Kevin Hart Launches New 600000 Scholarship Program with UNCF and KIPP

first_imgFollowing on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with UNCF and KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more KIPP students earn a college degree.Through a new UNCF scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and KIPP Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support KIPP students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).UNCF is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need.“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students, but will also demonstrate support for HBCUs,” said UNCF CEO and President Michael L. Lomax. “Research shows that HBCUs matter, and that HBCU students are having a positive college experience, but they also have an unmet financial need. Together, Kevin and KIPP have made an investment that will have a significant impact. We can’t thank them enough for their support.”“Education and knowledge are powerful,” said Hart. “I just wanted to do my part in providing opportunities for our future leaders, especially from my Philly hometown, and show support for HBCUs. This is just the beginning; trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”The 18 students receiving college scholarships are high school graduates who attended KIPP public charter schools in eight different communities: the Arkansas Delta, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. A recent survey of KIPP alumni across the country showed that the KIPP graduates who attend HBCUs reported a stronger sense of belonging, better mental health, and were more likely to have a mentor than those attending non-HBCUs.“Nothing brings me greater joy than to see the hard work of these 18 KIPP students recognized by Kevin Hart and UNCF through this generous scholarship program,” said John Fisher, chair of the KIPP Foundation Board of Directors. “Michael Lomax has been a longtime KIPP supporter and friend and a tireless champion for young people. We are incredibly grateful to both UNCF and Kevin Hart for their partnership and support to help our students thrive in college and achieve their dreams.”Hart’s gift to fund this new scholarship program puts him in line with many other renowned celebrities — like Lou Rawls, Ella Fitzgerald, Clifton Davis, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Beyonce, Chris Rock, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Ray Charles, John Lennon, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis who, realizing the value of a quality education, have supported UNCF over the years. “Giving back to build better futures is the name of the game, and we hope that others like Kevin will understand why educational investments are so important, especially now, and step up to help more deserving students,” said Lomax.Lomax also added, “Over the last decade, UNCF has been building a relationship with the KIPP public school network, and we are so excited that KIPP’s board of directors and Chairman John Fisher are behind this outstanding new venture. There are more than 1,300 KIPPsters currently enrolled at HBCUs, and together, we are bringing resources and shining a spotlight on these students who are doing all they can to get a college education. This unique partnership will help UNCF continue to bridge the gap from high school success to college achievement and enables UNCF to help more students get to and through college.”last_img read more

Citing Hurricane Dean UN agency urges strengthening disaster early warning system

“Early warning systems allow populations to evacuate ahead of time and take shelter in emergency and safer buildings,” UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Director Salvano Briceño stressed in a statement. “They give Governments enough time to protect critical infrastructures such as power plants and water tanks which can create further disasters if they are not protected.” In Mexico, thousands of tourists were alerted in advance to evacuate the coastal area of the Yucatan peninsula and hundred of workers were removed from oil rigs in the Gulf to safer places. In Jamaica, electricity was turned off and shelters were organized all over the country ahead of Dean’s approach. Schools and churches were converted into refuge shelters in Haiti. “Communities are much better prepared than during hurricanes Ivan or Wilma which hit the same region [in 2004 and 2005]. People are learning from past experiences and are evacuating in time,” Mr. Briceño said. “The fear of being looted is still a huge trauma that needs to be better addressed in community-based risk reduction programmes organized by local communities.” Early warning systems are available for almost all types of hazards and the ISDR has been pushing for a worldwide contingency network, especially following the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that was spawned by an undersea earthquake. But warnings are much shorter for quakes and experts are currently working on developing systems based on one or two minutes time before a quake strikes. These two minutes will allow enough time to cut electricity power which often triggers fires. “In the case of earthquakes, what is essential is that construction codes need to be enforced, in which communities need to be involved as well,” Mr. Briceño said. “Awareness-raising at the community level is a top priority of risk reduction strategies.” Earthquakes like this month’s disaster in Peru cannot be prevented but their impact can be reduced by improving the structural resilience of key facilities such as houses, schools and hospitals and educating people on how to protect cities and villages against quake threats. The ISDR recommends that all Governments quickly implement the Hyogo Framework for Action endorsed in Kobe, Japan, by 168 States shortly after the 2004 tsunami, which offers a number of concrete steps to make communities and nations more resilient to any type of disaster, including storms, floods, droughts, heat and cold waves. The Framework is set to be implemented by 2015. 21 August 2007Early warning systems are the most efficient way to save lives in disasters such as Hurricane Dean now rampaging across Mexico and need to be further enhanced at local levels, the United Nations body seeking to mitigate their impact said today. read more

Ebola UN special envoy says combating stigma integral to overall crisis response

“It is really important that we all understand the roots of the stigma and work to address it,” Dr. Nabarro said, briefing to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at UN Headquarters. “We are all in this together.”“I think all of us have a role to try to reduce the stigmatization,” he said.The Special Envoy said that even UN people travelling from affected countries have been stranded in airports for 24 hours and “treated as criminals.”“What I am suggesting is to engage with those who are reacting in extreme ways,” the special envoy said. “Craig Spencer’s discharge was helpful in reducing that fear,” Dr. Nabarro said referring to the first and only person to be diagnosed with Ebola in New York City who was released from hospital yesterday and greeted with a hug by the New York City Mayor.Saying he was pleased to see on Facebook calling for donations, the special envoy said: “We need a second button – a button of solidarity” aimed at reducing stigmatization and discrimination.“Let’s try to use social media to express solidarity and to show we are anti-discrimination,” he said. “We have done it for HIV. We must do this for Ebola.”Dr. Nabarro was briefing NGOs the day before he and Anthony Banbury, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), brief the General Assembly on the public health crisis emanating from the Ebola outbreak. Together they will speak to reporters after they brief UN Member States.Also today at UN Headquarters, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, briefed the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), saying that there were no longer signs that security could seriously deteriorate in the country heavily-affected by Ebola. However, he said it would be appropriate to defer consideration of the drawdown of UN troops and police, until the Ebola crisis is over.“As an international community, we must seize the current moment, and see how best we may, collectively, help to transform [it] into one that is positively catalytic for the country,” he said, recalling that, as the Secretary-General noted in his August report, to “reimagine our engagement in Liberia.” Even as the international community scales up its response to the immediate challenge of defeating Ebola, “we must also consider how we may collectively support the rebuilding of Liberia post-Ebola,” said Mr. Ladsous. In his briefing today, Dr. Nabarro said that 2 or 3 million of the world’s population were now “emotionally engaged” in the issue with hundreds of thousands working on the Ebola response.”It’s becoming an issue that is deeply affecting societies, governments and many aspects of global affairs,” he said.Dr. Nabarro emphasized that “when everyone is fully involved, there is a slowing of the outbreak,” saying “that is a real source of inspiration.”And while noting “some signs of progress,” he cautioned that they are “small signs”, and that “there is not enough certainty to say that we know the trajectory toward the end of the outbreak.” He also drew attention to “the need to be working on post-Ebola now.”Meanwhile, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Mali’s Ministry of Health has confirmed the country’s second fatal case of Ebola virus disease. The case occurred in a nurse who worked at a privately-run clinic in the capital city, Bamako.Like Mali’s first case, this second is associated with the outbreak in Guinea, WHO said. Intensive contact tracing is under way in both countries, with support from WHO, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) MSF, and other international partners.According to WHO’s latest statistics, there are more than 13,000 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with nearly 5,000 reported deaths.WHO is expected to release updated figures on the state of the outbreak later today. read more

Design for environment concept AClass above for MercedesBenz

Overall energy consumption has been reduced by eight per cent 26 components of the latest model are made from renewable raw materials CO2 emissions over the full lifecycle of the car are nine per cent below that of the outgoing model Emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and volatile hydrocarbons are down 17, six and eight per cent respectivelyImprovements in the manufacturing process, as well as the body, chassis and engine design, have seen overall emissions reduced. Modified petrol engines, for example, now have higher output, but consume up to 10 per cent less fuel. They also comply with Euro IV emission limits, a full two years ahead of the 2006 deadline.In terms of end of life recycling, the new A-Class already meets the target rate of 85 per cent by weight, the Europe-wide requirement from 2006. With further design changes in the future, it is set to meet the recycling target of 95 per cent from 2015.When it comes to preserving resources, Mercedes-Benz uses a range of high quality recycled plastics, and channels materials from end-of-life vehicles and scrapped car parts back into the production of new vehicles. A total of 54 recycled components with a combined weight of 34 kilograms are in the new A-Class. That’s 21 per cent of all the plastic parts used, more than three times that of the outgoing model. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 21 per cent of all plastic components are produced from recycled plastics – three times higher than for the outgoing A-Class Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated their green design credentials with the new A-Class.The new car has been developed and re-designed around a total environmental concept covering the vehicle’s entire lifecycle, including its manufacture. An analysis of 40,000 individual processes was conducted, all of which were then optimised from an environmental standpoint.Environmental performance has been improved in the following areas: Emissions in the manufacture and use of the new A-Class have fallen 17 per cent, saving around 1,300 litres of petrol per vehicle read more

Everton moves up to 6th in EPL after beating Cardiff 10

LIVERPOOL, England — Everton climbed above Manchester United to sixth place in the Premier League after beating Cardiff 1-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday.The Welsh visitors made life difficult for the Toffees but Marco Silva’s team ultimately deserved the win given to them by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 59th-minute goal, securing a fourth consecutive home success.Theo Walcott broke into the box on the right and saw his shot saved by Neil Etheridge but the rebound was a tap-in for former Swansea midfielder Sigurdsson.Silva stuck with the side that drew 0-0 with Chelsea two weeks ago, meaning no place for Kurt Zouma, who was ineligible to face his parent club, while Neil Warnock recalled Harry Arter following suspension.___More AP English soccer: https://apnews.com/tag/PremierLeague and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Ohio State womens volleyball set to open home schedule in DC Koehl

OSU women’s volleyball players get set for a serve during a game against Penn State on Oct. 31, 2014. Credit: Lantern File PhotoSt. John Arena is set to host the Ohio State women’s volleyball team for the first time this season during the 10th Annual Sports Import D.C. Koehl Classic.The 22nd-ranked Buckeyes (2-1) are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, facing off against Northern Illinois (3-1) at noon and No. 14 Florida State (2-1) at 7 p.m., before playing the Seminoles again on Sunday at 7 p.m. OSU is coming off of a second-place finish at the Rumble in the Rockies tournament in Laramie, Wyoming. The Buckeyes fell to Wyoming in their opening game, but they bounced back to defeat both Butler and South Dakota in three sets.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he’s happy with the way his team responded to the initial loss and is ready to be at home for the first time this season.“I’m excited for the team, especially our freshmen,” Carlston said. “We played in front of a huge crowd, actually, at Wyoming, but to play in front of a large crowd that’s your home and not at a mile high is going to be much better for us.”Setter Emily Ruetter, a senior transfer from Texas Tech, said she’s excited for her first home match in a Buckeyes uniform and thinks the home crowd will give the team a boost.“It’s so much better playing on your home floor,” Ruetter said. “Based off what I’ve heard, St. John brings in quite an awesome crowd, so it’s going to be even better having all of those people here.”Junior libero Valeria León, who, along with junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe, was named to the all-tournament squad at the Rumble in the Rockies, is focused on helping her team more moving forward.“I don’t really care about the individual awards, I just try to make my team better,” León said. “So I’m going to keep working on that.”Team adjustmentsAs the team heads into this weekend’s games, OSU has been working on improving its blocking, shot selection and overall consistency on defense, Carlston said.“I think (in) the Wyoming match, we just sort of forgot the things that we can do, and that will happen when you’ve got people in your face,” he said. The Buckeyes had 21 shots blocked by the Cowgirls in their season-opening match.Carlston said the team has to go back to what is worked on in practice for the upcoming matches and improve overall confidence, trust and consistency.Injury reportJunior outside hitter Kylie Randall did not play in any of last weekend’s matches as she works her way back after suffering a season-ending ankle injury last season and an elbow injury that she sustained in the team’s first practices this year.There’s no timetable for Randall’s return to games, but she is practicing and Carlston is pleased with her progress.“She’s back, full-go and she’s looking pretty good, actually, for a kid who’s played six times over the last (year),” he said.The rest of the team is feeling well from a health standpoint, Carlston said.Looking aheadFollowing this weekend’s action in Columbus, OSU is set to head back out on the road for the Blackbird Invitational in Brooklyn, New York, on Sept. 11 and 12. read more

DNA breakthrough brings arrest in one of Britains longest unsolved child killings

Nikki’s mother, Sharon Henderson, 51, said: “It’s been a very emotional time.Credit:ncjMedia Ltd  Nikki’s mother, Sharon Henderson, 51, said: “It’s been a very emotional time. An arrest has been made in one of Britain’s longest unsolved child killings following a DNA breakthrough. Northumbria Police have detained a man in Stockton-on-Tees on suspicion of murdering Nikki Allan following a raid on a house in the town, 25 miles from where she died in Sunderland.Schoolgirl Nikki was just seven years old when she was found stabbed to death in a derelict building after vanishing from near her Sunderland home in October 1992. She had been stabbed 37 times.The force said the arrest, on Tuesday, was connected to a “historic ­offence”, and it confirmed on Friday that a man was held over the death of the seven-year-old. In a statement, a police spokesman said: “A man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of schoolgirl Nikki ­Allan. He has been released under investigation and enquiries are ongoing.”Nikki’s mother, Sharon Henderson, 51, said: “It’s been a very emotional time. When the police told me they had arrested someone it was such a shock I almost collapsed. Now he’s been ­released I don’t know what to think.” Last year, the 25th anniversary of Nikki’s murder, police revealed that they were examining new DNA evidence after a breakthrough in October. Nikki vanished on a Wednesday evening in October 1992 after leaving her grandparents’ in Sunderland’s Wear Garth. Neighbours formed search parties in a desperate bid to find the little girl but her body was later found in a derelict building a few hundred yards away, after her shoes were found outside.Breaking his silence about his daughter’s death last year, Nikki’s dad David Allan said: “I have remained quiet about Nikki’s death for 25 years but now is the time I need to speak out.“I can’t begin to describe how difficult life has been without my beautiful little girl. I would never want anyone to suffer the heartache we have suffered as parents.”In 1993, George Heron, then aged 24, stood trial for Nikki’s murder but was cleared by a jury at Leeds Crown Court.Then in 2014, Steven Grieveson, the serial killer known as “the Sunderland strangler”, was arrested and questioned on suspicion of Nikki’s murder. However, Grieveson was later told he would face no action.Crimestoppers had offered a reward of up to £10,000 for anyone with information that leads to the conviction of Nikki’s killer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Self adjusting skirting for reduced conveyer belt maintenance

first_imgAn innovator of modern bulk material handling technology has introduced a novel conveyor belt skirting system with a streamlined design engineered to fit virtually any conveyor with less maintenance and more efficiency.  Martin® Self Adjusting Skirting prevents spillage and equipment breakdown caused by fugitive material by creating a constant tight seal to the belt.  The unit self adjusts to rubber skirt wear, regardless of material volume and size diversity, allowing it to be an adaptable solution for an entire bulk material processing system across many different industries. “As bulk material is processed, the conveyor belt speed, load and volume can change, which can affect the integrity of the skirting seal,” said Senior Product Specialist Dave Mueller.  “One skirting system across the whole line that adjusts automatically to these diverse variations dramatically cuts man hours needed to maintain it.”As the friction from the belt wears down the seal strip of standard skirting systems, workers have to shut down the conveyor and use tools to manually adjust it.  Without this type of regular maintenance, fugitive material escapes from the belt, getting into bearings and other components, which can cause expensive and unnecessary production delays.  Martin Engineering solves this problem by using a pressure arm attached to a clamp plate, which assures a constant belt seal, thus eliminating the need for manual adjustment.The skirt requires just 33 mm of free belt area, making it the ideal fit for conveyors with chutes close to the belt edge.  The durable EDPM rubber sealing strip is 19 mm wide and provides 51 mm of wear life, at speeds of up to 3.55 m/s.  The sealing strip is supplied in continuous lengths up to 30.48 m, reducing the chances of leaky joints.“Other skirts require manual adjustment, which means near constant monitoring,” Mueller said.  “Without monitoring — aside from the mechanical issues and product loss that accompany fugitive material — there are safety and regulatory problems that can arise, as well.  By designing a self-adjusting skirting system, customers not only save time and money on maintenance, but also mitigate the potential for injury and liability.”Changing the rubber sealing strip on most standard conveyor skirting systems typically requires multiple tools, and some need two workers, depending upon the size and position of the conveyor.  These maintenance requirements could demand conveyor systems to be placed farther apart, diminishing production space.  Martin Engineering designed a simple rubber clamp assembly requiring no tools to change the sealing strip.  The low profile skirting assembly needs 152 mm of clearance, allowing installation of skirts in restricted space areas.  The whole unit is compact, with the clamp assembly (wear strip and pressure plate) only 1,219 mm in length and each clamp section having built-in plug-weld guides to simplify installation.last_img read more

Northern Dynasty State of Alaska approves Pebble Project land use permit

first_imgNorthern Dynasty Minerals’ 100%-owned US subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership has received notice of approval of a Miscellaneous Land Use Permit (MLUP) from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for its ongoing activities at the Pebble project in southwest Alaska.Northern Dynasty’s principal asset, owned through its wholly-owned Alaska-based US subsidiary Pebble Limited Partnership and other wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a 100% interest in a contiguous block of 2,402 mineral claims in southwest Alaska, including the Pebble deposit. The Pebble Partnership is the proponent of the Pebble Project, an initiative to develop one of the world’s most important mineral resources.“The Alaska Department of Natural Resources and other state agencies have had an active oversight presence at the Pebble Project site for more than a decade, and have confirmed that Pebble is a well-managed exploration project,” said Tom Collier, Pebble Partnership CEO. “We will continue our site operations in 2017 in full compliance with the State’s permit conditions, and in a manner that protects the broader public interest in the lands and resources surrounding the Pebble property.”The Pebble Partnership is in the process of reviewing in detail the state land use permit received. However, Collier confirmed Pebble will be advancing a program of work in Alaska in 2017 to prepare the project to initiate permitting under the Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act.Given the extensive work undertaken at the Pebble Project over the past decade or more, and anticipated future activity, the 2017 MLUP includes a requirement for a performance guaranty in the amount of $2 million related to any potential reclamation liability.The Pebble Partnership maintains an operations base in Iliamna, Alaska with full-time staff responsible for care and maintenance of Pebble Project equipment, facilities and installations. Each year, Pebble staff undertake a program of inspections, and where necessary make repairs to ensure public safety and enhance reclamation, at the 1,300+ borehole sites on the property.The Pebble deposit is one of the greatest stores of mineral wealth ever discovered. The current resource estimate includes 6,440 Mt in the measured and indicated categories containing 57 billion lb copper, 70 Moz gold, 3.4 billion lb molybdenum and 344 Moz silver; and 4,460 Mt in the inferred category, containing 24.5 billion lb copper, 37 Moz gold, 2.2 billion lb molybdenum and 170 Moz silver. Quantities of palladium and rhenium also occur in the deposit.Northern Dynasty reports key project strengths including:Mineral resource with the tonnes, grade, metallurgy and geometry to potentially support a modern, long-life mineOne of the most extensive environmental databases ever assembled for a resource development project in AmericaA stable and predictable regulatory environment in Alaska and the USBroad public support for responsible resource development in Alaska.last_img read more

HANDBALL QUEEN Anna Vyakhireva is YOUNG WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 201617

Handball-Planet.com is pleased to announce the results of Voting Contest for the Young World Female Handball Player 2016/2017 (generation 1995 and younger). The Russian youngstar, fantastic Anna Vyakhireva (1995), the Olympic champion from Rio has got the highest number of points based on cumulative votes of the international Jury members and Handball-Planet.com visitors. Oustanding performances  of the 22 years-old Vyakhireva, who scored 25 goals at EHF Cup winning campaign of Rostov Don, but also good matches for Russian national team, put her ahead in the race for the prestigious award.Vyakhireva won the award with 22 points, ahead of two Montenegrian girls, left wing Itana Grbic (17) and left back Djurdjina Jaukovic (16).In two weeks of voting period 18.466 votes for 28 nominated players have shown the outstanding interest for our project, who has the goal to present the future stars of our sport.COMPLETE RESULTS – BEST 7VOTING PROCESS – YOUR VOTESThe first two winners of Handball-Planet.com Contest were Danish right back Louise Burgaard (2014) and Russian playmaker Daria Dmitrieva (2015).Handball-Planet team want to thank all media, teams, TOP players, coaches and handball fans worlwide for making our project so big this year!JURY MEMBERS:Laura Agena (Argentina, HP Team)Zika Bogdanovic (Serbia, Balkan-Handball.com)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Sergei Novikov (PRESSBALL, Belarus)Sergey Prigolovkin (Rushandball.ru, Russia)Ibolya Szekeres (Time Out Magazine, Hungary-Norway)Jorge Dargel Amigo  (Marca, Spain)Amina Idrizi (24rakomet.mk, Macedonia)Jelena Bagarić (RTL, Croatia)Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Vote for WORLD FEMALE YOUNG HANDBALL PLAYER 2016/2017 ← Previous Story EHF goes on market to sell rights for the next decade! Next Story → YOUNG FEMALE WORLD HANDBALL LINE-UP 2016/2017 read more

Bouris launches Guru

first_img“There is room for everyone in this trillion-dollar market,” Yellow Brick Road chairman Mark Bouris said whilst launching his new tech financial planning platform Guru on Wednesday.The financial calculation system – described as being half-way between “robo advice” and traditional financial planning, spits out forecasts for financial prospects based upon the user’s personal details and financial data.Targeted to appeal to the 80 per cent of consumers currently not serviced by a traditional financial planner, Guru promises to assist millions of Australians to keep track of their cash flow, obtain loan comparisons, plan their investments, and manage their superannuation.“We’re nakedly taking aim at the financial planning industry, spending more than we’ve ever done,” Mr Bouris told Business Insider.“We want to get to the millions of people who don’t think they need advice … the time is right. Financial planners and the [financial] industry is on the nose. Traditionally banks push products. This is turning that around and saying ‘we’ll give you the tools to determine your hopes and dreams, and then see if we fit into it’.”YBR spent 18 months developing the system. Many financial services comparison tools using data integration are available free online but Guru will only be available through YBR branches. Customers looking at their future retirement positions are seen as a key market for the system.While Gurus’ initial consultation is free, it costs $900 to implement Guru’s integrated plan, and a $600 fee annually thereafter. Users also have the option after the first consultation to take their Guru analysis to other advisors. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek MIT scientist creates model that may help predict precursor conditions to

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Themistoklis Sapsis, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has co-authored a Science Advances paper that might be able to use engineering models to plot a hurricane’s course with reasonable levels of accuracy.Using a series of engineering formulas, the research lead to the development of an algorithm for computing the precursors of extreme events, in complicated systems with lots of turbulence.“Currently, there is no method to explain when these extreme events occur,” said Sapsis in a news release clarifying that extreme weather events happen so rarely that there’s just not much data about them, at least not enough to come up with predictive technology.“We have applied this framework to turbulent fluid flows; which are the ‘Holy Grail’ of extreme events. If we can predict the occurrence of these extreme events, hopefully we can apply some control strategies to avoid them,” he continued.He says the best tools scientists have for predicting when turbulent fluid flows will form are equations meant to predict the behaviour of a complex system over time, but they simply don’t have enough data about extreme weather events to plug into them.An algorithm was created to replace the equations, combining exactly those equations previously used to predict the events with existing weather data to pinpoint conditions that qualify as “precursors” to turbulent flow. Sapsis and co-author Mohammad Faeazmand then tested its accuracy by running simulations of turbulent flows looking for the precursors that the algorithm had created. The precursors were accurate predictors of extreme events between 75 and 99 per cent of the time. Many extreme events, from a rogue wave that rises up from calm waters, to an instability inside a gas turbine, to the sudden extinction of a previously hardy wildlife species seem to occur without warning. It’s often impossible to predict when such bursts of instability will strike.Now, as Sapsis confirms, the framework of their study is generalisable enough to apply to a wide range of systems in which extreme events may occur, separating the exotic. He plans to apply the technique to scenarios in which fluid flows against a boundary or wall. Examples, he says, are air flows around jet planes, and ocean currents against oil risers.“This happens in random places around the world,” Sapsis says. “If you can predict where these things occur, maybe you can develop some control techniques to suppress them.”last_img read more

Quand lESA célèbre en images la fête des Amoureux

first_imgQuand l’ESA célèbre en images la fête des AmoureuxA l’occasion de la Saint Valentin, l’Agence Spatiale Européenne (ESA) propose sur son site une sélection de photos prises par satellites représentant des parties de notre planète… en forme de cœur. Après le cliché du célèbre “coeur de Voh” pris par Yann Arthus, c’est au tour de l’ESA de jouer les romantiques. A l’occasion de la Saint Valentin, l’agence européenne publie sur son site (lien non disponible) une galerie de photos inédites sur lesquelles on peut voir des régions de la Terre à la forme plutôt adaptée pour cette fête des Amoureux : en coeur.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les images ont été prises par les satellites de l’ESA, destinés à récolter des images de la Terre vue du ciel, afin de suivre l’évolution de son environnement. De l’île Galešnjak aussi appelée “île de l’amour” à l’Atoll d’ébène en passant par la mer d’Ara, le spectacle poétique que livre la planète bleue à travers ces images surprenantes en feront rêver plus d’un… Idéal pour tous les amoureux en manque d’inspiration… Découvrez ces images romantiques de l’ESAet retrouvez également le dossier sur la science et l’amour concocté par Maxisciences Le 14 février 2012 à 14:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les effets du réchauffement climatique dans lArctique

first_imgLes effets du réchauffement climatique dans l’ArctiqueHillary Clinton, la secrétaire d’Etat américaine, s’est rendue en personne dans l’océan Arctique pour y observer elle-même les effets du réchauffement climatique. Une visite qui n’est pas dénuée d’intérêts puisque les Etats-Unis convoitent les réserves de pétrole, de gaz et de minéraux de la zone.La secrétaire d’Etat américaine, Hillary Clinton, a parcouru la côte arctique à bord d’un navire de recherche norvégien en compagnie de scientifiques et de responsables gouvernementaux. Suite à cette traversée, elle a indiqué que “nombre de prédictions sur le réchauffement dans l’Arctique sont dépassées par les données réelles”. Elle a jugé que cela “n’était pas nécessairement surprenant, mais instructif”.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Toutefois, ce trajet ne constituait pas une simple visite de courtoisie. En effet, les experts estiment à 900.000 milliards de dollars la valeur des réserves de l’Arctique rien qu’en pétrole, et cela sans même tenir compte du gaz naturel et des minéraux. Si ces réserves étaient exploitables plusieurs pays seraient intéressés, dont les Etats-Unis et la Chine.Toutefois, les cinq pays qui ont une côte sur l’Arctique (la Russie, le Canada, la Norvège, le Danemark et les Etats-Unis) disposent de droits économiques exclusifs sur toutes les ressources sous-marines dans une zone de 200 milles nautiques. Au delà, chacun de ces pays peut revendiquer des droits sur le fond marin aussi loin que s’étend le socle continental à partir de son propre sol, explique 20minutes.fr.Avec le réchauffement climatique qui se fait cruellement sentir dans cette région du globe (chaque année 46 000 kilomètres carrés auparavant recouverts de glace sont découverts) de grandes perspectives pour la prospection pétrolière s’ouvrent. Or, les experts estiment que les droits cumulés des cinq pays riverains de l’Arctique concerneront plus de 90 % de la superficie totale, ce qui ne laisserait qu’une petite zone centrale de haute mer à la convoitise d’autres acteurs.Mais même des pays n’ayant aucune revendication territoriale sur l’Arctique sont attirés par la région, car à mesure que la glace fond, des routes de navigation commerciales par le Nord s’ouvrent entre l’Europe et l’Asie, réduisant de 40 % la distance à parcourir, indique l’AFP.Comme l’a souligné Mme Clinton, “de nombreux pays étudient ce que sera le potentiel (de la région) en termes d’exploration et d’extraction de ressources naturelles, ainsi que de nouvelles routes maritimes, et ils expriment un intérêt croissant pour l’Arctique”. “Nous voulons que le Conseil de l’Arctique demeure l’institution principale gérant les questions relatives à l’Arctique”, a-t-elle également indiqué.Le 4 juin 2012 à 19:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Inter Milan director defiant on signing Modric

first_imgInter sporting director Piero Ausilio is optimistic about landing the current Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric from Real Madrid despite the odds stacked up against him.Modric was heavily linked with Inter in the summer transfer window, but Real Madrid refused to sanction the deal.However, Piero Ausilio has remained defiant with Modric approaching the twilight of his career prompting him to say “in football, you can never say never”.“I didn’t believe it until the end, but at the same time, I don’t see why you can’t dream,” Ausilio told Football Italia via Sky.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“All I said last summer was: ‘we’re here, if Real Madrid think they can make this happen then let’s talk about it’.“Could we go in again? We’re talking about very important players with huge quality, but you can never say never in football.”Modric played a key role in helping Los Blancos retain the FIFA World Club Cup, where he scored a rare goal in the finals.last_img read more

WestJet case threatens 26 years no measles in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened, #magneticmedianews, #WestJetcrewmeaslesscare Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, April 11, 2017 – Providenciales – The Ministry of Health explains that the possible reintroduction of measles into the country through an airline worker last month is being taken seriously and an investigation into the potential impact was launched.   The crew member from WestJest who was confirmed to have measles did not deplane when the flight from Canada landed in Providenciales.The information comes following the Ministry of Health’s investigation into the case, unofficially reported to them, but confirmed by the Canadian Public Health Agency through the assistance of PAHO.   A worker for WestJest on March 24 flew into Provo and was days later found to have had measles.   The crew member worked seven flights, and although the crew member did not deplane, because of the contact with passengers, who were visitors in the island, it is still necessary for the surveillance system to be vigilant and extra sensitive to detect any secondary cases early.Measles has not been seen in the TCI for 26 years explained the Ministry of Health, which also reported that 95% of residents are covered with the MMR vaccine.   The Surveillance team called the possible re-introduction of measles a threat to the resident population and to the over one million guests who visit annually.Health is asking anyone who believes they may have been exposed to measles to contact a primary health care clinic nurse, right away.#MagneticMediaNews#26yearsnomeaslesinTCIthreatened#WestJetcrewmeaslesscarelast_img read more

Apply Today for the 2014 ASADuPont Young Leader Program

first_imgASA and DuPont Pioneer are seeking applicants for the 2014 Young Leader Program. Interested applicants should apply online at www.SoyGrowers.com/dyl.The 2014 class of ASA/DuPont Young Leaders training program will kick off with a session Nov. 19-22, 2013 at Pioneer’s Headquarters in Johnston, Iowa. Young Leaders will continue their training in San Antonio, Texas, February 25 – March 1. While in San Antonio, Young Leaders will also have the opportunity to participate in Commodity Classic.The ASA DuPont Young Leader has a longstanding tradition of identifying and cultivating farmer leaders who not only help shape U.S. soybean industry but all of agriculture. Through the training program, participants strengthen natural leadership skills while networking with other grower leaders from around the country.ASA, its 26 state affiliates, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario, and DuPont Pioneer will work together to identify the top producers to represent each state or province as part of this program. One couple or individual per state or province will be chosen to participate.last_img read more

Burglary couple jailed after reckless drive in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A pair of suspected crooks were caught and cuffed after crashing through a South Florida backyard.Alicia Spidel and Anthony Vargas are behind bars Thursday night, accused of committing a string of crimes across the state. They are facing burglary and grand theft charges.According to police, the pair drove through a woman’s yard in Davie as they tried to get away from officers who were responding to calls about an attempted home invasion, back in December.The duo allegedly left more than $1,000 worth of damages in their wake.“I couldn’t believe it. I looked at my driveway and there were endless amount of cars to where I couldn’t even see anymore,” the homeowner said, “and they said to me, ‘Who’s in the house with you?’ And I said, ‘My grandson, he’s sick, and my husband is sleeping in the back bedroom,’ and he said get them out, we have to go into your house.”Investigators said that this was the end of a long crime spree. Police in Osceola County said Spidel and Vargas broke into and burglarized nearly 40 homes near Orlando.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Mamata pulls up officials over delay in completion of Bhangar power grid

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while convening a district review meeting in Namkhana, expressed her dissatisfaction over non-completion of the power Grid project at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas.Banerjee sought explanations from the Power department officials on why the project has not been completed yet. She also pulled up Sunil Gupta, additional chief secretary of the Power department and demanded an explanation from him regarding the delay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Why has there been a delay when the state government has resolved the issues related to the construction of the power grid?” questioned an irate Chief Minister at the meeting. The Power department officials in the district told the Chief Minister that the project has been delayed due to some technical problems, which will be resolved soon. Meanwhile, the local residents on Thursday morning staged a protest demonstration at the project site, stalling the construction of a tower within the compound. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome local residents gathered outside the power grid site, raising their voice to fulfill certain demands. Some of them alleged on Thursday that other development projects which were promised by the government earlier have been stalled as well and hence they would not allow the power project to continue. A high-level meeting would be conducted in the area in this regard. Senior police officers in the district rushed to the spot following the agitation. Some of the villagers, who are members of the Jami Jibika Bastutantra O Paribesh Rakshya Committee (JJBPRC), alleged that the local administration had assured them that dredging of river would take place and a hospital would be set up, but nothing has happened. After a logjam in the power grid project in Bhangar for some time, the matter was finally resolved following intervention of the Power department and administrative officials in the district. JJBPRC members claimed that the government had agreed to meet certain demands of them, including the introduction of vocational training for the unemployed youths in the area and also setting up a cold storage for fishermen and farmers. They alleged that their demands were not properly met. The villagers also alleged that some miscreants have been threatening to resort to violence once the project gets completed. They threatened to stall the project if their demands are not met. A member of the JJBPRC said that they have allowed doing some work inside the sub-station and final decision would be taken on Friday. After a long process of dialogue and deliberations, the government was finally able to resolve the issue and the project was finally flagged off in August this year. The state government has agreed to increase the amount of compensation to people who will lose their land due to the project.last_img read more

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