FORESEA-backed demonstrator hits SEM-REV waters

first_imgThe SEM-REV marine renewables test site, located off the western coast of France, has welcomed the installation of a demonstrator which aims to characterize underwater ambient noise as part of the Acoustics of the SEA (SEAc) project.On April 12, 2018, an innovative demonstrator – including a standalone acoustic recorder from the manufacturer OSEAN, and three acoustic recorders – were installed on site in a project developed by engineering company NEREIS Environnement with the support of the European Union’s FORESEA program.This project, looking to monitor the environment of a marine renewable energy (MRE) production site, required that an autonomous tool for recording underwater sounds and storing data at sea be installed.Specific spectral analysis modules and detection algorithms will be used to characterize the ambient noise by classifying its various components, according to École Centrale de Nantes which developed the offshore testing site.The data collected will be used to model the acoustic footprint of underwater noise in order to estimate the impact of MRE activities on marine fauna, École Centrale de Nantes noted.The SEAc project was selected in the fourth call of the FORESEA program which is helping small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) to test their MRE technologies at sea under real conditions, by providing access to the network of test sites in North-West Europe.Eight projects will be tested on the SEM-REV offshore test site as part of FORESEA funding, including prototypes of MRE technologies such as Pytheas Technology’s PywEC generator or the HACE (Hydro Air Concept Energy) wave energy system.Also, the MRE site equipment tools such as FMGC submarine electric cable ballast shells, or site maintenance and monitoring tools such as underwater drone tests developed by INTERDRONES, will be tested at the site.last_img read more

Yahoo unveils new online video series

first_imgChief executive Marissa Mayer is trying to get Yahoo back on the growth trackUS Internet giant Yahoo said it was expanding its online offerings, unveiling 18 new video series with which it hopes to attract a larger audience and advertisers.Of these, 14 will be featured in Yahoo’s digital magazines, which focus on beauty, show business and finance.“I Am Naomi,” starring model Naomi Campbell, and “Riding Shotgun with Michelle Rodriguez,” which will feature actress Michelle Rodriguez driving cars, are among the new offerings.Music will be another big focus for the company as it courts millennials. It will be extending a deal with Live Nation to broadcast music festivals, and will join iHeartMedia to broadcast other music events.Electronic dance music will be the theme of “Ultimate DJ,” produced by Simon Cowell.And Yahoo unveiled a new long-form series: a comedy called “The Pursuit” aimed at millennials in the digital age.Chief executive Marissa Mayer is trying to get Yahoo back on the growth track.“Yahoo is amidst a multi-year transformation to return an iconic company to greatness,” Mayer said in an earnings statement last week.“This quarter, we saw encouraging revenue growth of eight percent, with display revenue growing a modest two percent and search growing 20 percent.”Yahoo has been under pressure from activist shareholders to deliver more value with lower costs and a narrower focus.Mayer spent more than $1 billion to acquire the blogging platform Tumblr to reach a younger market segment and has made a push to focus more on mobile content and search.But Yahoo remains far behind search market leader Google, based on market surveys.–AFPRelated Drones to deliver your online deals Mauritania unveils new flagcenter_img Nile Series Full Live Coverage 6th May 2015 1700 GMTlast_img read more

Siblings fall in buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Two persons were nabbedin a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay 9, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Michael and Francis – both residents ofthe village – were caught after they sold suspected shabu to an undercover copfor P100 around 4 p.m. on April 16, it added. Six sachets of suspected shabu valued ataround P40,000 were seized from Michael Baladitan, 29, and his brother Francis,27, a police report showed. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstMichael and Francis./PN Cash amounting to P700 were alsorecovered from the suspects’ possession, police said. The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of the Kabankalan City police station. BY CYRUS GARDE MAE SINGUAYlast_img

Local college athletes react to fall sports cancellations

first_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Biocenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Leah Stevens knows this feeling all too well.Stevens, a two-sport athlete at the college level, first experienced it back in March as a junior at the University of Maine at Farmington. As the novel coronavirus pandemic led to cancellations across the board from the youth sports ranks all the way to the college and professional levels, the UMaine-Farmington softball season was one of the many to be lost.On Monday, that feeling of disappointment set in for Stevens yet again as the North Atlantic Conference announced the cancellation of all conference games for the fall 2020 season. In response, UMaine-Farmington moved to cancel all fall 2020 athletic events, a decision that ended Stevens’ women’s soccer season before it could even begin.“For me, it definitely feels like, ‘Wow, it’s happening all over again,’” said Stevens, a 2017 graduate of Ellsworth High School. “It’s kind of a surreal thing. I never thought we would all be in the position we’re in now.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIndeed, the sports scene in the latter half of July is in an eerily similar place to where it was when the pandemic began wiping out entire seasons in March. Although fans of youth, high school and professional sports are still holding out hope that games, meets and matches will return, many college athletes from Hancock County and beyond already know they won’t be returning to action this fall.A month ago, Bowdoin College made national news when it canceled all sporting events for the remainder of the calendar year. The move made Bowdoin the first New England Small College and Athletic Conference (NESCAC) school to nix the fall sports season in its entirety.Bowdoin’s cancellation began a domino effect among New England schools. After the NESCAC canceled its season July 10, the University of Maine, the University of New England, Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy were quick to follow last week. Monday’s NAC announcement also ended conference play for Thomas College and UMaine-Presque Isle, though both schools still intend to play nonconference schedules.Colby’s cancellation was heartbreaking news for Javon Williams, a 2019 Ellsworth High School graduate who was set to see his first game action after redshirting last season. Williams had spent nearly a year recovering from an Achilles injury suffered early in camp last season, and 2020 was set to be his comeback campaign.“I was really ready for this because I didn’t get that full taste of college football last year,” Williams said. “It’s been a while since I had a full, healthy season, and this was my chance to get back out there. We understand why [the season was canceled], but we’re still pretty frustrated.”At MMA, the cancellation deprived Colby Clarke, another 2017 graduate of Ellsworth High School, of a 2020 season that had a chance to be a special one. Clarke, a senior midfielder, was likely to be a captain for an MMA team that went 13-4-1 last year and had high hopes again as it prepared for a new season.As was the case in the spring, players who have lost a fall sports season will not lose their unused year of eligibility. Yet while some players, such as Stevens, were already planning to return to school for a fifth year prior to the pandemic, others, such as Clarke, have a decision to make.“I’ve been putting a lot of thought into whether I’m going to come back, go to another school and pursue a different degree or take a job offer after I graduate,” Clarke said. “The NCAA also said they might look at a spring season, so I kind of have to wait and see how it goes.”At some schools, the cancellations deprived Hancock County teammates of a season together. Such was the case at UMaine-Farmington, where Stevens is part of a local trio that includes fellow 2017 Ellsworth graduate Callie Hammer and 2018 Mount Desert Island graduate Adriana Novella.“It’s disappointing that we won’t get to play together this year,” Stevens said. “We’re really close, and when we’re on the field together, that translates. We connect really well with each other.”There might, of course, be further cancellations and postponements in the pipeline. Resuming competitions that often require physical contact and interstate travel will remain difficult throughout the pandemic, and athletics can only be part of the equation if students are on campus.Williams will be pushing himself in hopes of an even better return next year. Stevens, who says she wants to coach after college, will turn her attention toward a 2021 softball season and her fifth year next year. Clarke will continue to train in hopes that a potential spring season gives him one last chance with his MMA teammates.“It’s obviously not ideal, but that’s life,” Clarke said. “You have to move on and make the most of it.”UMaine-Machias suspends athletic program indefinitelyThe University of Maine at Machias announced Tuesday that it is suspending its athletic program effective immediately.The university cited budget constraints related to COVID-19 for the decision, which affects two full-time employees, four part-time coaches and 73 student-athletes. Those affected were informed of the school’s decision prior to the public announcement.“This decision was made after an in-depth review of the athletics program, during which we explored a number of options for reducing costs without suspending operations,” said Head of Campus Dan Qualls. “It became clear that, under the constraints of our current budget and especially in light of the additional costs and safety concerns associated with the pandemic, we would not be able to provide the necessary facilities, equipment and resources for a safe and competitive environment for our student-athletes.”UMaine-Machias competes in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, a 77-member small-college organization that also includes Central Maine Community College, UMaine-Augusta and UMaine-Fort Kent. The school’s sports offerings included men’s and women’s soccer and basketball as well as women’s volleyball.UMaine-Machias will honor all scholarships through the conclusion of the 2023-24 academic year. The school will look to expand non-varsity athletic options in the wake of the decision.last_img read more

NOC Wants Corporate Nigeria to Play Leading Role in Sports Devt

first_img“Government cannot do it alone any more. The Corporate Nigeria must play a leading role henceforth in sports development,” the Olympic body noted.As a way of ending the unnecessary conflicts plaguing most of the national sports federations whose boards were elected last June in Abuja, NOC directed them to review their constitutions immediately and align them with their international body’s rules and guidelines.“All national federations must conclude matters of reviews and approval of such statutes by their congresses and international federations on or before June 30, 2018 with ratified copies submitted to the Nigeria Olympic Committee,” part of the communiqué stated.Also, the NOC called on the federations to encourage their members seeking positions in international bodies to achieve their aims, saying such moves would aid Nigeria’s sports development.“Nigerians aspiring for positions in international federation and confederation boards should be encouraged by all means as they play very important roles in the delivery of results by athletes in the sports field.“As a result, the “pull-him-down” syndrome, where current federation officials constitute barriers to election or re-election of eligible Nigerians should be discouraged,” it noted.NOC restated its resolve to continue to work with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for the overall development of the sector in the countryIt therefore urged all stakeholders to ensure that Nigerian athletes excel at the various international multi-sport games line up for next year. They include; the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Africa Youth Games in Algiers, Algeria in 2018 and the Winter Olympic Games (Bobsled) in Korea 2018.Other upcoming events include; the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the 2019 All Africa Games. Tokyo is to host the next Olympic Games in 2010 in Japan.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) has thrown its weights behind calls for the private sector to take up leading roles in financing of sports in the country.Rising from its Annual General Meeting in Lagos on Tuesday, the NOC insisted that the federal and state governments can no longer be left to bear the responsibilities of sports funding given the dwindling resources available to them.In a seven-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, NOC observed that corporate bodies in Nigeria were not committed enough to supporting sports and therefor appealed to such bodies and philanthropists to support sports.last_img read more

New group to explore all facets of the Middle East

first_imgA new student group hopes to move discussion of the Middle East beyond polarized political conflicts to explore culture of the complex region.The USC Middle East Studies Student Association, which launched last week, is a student-run group affiliated with the university’s Middle East Studies program. The group is trying to raise interest and awareness in all aspects of the region, including its culture, history, religion and language.Although several other clubs at USC already cater to specific political, religious and ethnic issues related to the region, MESSA will be the first to explore the cultural and intellectual diversity of the entire Middle East.“I realized there really wasn’t any organization for people interested in the region as a whole,” said Daphne Wu, a senior majoring in history.Wu co-founded the group with Phil Zager, a senior majoring in economics and international relations, after the two spent last semester in Cairo studying Arabic.“We hope that people who are interested in the Middle East can come together and have a more open exchange,” Zager said. “I would love to see people talk rather than just take one side; to have dialogue rather than just debate, where you yell at each other over different sides and viewpoints.”More than a dozen students gathered at the group’s first event Thursday to watch Persepolis, an award-winning animated film about a girl growing up in Iran during the Islamic revolution.In addition to screening films and bringing in speakers, the group wants to make use of Los Angeles’ diverse population by conducting trips to Middle Eastern restaurants and concerts. It also plans to make contacts with the local communities and host language tables.For those with an academic interest in the region, MESSA plans to connect students with professors who have contributed research on the field to offer their unique perspectives.The group is hoping to use its contacts to invite professors from USC, as well as in the region, to hold lectures and seminars about the Middle East.“We are really focusing on bringing students together with faculty members,” Wu said. “They deal with so many different topics in all different disciplines. And hopefully that way we can get students out of polarized ways of thinking.”Sarah Gualtieri, an associate professor specializing in Arab-American and modern history, is working closely with MESSA to give students a rounded understanding of the region.Gualtieri is working along with other professors in the Middle East Studies program — an interdisciplinary degree that explores Middle Eastern studies through such diverse fields as economics, religion and language — which expects to maintain a close connection with the student group.“My goal as faculty adviser to the program is to promote interests in the region, to promote considerations for the diversity, including the diversity of opinions,” Gualtieri said.The program supported the Persepolis screening by providing funding, and Wu said she expects to continue working with advisers and professors in the program because she wants to promote the program and classes.While the Middle East is obviously a very conflict-ridden area, I think sometimes that gets too much attention in American media and in college campuses.”Though MESSA has no particular agenda or bias other than an academic exploration of the region, maintaining a balance of views on what can be sensitive subjects still remains a concern for many members.“We know bringing somespeakers may upset certain people, and we definitely take that into consideration,” Zager said.But the point is we want to bring different perspectives, we’re not presenting it as, ‘Here, this guy has the absolute truth,’ it’s just another perspective. We want students to hear something new and think for themselves.”last_img read more

Syracuse uses early 20-point lead to hold off Pittsburgh, 69-61

first_imgIt was supposed to be Elijah Hughes takeover time. With Pittsburgh slimming Syracuse’s lead possession by possession, the Orange turned to the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading scorer to finish off another opponent. Only this time the shot didn’t fall. Instead, Marek Dolezaj scooped the rebound, pivoted and flushed in a layup from beneath the basket to provide Syracuse a five-point buffer. For Hughes, a player who entered the game averaging more than 19 points per game, notching 10 points was abnormal. Syracuse point guard Joseph Girard’s 25% shooting from the field also marked a rare blemish. Against Pitt, though, it was Syracuse’s lesser-celebrated players that contributed down the stretch to bail the Orange out. Behind Dolezaj’s 17 points and seven rebounds and 10 points and eight rebounds from Quincy Guerrier, along with 18 first half points from Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse (13-7, 6-3 ACC) never relinquished control of the game to the Panthers (13-7, 4-5). Instead of a shift it was the Orange that outshot its opponent by five percent, snagged six more rebounds than the Panthers and blocked six shots. It was the Orange that proved this five-game win streak isn’t a fluke. When the moment came and Pittsburgh started its comeback, it was the Orange that didn’t fold in a 69-61 win on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.“It’s been a huge difference in end of the game situations,” Buddy said. “We’ve gotten a lot better at that. I think this is a much different team especially at the end of games.” Early in the month, Syracuse struggled to close out games against Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. The Orange led in the second half of both games before blowing late leads. At that point two Saturdays ago, Syracuse was a sinking ship scrambling to plug its holes. Then it went on the road and beat the defending national champions and everything changed. The possibilities mounted. If they can go on the road and beat a team that previously held them to 34 points, who’s to say they can’t beat Boston College? And if Syracuse can beat BC handily, then why not Virginia Tech or Notre Dame?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe wins have strung together and culminated to Saturday. During the first half, Syracuse’s 2-3 zone puzzled Pittsburgh. The Panthers settled for outside shots that clanked off the back of the rim or were blocked by Syracuse defenders. Several times, SU players whacked the ball around Panthers ball-handers and started fast breaks. Buddy hit from in by the hoop and beyond the arc, totaling 18 first-half points and 21 in the game.  Syracuse made just five 3-pointers against the Panthers — well below its average of 9.2 per game — and capitalized inside the arc, including Marek Dolezaj’s 17 points. Max Freund | Staff PhotographerFor a portion of the opening 20 minutes, as Syracuse broke the game open on a 16-2 run, it looked like the Orange could do nothing wrong. Buddy sank his layup through contact first. Then Dolezaj and Quincy Guerrier did the same. The Pittsburgh defenders tried to make it hard for Syracuse. They flung their bodies in the way or slapped their hands at Syracuse shooting motions. That just led to free points from the charity stripe. But after leading by as much as 20 points, Syracuse couldn’t maintain that cushion the whole game. Careless passes led to easy buckets for Pittsburgh. Hughes didn’t score in the first half. Girard wouldn’t hit his only 3-pointer until less than five minutes remained in the game and the Orange racked up 13 turnovers. “There was never a comfort zone in this game at any time,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Our defense was good, that kind of kept us in there.” In games earlier this year, those miscues often led to runs for the opponent. Syracuse didn’t allow that against Pittsburgh. When the Panthers brought the lead under 10 early in the second half, Hughes drove down and scored. Missed free throws and short shots prevented Syracuse from a dagger, but as Pitt fought back a final time, Syracuse closed it out.As the Panthers battled back, they hit several times on a lob pass down to the lowest block along the paint. Clinging to a five-point lead, Dolezaj, didn’t allow another pass to go up over the Syracuse defense. Instead, he sprang back, met the ball at the same time as the Pittsburgh player and denied a scoring opportunity.  “A month ago, two months ago we didn’t play good defense but now we do,” Dolezaj said.  “Our best players didn’t play great (today) but we played great defense.” Before Syracuse’s win over the Eagles on Jan. 15, the Syracuse fans saw a path. Several discussed the “next five games” courtside. The five games leading up to a matchup with Duke a week from now. The five games that could give Syracuse fans hope that this year’s matchup with the Blue Devils will be one of those wins that fills the bars on Marshall Street. There’s one game left looming, a trip to Clemson, but the outcome feels less important now. Syracuse doesn’t need to win every game anymore. The Orange can win any game now. Comments Published on January 25, 2020 at 2:33 pm Contact Josh: | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Knicks rookie RJ Barrett won’t play for Canada in FIBA World Cup due to calf injury, report says

first_imgKnicks rookie RJ Barrett will not play for Canada in the FIBA World Cup because of a calf injury, The Athletic reported Thursday, citing unidentified sources. Barrett suffered the injury last month while playing in summer league in Las Vegas. He plans to rest his calf during the tournament, which takes place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, though he will join Canada for training camp and team activities, the report notes.  Marcus Morris explains decision to pull out of agreement with Spurs, sign with Knicks Carmelo Anthony ‘could fill a spot on most second units,’ league executive says Bobby Portis thinks Knicks can make playoffs next season: ‘We’re loaded at every position’center_img In five summer league games, Barrett averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists, while shooting 33.7% from the field. Other than Barrett’s absence, Canada’s roster mainly will stay intact. Team USA, on the other hand, has seen at least 10 players remove themselves from the initial roster. Barrett is coming off a standout season at Duke where he averaged 22.6 points per game as a freshman. He was drafted third overall by the Knicks and is expected to make an immediate impact for New York, which had the worst record in the league last season at 17-65. Related Newslast_img read more

Lulić: “We have A Competitive Team, but…”

first_img(Source: Sport Centar) At the end of the friendly match against Hamburg, where Lazio won with the result of 2:0, Senad Lulić spoke for the club radio.Our Dragon had also one assistance after he came into the game and is step by step getting in shape for the beginning of the new season.“Our team is highly competitive, but we must fix some things at the field by August 3st before the new season starts. On the contrary, there will be no use of talking that we have a good team.” – thinks Lulić who said something about the new coach Stefan Pioli:“I know him around ten days and I can say that we are working really well with him. It is early for any kind of conclusions but his desire to try to do something important with this team is visible” – said the left wing back of the “Sky Blues”.last_img read more

Schickel says final development agreement between city, hotel developer near (AUDIO)

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City’s mayor says a final development agreement is near between the city and the hotel developer that’s part of the River City Renaissance project. Gatehouse Mason City LLC was chosen back in November to be the developer after G8 Development was found to be in default of their agreement with the city. The hotel is a key component as it fulfills the private investment portion of the $39 million project being supported through the Iowa Reinvestment Act.Mayor Bill Schickel says the city and Gatehouse have an agreement in principle, but some of the final details are still being worked out. “The lawyers are working out the final details on the language and we expect that to come before the city council either later this month or her sometime next month.”City officials updated the Iowa Economic Development Authority last week about the River City Renaissance development. Schickel says the IEDA continues to show their support for the project.  “The city was granted an extension on starting construction of the hotel for the River City Renaissance project. I view that as very positive as well, because it shows the confidence of the Iowa Economic Development Authority in the entire project in what we’re doing and the track we’re on.”Schickel says he’s pleased that construction on the multi-purpose arena portion of the project is ahead of schedule.  “Our multi-purpose center is rocking. The steel beams are going up and it’s really something to see. We’re on schedule there, in fact we’re ahead of schedule for a grand opening by the end of the year.”Schickel made his comments earlier today on the “Ask the Mayor” program on AM-1300 KGLO. Listen back to the entire program via the audio player below.last_img read more