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Nirupama Rao may become Indian ambassador to US

first_imgForeign Secretary Nirupama Rao is scheduled to retire on July 3.Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, scheduled to retire next month, is set to become India’s next envoy to the United States, sources told Headlines Today on Tuesday. Sources in the ministry of external affairs (MEA) said Rao, who completes two years in the office on July 31, was all set to take over from the incumbent, Meera Shankar. The government had earlier extended the service of the 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer in December, 2010 till July, 2011. Rao’s appointment as the Indian Ambassador to the US attains significance as it happens at a crucial juncture when the ties between the two countries need a fresh impetus.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Delhi government introduces ‘Chunauti 2018’ education reform plan

first_imgIn a bid to put a check on dropout rate of students and improve quality of education with special focus on the weakest students, Delhi government today, June 30 announced a new education reform plan.It’s a comprehensive Delhi to improve quality and stop dropouts after Class 9 failure in government schools,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters, according to PTI.How will ‘Chunauti 2018’ scheme work?Students from Class 6 to 9 will be mapped and the weakest students will be provided with “special focus” to enhance learning levelsThe government will especially focus on the “weakest students” of class 9 to help ensure that they successfully clear class 10 by the year 2018, a move aimed at ‘leaving no child behind’ in its schools Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said the “best and dynamic teachers” would work on the weakest students in all the schools, besides holding extra remedial classes for themWhat did the minister say?”No-detention policy is not the entire solution to improve quality education. Passing percentage of Class 9 is decreasing every year.”In 2013-14, 44 per cent of students of Class 9 failed to pass while 48.26 per cent of students did not succeed during 2014-15. In 2015-16, 49.22 per cent of students of Class 9 failed to pass the examinations. We will have to first focus on improving the quality of education under ‘Chunauti 2018’,” he said.Sisodia said that though Delhi government has already proposed amendments in Right to Education Act and the proposed bill is pending with the Centre, the city government was taking some steps to improve the quality of education in its schools.advertisement”There are students who are intelligent but there are also who are weak in writing, reading and others. Under ‘Chunauti 2018’, we will map these students and divide them into different groups. Thereafter, government will work on improving their skills.”Due to ‘No detention policy’, students easily pass till class 8 but when they come to class 9, most of them fail to pass the exams,” he said, adding, if required, the government will hire guest teachers for them.Principals will get a “free-hand” to hire teachers in accordance with the school’s requirement.He further revealed that a group of teachers and principals has prepared extra study material with the aim of enhancing skills of the weakest wards. As an incentive the teachers will be rewarded according to the performance of their students.Read: 50 DU sports quota applicants barred from trials for invalid certificates Read: DU takes DUTA into consideration, plans to redraft ad-hoc appointments guidelines Click here for more updates from India Today Educationlast_img read more

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Aish to Bebo: 5 beauties who make birthday boy Manish Malhotra’s outfits look even more stunning

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McLeish: Scotland shoot themselves in the foot

first_imgScotland continue to shoot themselves in the foot against top opposition, according to Alex McLeish in the aftermath of a 3-1 defeat to Portugal at Hampden Park on Sunday.A new-look Portugal side that did not include big names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva or Pepe triumphed courtesy of strikes from debutant Helder Costa, Eder and Bruma.McLeish saw too many similarities in the performance to Scotland’s 4-0 loss at home to Belgium in September, with Steven Naismith’s 93rd-minute strike providing scant consolation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We shoot ourselves in the foot against the two top teams, Belgium and Portugal, with the basic errors that we made. That’s the disappointing aspect of it,” said McLeish.”You expect the top teams to cut through you with some majestic skill and leave you trailing but we were the perpetrators of our own mistakes.”I thought we played well. I thought there was a lot of good football. But we knew we were up against top-class players. I know there was a lot of Portugal players rested but there was still a lot of money on the pitch.”One of McLeish’s two wins in charge of Scotland came in their Nations League group, which Israel top with six points.The manager knows results must improve and remains determined to bring that about.”For years, every time you lose a game you know there is going to be criticism, you have to take it on the chin and bounce back up,” said McLeish.”We’ll do everything we can to qualify next month. We’re in that group with Israel and Albania for a reason. It’s because of the rankings. I will look at them as cup finals. We want to win the two of them.”A disappointed John McGinn gives his reaction to Scotland’s 3-1 Friendly loss to Portugal this evening. #SCOPOR pic.twitter.com/arPdyuL6Lk— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 14, 2018Portugal boss Fernando Santos was pleased with the performance from his relatively inexperienced team in Glasgow, but acknowledged it was not a straightforward win.”It was the first time a lot of these players have played together,” said Santos. “There was some anxiety early in the game, lots of running and in the first 15 or 20 minutes it was quite even.”[Scotland] are great fighters and we were unable to move the ball, from the 25th minute we started to take control of the game. It was a solid display.”last_img read more

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Man United wins League Cup by beating Southampton 3-2

first_imgLONDON – Zlatan Ibrahimovic powered in a late header to win the League Cup for Manchester United on Sunday, sealing a 3-2 victory over Southampton after a two-goal lead was thrown away by Jose Mourinho’s side.It was Ibrahimovic’s second goal in the final after putting United ahead from a free kick, taking the 35-year-old Swede’s tally to 26 goals in an incredible first season at United where his performances have more than lived up to the swagger.That bravado was flaunted on the Wembley Stadium pitch amid the celebrations.Asked by a television reporter if something special was unfolding at United, Ibrahimovic replied: “I came. That’s special.”The free summer transfer window recruit ensured Mourinho became the first manager in United history to win a trophy in his first season, adding to his three League Cup triumphs with Chelsea.United’s fragile defense, though, nearly contrived to throw away the chance of glory. Although Jesse Lingard extended United’s lead in the 38th minute, Southampton fought back with goals either side of halftime from Manolo Gabbiadini. But as Southampton pushed for its first major trophy since beating United in the 1976 FA Cup trophy, Ibrahimovic produced the bullet header in the 87th minute from Ander Herrera’s cross.United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring the opening goal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Now Ibrahimovic has won a major trophy in a fifth country after honors in France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.Although Wayne Rooney went up to collect the trophy as captain, that was his only role at Wembley. The 31-year-old forward was forced to watch from the bench as his older teammate produced an ageless, match-winning contribution.“This is what I came for, I came to win and I am winning,” Ibrahimovic said. “I have to keep going because the more I win, the more satisfied I get.”The striker didn’t cost United any transfer fee when he joined in the summer transfer window as a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. He sought another final challenge, even in the twilight of his career, rather than an easy-pay day in an inferior league.United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic lifted the trophy after they won the English League Cup final. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)“You appreciate winning more the older you get, it’s all about winning and collecting trophies,” he said. “This is my 32nd trophy. Wherever I have been, I have won.”And United is still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League.The bigger target, though, is returning to the Champions League through winning the Europa League or by finishing in the Premier League’s top four. United is currently sixth.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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DEJEAR TO RETURN EMILY’S LIST CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION

first_imgA Democratic candidate for Iowa Secretary of State is refunding a contribution from a national political group after learning it was mistakenly given and accepted in violation of Iowa law.Deidre DeJear’s campaign says it will refund the $5,000 contribution from EMILY’s List “as soon as possible” after learning of the violation from The Associated Press.Iowa campaign finance law bars political action committees from donating to candidates for state office during the legislative session, and prohibits candidates from accepting them.DeJear is running against Jim Mowrer in the June 5th primary for the Democratic nomination.The winner will challenge Republican incumbent Secretary of State Paul Pate in the November.EMILY’s List made the donation to DeJear from its PAC on March 8th, days before it publicly endorsed her.APlast_img read more

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Portugal vs USA: Team news & TV

first_imgUnited States Portugal vs USA: TV channel, stream, kickoff time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 05:20 11/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dom Dwyer USA Getty Images United States Portugal v United States World Cup Portugal Friendlies Interim coach Dave Sarachan is likely to give a number of young Americans their chance in the senior team following the World Cup qualifying disaster A young United States team will take on Portugal in its first international match since the humiliating loss that cost the Americans a place at next summer’s World Cup.The U.S. fell to Trinidad & Tobago last month and will sit out the tournament in Russia as a result.That game cost Bruce Arena his job as head coach and Dave Sarachan will lead the team on an interim basis in Leiria. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Portugal vs USA Date Tuesday, November 14 Time 3:45 p.m. ET / 12:45 p.m. PT TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM DeAndre Yedlin USAIn the U.S., the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. U.S. TV channel Online stream FS1 Fox Sports Go In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television but can be streamed in Portuguese via RTP Play. UK TV channel Online stream None RTP Play SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Portugal players Goalkeepers Sa, A. Lopes, Beto Defenders Semedo, Pepe, Neto, Antunes, Ie, Rodrigues, Ricardo, Cancelo, Ferreira Midfielders Neves, B. Fernandes, Joao Mario, B. Silva, D. Pereira, M. Fernandes Forwards Guedes, A. Silva, R. Lopes, Bruma, Martins, Paciencia Portugal has called up a number of young players, with Goncalo Guedes in excellent form at Valencia.Cristiano Ronaldo is one of several established stars who will not feature during this last international break of the year and Eder has dropped out due to an injury.Potential starting XI: Sa; Semedo, Pepe, Ferreira, Antunes; Martins, D. Pereira, M. Fernandes, Bruma; B. Fernandes; Guedes. Position USA players Goalkeepers Hamid, Horvath, Gonzalez Defenders Yedlin, Brooks, Ream, Villafana, Lichaj, Miazga, Carter-Vickers Midfielders Bedoya, Williams, Acosta, Rowe, Gooch, Adams, McKennie Forwards Agudelo, Dwyer, Sapong, Sargent The U.S. has left out any players still active in the MLS playoffs as well as a number of other international regulars — including star Christian Pulisic.Teenagers Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tyler Adams, Weston McKennie and Josh Sargent will be hoping to make their senior debuts.Potential starting XI: Horvath; Yedlin, Brooks, Miazga, Villafana; Bedoya, Acosta, McKennie, Gooch; Agudelo, Dwyer.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Goncalo Guedes PortugalPortugal is a 4/11 favorite to win, according to dabblebet, with the U.S. priced at 13/2 and the draw available at 7/2.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Juan Agudelo USAA new era for the U.S. begins without many familiar faces.Most of those absences for this friendly against Portugal will only be temporary, though, and Dave Sarachan’s place in the dugout is likely to be the same.The interim coach will take charge of a young squad missing the likes of Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey, as well as the best youngster of the lot in Christian Pulisic.But while Dempsey, Tim Howard and a few others well into their 30s might be looking at the beginning of the end in the international arena, permanent changes are unlikely to be as dramatic as many fans were calling for after the embarrassing failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.Exactly when Bruce Arena’s successor will be appointed remains to be seen, with a long wait now until the Americans’ next competitive game.For now, young hopefuls such as Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams will get a chance to show they are ready to ensure the USA’s World Cup failure is not repeated.last_img read more

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Kevin Muscat is finished at Melbourne Victory

first_imgMelbourne Victory Kevin Muscat is finished at Melbourne Victory Kieran Francis @kieran_francis Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory A-League Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory It’s time for the Victory legend to move on – a decision that is not only best for the club, but also for himself Kevin Muscat’s time is up at Melbourne Victory – and it appears it’s only a matter of when the split will happen – as the chorus of discontent from supporters grows louder.The Victory have only won two of their 10 matches so far this season and are languishing in seventh position – 15 points behind a rampaging Sydney FC.Both of the club’s wins have come on the road, in Perth and Wellington, and in five games at home, they are yet to clinch a victory and have only scored four goals in front of their fans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Only 16,778 supporters attended Victory’s 2-1 loss to Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium, an effort that was easily the club’s worst of the season against a team missing arguably their best player in Danish winger Johan Absalonsen and Algerian playmaker Karim Matmour, who decided to depart permanently.Muscat’s men were undone by two pieces of poor defending and despite having the majority of possession, lacked ideas in the final third – particularly in the last 10 minutes when Adelaide were reduced to nine men.Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory v Sydney FC A-League 26012017The game style employed by Muscat is repetitive and mechanic, and is designed on principles set out by Ange Postecoglou that plan B is always be more effective at plan A.But plan A has been in operation for five seasons now and opposition coaches are starting to be able to shut down the Victory attack with relative ease.Questions must be asked over the club’s recruiting in the off-season, despite the success of winger Leroy George and the form of centre-half Rhys Williams.Why has a foreign spot been wasted with the signing of defensive midfielder Matias Sanchez?The Argentine only starts matches when Mark Milligan is absent and hasn’t looked at all impressive when he has taken to the field.Why wasn’t a specialist left-back signed in the off-season?The departure of Daniel Georgievski has hurt the club immensely and while Leigh Broxham is serviceable in the role, he doesn’t offer much in attack.To Muscat’s credit he has tried youngster Stefan Nigro, who is a more attacking player, in the position but the 21-year-old was skinned by Reds winger Nicola Mileusnic for the winning goal on Friday night.Why does the club still have a vacant visa spot?Apparently the available foreign position is being saved for an Asian player who will be eligible for the Asian Champions League, but with Sanchez being only a bit-part player, it means Victory’s foreign influence is restricted to only George and Besart Berisha.Bringing back Milligan and Kosta Barbarouses to the club was hailed as recruiting masterstrokes, and while both are exceptional players at their best, it feels as if their return has added to the stale feeling at the club.Everything all adds up to change being needed at Melbourne Victory, but parting with a favourite son and club legend is a hard thing to do.Mark Milligan Kevin Muscat Melbourne Victory A-League 2014-15The panel members on popular Victory podcast For Vuck’s Sake called for Muscat’s head for the first time after the Adelaide game – and you can see the supporter unhappiness on social media.It’s likely Victory will let Muscat see out the rest of the A-League season and the upcoming ACL campaign – unless the current situation implodes because of more poor results.There is no doubt Muscat will leave a strong legacy at the club – having won two championships as a player and one as a manager.He has proved to be an excellent man manager, and while there is question marks over his tactical nous, you can’t argue with the trophies he has brought to the club.But it’s time for him to test himself as a coach in another environment and prove that he can cut it at another team.For Victory, it’s time to freshen up the club and start chasing Sydney FC, because on evidence this season the gap just keeps getting wider.last_img read more

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NFL Draft 1st Round Pick Arrested At Team’s Hotel

first_imga general view of the chiefs-49ers gameSANTA CLARA, CA – OCTOBER 05: A general view during the Kansas City Chiefs game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)A former NFL Draft first round pick is being released.Reuben Foster, a former college football star at Alabama, was arrested in Tampa Bay on domestic violence charges Saturday night at the San Francisco 49ers’ team hotel.ESPN.com had the details:An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. He is being held without bail.Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the team is staying before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.The 49ers didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. But general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said in April following a previous arrest for Foster on domestic violence charges that were eventually dropped that the team had a zero-tolerance policy on the issue.The 49ers have decided to release Foster this morning.The #49ers are releasing LB Reuben Foster, their former first round pick who is still in jail on another domestic violence charge. He goes on waivers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 25, 2018Foster was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He remains in jail this morning.And with the 49ers getting ready to play the Buccaneers today, their now former LB Reuben Foster remains in jail on a domestic violence charge.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 25, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

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Adventure Racing Gear and Tips from Team NorCal

first_img A Pop-Up Hotel Is Coming to the North Pole in 2020 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Adventure racing is one of the hardest sports on the planet. You have to paddle, run, and ride hundreds of miles through unknown terrain trying to find your way with a map and compass. And it doesn’t just last for one day; some of the races are over a week long. A week of bushwhacking, blisters, and trying not to get lost. Sign me up?In spite of the insane difficulty of some of these races, competitors travel from the around the world to compete in the US, South America, and New Zealand. Why do they do this? What gear do they use?We caught up with Team NorCal just after they finished the GODZone adventure race in New Zealand, one of the hardest adventure races in the world. Team members Canice Harte, Tim Kuenster, Andrew Peterson, and Stephanie Green took some time away from training for the Expedition Oregon adventure race to answer a few questions. At the end we get into some recommendations for solid gear to start with.The Manual: How did the NorCal Team start?Canice Harte:  I first became aware of adventure racing watching the ECO Challenge and was instantly hooked. It took many years before I would race myself, but I never lost sight of the dream to adventure race. Eventually a group of us from work decided to enter a 24-hour race and it was all of our first time racing. We had a blast and kept doing it.Tim Kuenster: The NorCal team name originated in 2014 when we went to do our third trip to do the Patagonian Expedition Race. Since then we have continued to notch showings at international expedition races as well as local shorter races. We placed first in the money category in the 2017 San Luis Obispo Dawn to Dusk adventure race.Stephanie Green:  I’m a newer addition to the team!TM: What is the GODzone adventure race like?Harte: GODZone is an “Expedition” race, which typically refers to the length of time or days in which you will be racing. In the case of GODzone, it had a true “Expedition” feel, which also referred to the difficulty of the task at hand. You were very much on your own in the wilderness and waterways and you had to look out for your safety as well as you ability to complete the course quickly. Some sections of the course were measured in days and not hours.Kuenster: GODZone was a true expedition race in the spirit of the old-school adventure races. Where teamwork and safety and skills preparation are critical. Not many in the world live up to that standard.Green: FUN! If you are into eight days of suffering in one of the most beautiful places in the world–which luckily I am. The legs of the race (sections before you changed up disciplines) were often a day or longer, versus a few hours that you see in shorter races. The longer legs of the race definitely added an extra mental and physical challenge, especially when your packs are super heavy carrying all of your food, gear, boats, PFDs, white water helmets and paddles! Each race has its unique flavor depending on terrain, race director, weather, and race field.TM: How do you start adventure racing?Harte: If possible find a friend who is already adventure racing and join them for a half day race or a distance you feel comfortable with. If you do not know anyone already racing you can often join a team via the internet or race website.Green: By being harassed into it by friends?TM: What gear did you take on your last race?Harte: Lots and lots of gear. Everything for trekking, kayaking, pack rafting, mountain biking, climbing and caving.Green:  Rain jacket, rain pants, running tights, bike shorts, wool base layers, light weight puffy, toque, gloves, poles (essential with a heavy pack and coming off a broken leg) waterproof socks, headlamp, tent, stove, pot, dry suit, packraft, pfd, helmet, two-piece paddle, bike, and all my bike gear. So many snacks…all the snacks.TM: What gear did you wish you had on your last race?Harte: A drysuit.Green: A four-piece paddle. Breaking through bush, ferns taller than my head, and fighting through vines with a two piece paddle stuck in my pack (aka rabbit ears) proved, err, patience testing as I continuously got caught on things. By the end though, I think I perfected the ‘squat and back the ass up’ moves required to dodge getting tangled going through dense areas. Also a better headlamp; mine crapped out on the first night.TM: How do you decide what gear you take with you? Weight? Flexibility? Multi-use?Harte: Use specific gear that is light in weight, but balanced with durability. On shorter races you can get away with light gear that functions okay, but in an expedition race where you can be on course for 10 days, you need gear that will function as intended and hold up for the length of the race.Kuenster: Durability or weight depending on the race.Green: Depends on the race. For this race it was a mix of these three, but durability won over all. I took gear that I had tested and put through the wringer on training sessions.Best Adventure Racing GearWhen you’re days into a tough leg on an adventure race, your gear has to perform flawlessly. Here is some highly recommended gear that should last longer than you will.Petzl Actik HeadlampRaces are won or lost at night. It’s dark and everyone is tired and hungry. Having light is vital to see where you’re going and what you’re doing. The Petal Actik has a wide or mixed beam and a few brightness settings. The red mode doesn’t blind your teammates. Use three AAA batteries or throw in the CORE USB rechargeable battery.See ItIcebreaker Zone Long Sleeve Half Zip Wool Base LayersSpending a week in the same clothes sounds terrible on a good day. Add sweat, mud, rain, and who knows what else you find yourself lying in during a race and you’ve got yourself some nasty-smelling clothes. Merino wool is about the only thing that could smell remotely decent after a race. The Zone Long Sleeve Half Zip is a medium weight merino top with a half zipper to dump heat if you need to. It’s warm when wet and won’t smell terrible days in. You yourself still might, though.See ItOsprey Talon 44 BackpackOsprey makes some of the best backpacks in the world. They even have a model specific to adventure racing. The Talon series carries your gear, but doesn’t weight you down. The bagsbreathe well and don’t chafe. Like most packs, they aren’t waterproof so throw in a pack cover as well.See ItDrymax SocksIf your feet aren’t happy, you aren’t going anywhere. People were getting evacuated off the GODZone course for infected blisters and trench foot, a painful condition where your feet can’t dry out and the skin starts to rot. Drymax socks wick the moisture off your feet and keep them dry and blister free.See ItBlack Diamond Carbon Z Trekking PolesTrekking poles help haul your tired legs around. After all, your legs can’t be trusted to ride and run over mountains for seven days straight without some difficulty. Those arms need to help, too. The poles also help stabilize in treacherous terrain. Roll an ankle in the middle of nowhere and your race might be over. The Carbon Z’s from Black Diamond fold down to a tiny size and don’t weight much.See ItTherm-a-rest NeoAir XLiteYou’re not going to get much sleep on an adventure race, but when you do, it better be good. You can’t beat the Therm-a-rest NeoAir XLite for the weight and comfort right now. At only 12 ounces for a full size mat and with heat-reflecting foil inside, you’ll travel light and stay warm from spring to fall.See ItPatagonia Micro PuffA lightweight, packable jacket is required for adventure racing and just about any other trip. Super packable, it easily fits in small backpacks. Synthetic insulation still keeps you warm when it’s wet if you’re caught in the rain or accidentally take a swim in the river. The warmth to weight ratio in Patagonia’s Micro Puff is hard to beat.See ItNettle & Co Healing SalveYou’re going to hurt during a race. Cuts, bruises, rashes, stings, and bike seat chafing. Put this Healing Salve from Nettle & Co. on everything and it magically makes it better. They use chemical-free beeswax and organic or wild-harvested herbs.See ItIf you prefer to keep your racing restricted to being comfortably ensconced in a car, check out our guide to what to expect for your first road race. The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Stars Raise Millions Of Dollars At BGC Partners Cantor Fitzgeralds Charity Day

first_imgDozens of actors, musicians, sports personalities and other distinguished guests donated their time on September 11th to honor the memories of those who lost their lives on 9/11 by raising more than $12 million for charities around the world.Gene Simmons At BGC Charity DayThis special event, called Charity Day, is hosted each year by BGC Partners, Inc., a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, and its affiliates Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group. Celebrities who attended the event included Matthew McConaughey, Common, and Liev Schreiber in New York, and Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Hardy and Jimmy Carr in London.In addition to the millions of dollars raised for many worthy causes, BGC Partners, Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group announced they are raising $5 million for the families severely impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Jose in Puerto Rico. These funds will be raised over the next several months and prepaid $1000 American Express cash cards will be distributed to 5,000 families in January 2019.“Charity Day is a time for honoring our cherished colleagues and loved ones who lost their lives on this day by helping others in need locally and globally,” said Edie Lutnick, President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. “We are truly grateful to the dozens of celebrities and esteemed guests who attend each year, working alongside our dedicated employees to raise money for charities around the world and make a difference in the lives of those in need. We are proud to announce that Charity Day 2018 was our most successful event to date, raising over $12 million in one day.”BGC, Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group donate 100 percent of the global revenues generated on Charity Day, which has raised approximately $159 million globally since its inception in 2005. Held in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charity Day, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has expanded its mission to assist charitable causes worldwide.“Our clients and employees, together with our special celebrity guests, have helped us turn this incredibly sad day into an uplifting one by helping so many outstanding organizations,” remarked Shaun D. Lynn, President, BGC Partners. “Being able to raise millions of dollars in a single day, and knowing the impact it will have on so many lives, is a truly meaningful way to remember those who lost their lives and hold them forever in our hearts.”BGC Charity Day was held in BGC offices across the globe including: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and other locations.Distinguished guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients. In London, BGC’s charity ambassadors included actors and musicians Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Hardy, Martin Clunes, Debra Stephenson, and Olly Murs. Also in attendance were the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Countess of Wessex, Sophie Wessex; sports stars John Terry, Ryan Giggs, Harry Redknapp, Frank Bruno & Steve Davis and comedian Jimmy Carr.At BGC’s New York office, celebrity guests included actors, musicians, athletes and other public figures: Matthew McConaughey, Bobby Cannavale, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe), Sarah Rose Summers (Miss USA), Spencer Dinwiddie, Justin Tuck, Gerry Cooney, Dwight Gooden, Liev Schreiber, Dascha Polanco, Marty St. Louis, Erik Coleman, Marty Lyons, Victor Cruz, Amani Toomer, Gracie Carvalho, Gene Simmons, Chris Cuomo, Neve Campbell, Josh Lucas, Harry Carson, Wendy Williams, Lucy Hale, Common, Ted Allen, Lorraine Bracco, Edgardo Alfonso, Walt Frazier, Calvin Johnson, Billy Crudup, Willie Colon, Chris Johnson, Jim Leyritz, Henrik Lundqvist, Nick Mangold, Darryl McDaniels, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.To make a donation to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please call (212) 829-4770 or visit www.cantorrelief.org.last_img read more

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Feature Human faces of the UN campaign on internal displacement

Polio-paralysed Julie was carried to safety by her brother after rebels repeatedly raped her in the Central African Republic (CAR). A world away in the forests of Colombia, week-old Luz Esperanza saw the light of day in a makeshift camp away from her indigenous homeland.And in Europe 72-year-old Ilya waits to see his home again in north-west Georgia as he still shelters amid the stench of broken sewer pipes in a run-down former Soviet spa 15 years after war sent him fleeing.These are the human faces and sad sagas behind the year-long campaign that the United Nations launched today to highlight, and hopefully help solve, the plight of scores of millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mohammed (his name changed for protection reasons) hasn’t slept well in months. His 22-year-old face is lined and there is a permanent furrow between his brows. He is among tens of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by fighting between the Government and militants in the tribal areas of Bajaur, bordering Afghanistan. More than 12,800 have been registered in IDP camps in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (NWFP). “Early this year, militants in our village started kidnapping people, extorting money and forcing civilians to join them,” he says. “We formed a committee to oppose them, but they killed everyone who joined.” When the military operation was launched in August, many welcomed it. “I’m very happy the army is rooting out the militants,” Mohammed says. “But the aerial bombing targeted our neighbour’s house. Our house was hit too. We ran out and couldn’t take anything with us. We lost our wheat and cattle worth 200,000 rupees (US$2,500).”They walked for six hours through the mountains before reaching the road. They then bussed through Mohmand Agency to Charsadda district in NWFP, where they were hosted by strangers for a few days. When they heard there were camps in the provincial capital of Peshawar, they went immediately and now live in tents too small for his family grouping of 15.“We can’t all go back because if the terrorists in our area catch us, they’ll slaughter us,” he says. “We’ve heard that the situation in Bajaur won’t be normal for the next eight months. We’re worried about how to spend the time here, especially with winter.”Julie, 25, was born and raised in Bétoko, one of the principal market towns in north-west CAR. Both her parents died when she was young and she and her seven siblings were brought up by their older brother. As a child, she contracted polio and lost the use of her legs, her mobility now depending on a wheelchair and the strength of her arms.But several years ago Chadian and Central African rebels came to the town. “They arrived and started shooting, people were falling everywhere,” she says. The market was attacked and the population fled in confusion but Julie was unable to follow.“There was also an old man who couldn’t leave, he was a bit drunk, they tied him up next to me and then they killed him. For nothing,” she adds. Julie was powerless to prevent four Chadian rebels when they stole her money and violently raped her, only stopping after Central African fighters intervened. As evening fell she crawled towards her family home where she was met by her older brother, who had come looking for her and he carried her to safety. Julie and her family remained at their camp in the bush for seven months, during which time her youngest sister died from a snake bite.Then a new wave of bandits, known as zaraguinas, came, attacking markets, and ransacked her home and beat her. Some of her siblings fled to a refugee camp in Chad but as she was unable to make the long and dangerous journey with them she came to the CAR town of Paoua where she was taken in by her cousin.Deep in the jungles of south-west Colombia’s Pacific coast the indigenous Awá are tied by culture and religion to their ancestral hunting grounds, but it was not at home where Luz Esperanza saw the light of day. Fighting between government troops and an irregular armed group sent her parents fleeing with more than 1,000 others to a large cement hangar and five sheds never meant for human habitation in the regional Awá centre of Inda Sabaleta.“The first five days were terrible, the children especially were very scared and didn’t understand,” said Daniela, Luz Esperanza’s grandmother, adding that her biggest worry was the scarcity of clean water – and not knowing if and when she would be able to return home.Meanwhile, in Europe, Ilya and his frail wife Riano look on as the humanitarian community responds to calls to help the tens of thousands of people displaced by a more recent conflict between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia last August.“Our heart is with the [newly] displaced. We know from experience what that means,” says Ilya, one of 400 ethnic Georgians who have been living in the former spa in the central Georgian resort town of Borjomi since fleeing their homes in the breakaway region of Abkhazia in 1993. “We see how the world is rushing to help them. What about us?” Their needs are great. The tsarist-era spa-turned-IDP centre has certainly seen better times. “The stench is unbearable here,” Marina, a 43-year-old IDP from the Abkhaz capital of Sukhumi, says of the once elegant hilltop building. “Look, the sewage pipes are broken and the waste water oozes through the walls.”But it is not only conflict that has displaced tens of millions worldwide. It is estimated that war drove some 26 million from their homes in 2007, but the number of those uprooted by natural disaster is almost twice that.Qadir, 25, joins hundreds of others early every morning at Charahi Sarai Shomali, a busy roundabout in northern Kabul, waiting for potential employers to pick them up for daily-wage labour, mostly on construction sites. They are among thousands of people forced from their homes by severe drought and food shortages in the north and west to find work and aid.“There’s no rain this year,” says Qadir, who comes from Balkh. “Back home, I own a plot of rain-fed land and grew wheat on it. It’s small but was enough to feed my family – until the drought. I just left the land. It’s useless.”Momin, 18, is from Charken village in Balkh province, where he supports a family of six people. “My whole neighbourhood is affected. In the past, we could work on our farms. But now, people are going to Mazar-e-Sharif or Kabul to find jobs,” he says.These, and some 67 million others, are the poster children of the campaign the UN is now launching on internal displacement, seeking to boost investment in disaster risk reduction strategies, better preparedness and early warning mechanisms; urge the international community to act to ensure parties to conflicts cease arbitrary displacement; and muster sufficient financial and political capital to secure long-term solutions. 18 December 2008Mohammed huddles under a tent after walking six hours through the mountains of Pakistan to escape the bombs and fighting. Qadir seeks work in Kabul after being driven from his home by drought. read more

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The Canadian construction sector is for sale as Aecon looks for a

Canada’s construction industry may soon have a better idea of how attractive it is to the increasingly globalized building sector as one of its biggest catches sits on the auction block awaiting bidders.Toronto-based Aecon Group Inc. is in the process of courting suitors after it put it itself up for sale Aug. 25, a move analysts say will draw players across Europe, the U.S. and China looking to size up the company’s — and Canada’s — potential.In its 140-year history, Aecon has been involved in landmark construction and engineering projects, including the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain and the Halifax Shipyard. It currently has major contracts for Toronto transit and nuclear refurbishment, among others.However, analysts say its value has taken a major hit from the drop off of energy and mining projects due to a commodities downturn in recent years. Aecon’s share price has plunged 23 per cent in the past year alone to hover around $14 just before it announced it was weighing its options.“The Canadian construction sector is for sale right now, it’s pretty cheap,” said Frederic Bastien, an analyst at Raymond James.Bastien said there’s only a handful of companies globally that could make a serious bid for the company and that it would likely cost at least $1.5 billion to take it over. Interested parties could include Spain’s ACS Group, U.S.-based AECOM and Italian firms Astaldi and Salini, he suggested.However, he added, any firms looking to bid on Aecon will be making a bet on a recovery in the resource sectors, as well as banking on an increase in government infrastructure spending.“You have to believe that the natural resources sector will pick up, you have to be attracted, obviously, to the infrastructure spending.”The federal government has been looking to give the construction sector, and the economy, a further boost with promises of $180 billion in infrastructure spending over 12 years, but analyst Mona Nazir at Laurentian Bank Securities says the initial excitement has worn off as the spending has been slow.“We still haven’t seen that huge surge, and I think the initial expectations for that single high-digit organic growth, or even double digit growth, those expectations have been tempered in the market.”She said the proposed $35 billion infrastructure bank, while also slow to get going, could speed up projects once it gets established, while the impact of the hit to commodity prices is starting to dissipate.CIBC analyst Jacob Bout added Germany’s Hochteif as a possibility, but noted big international construction firms have become more focused on the U.S. market as it heats up, while also adding that Canadian regulators might not be so welcoming to Chinese interests.AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray speculated in a note that some of the most likely buyers are those who have already worked with Aecon, like U.S.-based Kiewit Corp and ACS Group.He said he doesn’t see Canadian companies like SNC-Lavalin, WSP Global or Stantec making a run for Aecon because they’ve been increasingly turned focus to pure design work and away from construction, though at least one domestic company, privately-held construction firm Beattie LP has expressed an interest.Murray said he expects to see strong interest for the company based on Aecon’s record backlog of projects, its very strong positioning in Canada and expectations that the country will remain one of the most robust infrastructure markets globally.“With the announcement, we believe other bidders are likely to emerge making for a robust auction process for a very unique asset.” read more

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Mozilla teases possible new features of Firefox 5

first_imgAlthough Firefox 4 still isn’t out yet, having had its release delayed from November of last year, Mozilla has already announced that 2011 will see the release of Firefox 5, 6 and 7 as they adopt a rolling update schedule which more closely resemble’s that of Google Chrome. The hope? The new release schedule will allow Mozilla to rollout new features more quickly as they are completed. First up? Firefox 5, which prioritizes 64-bit support on Windows, a new Account Manager and performance and speed improvements… as well as something Mozilla is calling a “site-specific browser.”The idea is simple. Widely used websites like Twitter and Facebook would get drop-down menus with dedicated tabs. The tab would lead to the site’s top level menu, while links in a drop-down menu would allow users to quickly jump to that site’s most common functionality.Mozilla’s showing off some other possible ideas for Firefox 5 and beyond, including a plan to change the search bar to use colors instead of the default favicons and blockins automatically installed add-ons, as well as promoting Firefox’s new Firefox Sync functionality in the about:blank page.It’s interesting seeing what Mozilla has planned, but it seems sort of silly to wonder about what Firefox 5 will look like when Mozilla hasn’t even been able to successfully push Firefox 4 out the door. All in good time: in the meantime, I’ll be happy to wait.Read more at Web Monkeylast_img read more

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Number of people granted Irish citizenship in 2015 almost half that of

first_img Image: Sam Boal 88 Comments Number of people granted Irish citizenship in 2015 almost half that of 2012 peak Only 13,500 naturalisation certificates were issued to non-Irish nationals in 2015. Mar 1st 2017, 2:24 PM 11,327 Views Short URL Image: Sam Boal NEW RESEARCH SHOWS that the number of people who were granted Irish citizenship in 2015 was almost half that of the peak in 2012.Some 121,100 people became Irish citizens through naturalisation between 2005 and the end of 2015 according to the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).However, only 13,500 naturalisation certificates were issued to non-Irish nationals in 2015 –  46% lower than the 2012 peak, when 25,100 certificates were issued.Naturalisation is the legal process by which a non-Irish citizens may acquire citizenship.The latest Monitoring Report on Integration estimates that 45% of non-EU immigrants living in Ireland have Irish citizenship.Education, employment and povertyThe ESRI report examined data from the national assessment tests at primary level education. It found lower reading scores among immigrants from non-English speaking backgrounds than their Irish peers at both second and sixth class.Employment rates in 2015 were similar but slightly higher for Irish nationals (63%) than non-Irish nationals (60%). However, employment rates varied across national groups and the employment rate was very low for African nationals (around 40%).More non-Irish nationals were living below the income poverty line (21%) compared to Irish nationals (16%) in 2014.However, basic deprivation rates (enforced lack of two or more items relating to food, clothing, heating and family/social life) were similar for Irish and non-Irish, as was consistent poverty (being in income poverty and experiencing basic deprivation).The research found that income poverty rates were particularly high for the non-EU group in 2014 (46%), and have increased in recent years.The authors said some of this increase may be due to the high and increasing proportion of students in the non-EU population, as well as rising in-work poverty among this group.Integration policyReport author Dr Frances McGinnity said, “Notwithstanding the considerable progress made, challenges remain for Ireland in integrating its large numbers of new immigrants.”Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration & Integration David Stanton said:We now have people from over 199 countries living in Ireland and the changing ethnic, linguistic and faith-based composition of our population presents many opportunities and challenges to policy-makers, institutions and local communities.“It is crucial that we get our integration policy right.  Our aim must be to ensure that Ireland remains a society in which all persons are welcomed and valued as individuals, regardless of their background, race, colour or creed.”He added that the report is “deepening our understanding of the Ireland of today so that we can build an Ireland of tomorrow which enables migrants and non-migrants alike to forge better lives for themselves and for their families”.Read: Ger Dundon charged with multiple counts of dangerous driving> Share73 Tweet Email2 Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 2:24 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3265235 By Cliodhna Russelllast_img read more

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Surges in online gambling concern community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A rise in online gambling numbers is raising concerns that the expensive habit is spiraling out of control. Victorians have been outed as the worst offenders in online gambling, as data collected from online gambling sites showed that one in four Australian visitors are from Victoria. Sourced from Experian Marketing Services, the released date also revealed a 23 per cent rise in visits to Australian sports betting and lottery sites over the past six months, amounting to almost five million individual visits. During the six-month period, Tabcorp received 8.6 million visits, while Tatts received 6.9 million visits. In comparison, an offshore casino site 888.com only received 212,000 visits. Tabcorp commented that it was “recognised as a world leader in responsible gambling”, but decline to reveal how many people accessed its websites in terms of individual visits. Experts are arguing online sports betting have become a normalised activity amongst its users, mainly young men. Monash University marketing research Dr Samantha Thomas told the Herald Sun,”For young men, this is becoming a normal part of their sporting experience.”Experts have also raised concern that the use of gambling apps on mobile devices could drive the online gambling numbers further up.“People can have a gambling company in their pockets 24/7,” Dr Thomas said.last_img read more

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Strong community support for multiculturalism remains

first_imgThe continued support for multiculturalism in Australia is welcome news, the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) says.The seventh Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion national survey, released this week, provides evidence that 85 per cent of people (up from 84 per cent last year) have strong support for multiculturalism, and think that it has been good for Australia.ECCV chairperson Eddie Micallef said the continued high percentage vindicated the work that ECCV does to promote the benefits of multiculturalism.“The results of this survey show that there is good aspiration for ‘integrated’ communities and positive sentiments towards immigration,” Mr Micallef said.“But our community needs to take note of the findings that show there has been a large increase in the reported level of discrimination because of skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. As three out of 10 respondents reported discrimination at least once a month, we need to keep working on combating racism in our community.“We are also concerned by the negative perceptions towards Muslims, almost five times more than the negative perception people have towards those of Christian and Buddhist faiths.“There is no excuse for racism. ECCV rejects all forms of racism, and everyone in our community should be free to live without harassment, fear, intimidation or violence” Mr Micallef said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Egg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric Parenting

first_img Boy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio ResortHuman-Sized Penguin Fossils Uncovered in New Zealand A nesting site discovered in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert features at least 15 well-preserved egg clutches laid by a species of theropod dinosaur.The fossils provide the strongest evidence yet that these non-avian prehistoric reptiles nested in colonies and protected their eggs.“I suggest that these dinosaurs may have protected their eggs as a community rather than caring solely for their own nests,” Jason Gilchrist, a behavioral ecologist at Edinburgh Napier University, wrote in a recent article.“It is also possible that these dinosaurs didn’t need to care for their young once they had hatched,” he added.An impressive 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) in diameter, the spherical eggs are similar in size to those of the ostrich, our largest living bird species.Scientists believe these specimens—found in groups of up to 30 eggs—came from the Therizinosauridae family. They were likely laid toward the end of the Cretaceous period, around 66 million years ago.“Not long before the dinosaurs disappeared,” according to Gilchrist.The newfound shells contain lots of tiny holes—not unlike the mallee fowl or crocodilians, which incubate their eggs with organic-rich material, generating heat as it rots.“The pores would have made it easier for the developing embryo to breathe in the damp, oxygen-poor environment of rotting vegetation,” Gilchrist said.By all accounts, the eggs were laid and hatched in the same season, indicating that the dinosaurs did indeed nest in colonies. About 60 percent of the seeds hatched successfully.“This,” Gilchrist explained, “supports the argument that these dinosaurs also looked after their nests.”If not, they’d likely have forfeited more of the eggs to attacking predators.It remains unclear, though, whether Therizinoid chicks were superprecocial, in which case they could have survived independently upon birth, and wouldn’t have received any post-hatching parental care.“Unfortunately, the constraints of the fossil record mean it would be very difficult to find direct evidence of communal breeding and cooperative care in dinosaurs,” Gilchrist wrote.“Whatever future fossil finds serve up, there is no question that they will open more windows of understanding into the behavioral ecology of long-extinct dinosaurs,” he continued. “Our understanding will also be informed, not only be the fossils themselves, but by interpretation of the behavior of modern species.“The behavioral dynamics of dinosaur ecosystems were not so different from those today.”More on Geek.com:New Dinosaur Discovered After Laying ‘Misidentified’ in Vault for 30 yearsMassive 1,100-Pound Dinosaur Bone Unearthed in FranceNew Species of Duck-Billed Dinosaur Identified Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Proposed arboretums open house is Sunday

first_imgVancouver — An open house is scheduled noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at a county property along the Columbia River that backers hope will someday be a public arboretum.The potential E. Jane Weber Arboretum contains an old home — the oldest in Clark County, built by a Hudson’s Bay Co. employee — and has been privately owned for decades. Its last owners willed the property to Clark County and its foundation; now the groups are trying to decide what to do with it and soliciting help in both achieving the vision and maintaining the property in the meantime.The arboretum is at 9215 S.E. Evergreen Highway.last_img

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Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopters

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopters (2011, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-eurocopter-emergency-backup-electric-motor.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Eurocopter X3: The world’s fastest copter (PhysOrg.com) — Normally, when a helicopter loses power in flight due to engine failure, the pilot reverts to using a technique called autorotation to avoid crashing. What happens is the rotors keep spinning automatically due to the air rushing past as the aircraft descends, which prevents the aircraft from picking up speed as it descends, eventually leading to a reasonably safe landing. The problem though, is that controlling such a descent is quite difficult due to the lack of power adjustments to the angle of the rotors, which can lead to pitching. In a sense it’s much like the difference between regular and power brakes. The pilot is forced to rely on a lot of muscle power. To make things easier for pilots, and thus safer for all concerned, Eurocopter, the biggest maker of helicopters in the world, has come up with a way to allow a pilot to more easily maintain control of the rotors while descending and landing using an electric motor add-on. Traditionally, the most difficult parts of using the autorotation technique, is the beginning of the event and the landing. The beginning is difficult because more often than not the helicopter is leaning towards its destination to head forward in that direction, thus the aircraft needs to be leveled off. Landing is always the most difficult part of flying a helicopter because of the many tiny adjustments that need to be made just as the aircraft touches the ground; doing so with no engine power is far more complicated due to the inability to alter the speed of descent and the difficulty in changing the rotor angle. Plus, the pilot only gets one shot.To help in both cases, the engineers at Eurocopter have developed an electric motor and battery system that can be used in the event of engine failure. It appears that the backup motor doesn’t actually make the rotors go around, but instead allows the pilot to effortlessly adjust the rotor angle, which allows for much easier stabilization both during the initial switchover and during landing.In the demonstration, a AS350 helicopter outfitted with the new motor was able to land very nearly as easily as it would have using its normal gas engine.Eurocopter is a global company with main offices in France, Germany and Spain. It makes both commercial and military helicopters. As part of its announcement, the company said it plans to implement the new technology in all of its aircraft and will continue to look into using what it’s learned with the electric motor to help in the development of true hybrid helicopter technology to help cut fuel consumption.last_img read more

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