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first_img Euro 2016 and Champions League to feature goal-line technology Goal-line technology will be used at Euro 2016 this summer and in the Champions League from next season after UEFA’s executive committee gave the green light to introducing the system.Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini had been a long-time opponent of technology, but he allowed UEFA officials to review its use for Euro 2016 in his native France before his eight-year ban was imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee.The success of goal-line technology in the Premier League and World Cup proved crucial, especially after high-profile incidents in major competitions. Ukraine were denied a goal against England at Euro 2012, while two years earlier Frank Lampard was denied a World Cup goal for England against Germany.UEFA will maintain its system of having an extra official behind each goal as well as the technology.UEFA’s referees chief Pierluigi Collina said: “This is not a decision we have taken quickly. We have been looking at it for the last year and a half.“We are convinced implementing goal-line technology will be a further step in better control of the match.“We are happy with the additional assistant referees even if we know that from the outside their contribution is not always appreciated.” 1last_img read more


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first_imgSANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ defense won this game a couple times over. It gave this undefeated team chance after chance to beat the Seattle Seahawks for a second time in six years.DeForest Buckner’s first touchdown since high school off of Seattle’s mystifying double-fumble brought the Niners within three late in the fourth quarter. Dre Greenlaw’s ballet-like red-zone interception in overtime granted them sudden-death privilege.This 49ers defense went up against the elusive play-making wizardry …last_img


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first_img9 November 2011President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the launch of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative in Mkhondo local municipality in Mpumalanga province on Sunday, urged emerging farmers to use their farms to help create jobs and alleviate poverty in the country.He told community members that through agricultural projects initiated in the area, people could get jobs and poverty could be alleviated.“If you stand firm and make sure that these projects don’t fail in your hands, poverty can be alleviated and job creation can be high,” Zuma said. “We need to wake up and do things ourselves. Government is here to help you. People must not rely on [social] grants for a living when they have land.”Zuma co-founded the nationwide Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative with KwaZulu-Natal businessman Daebo Mzobe.On Sunday, he visited various agricultural projects that fall under the initiative around Piet Retief, handed over five houses, and also handed over the newly built Ezakheni Combined Boarding School in Donkerhoek. The school will accommodate children from child-headed families.‘Let the supermarkets buy from them’Zuma was accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.He promised that offices of the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative would be built in Mpumalanga soon.“We have taken a resolution to build offices here in Mpumalanga, where Mpumalanga people can access them easily. We want people, including businessmen, to volunteer and boost projects in their communities.“We do not want the community to buy food from supermarkets, but let the supermarkets buy from them.”Mabuza promised that his administration would support the Masibambisane famers by buying food from them.“We will make sure that to sustain these projects, as government, we will buy food and vegetables for schools, hospitals and other government institutions. We will also help process them,” Mabuza said.Five houses handed overA recipient of one of the five houses handed over by Zuma at eThandakukhanya township, Nelisiwe Mbokazi, 37, who cares for 10 children, including six of her own, couldn’t hide her joy when she stepped into the solar-powered house.“This is something I will never forget in my life. I’ve been staying in a shack all my life, but having Zuma give me this house has changed all our lives,” she said. Mbokazi’s house was fully-furnished.Gigaba told the community that his department would spend R1-million electrifying 63 houses in eThandakukhanya township.He said R300 000 would also be spent electrifying agricultural projects that have been initiated in the area to boost their irrigation.“All the aforesaid help, especially the electrification of the houses, will start this week,” Gigaba said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


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first_imgIn the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, residents of El Hierro are only a few months away from weaning themselves completely from fossil fuels for the generation of electricity. They will rely instead on a $110 million renewable energy system that uses both wind turbines and hydroelectric generation.According to reports from National Public Radio and Thomasnet, the Spanish island will be able to forego the importation of 40,000 barrels of oil a year to power generators.The new system, which NPR said was inaugurated this summer, will be able to generate as much as 48 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply all of the island’s needs. It is to become fully functional by the end of the year. Using both wind and hydroThe system includes five wind turbines and a closed-loop hydro system consisting of two reservoirs. When there’s enough wind, the turbines take care of the electrical demand from the island’s 11,000 or so residents and tourists. Excess electricity is used to pump water from a reservoir at sea level to a volcanic crater 2,300 feet up the hill.When the wind dies, the water from the upper reservoir is released. It travels through generators to produce electricity on its way down to the lower reservoir. The system switches from one source or electricity to the other so quickly that residents won’t know the difference.There’s nothing new about either technology, but the system installed on El Hierro is the first that combines the two, engineer Juan Manuel Quintero, who serves on the board of the Gorona del Viento (Wind Gorona) plant, told NRP.“The wind machines, we basically ordered out of a catalog,” he told NPR. “We didn’t invent the technology. Same with the water turbines. The innovation we made is hooking up the two systems together.”The earlier Thomasnet article, originally posted in 2011, says the five-turbine wind farm would have a capacity of 11.5 megawatts, with the hydro project contributing anther 11.3 MW. The report said those sources would be augmented by solar thermal collectors and grid-connected photovoltaic systems.For an interesting dialogue on the merits of the investment, take a look at the bottom of the NPR post.last_img read more


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first_imgFor Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… David Curry Tesla is reportedly working on a platooning system for its upcoming electric semi-truck, set to be unveiled in September, which will connect several self-driving trucks to a leader vehicle.It is close to a prototype of the platooning system, according to email conversations between Tesla and the Nevada Department for Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters. The emails talk about potential road tests in the state, which is a frequent destination for self-driving firms.See Also: Self-driving truck moves deep undergroundTesla has also spoken to California DMV officials this week on the same subject.The introduction of an autonomous platooning system would put Tesla in competition with Uber, which acquired self-driving truck startup Otto for $680 million last year. Waymo is also working on trucks, although the company has not unveiled any partnerships.European automakers Daimler, Volvo, and Volkswagen are also testing self-driving trucks.The business-as-a-mobility industry could be worth $3 trillion by 2050, according to a report by Intel and Strategy Analytics, most of the value coming from long-haul trucking.Long-haul shipping is one of the most dangerous jobs, with quite a high employee turnover rate. Even with the high salaries, truckers are turning away from the rather lonely post, leaving it open for autonomous vehicles that don’t need sleep, coffee, or company.There is still a worry that, in Tesla’s case, electric trucks will not be able to complete multiple deliveries across the U.S. without range worries. We’ll have to wait until September to see if the electric car manufacturer has seen to these worries. IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Autonomous#business#driverless#electric cars#long haul#Self-Driving#semi-truck#shipping#Tesla Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more


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first_imgReturning Warriors: Using Outdoor Recreation for Restoration & ResilienceWebinar hosted by the Family Transitions and Community Capacity Building concentration areas (recording available) Welcome to the April edition of “Network News!”Representatives from the seven concentration areas teams of the Military Families Learning Network and our liaison from the Office of Family Readiness Policy gathered in San Antonio, Texas last week for our annual network-wide meeting.  It was an opportunity to reflect on the strides we’ve made in the past year and to brainstorm for the year ahead. As the MFLN has scaled up in size, we have diversified our professional development offerings and have begun to explore the intersections of these various areas of research and practice. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is one of the greatest benefits of our structure as a network. By delving into these intersections, in the spirit of the Military Family Readiness System, military family service providers and Cooperative Extension educators are able to expand their knowledge and awareness beyond their own field. Throughout our discussions the other day, it was thrilling to hear of the multitude of collaborative possibilities that await.In case you missed them, check out a few of the recent cross-disciplinary professional development opportunities:Military Family Financial Transitions: Handling Changes in Income, Benefits, & Money ManagementWebinar and Twitter chat hosted by the Personal Finance and Family Transitions concentration areas (recording available) Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendar for one (or more!) of our upcoming professional development opportunities this month.last_img read more



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first_imgDespite getting swept in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the New York Islanders know they made big strides in their turnaround first season under president and general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Barry Trotz.Predicted by many experts to miss the playoffs for the ninth time in 12 seasons, the Islanders led the Metropolitan Division for a big chuck of the middle of the season before finishing second at 48-27-7. They followed up their surprising season with a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs when everything seemed to be going their way.After waiting 10 days to start the next round, nothing went New York’s way as the Islanders couldn’t rediscover their scoring touch and were swept by Carolina.Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Petr Mrazek (34), of the Czech Republic, makes a save against New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Friday, April 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)“It didn’t end the way we wanted it, and that’s the part that’s going to sting for a while there,” captain Anders Lee said Monday as the team packed up for the summer at its practice facility in East Meadow, New York. “Those are the kinds of things, the obstacles that individually and as a group power you through the summer and motivate you and bring you back in the fall to be better.”Now, after a 13-win improvement over the previous year — keyed by the defensive-minded system in Trotz’s first year with the team — they head into the offseason with some tough personnel decisions looming as they try to build on their success.“A lot of stuff we set out to do, we did,” Trotz said. “There was some disappointment where we didn’t go farther than we did. … We started with becoming a competitive team from the get-go that had a good foundation in terms of work ethic, structure, accountability. This group was a special group because they dug in all year. There wasn’t a lot expected from this group and they proved a lot of people wrong.”A shot by New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) hits the crossbar as Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35) defends his net during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in New York. Islanders’ Mathew Barzal (13) looks on during the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)However, with several key players — including forwards Lee, Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson, and goalie Robin Lehner — headed for free agency, and the need to add a big scorer, the team could have a different look when the players return for training camp in September.“They did a tremendous job this year,” Lamoriello said of the impending unrestricted free agents. “We’re going to have to see exactly how we can fit them all in. We’d like them all back, without question. But they have to make decisions and we have to make decisions. … We’ll do the best we can.”Lee seamlessly stepped into the captain’s role following the departure of John Tavares to his hometown Maple Leafs in free agency last summer. Now, it’s Lee’s turn to be free after wrapping up the final season of a four-year, $15 million deal, after finishing with 28 goals and 23 assists.Following a 23-year stretch in which the Islanders didn’t advance past the first round of the playoffs, they made it to the second round for the second time in four years.“It’s not good enough just to win once in a while and make the playoffs once every couple of years,” second-year star center Mathew Barzal said. “We want to be consistent in that, really put the Islanders back on the map as a contending team.”Some other things to know as the Islanders head into the offseason:BETWEEN THE PIPESGoaltending proved to be the team’s biggest strength after Lehner was signed to pair with Thomas Greiss. Lehner openly talked about his personal issues dealing with panic attacks, alcohol and drug addiction, and also bipolar disorder, ADHD and PTSD when he joined the team and credited the organization and his new teammates with giving him support.Greiss and Lehner were solid all season, sharing the William Jennings Trophy for the team allowing the fewest goals in the league. Greiss is under contract for next season, and Lehner finished a one-year, $1.5 million deal he signed last summer. Lehner said his agent hasn’t had any talks with Lamoriello during the season.SCORING HELPUnder Trotz, the Islanders went from giving up the most goals in the league a year ago (293) to allowing the fewest this season (191). However, the defensive-minded system also saw their scoring drop from seventh (261) to 22nd (223). In addition to Lee and Nelson, Barzal (18 goals, 44 assists) and Josh Bailey (16 goals, 40 assists) also had 50-point seasons.Generating offense wasn’t a problem during the season or against Pittsburgh, but it was a big factor in the losses to Carolina as New York totaled just five goals in the four games.FREE AGENTSIn addition to Lee, Nelson, Eberle and Lehner, the Islanders have several other players who will be free agents.Valtteri Filppula (17 goals, 14 assists) and Tom Kuhnhackl (four goals, five assists in 39 games) will be unrestricted after making strong contributions in their first seasons in New York, and youngsters Anthony Beauvillier (18 goals, 10 assists), Michael Dal Colle and Tanner Fritz are restricted free agents.Among the top free agents available the Islanders could target include Columbus’ Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene, and Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner.WAITING FOR BELMONTThe Islanders just finished the first season of an expected three-year arrangement to split home games between the Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center while a new arena is built next to the horse racing track at Belmont. Playoff games were also split between the venues, with the first round at the renovated old Coliseum, and the second round (and any subsequent round if they had advanced) at Barclays.Construction at the new site is expected to begin soon, and despite some local opposition to the construction, Lamoriello was confident the arena will be built.“I don’t have any question,” he said. “I would not have come here if there wasn’t going to be a new arena.”By: Vin A. Cherwoo, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more