Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao knocks out retirement thoughts

first_imgFilipino boxer and Senator Manny Pacquiao said he would carry on fighting next year after unveiling a new boxing gym in downtown Tokyo on Friday. (Latest Sports stories)The 37-year-old southpaw returned to the ring after a seven month retirement to claim the WBO welterweight title by beating Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas earlier this month.”I think about it, I can still fight and my body is still okay so I decided to come back and I’m here, my journey is continued,” Pacquiao said in the Japanese capital.The southpaw has a 59-6-2 win-loss-draw record and is the winner of world titles in eight different weight divisions and the first sitting Senator to win a world boxing title.The new ‘Pacquiao Gym’, a collaboration with Japanese business man Yoshihiro Agata, will open in the new year and the Filipino said it was an opportunity to pass on his experience.”(I opened this gym) to help the people to do exercise and also…to discover a good boxer,” Pacquiao said.”I can share my knowledge about boxing and my talents. I can teach them.”last_img read more

Catching up with Virat Kohli after 12 years: The story of Varun Chopra

first_imgVarun Chopra had last met Virat Kohli when were part of their under-19 national teams. Chopra and Kohli were leaders of the England and India U-19 sides and both had a bright future to look forward to. More than a decade later, both men, having travelled different paths, met up with each other again.Kohli is now the Indian captain and arguably the best batsman in the world across formats. The 29-year-old is on the verge of breaking a few of Sachin Tendulkar’s records in ODIs and has already achieved what a lot of batsmen in history have not. He faces his biggest test as captain and batsman in England but given his tenacity, it looks like he might just set the record straight after a horror tour in 2014.Chopra, 31, has spent the last 12 years building up a reputation as a fine batsman in England’s domestic circuit. 183 fist-class matches, 9868 runs, 20 hundreds.India vs Essex: DAY 1 | Day 2And when India took the field to play their only practice match before the Test series against England got underway, Chopra got to catch up with Kohli again. One is a solid batsman who could not really fulfil his early promise while the other is a global superstar. But there was mutual respect and some fond memories were relived.WATCH: @EssexCricket batsman @vchops06 on playing against big names in Indian cricket, discussing batting techniques & cricket in general with captain Virat Kohli – by @RajalAroraVIDEO LINK—> https://t.co/0XY51SiTPL pic.twitter.com/aj9dTSAW58advertisementBCCI (@BCCI) July 27, 2018Once upon a time, they were equals as captains of their under-19 teams. Today, they live in different worlds. But there was joy at seeing each other.”I have played against Virat in under-19 cricket which was 12 years ago now. So yeah we are just catching up now. It’s good to see him after such a long time,” Chopra told bcci.tv. “And then I was just picking his brain on batting obviously. He is one of the world’s best if not the best at the moment. So it’s obviously great to talk to him.READ – Virat Kohli receives Barmy Army’s International Cricketer of the Year awards”He’s great to talk to and he’s very helpful. I will talk to him a bit more specifically about batting.”On the field, Kohli was fluent, racing away to a good-looking 68 before being caught by Chopra off the bowling of Paul Walter.Chopra, though, could not make the most of a huge moment for Essex and himself, falling to Ishant Sharma for 16.last_img read more

R Ashwin was relieved when he was told he would not play World Cup semis vs Pakistan

first_imgR Ashwin revealed he was scared when he saw a massive turnout for India’s 2011 World Cup semifinal against Pakistan in Mohali. India went on to beat Pakistan and then overcame Sri Lanka in the final to lift the World Cup for the 2nd time.R Ashwin is now a proven international superstar but 8 years ago, when he was just about starting his career, he admitted to nerves before the high-profile semifinal between India and Pakistan.India were in superb form in the 2011 World Cup. After defeating Australia in the quarterfinals, India were lined up to play against Pakistan. Celebrities and politicians had landed up in Mohali to witness the historic match.Speaking at Salaam Cricket 2019, R Ashwin recalled how nervous he was when he saw a huge crowd from his hotel room just after breakfast at 10 AM that morning.”I had never seen so much crowd in the city. I actually got scared when I saw the crowd outside my hotel. After breakfast, I saw the crowd and started sweating.”I called my friend and he asked if I was playing. I told him I am not allowed to reveal it. When Gary Kirsten told me I would not play, I was relieved. I did not play a lot of World Cup matches and there was pressure from the media to play me.I did well against Australia and looked at the crowd (in Mohali), I was scared.”The national anthem at the ground: we were all stammering. It was a full house and I have never seen anything like that. The hair stands up. That’s a feeling you can never trade off for anything in life,” Ashwin said.advertisementIndia will take on Pakistan for the 7th time in World Cups on June 16 at Manchester. Like Harbhajan Singh, Ashwin said India would be overwhelming favourites against their arch-rivals.ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Pakistan do not have the talent to beat India in World Cup 2019, says HarbhajanALSO READ | Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform great positive for India at World Cup 2019: Misbah-ul-HaqAlso See:last_img read more

PFB Predictions: Oklahoma State-Pittsburgh

first_imgIt’s almost game time which means it’s time to get to our picks for this week.Kyle PorterPick: Oklahoma State 48, Pitt 20Spread (OSU -13.5): Pokes coverPlayer of the Game: Justice HillI think this Oklahoma State team is far better than even OSU fans think it is. Pitt’s obsession with stopping all of OSU’s wideouts combined with Justice Hill’s ave-rugh performance last week mean he’s flying in under the radar. A spread-out Pitt defense spells trouble for the middle of the field, and Hill has himself a monster 150-yard day.Kyle BoonePick: Oklahoma State 44, Pitt 10Spread: OSU coversPlayer of the Game: James WashingtonLast season it took a 9-reception, 296-yard and 2-TD outburst by No. 28 to squeak by Pitt in a weird, wet and wacky contest. This time I think OSU will get a similar day from Washington — but I don’t think it’ll be nearly as close. What better place to start a Biletnikoff Award campaign than Heinz Field?Phillip SlavinPick: Oklahoma State 41, Pitt 28Spread: OSU doesn’t coverPlayer of the Game: Tyron JohnsonAfter last week’s loss to Penn State, the Panthers come out motivated. The Cowboys take a little time to shake off the 11 a.m. morning dew before taking a halftime lead they never relinquish. Pitt holds Washington down after last year’s game, but Rudolph finds Johnson for multiple TD’s causing Carson to faint repeatedly.Kyle CoxPick: Oklahoma State 52, Pitt 21Spread: OSU coversPlayer of the Game: Mason RudolphRudolph is probably a safe name to write in orange ink in this column for the rest of the year. As he goes, the Cowboys go. If OSU is as good as we think, it will prove it off the arm of QB1. Pitt likes to give up long passing plays and Rudolph likes to make them.Nick WelchPick: Oklahoma State 45, Pitt 21Spread: OSU CoversPlayer of the game: Chris LacyIn my King of the Game prediction, I said I think Pitt will play tight deep coverage on Washington. I think this will free up guys like Lacy and McClesky to get receptions in the mid-range game. I’ll predict at least one TD for him.Justin SouthwellPick: Oklahoma State 54-24Spread: Oklahoma State coversPlayer of the Game: James WashingtonOklahoma State’s future pros will play like pros at Heinz Field. I don’t expect James Washington to have nearly 300 yards like he did last season, but I think they will try to get him the ball more.I’d like to see him in that 8-10 receptions range. I think Mason will have more than twice as many yards as Pitt’s QB. Is this the week we see a big special teams play from Tyron? Yes. Lastly, I’ll apologize to the defense for predicting that South Alabama would score 30 points on them. Because of that, I have a better feeling about the defense holding Pitt under 30.Matt HarrisPick: Oklahoma State 45, Pitt 17Spread: OSU coversPlayer of the game: DefenseI think the defense steps up and shows us that they can be a solid unit against the Pokes first power five opponent. The offense will have a good day per normal, but the defense is going to impress by holding the Panthers under 20 points.Ryan HarrisPick: Oklahoma State 55, Pitt 24Spread: OSU CoversPlayer of the game: Mason RudolphMason Rudolph could realistically be the player of the game every week. This week I think Mason throws for 3 TDs and runs for 1 more. Three games in a row with a rushing touchdown for Rudolph? Why not. Pokes pass their first test handily in this one.Carson CunninghamPick: OSU 38, Pitt 21Spread: OSU coversPlayer of the Game: James WashingtonIf OSU drops 40+ on Pitt then we can recalibrate the ceiling of this offense yet again. Keep in mind Pitt held Penn State to just 33 points, 312 yards (4-12 3rd down). The same PSU scored 35+ points in 11 games last season & has the best RB in the country.That said, Pitt hasn’t seen an athlete the caliber of James Washington. Two 60+ yard TD’s cements him in everyone’s top spot on Biletnikoff watch list.Thomas FlemingPick: OSU 47, Pitt 24Spread: OSU coversPitt comes out fiery but their defense eventually gets too exhausted to compete anymore. One of their touchdowns is off a trick play, one from Quadree Henderson, and their quarterback throws two picksHayden BarberPick: Oklahoma State 40-24Spread: Oklahoma State coversPlayer of the game: Matt AmmendolaJames Washington told me he expects the receiver production distribution to be as even as it was against South Alabama, and I don’t think Justice Hill will be too successful. I’m going Ammendola with four field goals near the city where he learned to kick.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Government to Consider Divestment of 10,500 Acres of Former Cane Lands

first_img It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops. Story Highlights The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock. This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns. The Government is to consider the divestment of 10,500 acres of former sugar-cane lands in St. Catherine, to be used for high-yielding, highly profitable production of non-sugar crops and livestock.It is expected that these lands will mostly attract large investors engaging in onion production, fruit tree orchards and exotic crops.This is according to Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, who informed that he is to receive a proposal from Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited this week for the rationalisation of these lands, which it owns.Mr. Shaw, who was making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 1, informed that this is part of the 18,000 hectares of land leased by Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, which has been returned to the Government.The lands were once home to the Bernard Lodge Estate, which focused on sugar-cane cultivation, operation of a rum distillery, and eventually ethanol production.The Agriculture Ministry negotiated the return of the lands last year as part of plans to promote greater utilisation of idle arable lands for agricultural production.“We cannot continue to watch good lands lay idle anymore… . These 18,000 hectares of highly fertile, alluvial, flat and mechanisable lands represent the largest contiguous area of lands in Jamaica, suitable and ideal for this agricultural revolution,” he said.Mr. Shaw informed that he has met with SCJ Holdings, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the National Irrigation Commission and Agro-Investment Corporation, and has issued instructions for the Bernard Lodge Land Use Master Plan to be developed quickly. The plan will outline how the lands are to be utilised.Of the remaining 7,500 hectares of land to be left available for sugar production, 2,000 hectares of that will be developed as an urban community.last_img read more

Province Extends Georges Bank Moratorium

first_imgNova Scotia is introducing legislation today, Nov. 3, extending, indefinitely, a moratorium on oil and gas exploration on the Canadian portion of George’s Bank, a sensitive marine eco-system off the south coast of the province. “It’s just not worth the risk to drill in an area this important to Nova Scotians,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Rather than continue this debate every few years, this legislation will provide certainty about our intentions around George’s Bank. Until a compelling case can be made for this decision to be reconsidered, the moratorium will stand.” Earlier this year, the province announced that it would extend the moratorium until Dec. 31, 2015, to allow for more scientific study. The legislation will extend it indefinitely and require a public hearing and a vote in the legislature to lift it. “George’s Bank is clearly different from the rest of our offshore,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “We need to ensure that industry practices, technology, and other factors have improved to the point where we have full confidence to proceed and we are making the right decision to protect the George’s Bank and its valuable resources.” The legislation requires the province to work with the federal government to support this recommendation to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, the independent joint agency responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities in Nova Scotia’s offshore.last_img read more

Sweltering heat persists in Delhi weatherman forecasts rain Sunday

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites can expect some relief from sweltering heat on Sunday as the weatherman has forecast dust storm and light rain. On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 27.8 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. Humidity was recorded at 36 per cent. The weatherman has forecast partly cloudy skies and dust-laden winds in the later half of the day. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 43 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has forecast the possibility of a dust storm and light rain on Sunday. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figure for the city, recorded a high of 43.7 degrees Celsius and a low of 29.6 degrees Celsius on Friday.last_img read more

RBC must team up with earlystage companies to build the bank of

In particular, McKay said the bank is interested in working with new payments technologies, as well as in automating some of its back office processes in order to trim costs.McKay also said many of the bank’s competitors are technology firms that have entered the financial services space but aren’t subject to the same regulations as banks, said McKay. These new rivals can operate at a lower cost but risk reducing the stability of the country’s financial system, he added.“Many of these entrants are excellent competitors — innovative, driven and responsive to their clients — but they may also distort the financial system with unintended risks that regulators cannot clearly see,” said McKay.His comments were similar to remarks last month by the CEO of TD Bank.TD chief Bharat Masrani calls for oversight of tech players in bankingIs TD Bank’s new chief executive Bharat Masrani notching up the bank’s risk appetite?TD chief executive Bharat Masrani called on financial regulators to introduce rules governing new entrants such as digital payment providers and alternative lenders. Masrani said non-traditional players who don’t have to abide by the same regulations that banks are subject to have a competitive advantage.Tech companies Apple and Google have been wading into the financial services space by creating digital wallets that allow customers to make payments using their smartphones. By facilitating money transfers, technologies such as Apple Pay and Google Wallet insert themselves in between banks and their customers, weakening the relationship. TORONTO — Royal Bank chief executive Dave McKay says RBC will need to work with early-stage companies — even those looking to snatch market share from the traditional banks — in order to thrive in an increasingly digital world.“We need large organizations in the public sector and business, RBC included, to work closely with early-stage companies, even the ones trying to disrupt us, to support, mentor and motivate their progress,” McKay told shareholders Friday at RBC’s annual meeting in Toronto.The bank will need to be part of a “thriving ecosystem” of entrepreneurs in order to innovate and “build the bank of the future,” he said.Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg read more

India seeks to portray sense of calm in lockeddown Kashmir

NEW DELHI — On the eve of the biggest political change in Indian-administered Kashmir in decades, authorities shut down internet access, mobile and landline phones and cable TV.In the communications void since revoking the autonomy of its only Muslim-majority state, India has circulated photos and videos with rousing Kashmiri folk music evoking 20th century wartime newsreels.India is asserting the changes have widespread acceptance in Kashmir — a portrayal that hasn’t stood up to scrutiny.The government called one news video fake then conceded it wasn’t. Another set of images depicted men and boys kneeling in prayer outside mosques. But some of the region’s largest mosques were closed, and some of those images were mislabeled.Emily Schmall, The Associated Press read more

IVF mix up US couple say they gave birth to wrong

The couple said they turned to IVF after years of trying to have children (Science and Photo library)(BBC) An Asian couple who tried to conceive through IVF has claimed that a mix-up at a California fertility clinic left them pregnant with the wrong children.A lawsuit filed by the couple in New York states that the couple was shocked to give birth to two boys who were not of Asian descent, US media reported.The lawsuit says DNA tests confirmed the children were not related to the couple and they relinquished custody.The fertility clinic has not commented on the allegations.The couple – identified in the lawsuit only as AP and YZ to minimise the “embarrassment and humiliation” – say they tried for years to get pregnant before spending more than $100,000 (£80,000) on the IVF, or in vitro fertilisation, including medication, laboratory fees, travel and other costs.IVF is the process of fertilising an egg outside of the woman’s body, before returning it to the womb to grow and develop.The lawsuit, filed in the Eastern District of New York last week, accuses CHA Fertility and two men identified as its co-owners and directors of offences including medical malpractice and intentional infliction of emotional distress.It reportedly notes that after giving birth on 30 March, the couple “was shocked to see that the babies they were told were formed using both of their genetic material did not appear to be”.There were earlier signs that things were amiss when a scan revealed they were expecting boys, despite the fact that the doctors had said they did not use male embryos during the treatment.Doctors reportedly told the couple that the scan was inaccurate, before they went on to have the baby boys in April. In addition to not being related to the couple, the children were not related to each other, according to the lawsuit.On its website, CHA Fertility says it delivers the “highest degree of personalized care…with the utmost sense of duty”.The BBC has contacted the company for comment. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndian woman, 72, gives birth to first childMay 11, 2016In “latest news”Three-person baby ‘race’ dangerousOctober 12, 2016In “Health”Balwant Singh’s Hospital delivers Guyana’s first ‘test tube’ babySeptember 24, 2014In “Business” read more

GMG publishes new short interval control guideline

first_imgThe Global Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) says it has published the Guideline for Implementing Short Interval Control (SIC) in Underground Mining Operations.SIC is a structured system in which data from mining processes are periodically reviewed and action is taken in response to them, GMG explained. “This guideline provides a roadmap to increase the speed and likelihood of success during SIC implementation while avoiding common pitfalls.”Specifically, the publication presents a conceptual model of what SIC could look like that includes an operational framework, detailed workflows, and an outline of data enablement at various levels of maturity, according to GMG.SIC has only recently begun to be used in underground mining, although it has a long history in the manufacturing industry.GMG said: “One challenge in implementing SIC is tailoring it to the operation at hand because underground mining conditions can be unpredictable, but the guideline offers mining stakeholders a base of knowledge of how it can be applied.”Greg Sandblom, Operation and Business Technology Lead at Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, a Glencore Company, says the guideline “can provide a valuable reference to mining companies during all phases of SIC deployments at existing mines or new mine projects”.He continued: “It can effectively act as a checkpoint to validate that lessons learned and experience from leaders across the mining industry are applied to their implementations.”Lisa Önnerlov, Development Engineer – Industrial Design at Boliden, said there was potential for the application of the guideline for those already using a SIC system.“Even though we have been working with SIC for many years, we still have a lot to improve,” she said. “We face challenges like refining the overall coordination and to take advantage of new technological possibilities and make it useful in reality. We hope that this guideline will be a tool for both benchmarking and as a common reference in collaboration with other mining companies working with SIC.”SIC has the potential to increase productivity and lower costs, according to GMG. As the practice becomes more common, it will, in turn, become increasingly accessible, according to Gordon Fellows, President of Fellows Mining and Digital Solutions.“Achieving the greatest benefit from SIC comes from monitoring and controlling the shortest interval, but results are possible even at lower levels of maturity and at lower cost,” he said. “As technology evolves, it will make it simpler and less expensive to reach higher levels of maturity.”One highlight of the process of developing the guideline, according to Liv Carroll, Senior Principal, Mining Transformation and Applied Intelligence at Accenture, has been the input from and cooperation between various stakeholders in the mining industry.Carroll said there had been “effective collaboration between operators, service providers, consultants and technology specialists alongside the GMG team; our industry working as one for the benefit of all”.She added: “In working together, we have drawn on a breadth of global and diverse experience to amalgamate leading practices into the guideline considering all levels of maturity and allowing for future evolution.”Looking ahead, implementing SIC offers great potential for positive change in the industry because it facilitates better planning, quicker decisions, increased production, lower costs and creates a safer working environment, according to GMG.GMG Chair, Michelle Ash, says: “I am very excited to see the publication of the SIC guideline because it is not only the culmination of a lot of work from many people, but also a fundamental building block for the transformation of our industry. I am looking forward to visiting mines post implementation and seeing the case studies that arise from their efforts.”last_img read more

Lasse Mikkelsen extends deal with MT Melsungen

Lasse MikkelsenMT Melsungen ← Previous Story EHF Challenge Cup TOP 8: AEK Athens in Russia, CSM Bucuresti VS RK Borac Next Story → AEK statement about Ramat match: Comments from Israel are unrelated to reality Lasse Mikkelsen will stay at German MT Melsungen for two more years. The 30-years old Danish playmaker extended existing contract until 2022.Mikkelsen came to Kassel from domestic Skjern Handbold in 2017.Despite huge investments in the team, MT Melsungen are still out of TOP 5 of the DKB Bundesliga. Currently, they are at sixth place.PHOTO: MT Melsungen Facebook read more

Croatia to chase France for the world handball junior gold

Two great handball nations – France and Croatia will meet in the final of Junior World Handball Championship 2019 in Spain.Croatia joined France at the final after beating Portugal 31:28 (12:9) in the second-semifinal.Two leading scorers have been lefthanders Martinovic (8) and Mileta (7), but also on the other side Diogo Silva (9).This is the first ever junior final and secured medal for the Croatian handball.Two teams meet at U18 EURO 2016 three years ago when France won.Final will be held on Sunday, 16.30 hrs. Junior World Handball Championship 2019 ← Previous Story France beat Egypt for the final! Next Story → Davor Dominikovic: Thanks IHF and organizers for such a schedule… read more

Des Cahill and Joe Brolly got into a heated exchange over the

first_img‘IF YOU STICK your head in the mouth of the lion, you shouldn’t waggle it about’ said Joe Brolly yesterday after the Donegal team doctor was thrown to the ground by an Armagh player.The RTE pundit was speaking on radio with Kevin McStay and Des Cahill, who insisted he wouldn’t allow Brolly ‘trivialise’ the incident.The Derry native insisted Cahill was overblowing the incident and made reference to a ‘brutal’ boxing fight that those in Montrose ‘lionised’.Listen here: Source: RTĖ Sport/SoundCloudHere’s the incident:https://vine.co/v/MVd9MTn6HOeWho do you think was right? Joe Brolly (1806) Poll Results: Des Cahill (5192) Joe BrollyDes CahillBoth wrongVotePoll: Who will win today’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final?Kilkenny v Limerick Talking Points: Does Cody know his best 15 Cats? Both wrong (849)last_img read more

Heres what Seán Gallagher and Micheál Martin looked like when they had

first_imgYOU MAY RECALL that before he was running for president – and going awfully close to winning – Séan Gallagher was a member of Fianna Fáil.Indeed his links to the Soldiers of Destiny would ultimately be his undoing when the party was still politically toxic in the aftermath of its near wipeout at the general election.But Gallagher cut a dashing figure as a member of the party’s youth wing, Ógra Fianna Fáil, if this programme for its ninth national youth conference in 1984 is anything to go by: Source: Irish Election LiteratureGallagher was one of three candidates from Connacht/Ulster seeking to get elected to the party’s Ard Comhairle.Down in Munster there was another dashing young man looking to get on the party’s national executive.He went by the name of Micheál Martin. Look at that handsome future Fianna Fáil leader: Source: Irish Election LiteratureThe conference itself looked like a right old shindig. It took place on 10 and 11 November 1984 in the Grand Hotel in Malahide, north Dublin.But the real party was taking place on the Friday night before all the boring political stuff got under way with the Grove Hotel played host to a disco.We can only imagine what Seán, Micheál and all the other Ógra Fianna Fáilers got up to there. Dancing and all sorts… Source: Irish Election LiteratureHat tip to Irish Election Literature Helicopter rides and cigars: Here’s what dinner with Charlie Haughey was like in 1987last_img read more

Google Chrome 50 est disponible pour Windows Mac et Linux

first_imgGoogle : Chrome 5.0 est disponible pour Windows, Mac et LinuxLa version finale de Chrome 5.0, nouvelle mouture du navigateur de Google, est enfin téléchargeable. Elle est disponible pour Windows, mais aussi pour Mac OS X et Linux. La firme de Mountain View vient de livrer la version finale de Chrome 5.0, seule version stable de la nouvelle mouture du navigateur pour Mac et Linux.À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Google se félicite d’avoir accéléré les performances de son moteur JavaScript V8, rendant son navigateur 30 à 35% plus rapide que dans sa précédente version. La prise en charge du langage HTML 5 a elle-aussi été améliorée, tandis qu’a été introduite la possibilité de synchroniser les paramètres du navigateur entre plusieurs ordinateurs. Et les favoris ne sont désormais plus les seuls éléments pris en charge, les thèmes, les paramètres de démarrage, la page d’accueil ou encore les langues choisies peuvent aussi être synchronisés dans la cinquième mouture de Chrome.A noter que le plugin Flash n’a finalement pas été intégré au navigateur. Une fonctionnalité qui doit permettre de faciliter le processus de mises à jour, mais qui attendra la sortie de la version finale de Flash 10.1.Le 26 mai 2010 à 15:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les requins tigres et bouledogues des migrateurs confirmés

first_imgLes requins tigres et bouledogues, des migrateurs confirmés ? L’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) a dévoilé, le 11 octobre, les premiers résultats issus des marquages des requins tigres et des requins bouledogues, dans le cadre du programme CHARC. Ils confirment entre autres que les requins tigres sont capables de migrer sur de longues distances.Les requins dévoilent un peu plus de leurs secrets et de leurs habitudes. Il y a quelques jours, l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) a publié quelques résultats issus des marquages des requins tigres et des requins bouledogues. Le programme CHARC (Connaissances de l’écologie et de l’Habitat de deux espèces de Requins Côtiers sur la Côte Ouest de la Réunion) vise notamment à répondre à certaines questions concernant les squales, comme par exemple savoir où ils vont lorsqu’ils ne sont plus détectés dans le réseau des stations d’écoute.Les premiers résultats qui répondent en partie à cette question viennent d’être dévoilés. Ils sont issus de la “re-capture d’un requin tigre femelle de 3 mètres”, le 28 août, et de la “récupération des balises attachées à quelques requins permettant de suivre leurs déplacements à longue distance”, indique l’IRD cité par Ipreunion.com. Ces résultats confirment notamment la capacité des requins tigres à migrer sur de longues distances. En effet, le squale femelle a été pêché à Madagascar, à plus de 2.000 km de l’endroit où elle avait été marquée par l’IRD. “Il est davantage plausible que cette migration soit le trait d’un comportement commun aux membres de l’espèce” qu’un cas isolé, estime l’Institut. “La circulation des requins tigres dans le sud de l’Océan Indien semble donc établie”, indiquant t-il encore. “Les requins tigres visitant nos côtes feraient ainsi partie d’une vaste population ouverte et non pas d’une population locale réunionnaise, fermée, sans échanges avec les autres spécimens de l’espèce”.Des requins bouledogues migrateurs ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Quant aux requins bouledogues, on estimait jusque-là qu’ils restaient près des côtes. Pourtant, la balise d’un de ces squales (un mâle de 3 mètres), marqué six mois plus tôt, a été détectée largement au sud de l’île de La Réunion, entre 150 et 450 km au large des côtes. “L’information est exceptionnelle car ce déplacement océanique est l’un des plus longs jamais enregistré chez cette espèce”, rapporte l’IRD.”Pour l’heure, nous n’avons pas de preuves de la capacité migratrice de cette espèce, mais cette découverte démontre que le bouledogue est capable de s’éloigner du milieu côtier et de nager en milieu océanique”, contrairement à ce qui était imaginé. Mais il ne s’agit là que de premiers résultats qui seront suivis par d’autres d’ici peu. D’après l’IRD, “la collecte des autres données concernant les conditions environnementales et biologiques de l’écosystème marin réunionnais se termine dans un mois. Les résultats sont en train d’être rassemblés et vérifiés et seront ensuite traités et analysés au cours de l’année à venir” pour en tirer davantage de conclusions.Le 16 octobre 2013 à 10:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pourquoi les nuages deviennentils plus sombres quand il va pleuvoir

first_imgPourquoi les nuages deviennent-ils plus sombres quand il va pleuvoir ?Quiconque a déjà levé le nez le ciel avant une averse a pu constater le phénomène : lorsqu’il va pleuvoir, les nuages ont tendance à s’assombrir devenant gris voire noir. Mais pourquoi changent-ils de couleur ? Explications. Le soleil se cache, votre champ de vision s’assombrit brusquement, vous levez les yeux et découvrez un ciel noir et menaçant chargé en cumulonimbus. Vous le savez : la pluie n’est pas loin ! Mais pourquoi des nuages noirs apparaissent-ils dans le ciel quand il va pleuvoir ? Pour le comprendre, il faut d’abord revenir sur la formation même des nuages. Une partie de l’eau présente sur Terre, par exemple dans les fleuves ou les océans, s’évapore sous la chaleur des rayons du soleil. L’air qui nous entoure est ainsi chargé d’eau sous sa forme gazeuse, la fameuse vapeur d’eau. Or, quand l’air près du sol se réchauffe, il commence à s’élever dans le ciel entrainant avec lui cette dernière jusqu’à une altitude de plus en plus froide. Tandis que l’air se refroidit, la vapeur d’eau se condense pour former de toutes petites gouttelettes très légères voire des cristaux de glace qui vont peu à peu s’unir et rester en suspension pour former des nuages. Lorsque le ciel est chargé de nuages blancs, le risque d’averses est présent mais pas imminent. En effet, dans cette configuration, les gouttelettes et cristaux formant les nuages sont suffisamment fins pour refléter la lumière et donner cette impression de blancheur.Des nuages qui absorbent la lumière À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Cependant, quand la taille de ces gouttes augmente et que les nuages en sont davantage chargés, elles absorbent plus de lumière au détriment de la terre et des humains qui en reçoivent moins. Résultat : nous avons l’impression que la base des nuages est gris foncé ou noire. La suite logique de ce phénomène est que les gouttes deviennent si volumineuses et lourdes qu’elles finissent par tomber, sous forme depluie, de grêle ou de neige.D’un point de vue météorologique, les spécialistes distinguent deux types majeurs de nuage associés à la pluie : les nimbostratus, des couches de nuages de pluie qui ne produisent pas d’éclairs, et les cumulonimbus, des nuages plus épais qui peuvent générer des éclairs, du tonnerre et des pluies torrentielles. Les deux noms sont issus du latin nimbus, signifiant “nuage de pluie” ou “pluie d’orage”.   Le 27 novembre 2018 à 11:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Comprehensive sex education could become state norm

first_imgWashington could be on the brink of requiring all school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education, including lessons on birth control, healthy relationships and consent.Senate Bill 5395, requested by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, passed by a vote of 28 to 21 late last month in the Senate. It’s currently stuck in the House Education Committee, The Stranger reported last week. Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle and chair of the House Education Committee, has not scheduled the bill for a vote on the floor. The cutoff to do so is Wednesday.Proponents of the bill say it could help turn the tide of sexual assault rates among Washington teenagers, citing research that suggests students who have access to comprehensive sexual health education are healthier and less likely to be sexually assaulted than their peers who don’t.Opponents, including Vancouver’s Rep. Vicki Kraft, a Republican, say the bill undercuts family values, and that conversations about reproductive health should happen in the home.The bill, if approved, would phase in required sexual health education requirements for all grades through Sept. 1, 2021.Current mandates limitedCurrent law mandates only that schools offer lessons on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted disease prevention from fifth grade onward. But schools can choose to provide more comprehensive sex education. If they do, existing law requires that the information must be age-appropriate, medically accurate and appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability or sexual orientation. Lessons must also include information about abstinence and other forms of contraception.last_img read more