out, with 10 more planes planning to deliver aid, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.So far, there is a shortfall of more than $35 million for the nearly $60 million humanitarian appeal launched on 18 August by the UN and its aid partners.Elizabeth Byrs, a spokesperson for OCHA, said that humanitarian access to South Ossetia has been impeded by insecurity and infrastructure destruction.
Force Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande, who visited Zimmi, Pujehun, Tongo and Kenema on Tuesday, advised the leadership of the Civil Defence Force (CDF) to encourage their combatants to disarm. He also urged those who could not meet the disarmament criteria to seek assistance from the National Commission for Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, which is responsible for addressing the general welfare of war-affected Sierra Leoneans.Later in the day, senior commanders of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in Kailahun District assured the Force Commander that the RUF was ready to disarm, contrary to earlier reports that it was suspending disarmament.
“The Secretary-General is troubled that innocent Liberian civilians, mostly women and children, have once again been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and relief, while others are trapped in areas where they cannot be easily reached by humanitarian agencies, and therefore cannot be assisted or protected,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement on his behalf. The Secretary-General also expressed concern about the “negative impact” of the fighting in the northwestern part of the country on prospects for peace and stability in Liberia and its Mano River Union neighbours, Guinea and Sierra Leone, according to the statement.Through his spokesman, Mr. Annan called on those involved to “eschew violence as a means of achieving their objectives.” The parties were also called on to allow unhindered access by humanitarian agencies to those in need. In a related development, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported that intensified fighting in Liberia’s Lofa county continues to push refugees and Sierra Leonean returnees into Sierra Leone. “Heavy shelling coming from Liberia also continues to be heard in Kailahun area of Sierra Leone,” UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva.As part of its efforts to assist both returnees and Liberian refugees in eastern Sierra Leone, UNHCR had just established a field office in Koidu, but work there was interrupted on Thursday following clashes between former combatants of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the pro-government Civil Defence Forces (CDF). “The situation was this morning said to be calm,” Mr. Janowski said.
The problems of eradicating Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not only medical, but also linked “to a variety of political and social factors”, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday.“Along with continuing high levels of community distrust around the response to the epidemic”, Leila Zerrougui – UN Special Representative and head of the UN’s Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) – said that militants, including the ADF and Mai-Mai groups, have caused “a deadly environment” for the people working to counter the virus, “to the point of being specifically threatened and killed by armed groups”. The briefing comes a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak an international Public Health Emergency of International Concern, following a reported outbreak in the city of Goma, near the border with Rwanda.No new Ebola cases have been reported outside of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the last week, but within the country, there have been 91 new cases of the disease, of whom some 75 have died. Since then, no new cases have been reported in Goma, or any country other than DRC.Read more on Ms. Zerrougui’s Security Council briefing here.Fight against AIDS is ‘far from over’ The World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, named Switzerland as the world’s most innovative country on Wednesday, during the launch of its latest Global Innovation Index, (GII) in the Indian capital New Delhi.Following Switzerland in the rankings are Sweden, the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. India has risen most in the rankings since 2018, jumping five places to fifty-second most innovative country.The annual Index, which has been published for the last 12 years by WIPO, and a number of partners, is designed to help policy makers better understand innovation activity, which WIPO describes as a “main driver of economic and social development”. Read the full story here.UNICEF delivers cash ‘lifelines’ to millions of desperate Yemeni families The battle against HIV/AIDS is being hampered by a false sense that it has already been won. In reality, says the head of the UN agency dedicating to tackling the virus, it is “far from over”Gunilla Carlsson, the acting Executive Director of UNAIDS, says that if we forget about people at risk, such as intravenous drug users, men who have sex with men, and sex workers, “we will not solve the problem with the rise of new HIV infections”.Speaking to UN News, Ms. Carlsson said that, although world leaders had signed up for “an AIDS-free generation by 2030” if we don’t walk the talk, “we might not get there”. Liberia provides troops to UN Mali Mission The UN children’s Fund, UNICEF, has made unconditional cash payments to nearly nine million Yemenis to meet their urgent needs, as the conflict in the country enters its fifth year.Vulnerable families reached by the Emergency Cash Transfer Project, receive the equivalent of around $30, helping them to cover basics such as food, health supplies, and education costs.UNICEF has run the cash program since 2017, to support the poorest Yemeni families, whose situation has been made worse by the ongoing conflict.In a statement released on Wednesday, UNICEF warned that the needs of Yemenis are “enormous”, and that much more needs to be done to alleviate the suffering of children, starting with an end to the war.Ebola health workers in DRC face ‘deadly environment’ Switzerland ranked as most innovative country Liberia has formally agreed to send peacekeeping troops to the UN’s Mission in war-torn Mali.The move is being seen as a significant transition for Liberia, which, for decades, was a host nation for ‘blue helmet’ peacekeepers, with a UN mission that was fully drawn down in March of last year.The Liberian soldiers will join the 105-strong contingent of troops serving in the key Malian base of TimbuktuThe UN’s head of Operational Support, Atul Khare, said during the signing ceremony on Tuesday that “Liberia’s path to peace demonstrates the clear positive impact of UN peacekeeping as a country that moved from conflict to stability and today is a key partner in assisting other countries in need”. Read the full story here.UN agency maps out route towards zero hunger What are the challenges ahead in the fight against hunger? The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, will be focusing on that question during a high-profile review of the agency’s work, due to begin in Rome on Friday. The event will explore the best ways to end hunger and malnutrition, as well as looking at the growing issue of obesity.Food security for all, is one of the Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s blueprint for a world that leaves no one behind, whilst preserving the planet. The Goal includes ending all forms of under-nutrition, which currently affect more than two billion people worldwide.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 24 July on SoundCloud:
Video recording and sharing seems to be a very competitive market at the moment. For longer videos YouTube and Vimeo are the key services. Shorter video captures are being catered for by Vine (6 second limit) and Instagram (15 second video).Both Vine and Instagram expect you to shoot a short video and post it unedited. But YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have decided that isn’t good enough, and today they are launching another video service called MixBit.MixBit is very similar to Vine in that you use an app to record a short video on your mobile device. However, the time limit for each video capture is 16 seconds rather than just 6, and MixBit goes a step further than that by introducing editing.While each recorded clip is limited to 16 seconds, you can use MixBit’s editing tools to create a final video that’s anything from 1 second to 60 minutes in length. So you can edit lots of your videos together, cut down the size of a clip to focus on a specific event that happened during filming, or collaborate with a bunch of other people to bring together what you all recorded separately. And just like YouTube, any video you create and upload can then be embedded in a web page.MixBit is different enough from other video services to have a chance of standing out. The ability to edit your short clips without ever leaving your mobile device is going to appeal to a lot of users. I can also see multiple smartphones being used to capture and edit together some pretty unique clips. For example, bringing together footage of a key event from many different angles.For the moment, only an iOS version of the MixBit app will be available, but an Android version is in development. The MixBit website should also go live at some point today.
Ηooded gunmen shot and killed Antonios Nektarios Savvas, a 41-year-old police counter-terrorism officer, in central Athens at dawn on Wednesday.Savvas was murdered as he sat inside an unmarked police vehicle parked outside the apartment of a witness in an ongoing urban terrorism trial, a woman who had been in a witness protection programme since 2002.The three gunmen, later identified with the group Revolutionaries Sects, riddled the police officer with bullets at 6:20 a.m. in the densely populated Athens district of Ano Patissia. They fled the scene on foot and escaped aboard two high-powered motorcycles, along with an accomplice.During a press conference at police headquarters in the early afternoon, a spokesman said the same group had been blamed for an attack on a Piraeus-area (Korydallos) police precinct in February 2009 and on a television station (Alter) the same month. According to later reports, at least 24 cartridges, 9mm diameter, were collected from the scene. Police spokesman Panagiotis Stathis said that ballistics tests carried out on the cartridges showed that two guns had been involved, with nine cartridges fired from a weapon also used in previous hits attributed to ‘Revolutionary Sect’.The officer suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his left side, including a wound to the head, from very close range. He died instantly. Savvas’ service revolver was still in his belt, police said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
As international pressure grew on Friday for Greece to honor its commitments to its foreign creditors, political parties responded sharply to perceived attempts to interfere in domestic politics while European leaders heading to Mexico for the G20 summit were said to have Sunday’s Greek elections in mind.European Commission spokeswoman Pia Hansen told reporters in Brussels that senior EU officials would issue a statement on the election result on Sunday. Sources said an emergency session of eurozone finance ministers would likely be called after the elections.Meanwhile, senior US Treasury Department official Lael Brainard sought to strike a positive tone, noting that “everyone is prepared, in the wake of elections in Greece, to work together to make sure that there is a path forward that is sustainable for Greece and bolsters confidence more broadly.”The developments came a few hours after a report by the Financial Times suggested that EU leaders may soften some of the terms of Greece’s debt deal. Another report, by the FT’s German edition — proposing that Greeks vote for New Democracy as the best of a bad bunch to avert a Greek eurozone exit — caused a political storm.“Dear Greeks, vote courageously for reforms instead of angrily against the necessary, painful structural changes,” read the editorial, which was published in Greek and German. “Resist the demagoguery of Alexis Tsipras,” it added, referring to the leader of the leftist party which rejects the bailout.SYRIZA condemned the editorial as “a coarse and unprecedented intervention.”ND, which co-signed the deal but now wants a renegotiation, reacted sharply too. “We do not want orders. We do not want provocation and manipulation,” said spokesman Yiannis Michelakis.Socialist PASOK said the article was “offensive for the Greek people.”Pressed for Germany’s official line on the Greek elections, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “The chancellor does not give voting advice to neighboring and friendly countries.”Berlin’s established stance — for the strict implementation of reforms — was reiterated by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann in an interview with Kathimerini and three other newspapers.He said the new government would be “bound by existing agreements” and that if it “opted out,” further aid would be in jeopardy.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Planetsolar : le bateau solaire s’apprête à achever son tour du mondeDix-neuf mois après son départ, le bateau solaire Planetsolar doit rejoindre ce vendredi 4 mai, en début d’après-midi, les côtes de Monaco. Il achèvera alors son tour du monde, réalisé avec pour seule énergie celle du soleil. Une “éco-aventure” menée par un équipage franco-germano-suisse qui espère avoir ainsi prouvé le potentiel des énergies renouvelables.En septembre 2010, le bateau solaire Planetsolar quittait le port de Monaco pour s’élancer dans une aventure inédite : réaliser un tour du monde à bord d’un catamaran, avec pour seule énergie celle fournie par le soleil. Dix-neuf mois et 60.000 kilomètres plus tard, le navire et son équipage, mené par Raphaël Domjan, un ingénieur électronicien suisse de 40 ans, s’apprête à boucler son expédition.Le Planetsolar est en effet attendu ce vendredi 4 mai à son point de départ. Une “éco-aventure”, qui aura permis de prouver le potentiel des énergies renouvelables, et la capacité de l’homme à protéger la planète en se tournant vers le développement durable, souligne Raphaël Domjan. Ce dernier a navigué avec trois équipiers, un commandant de bord, Erwann Le Rouzic, le chef du chantier de construction, Jens Langwasser, et un mécanicien, ChristianOchsenbein.Comme il l’a raconté à l’AFP TV, l’idée de ce voyage qui n’avait encore jamais été tenté lui est venue il y a huit ans, en 2004, après avoir saisi l’ampleur du réchauffement de la planète. “Quand j’ai observé la fonte complète d’un glacier de 500 mètres d’épaisseur en Islande. J’ai pris conscience que les changements climatiques sont une réalité et qu’il fallait faire quelque chose” explique-t-il.Le solaire, une énergie au potentiel immenseÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Couvert de 537 mètres carrés de panneaux solaires, le catamaran de 31 mètres de long est capable de produire 500 à 600 kilowatts-heures par temps ensoleillé. Une énergie qui, lorsque sa batterie est complètement rechargée, lui permet de parcourir jusqu’à 300 kilomètres. “Le bateau n’a pas été facile à construire même si cela ne nous a pris qu’un un an et demi, un record. Il fallait par exemple trouver les bons modules solaires” souligne Raphaël Domjan. “Bien sûr ce ne peut être appliqué que dans les zones ensoleillées et sur certains bateaux et je ne dis pas qu’on verra dans 10 ans des porte-conteneurs solaires mais maintenant on sait que ça marche et il y a beaucoup d’applications possibles”, affirme le fondateur de PlanetSolar.L’équipage sera accueilli en début d’après-midi à Monaco par des personnalités politiques, les supporters du projet, les médias et le public, et ses proches bien sûr. Une cérémonie officielle sera donnée pour célébrer le succès de cette “éco-aventure” à laquelle beaucoup ne croyaient pas, et qui aura finalement démontré, comme l’espérait Raphaël et ses équipiers, l’immense potentiel de l’énergie solaire. Le 4 mai 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambert
West Ham United are reportedly targeting a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, claims the Daily MirrorAfter a lackluster loan spell at the London Stadium this season, David Moyes is not keen on making Joe Hart’s deal a permanent one at the end of the season and has now made it one of his top priorities to sign a new goalkeeper in the summer.The former United coach is believed to be keen on reuniting with the out-of-favour Johnstone in a deal that could be potentially worth £4m.Despite having been an academy graduate, Johnstone’s prospects at Old Trafford appear to be bleak with the 25 year-old currently on loan at Championship Aston Villa.Despite a lack of action this season, Portuguese goalkeeper Joel Pereira is believed to be well regarded by Jose Mourinho and the 21 year-old has replaced Johnstone as United’s third choice option.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Steve Bruce is reportedly keen on extending Johnstone’s stay at Villa Park, but the prospect is under some doubt after United triggered their option to renew the Englishman’s contract by another 12 months.The move was taken to up hold the fee they would attain by selling the loan star at the end of the season and it appears that Villa’s chances of landing Johnstone on a permanent deal rest on their promotion hopes.Despite his uncertain future, Johnstone has performed well in the Championship this season and has the highest best save rate at 76.7% for goalkeepers who have made at least 20 appearances.
The Clark County Economic Development Plan, produced by TIP Strategies, was commissioned by the nonprofit Columbia River Economic Development Council for $80,000.Clark County possesses key assets in education, health care and international trade that, if leveraged successfully, will position it for growth, the author of the county’s new draft economic development plan said Thursday. “You have opportunities for growth even as the nation’s economy stumbles along,” said Jon Roberts, principal of Austin, Texas-based TIP Strategies, who oversaw development of the 127-page plan.Using a Power Point presentation, Roberts rolled out the plan to a lunchtime gathering of more than 300 people at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. The event, held by the Columbia River Economic Development Council — the county’s chief jobs promoter — also featured a panel discussion of the plan.WSUV, health careRoberts said relationships between Washington State University Vancouver and the county’s business community must be strengthened. And regional leaders should accelerate efforts to develop a business-oriented research park.Roberts said WSUV needs to expand class offerings and to boost its role in creating economic growth. He cited data showing that the jobless burden in the U.S. is shared unevenly. People who lack a high school diploma are experiencing a jobless rate of 13.7 percent, while 7.4 percent of those with college degrees are unemployed.
Washington quarterback Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half of action Saturday against Idaho State. SEATTLE — Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns in less than a half, Deontae Cooper scored his first career touchdown after three major knee surgeries, and No. 17 Washington routed Idaho State 56-0 on Saturday in the Huskies’ final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 Conference play. Bishop Sankey, the national leader in yards rushing per game, barely broke a sweat against the Bengals (2-1) of the FCS. Sankey saw action on the Huskies’ (3-0) first three series and scored on a 3-yard TD run in the first quarter. Sankey finished with 77 yards on four carries. Price played a little more than 1 1/2 quarters, throwing TD passes of 1, 6 and 5 yards and adding a 1-yard TD run as the Huskies led 42-0 at halftime. It was the second straight season the Huskies overwhelmed a lower division opponent in the first half. Last year, Washington led Portland State 45-0 at halftime.Washington has won its first three games for the first time since 2001 when it started 4-0. The team reopened Husky Stadium by dominating Boise State, earned its first non-conference road win since 2007 by winning at Illinois last week, and got backups playing time against the Bengals. The real test for Washington begins next week when Arizona visits Seattle to open Pac-12 play. It starts a brutal four-game stretch to conference play that is followed by a game at Stanford, home for Oregon, and at Arizona State.
Paramedics at North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) who are members of the GMB trade union undertook a six-hour strike on Friday 29 June 2018 as part of a long-running pay dispute.Approximately 50 GMB members based across Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester participated in the industrial action, which saw paramedics stage a walk out at the beginning of each day shift on Friday.Around 84% of members voted in favour of strike action, which also included a two-hour walk out on 18 June 2018.The dispute, according to GMB, regards an NHS pay banding exercise that took place in 2005, where paramedics were not banded correctly in terms of pay or placed into a review body. As a result of this, the trade union has asked for paramedics’ job role to be re-evaluated so that affected staff can be confident they are being paid correctly.GMB has further asked for an independent review body to investigate the situation.Paramedics’ job role was re-evaluated in 2016 for other ambulance services, with their pay allocated into pay band six. At North West Ambulance Service, paramedics’ pay currently sits in either pay band five or pay band six, GMB stated.Paul Turner, organiser at GMB, said: “GMB’s hard-working North West paramedics have simply had enough. Our members now have no confidence in the [job evaluation guidelines] to enable a fair and transparent evaluation.“GMB is asking for an independent investigation to be undertaken into what has gone on during the past 13 years and the reason we are in this situation. Our members have been astoundingly patient in waiting for their job to be re-evaluated for the years between 2005 to 2016.“We are not taking this action lightly and would have expected the employer to take it more seriously. After almost 13 years, our members are now saying enough is enough.”North West Ambulance Service was unavailable for comment at time of publication.