The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is hosting the second in their series of free online webinars on Thursday, 30 May with ‘Inclusion in Sport – the Similarities, the Differences’ being the topic of discussion.The seminars are aimed at educating those working within the sporting industry and are run by a compilation of highly experienced professionals from within the sporting industry.The second webinar will explore the similarities and differences of inclusion between different population groups.The webinars are open to everyone, however spots are limited, and registration is required to be a part of the event.All registered attendees will have the chance to ask questions and access all webinar material following the webinar.To complete the registration process and book your spot in the webinar, or view the other upcoming webinars in the series, visit http://iwebinar.com.au/our_webinars/.Related LinksWebinar Two
Nova Scotia is making waves in the tidal energy industry. The province announced the second approval of a Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program tidal project today, Feb. 14, green-lighting Fundy Tidal Inc.’s proposed tidal array in Petit Passage, between Long Island and Digby Neck. This collection of turbines, along with the company’s project in Digby Gut, will be among the first commercial tidal arrays in the world. The Bay of Fundy, with the world’s highest tides, is helping the province become an international leader in tidal energy development. The powerful tides can provide an estimated 2,500 megawatts of power, more than Nova Scotia’s peak demand. The challenge is to develop technology that can withstand the incredible force of the bay’s currents. “The Minas Basin is like the Mount Everest of tidal technology,” says Sandra Farwell, director of Sustainable and Renewable Energy with the Department of Energy. “If you can deploy a device here, you can deploy one anywhere in the world.” The province has been working hard to balance progress with research and environmental monitoring. “We have been very strategic in working to become a leader in marine renewable energy,” says Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “Tidal energy is a priority for us. We see it as a key to clean, secure energy and also for economic development.” In 2007, the province established North America’s only tidal testing centre, the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE), in the Minas Passage. It also set up two independent, non-profit associations, Offshore Energy Environmental Research (OEER) and Offshore Energy Technical Research (OETR), to research the environmental and technological aspects of tidal deployment. Nova Scotia’s 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan established two feed-in tariffs, one for large-scale and one for small-scale tidal development. The feed-in tariffs provide long-term, above-market rates as an incentive to invest in renewable energy. “What the province has done to create the two FITs is the first in the world,” says Dana Morin, president of Fundy Tidal. “This is the only place in the world to make money on tidal power. We are now internationally renowned because of FORCE. With the addition of the feed-in tariffs, we have really set the bar internationally for tidal power development.” Developing tidal energy could boost local economic development and provide export opportunities. Morin, who wants to develop several projects in rural communities to boost development and reverse population trends, and says such projects can rejuvenate local economies. “I see it as, ‘how can we leverage COMFIT to help people stay in our communities, attract new people, encourage tourism and fill up our bed and breakfasts?'” It could also give Nova Scotia a golden export opportunity. The province is developing a wide range of expertise from small, community-scale to large utility-scale projects. Developing tidal energy will help the province reach its ambitious renewable electricity goals of having 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. Local, renewable electricity is much friendlier to the environment than coal and other fossil fuels, which have accounted for almost 90 per cent of Nova Scotia’s power. It also makes Nova Scotia less reliant on volatile international prices for imported fossil fuels. Nova Scotia intends to hit more milestones in tidal development over the next six months. The Department of Energy will release its Marine Renewable Energy Strategy this spring, with legislation in the fall. It will also do a strategic environmental assessment of the Bras d’or Lakes and Cape Breton coast to assess tidal energy potential outside the Bay of Fundy. In the bay, FORCE is planning to deploy more test turbines. Despite the enthusiasm, significant challenges remain. Farwell says key technology questions, such as how to improve efficiency of deploying and retrieving devices, and better securing equipment to the sea floor still need to be answered. “To bring the costs down for industry as a whole, these processes need to become more efficient so tidal power is comparable in cost to other renewable energy sources,” she says. “We continue to lay the foundation for development of tidal devices.” -30-
Charlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN National NewsDiane Lilley can’t remember whether it was the right hand or the left hand that police used to identify her sister.Tina Washpan’s body was discovered along the Highway of Tears 20 years after her murder.Lilley said she will always remember the feeling of sitting by the telephone waiting for answers.“Even today it is quite hurtful to think back to my sister when she went missing and was found,” Lilley told APTN. “But I’m here to support the families and to keep my sister Tina’s memories alive.”DIane Lilly in Whitehorse. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNLilley is now working to help other families in the north, by sharing her story at the first national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls regional advisory meetings in Whitehorse in the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün and Ta’an Kwach’an.The meetings in Whitehorse began on Tuesday with a welcoming sacred fire ceremony that drew around 100 people and meetings on Wednesday and Thursday dedicated to families and community organizations.Fifty family members of Indigenous women and girls who have gone, missing, been murdered or experienced violence who met with Chief Commissioner Marion Buller, Commissioner Marilyn Poitras, researchers and members of the commission’s legal team to discuss their legal options and how they can participate in the national inquiry.Community organizations such as the Aboriginal Women’s Circle and the Yukon Women’s Directorate were also on hand to inform the commission on the practices and protocols of the north and how they could best conduct the inquiry in the Yukon based on area-specific systemic issues.Tiar Wilson, communications advisor with the inquiry told APTN that Whitehorse was chosen as the starting location for the regional meetings because of the the Territorial government and the Women’s Council’s strong pitch and advocacy on the issue.The regional meetings are part of the terms of reference in preparation for truth-finding gathering also known as a hearing, something Butler said she is happy with.“Holding these preliminary, regional meetings is the right thing; that’s the Indigenous thing,” said Wilson. “To consult with people, to understand their protocols, their rules of proper conduct, to understand their languages and their issues.”Aimée Craft, director of research with the inquiry, said that each regional meeting will help inform the commission on how the process should unfold in this particular region.Inquiry lawyer Gina Gill in Whitehorse. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTNThe truth-finding gatherings, an Indigenized term taken on by the commission in place of the more colonial and legal term “hearings” are where information and stories will be recorded.Those will begin in Whitehorse on May 29.On Friday, the commission announced that it is postponing future truth-finding gatherings until further notice and it’s not clear on whether that will delay the start of the official inquiry.Poitras said that the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women collected by the commission has grown since the commission arrived in Whitehorse.“So far, the commission has more than 250 names of people registered to take part in the National Inquiry,” she said.For Gina Gill, who has numerous family members reported as missing and murdered the meetings have been helpful to both her and her daughters.“It’s been an amazing experience I’ve heard from a lot of women including myself,” she said. “It is a very healthy environment. It’s professional and very warm and that’s exactly what the women need to carry on.”Gill’s sentiments on the Inquiry is not shared by all.The inquiry has been criticized by some families for confusion over registration.According to the commission, the national inquiry is committed to taking a voluntary approach when it comes to collecting registerees.“We are relying on what we call ‘families of the heart’ to come forward,” said Karen Snowshoe, a lawyer with the commission.Poitras told APTN that the term “families of the heart” were adopted by the commission after they were approached by an individual in Vancouver who suggested the commission change the term from family to ‘families of the heart’ to include individuals outside of the legal definition of immediate family who wish to participate.Commissioners told the media that testimonies can be given in public or private, spoken, written and or through artistic expression.The national inquiry will also schedule a set of hearings for institutions, such as governments, the RCMP, coroner services and child welfare agencies.The commission will then hear from experts such as members of the LGBTQ2S community, elders, youth and experts in aboriginal law.In a statement issued immediately following this week’s meetings, the inquiry announced that they would be postponing upcoming regional advisory meetings, citing the need for more time to reorganize future meetings.At this time there is no set date for the next set of regional advisory email@example.com
Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co.’s stock is up about 12 per cent after an entity controlled by HBC executive chairman Richard Baker announced it picked up another eight per cent stake in the department store company.Baker and his Rupert of the Rhine LLC say they have acquired almost 18 million shares from a subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for $9.45 a share.Baker and Rupert of the Rhine already have a controlling stake in the company and the purchased shares represent about 9.76 per cent of the issued or outstanding common shares on a non-diluted basis.The purchase has caused HBC’s stock to climb to about $8.26 in early trading and comes a month after HBC announced it had a third-quarter net loss of $164 million or 69 cents per share.Baker and HBC previously caught flak from a handful of investors, including Teachers’, which voted in June against the company’s remuneration practices that included a $54.8-million pay package for Baker.At the same time, it faced criticism from activist investor Jonathan Litt for failing to take advantage of its real estate to create more value for shareholders.
Rabat – Trump’s administration will close the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington, D.C.The administration’s anticipated decision is due to Palestine’s continued refusal to enter into US-led peace negotiations with Israel.PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement today that his office was informed by a US official of the decision. Quoted by Al Jazeera, Erekat said that the decision is another “affirmation” of the Trump administration’s policy to “collectively punish the Palestinian people, including by cuttingfinancial support for humanitarian services including health and education.”The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported on a draft text of a speech by Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton. In the alleged text of his speech, Bolton threatened the International Criminal Court (ICC) if the international institution conducts investigations into the US and Israel.According to Al Jazeera, Bolton is expected to laud the Israeli-US relations in his speech. “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”Tension between the US and Palestine escalated when the US announced its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved its embassy to the city.The decision led Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to announce a boycott of the US peace plan.More refusals, more cuts?After Abbas’s statement, the Trump administration announced it will cut more than half of the financial aid ($60 million) that the US normally gives to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).In August, the US announced it would axe all aid to UNRWA, more than $200 million, pledging the aid for “high-priority projects elsewhere.”The US State Department said that the decision followed a review of aid to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza to “ensure these funds were being spent in accordance with US national interests and were providing value to the US taxpayer.”Deutsche Welle (DW) quoted an official from the State Department saying that the review led to the cut of approximately $25 million originally planned for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network.After the August announcement, PLO condemned the US move of cutting more aid, describing it as “the use of cheap blackmail as a political tool. The Palestinian people and leadership will not be intimidated and will not succumb to coercion,” said the organization, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
In a presidential statement adopted at the end of the meeting, the 15-member body urged all Member States and the UN system to address the existing gaps in the global fight against terrorism, and stressed the need to ensure that counter-terrorism remains a priority on the international agenda.“The Security Council recognizes that terrorism will not be defeated by military force, law enforcement measures, and intelligence operations alone,” it stated, underlining the need to “address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.”It also underscored that effective counter-terrorism measures and respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law are complementary and mutually reinforcing, and are an essential part of a successful counter-terrorism effort.Opening today’s meeting, which was chaired by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that many countries sitting around the Council table have first-hand experience of terrorism. “So many attacks… so many lives lost and families destroyed… The United Nations has been targeted, too: from Iraq to Pakistan, from Algeria to Afghanistan,” said the Secretary-General.“Terrorism may be a gathering storm, but the international response is gathering steam,” he added, noting that over the past five years, the UN has expanded its counter-terrorism activities, increased inter-agency coordination and enhanced partnerships with a wide range of international and regional organizations.Joint initiatives with Member States in many regions, including the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and South and Central Asia, have shown that there is much that can be done. Mr. Ban said countering terrorism demands a broad approach that includes continuing efforts in the fields of security and law enforcement, as well as in education, development and inter-cultural dialogue. In addition, more must also be done to understand the reasons people are drawn to violence to prevent others from following that path.He also cited the need to continue strengthening the legal regime, building on existing international counter-terrorism instruments and relevant Council resolutions, and improve the sharing of information and best practices. No counter-terrorism approach would be complete, he added, without a commitment to human rights and the rule of law, as well as support for the victims of terrorism. 27 September 2010With terrorism continuing to pose a serious threat to global peace and security, the Security Council today stressed the need to enhance collective efforts to defeat a scourge that is not unique to any one country or region.
He had also said that the use of torture was found to be so commonplace and widespread as to warrant a review of the validity of all past PTA convictions where a confession to the police was central to prosecution.Emmerson had also said that counter-terrorism in Sri Lanka has targeted whole communities for persecution, including harassment and arbitrary arrest and detention, and in particular Tamils. At the same time he said the Government has done little to hold to account those who committed gross human rights violations during and since the conflict. (Colombo Gazette) The UN Special Rapporteur’s key findings were that people arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) have languished in detention without trial for years and many of those who have been tried were convicted based solely on a confession to a police officer that may have been extracted under torture. “From forgotten prisoners languishing behind bars for years without trial, to whole communities targeted for persecution and harassment, to endemic torture, this report must serve as a catalyst for wholesale changes. This must start with repealing the Act and replacing it with legislation that meets international human rights standards. And, if the country is ever to truly move forward, those responsible on all sides for serious violations must be brought to justice.” Amnesty International says findings of a United Nations Special Rapporteur lay bare the shocking extent to which the Sri Lankan authorities have abandoned their human rights responsibilities under the guise of counter-terrorism.Responding to the findings of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson, during his visit to Sri Lanka from 10-14 July 2017, David Griffiths, Amnesty International’s Senior Advisor on South Asia, said the authorities have hidden behind the Prevention of Terrorism Act to commit a litany of violations that make for very uncomfortable reading.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Banff World Media Festival: strong economic impact The 2014 Banff World Media Festival proved to be a success when it comes to the provincial economy.According to an independent economic impact study done by Nordicity, the festival generated around $3 million in direct GDP for Alberta in 2014.When it comes to the local industry, the report estimates the film, TV and digital production breakthroughs created at the event will contribute just over $40 million to the provincial economy.The annual festival attracts over 150 development executives and a wide range of TV and digital media professionals from around the world, giving them a chance to network and launch new business. by News Staff Posted Dec 2, 2014 6:30 pm MDT
Floyd Mayweather does not like being locked up so much, which is a surprise to no one.And surely he did not like the decision that came down Wednesday from a judge who denied his request that he be released from jail because the low-quality food and water have threatened his health.Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragoas wrote in her decision that Mayweather, who began serving and 87-day sentence for domestic battery on June 1, shoulde should eat and drink what is being given to him behind bars. She also wrote that water has been made available to Mayweather around the clock and the only reason he isn’t eating properly is because he refuses to eat the provided meals. Saragosa said Mayweather’s complaints that he is unable to exercise in jail are also unfounded.“While the physical training areas and times provided to (Mayweather) may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses,” Saragosa decided.A mere 10 days after Mayweather turned himself in to begin his three-month sentence, his legal team filed an emergency motion Monday asking the court to put him under house arrest or move him into the general jail population — something that jail officials had avoided to protect the celebrity fighter. The motion claimed the undefeated champion might never fight again because he was getting out of shape in solitary confinement.Mayweather lawyer Richard Wright didn’t immediately return a phone message late Wednesday. Wright said earlier this week that he was not seeking special treatment for the 35-year-old fighter.Mayweather pleaded guilty last year to reduced domestic battery charges stemming from an attack on his former girlfriend while two of their children watched. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten Mayweather up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. Mayweather was sentenced Dec. 22, but was allowed to remain free long enough to make a Cinco de Mayo weekend fight.Mayweather’s legal team told the court this week that his personal physician, Dr. Robert Voy, visited the jail Friday and determined the fighter had lost muscle tone. Voy estimated Mayweather was consuming fewer than 800 calories a day instead of his usual 3,000 or 4,000 calories. Mayweather also wasn’t drinking enough because he wasn’t allowed bottled water and doesn’t enjoy tap water.“I am concerned about Floyd withdrawing, developing anger he cannot dissipate through the usual means of dedicated exercise and training,” Voy wrote in an affidavit. “Boxing has been Mr. Mayweather’s life since he was a young man and we need champions of this type to continue to their natural retirement and hopefully their contributions to society thereafter.”
He said the provision of neutral information reflected NHS “best practice” but that anecdotal evidence suggested some doctors were presenting a diagnosis as “bad news” and immediately initiating conversations about termination, which could put parents under pressure. Pointing to figures showing an increase in abortions due to Down’s Syndrome, he said that in 2010 there were 482 terminations of pregnancy because of a diagnosis of the condition. In 2016 there were 706. During the same period there was a fall of 6,000 in terms of overall terminations. Actress Sally Phillips, who has a son with Down’s syndrome, made a BBC documentary called A world without Down’s in 2016Credit:Rii Schroer The Church of England is set to lobby the Government over a rising number of Down’s Syndrome abortions.Church leaders raised concerns that a growing number of parents who discover their child will be born with the condition are choosing to terminate the pregnancy, a pattern which could see it wiped out completely. Its governing body will debate a call to regulate providers of non-invasive prenatal testing, a relatively new test for the condition which carries no risk of miscarriage, unlike older procedures such as amniocentesis. The Church said women should be provided with “comprehensive, unbiased information” by doctors and test providers.In a document entitled Valuing People with Down’s Syndrome, set to be debated at next month’s General Synod, the Church warned that the test “has the potential to lead to major reductions of Down’s syndrome live births. “In countries such as Iceland and Denmark, which have almost universal screening and close to 100 per cent termination rates, there is a real possibility that people with Down’s syndrome will effectively disappear from their populations,” it added. Speaking at a press briefing, Brendan McCarthy, the church’s national adviser on medical ethics and social policy, said he had found unregulated websites offering to test a blood sample for a few hundred pounds with no context or information about the prospects for someone with Down’s Syndrome. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Dawn McAvoy, co-founder of pro-life group Both Lives Matter, welcomed the announcement.”Undoubtedly there has been a silence on the Protestant denominations, more than the Roman Catholic church so we would welcome any statement that would advocate the humanity of the pre-born child and value their life,” she said. “Our hope and our belief is that when people are given the full information and they’re given it in a neutral way, then the Icelandic or the Danish experience is not an inevitability,” he said. However, Jane Fisher, director of advisory charity Antenatal Results and Choices said she thought the proposal was “patronising”. “In our experience women and couples do everything they can do investigate what that diagnosis would mean and they base their decisions on accurate information. There’s been a lot of this messaging over the last year or so which makes women and couples feel an extra level of distress,” she said. “It kind of denies their agency to say that they just do what their health professionals tell them.”
Source: Mshcdn5. Night sweatsFor unexplained reasons. How does it get so much hotter between bedtime and the middle of the night? Source: LizMarie_AK Source: BrianMKAYep. Source: Gifsoup6. Bursts of mild panicOutside, you’re keeping it together. Source: ImgurBut somehow, you feel constantly… on edge. As if disaster could strike at any time.7. Overall lack of enthusiasmNot just for work. For anything. “Will we go for a drink this weekend?” “Muh, maybe.”8. Urge to hibernate until AprilAnd cocoon yourself in a safe place, away from the world and its cares. Source: YouTubePossibly in a blanket fort. Source: ImgurWe’re on eight out of eight here. See you in April, guys.More: The 9 stages of going back to work after Christmas>Here’s what you’ll be reading, watching and listening to in 2014> IT’S JANUARY. CHRISTMAS is over. Everything we ever looked forward to is gone.All that’s left is a sense of boredom – ennui, if you will – of a very special kind. Really, there’s only one word for it:Here are the key symptoms of Jannui. How many do you have?1. Mysterious, all-over tiredness that goes into your very bones Source: MshcdnAnd doesn’t relate to how much sleep you’ve had. It’s somehow gone beyond that, to a place that no amount of sleep can reach. Source: Mshcdn2. Brain somehow replaced by sludge over the holidaysOutside: Source: WordPressInside: Source: WordPress3. Sense of isolation from your fellow man Source: Imgur4. Vague, unpindownable cold symptomsThat have been hanging around for days, but never quite developed into anything proper you can fight with medicine. Source: ShutterstockA slightly sore throat here, a cough there. Just a general all-round feeling of unwellness.
Feb 10th 2017, 4:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: TheGreenerDream.com/Welcome to RoscommonTHE PEOPLE OF Ballaghaderreen have begun to prepare for the arrival of Syrian refugees to their local town – by building a ‘wall of welcome’.When it was announced at least 80 people – most of them children, and most of them fleeing from Syria – would arrive in the town, locals were shocked by the news, as they had been told last minute.In the immediate aftermath of the announcement, a graphic, anti-Islamic flyer was distributed through letterboxes in what has been an isolated incident.But a group of locals wishing to welcome the refugees, called the ‘Welcome to Roscommon’ movement say that the announcement has actually brought the people of the town together.They asked a couple of artists to create a ‘welcome wall’ for the hotel the refugees will be staying in as a symbol of hope and goodwill. Source: The Greener Dream/Welcome to RoscommonOne of the artists involved, Maria, said that they were delighted to help, saying that it was “almost impossible to imagine what these families and individuals have been through, having had to leave their homes, communities, friends and many loved ones behind”.She says that the idea behind the tree was based on the town’s name:“Ballaghaderreen translates in Irish to Bealach an Doirín, meaning ‘the way of the little oak grove’. The oak is also the symbol for the Celtic Tree of Life. Source: The Greener Dream/Welcome to Roscommon Share2167 Tweet Email1 21,538 Views 112 Comments Roscommon town prepares for refugees by building a wall… of welcome The announcement that the refugees would be arriving has encouraged donations of books and toys. Short URL Friday 10 Feb 2017, 4:56 PM [The project] has given us plenty of time to reflect on how lucky we are to be living in a place, not ravaged and torn apart by war.“We believe it is our duty to reach out and support the less fortunate.” Source: The Greener Dream/Welcome to RoscommonLocals have also constructed a playroom, and made book donations ahead of the refugees arrival in early March.This week, the government launched an integration strategy to help prepare refugees for life in Ireland.This includes English language classes and ensuring that 1% of the government’s civil service are made up of refugees.This article has been updated at 6pm to include the Welcome to Roscommon’s statement that the announcement of the refugees had brought people together.Read: When Syria comes to Roscommon: ‘We can’t run to Mass, then say ‘you’re not welcome” By Gráinne Ní Aodha https://jrnl.ie/3233368 We found it appropriate to use the Tree of Life symbol on this welcome wall as it is a universal symbol, for example in Norse mythology it is Yggdrasil, the mighty ash and in Persian culture it is often pictured as a closely related beautiful flowering World tree.Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, has a population of just shy of 2,000, and although 80 refugees are being introduced at the start, this could rise to 240.The hotel where the refugees will be homed is just temporary: the plan is to house the refugees around the country after the families become accustomed to life in Ireland.
Tesco recalls own brand cheese over E.coli fears The possible presence of Shiga toxin producing E.coli is the reason for the recall. 8 Comments TESCO IS RECALLING one of its cheese brands due to fears that it is contaminated with a dangerous type of E.coli.All batches of Tesco Finest St Félicien Du Dauphiné unpasteurised cheese is being recalled due to the possible presence of Shiga toxin producing E.coli (STEC).While most E.coli are harmless STEC produce a powerful toxin which can cause severe illness. Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhoea and they can appear up to eight days after the initial infection.Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in Tesco stores advising consumers not to eat the cheese.The Food Safety Authority of Ireland today issued a notice to inform consumers of the recall. By Ceimin Burke May 1st 2019, 8:35 PM 13,246 Views https://jrnl.ie/4615820 Share40 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Wednesday 1 May 2019, 8:35 PM
Une série de 77 secousses sismiques agitent les Canaries Mercredi sur l’île d’El Hierro, dans l’archipel espagnol des Canaries, s’est produite une série de 77 secousses sismiques atteignant une magnitude évaluée jusqu’à 4,4 sur l’échelle de Richter. Hier à 17H10 GMT, un séisme de magnitude 4,4 a eu lieu dans l’océan Atlantique, à 23 kilomètres de profondeur, à proximité de l’île d’El Hierro, dans l’archipel des Canaries. En réalité, c’est une série de 77 secousses sismiques qui s’est produite, suite à une éruption volcanique sous-marine. La petite île, qui compte 10.000 habitants, vit depuis le mois de juillet au rythme d’une multitude de secousses sismiques scrutées de près par les volcanologues.Les experts estiment qu’une nouvelle éruption pourrait avoir lieu, rapporte romandie.com. Les autorités espagnoles ont d’ores et déjà dépêché sur l’île du matériel pour pouvoir héberger, en cas de besoin, près de 2.000 habitants. Cela permettrait au total d’héberger 2.500 personnes en tenant compte des installations prévues par la Croix-Rouge.Le village de La Restinga, dans le sud d’El Hierro, a été placé en alerte rouge, tandis que le reste de l’île est au niveau d’alerte jaune, un cran en dessous. Signe annonciateur d’une possible éruption, l’institut volcanologique des Canaries (Involcan) a confirmé une augmentation des émissions de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) à leur plus haut niveau observé depuis le 6 octobre, quatre jours avant le début de la toute première éruption.Le 3 novembre 2011 à 11:58 • Maxime Lambert
Anxiété et intelligence : deux avantages évolutifs États-Unis – Publiée dans Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, une étude expérimentale américaine suggère que, chez l’homme, anxiété et intelligence ont évolué ensemble, la première permettant de se prémunir des dangers.Menant une étude sur la corrélation entre anxiété et intelligence, l’équipe de Jeremy Coplan, du SUNY Downstate Medical Center de New York, a travaillé avec 18 volontaires sains (8 hommes et 10 femmes) et 26 patients souffrant du trouble d’anxiété généralisée ou TAG (12 hommes et 14 femmes). L’activité cérébrale de toutes ces personnes a été mesurée en étudiant l’appauvrissement en choline (nutriment constitutif de l’acétylcholine, un neurotransmetteur) dans la matière blanche sous-corticale de leur cerveau.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Il ressort que chez les sujets atteints de TAG, plus le QI est élevé, plus grand est le degré d’anxiété. La corrélation est toute aussi forte chez les sujets sains, mais inversée : QI médiocre, plus grande anxiété. Ce qui va dans le sens d’études antérieures montrant que l’inquiétude excessive tend à exister à la fois chez les gens à forte intelligence et chez ceux à l’intelligence limitée (lesquels deviendraient anxieux du fait de leurs relatifs ‘échecs’ dans la vie), épargnant relativement les gens à l’intelligence moyenne.”(…) l’inquiétude permet peut-être à notre espèce d’éviter les situations dangereuses, quelle que soit la proximité du danger. Par essence, l’anxiété peut inciter des gens à ‘ne prendre aucun risque’, et ces gens-là pourraient avoir des taux de survie plus élevés. Ainsi, comme l’intelligence, l’inquiétude peut conférer un avantage à l’espèce”, conclut le Dr Coplan.Le 13 avril 2012 à 19:40 • Maxime Lambert
Officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, were assessing damage from a major Memorial Day storm that included at least one tornado hitting the area Monday night.Base spokeswoman Marie Vanover said that initial assessments included damage to approximately 150 off-base homes with several sustaining major damage, according to Military.com.The storm system was the latest extreme weather to hit military installations in the past year, as On Base has reported.The Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune, N.C., suffered $3.6 billion in damage from Hurricane Florence in September, and in October Hurricane Michael caused an estimated $3 billion in damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.In March major flooding struck Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., causing $420 million in damage.Those bases and others await funding to rebuild as the House has been unable to pass the disaster aid bill this week. The bill includes $1.67 billion for the Air Force and $981 million for the Navy and Marine Corps.The next opportunity for passage of the disaster aid bill comes Thursday when the House will attempt a third unanimous consent vote. If blocked again, it will be on the chamber’s agenda next week when lawmakers return from recess.Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jean-Paul Arnaud-Marquez ADC AUTHOR
View of a building destroyed in Anchorage, Alaska after the March 27, 1964 earthquake. (Photo: Doyle and Gloria Bushman papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage)Law Makers are passing bills to recognize March 27th as the official Rembembrance Day of the Good Friday Earthquake that struck Alaska 51 years ago. In the Legislature, House Bill 35 is awaiting Governor Bill Walker’s signature. Independently, the Anchorage Assembly passed its own local version last week.Download AudioBoth efforts came about because of the same man.Chuck Volanti was only 24-years-old when Alaska was hit by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America.“I was working at the Alaska Air National Guard during the time of the quake,” Volanti said by phone. “That evening is an evening that I will never forget.”Volanti was part of a four-man unit in the Air National Guard. Weeks after the quake, the crew was on a humanitarian mission to Valdez. As they flew out ahead of bad weather the plane went down, killing three guardsmen, as well as Adjutant General Thomas Carol, who was with them. Volanti was not on board, and is the only survivor from the office.The seed for the Remembrance Day resolutions was planted when he visited Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson in 2013.“I wanted to put a wreath at the wall of honor, in memory of fallen comrades,” said Volanti.In March of 2014, Governor Sean Parnell signed into law a bill recognizing March 27th as the 50th anniversary of the disaster. But as Volanti puts it, that was “law for a day,” and he felt that the deceased, as well as the survivors, deserved something more lasting. So he brought the issue back up with House Republican Charisse Millett of Anchorage.“This legislation honors these people, it remembers these people,” Volanti said. “So in a subsequent conversation with Representative Millet I said ‘This is a date that should be, now and forever, remembered.’ And I said ‘Representative Millet would you kindly consider sponsoring a bill?’ which she did do.”The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously. But Volanti didn’t stop there. He mentioned the issue to Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who helped get a local version in front of the Assembly. Flags will fly at half-mast, and clergy in Anchorage and elsewhere have agreed to toll their bells to mark the date each year. They are symbolic steps that Assembly chair Dick Traini believes will carry forward the lessons learned after the quake.“So the purpose of this is to just remind Alaskans about what happened in the past, and what will happen again,” Traini said by phone. “Because there will be another earthquake–it’s a matter of when it happens, not if.”Traini hopes the official remembrance will help remind residents to take steps to prepare, like having a three day supply of food and water at home.And though Volanti and his wife now live outside of Alaska, his work commemorating the quake isn’t over, even half a century later.“One of the last things I have left to do is see some kind of a memorial…placed in Valdez in honor of this flight crew,” Volanti said. “Like I say, to me these men were more like family than a formal military command.”The Anchorage resolution passed unanimously last week in the Assembly.
Chief of Staff of Kuwait Armed Forces Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher on Thursday highly appreciated Bangladesh Army personnel for their quick rescue operation after the emergency landing of Bangladesh Air Force helicopter carrying him and 15 others in Sreemangal on Wednesday, reports UNB.“The capability of the Bangladesh Army personnel in the rescue is highly appreciable… they came for the rescue in just five minutes’ time after the emergency landing,” he said.The visiting Kuwait Armed Forces chief came up with the remark when he met prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.Lt Gen Mohammad Khaled Al Khadher said Bangladesh and Kuwait have a strong relation and he has come to Bangladesh to strengthen it further.He mentioned that more than 6000 Bangladeshi armed forces members are working in Kuwait and they are highly professional and dedicated ones.Talking about the Rohingya issue, Khaled Al Khadher appreciated the move of Bangladesh.Regarding the ongoing joint training between Bangladesh and Kuwait army personnel, he said this has created a new opportunity in providing joint training.Welcoming him to Bangladesh, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given shelter to the Myanmar Rohingyas on humanitarian ground temporarily.She said the Bangladesh government is looking after their medical needs and education in addition to providing other facilities.The Bangladesh prime minister greeted Kuwait Amir and prime minister through its army chief.
Chung’s cannonFreshman Rebecca Chung has had a stellar rookie season offensively, but she has also made her presence known behind the plate. The catcher recently set a school record when she threw out a career-high four would-be base stealers in Louisville’s 10-9 win against No. 3/3 Florida State on April 8.• She also drove in the game-winning run against the Wildcats with a walk-off three-run doubles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. C-USA TV Melton’s scoring runMelton recently improved her career run tally to 145 and stands fifth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs 13 more to tie Audrey Rendon (2004-07) for fourth.• Last year, the speedy infielder led the team with 45 runs and moved into a five-way tie for ninth place among the all-time single season leaders. Cardiac CardsIn the past two weeks, the Cardinals have had a few dramatic home games.•On April 17, Taylor Roby’s walk-off single in the seventh lifted the Cards to a 8-7 win after No. 24/23 Kentucky plated two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game. The win snapped a three-game skid against the Wildcats.•On April 8, the Cards used a walk-off double by freshman Rebecca Chung to upend No. 3/3 Florida State, handing the Seminoles their first ACC series loss since 2012.• On April 21, Louisville overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to complete a series sweep of Georgia Tech while under time constraints due to the Yellow Jackets’ travel.• In a game which featured three lead changes and a tie and 21 combined runs, Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to cut the lead to one. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10. The game was called due to a drop-dead time in the top of the sixth inning. Story Links Melton and Funke in a foot race• Sidney Melton leads the team with a career-high 24 and stands on Louisville’s single-season list, needing three more to tie Audrey Rendon (2008) for second.• She now has 57 stolen bases in her career, placing her third on Louisville’s all-time list and needs four more to move into a tie for second with Jennifer Esteban (2010-12).• Celene Funke is on Melton’s heels with 23 stolen bases and fourth among the Cardinals’ single-season leaders.• Funke recently pushed her career stolen base total to 43, good for seven on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs three more to move into a three-way tie for fifth with Candi Hicks (2004-07), and Kristin Austin (2009-12). Live scoring Up lastLouisville sweeps Georgia Tech series The University of Louisville softball team completed an ACC series sweep of Georgia Tech with a 7-2 win in game one of a doubleheader and took the second game 11-10 in six innings in game shortened due to the Yellow Jackets travel schedule. Prior to the doubleheader, the Cardinals picked up an 11-7 win in the completion of the series opener which was suspended in the fifth inning on Friday.• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton led the Cards at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs while junior Caitlin Ferguson drove in three. Sophomore Danielle Watson (9-11) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits and striking out seven.Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 7UofL beat Georgia Tech 11-7 to complete the series opener Sunday on Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium. The contest was suspended due to rain Friday afternoon with the Cardinals leading 10-5 in the fifth. The win also marked head coach Holly Aprile’s 300th career victory.Louisville 7- Georgia Tech 2Redshirt senior Sidney Melton went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base and freshman Charley Butler drove in a pair of runs to back sophomore RHP Danielle Watson who tied a career high with 11 strikeouts as the Cardinals clinched the series.Louisville 11 – Georgia Tech 10In the second half of Sunday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals overcame deficits of 5-0 and 10-6 to prevail 11-10 in a game that was called at 4:25 p.m. due to travel constraints.• In a game which featured three lead changes and a tie and 21 combined runs, the Cards collected 15 hits with nine of them falling in for extra bases including three home runs and six doubles.• Louisville used a late-inning rally to take the lead for good, entering the bottom of the fifth trailing 10-8 with 15 minutes remaining before the game was called, Hensley delivered a two-out single and scored on Roby’s double to pull the Cards within a run. A wild pitch second Roby to third and Ferguson walked to put runners on the corners for Chung’s two-run double which made the score 11-10.• In the game, Roby went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, four RBIs, freshman Rebecca Chung went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Senior Megan Hensley went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored three runs.• Roby picked up the win, allowing six earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 3.1 innings. Hensley gave up four earned runs on one hit and struck out four in 1.2 innings. Game DAy INFORMATIONOpponent: MarshallSeries History: Louisville leads 5-2Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019Location: Huntington, W. Va. | Dot Hicks FieldTelevision: CUSA TVLive scoring: GoCards.comTwitter Updates: @UofLSoftball Print Friendly Version Louisville celebrates 20th SeasonThe 2019 campaign marks the University of Louisville softball program’s 20th season. Leading up to this season, UofL has compiled a 718-371 (.659) record with six conference championships, 13 NCAA regional appearances and four regional finals. Player quick hits• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton is climbing Louisville’s single season and career lists in runs and stolen bases. She has career highs in stolen bases (25), doubles (8), triples (4) and RBIs (30). • Melton set a school record with four stolen bases against Morehead State (March 12).• Senior Megan Hensley stands among team leaders in home runs (9) and RBIs (36) as well as shutouts, while standing second in ERA (2.93) and strikeouts (80). She ranked in the top 10 on UofL career record lists several pitching and hitting categories.• Junior Celene Funke is having a career-best season with 43 runs, six doubles, 10 triples, three home runs, 23 stolen bases and 22 RBIs. She leads the team with 16 multi-hit games and seven multi-steal games.• Junior Caitlin Ferguson has a career-high 32 runs and tied a career high in home runs (4).• Sophomore Kyra Snyder put together a team best 13-game on-base streak (March 16-April 6) – and is currently riding a seven-game streak of reaching safely.• Sophomore Maddy Newman has established career highs in runs (25), and RBIs (12).• Sophomore Jordyn Wolfe has career highs in runs (19) and stolen bases (7).• Sophomore Danielle Watson connected on her first career double, home run this season. She has also dealt a career-high 138 strikeouts.• Freshman Charley Butler put together a team-best 11-game hitting streak (March 30 – April 21). The left fielder has made some outstanding defensive plays and was recently among ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays (No. 8) after a diving catch in foul territory for an out in the 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8). • Her first career hit was a home run (vs. Bradley, Feb. 24).•Freshman Rebecca Chung has been one of Louisville’s top hitters throughout the season. She leads the team with 11 multi-RBI games. Her three-run double in the seventh lifted the Cards to a 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8). She also threw out a school-record four base stealers in that game. • She earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors on April 9. • Chung put together 10-game hitting streak (March 8-23). • Chung’s two-run double in the fifth put the Cards ahead for good in the 11-10 win over Georgia Tech to ensure the series sweep (April 21).• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team in wins and stands third in batting average. She got the win in the circle and registered the game-winning hit against No. 24/23 Kentucky (April 17). Live scoring: https://herdzone.com/sidearmstats/softball/summaryC-USA TV: http://conferenceusa.com/watch/default.aspx?Live=7687&path=marshallFacebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/herdsoftball/Radio: https://www.marshall.edu/wmul/ Up NextThe Cardinals return home to play host to North Carolina in the final home series of the season. Prior to Saturday’s 1 p.m. contest, Louisville will honor seniors Blaire Bass, Madison Cousineau, Darrianne Hale, Megan Hensley and Sidney Melton in their final home weekend. Cards against the fieldMarshallSeries Record: Louisville leads 5-2Last Meeting: May 2, 2018 – UL won 13-10 at Ulmer Stadium.RECAP: Megan Hensley’s two-out grand slam in the bottom of the fifth erased a three-run deficit and helped her cause in the circle as the Cardinals defeated Marshall 13-10 in their home finale at Ulmer Stadium.Scouting the Thundering Herd: Marshall brings a 28-16 overall record into Tuesday’s contest after taking two of three games against Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech over the weekend.• Aly Harrell leads the team with a .319 batting average, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.• Abigail Tolbert (17-12) carries a 3.12 ERA with 121 strikeouts in 166.0 innings. Radio Cards reach 30-win mark for 16th straight seasonOn April 21, the Cardinals defeated Georgia Tech 7-2 to clinch the ACC series and reach their 30th win of the season.• Louisville has now posted 30 or more victories in 16 straight seasons (dating back to 2004). The Cards have posted at least 30 wins 18 times in the 19-year history of the program with a record-setting 55 victories in 2012. UofL dedicates Don Dobina FieldThe University of Louisville softball team named its field Don Dobina Field at Ulmer Stadium to honor the legacy of local softball coach, donor and UofL alum Don Dobina. The ceremony took place just prior to the game against Kentucky on April 17.• Dobina, who passed away in 2016, was an avid supporter of the University of Louisville softball program and an advocate of the sport throughout the commonwealth of Kentucky for nearly 30 years. Home Sweet HomeLouisville has compiled a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium this season with three wins over ranked opponents (No. 3/3 Florida State twice and No. 24/23 Kentucky).• The Cards went 4-0 in their home-opening Cardinal Classic and followed with a doubleheader sweep of Morehead State. UofL continued it perfect home record by taking the first two games of the ACC series against Syracuse but fell 4-2 in eight innings to the Orange. The Cards resumed their winning ways with a 5-2 victory over Indiana. Louisville suffered another extra-inning setback when Lipscomb prevailed 5-4 in eight. Louisville’s fourth loss came at the hands of No. 3/3 Florida State on April 6. Funke, triple forceJunior Celene Funke is leads the NCAA with 10 triples on the season. She stands tied for first with Audrey Rendon (2005) on Louisville’s single season list.• The centerfielder has 12 triples in her career and is fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. She needs one more to move into a tie for third with Courtney Moore (2004-07).• She also has three home runs on the season. Fresh off of an ACC series sweep against Georgia Tech, the University of Louisville softball team will take its final break from conference play when the Cards travel to Marshall for a midweek matchup Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Dot Hicks Field. Louisville vs Marshall Hitting for averageLouisville’s starting lineup features five players who are batting over .300 on the season. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton leads the charge at .349 while junior Celene Funke is right behind her at a .337 clip. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (.330), freshman Rebecca Chung (.324) and senior Megan Hensley (.321) round out the top hitters. Young CardsWhile the Cardinals have solid veteran leadership in the lineup some underclassmen are having an immediate impact early in their careers with as many as five in the starting lineup at times.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads the team with a 2.31 ERA and stands third on the squad with a .330 batting average.• Freshman catcher Rebecca Chung is second on the team with 31 RBIs and fourth with a .324 battiing average. She recently set a school record for runners caught stealing in a game with four in the 10-9 win against then-No. 3/3 Florida State (April 8) and was named ACC Softball Co-Player of the Week on March 17.• Freshman Charley Butler has started 42 games in left field and has two home runs. She has made some outstanding defensively plays and was recently among ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 Plays (No. 8) after a diving catch in foul territory for an out in the 10-9 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (4/8).• Freshman Cassady Greenwood has played in 27 games with four starts and has collected eight RBIs.• Sophomores Maddy Newman and Kyra Snyder have started every game at second base and first base respectively.• Fellow sophomore Riley Schindler has started 28 games in the outfield.• Sophomore Danielle Watson leads the team in the circle with 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings and a .214 opposing batting average. She was named ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 9 after tossing a complete-game shutout in Louisville’s 2-0 win over No. 3/3 Florida State (4/6). Melton earns ACC postgraduate scholarshipSidney Melton was among 52 recipients of the 2019 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award announced on Thursday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.• The Weaver-James-Corrigan and Jim and Pat Thacker postgraduate scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Each recipient will receive $6,000 toward his or her graduate education. Those honored have performed with distinction in both the classroom and their respective sport, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. Hensley, dual threatFor the fourth straight season, Megan Hensley stands among the Cardinals’ leaders both in the circle and at the plate. The senior leads the pitching staff with four shutouts and stands second in ERA (2.93), strikeouts (80) and innings pitched (86.0).• She also leads the Cards with nine home runs and 36 RBIs.• Hensley is ranked among UofL’s top 10 in several pitching and hitting categories. Balanced pitchingAll three of Louisville’s starting pitchers have evenly contributed to the team’s success in the circle.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (12-1) leads the team in wins and ERA (2.31).• Senior Megan Hensley has collected a team-high four shutouts and stands second with a 2.93 ERA.• Sophomore Danielle Watson (10-11) is holding opponents to a .214 average. She leads the Cardinals with 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings. Hensley record watchMegan Hensley has entered Louisville’s top career list in several categories.• Tied for first for grand slams with four, along with Lacy Wood (2003-06).• Fifth with nine career saves and needs one more to tie for fourth with Tori Collins (2009-12).• Tied for fourth in career RBI (165) with Alicja Wolny (2010-13). She needs one more to ti Katie Keller (2011-14) for third.• Fourth in career home runs (34) and needs two more to tie Melissa Roth (2007-10) for third.• Seventh in career appearances (117). Tori Collins (2009-12) stands sixth at 142.• Seventh in career games started in the circle (83). Carlisa Connell (2011-14) is sixth with 98.• Seventh in career innings pitched (522.0). Caralisa Connell is sixth with 608.0.• Seventh in career wins (50). Jessica Rak (2000-03) stands in sixth place with 65 victories.• Eighth in career strikeouts (361), Aja Sherman (2002-05) is seventh with 463.• Tied for eighth in career complete games (32). Needs nine more to move into a tie for seventh with Aja Sherman (2002-05).• Tied for tenth in career complete shutouts (10). Needs three more to move into a tie for seventh with Caralisa Connell (2011-14). Melton sets single game stolen base record Sidney Melton set a school record with four stolen bases in the 8-0 win over Morehead State on March 12. Georgia Tech Series Notes:• The Cardinals have now won five straight and seven of their last eight.• Louisville has produced at least seven runs in the last five games and seven of its last eight.• UofL won its third straight ACC series• With the win in the opening game, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory.• The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins.• Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 seasonPlayer Notes• Freshman Charley Butler has reached safely in the last 12 games.• Redshirt senior Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 10 games.• Junior Celene Funke is on a six-game hitting streak.• Funke leads the team with 43 runs and stands second with 23 stolen bases.• Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby tallied career highs in hits and RBIs in the 11-10 series finale. Facebook Live CARDINAL QUICK HITS• Louisville enters the game with a 31-15 overall record and on a five-game win streak.• UofL is receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll released on April 16.• Louisville recently jumped four spots to No. 29 in the NCAA RPI standings released on April 22. • This past weekend, the Cardinals notched their first ACC sweep of the season with three wins against Georgia Tech. UofL improves to 11-7 in league play.The Cards are third in the Atlantic Division behind Florida State (13-5) and Notre Dame (10-6).• The Cardinals have now won five straight and seven of their last eight.• Louisville has produced at least seven runs in the last five games and seven of its last eight.• With the win in the opening game of the Georgia Tech series, head coach Holly Aprile collected her 300th career victory.• The Cardinals’ 7-2 win in game two marked their 30th victory of the season, extending the program’s streak to 16 straight seasons with 30 or more wins.• Louisville has a 15-3 record at Ulmer Stadium in 2019.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season• Louisville led at the plate redshirt senior Sidney Melton who is batting .349 with a team – and career – best 24 stolen bases.• Junior Celene Funke leads the team with 43 runs. The centerfielder recently tied a school record with four runs in the 8-7 win against No. 24/23 Kentucky, she also belted out her 10th triple of the season. She leads the nation in that category and tied Louisville’s single season record.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases on the season. The previous record was 68, set in the 2010 season.• In the circle, redshirt freshman Taylor Roby leads team with a 12-1 record and a 2.31 ERA. Hensley (9-3) stands second with a 2.93 ERA while sophomore Danielle Watson (10-11) holds a 3.58 ERA with a team-high 138 strikeouts in 125.0 innings. • Hensley and senior Sidney Melton were selected to the 2019 Preseason All-ACC Team.• The 2019 campaign marks Louisville’s 20th season as a program and first under new head coach Holly Aprile’s tutelage.• The Cardinals were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Division and fifth overall as voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches. The Aprile Era2019 marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile following the retirement of Sandy Pearsall, who began the program in 2000. Aprile is the second head coach in Louisville softball history.• Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Aprile, 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. Cards swiping records• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 87 stolen bases with 101 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68, set in the 2010 season.
Explore further The researchers, Thomas Arruda, Amit Kumar, Sergei Kalinin, and Stephen Jesse at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, have published a paper in a recent issue of Nanotechnology in which they explore factors controlling the reversibility of the particle growth on an electrolyte underlying Li-air batteries and nanobatteries.“We believe this work paves the way for studying irreversible or quasi-reversible nanoscale electrochemistry – in materials systems ranging from Li-air batteries to more established fields such as corrosion, electroplating, and many others,” Kalinin told Phys.org.“Primary Li batteries, which are non-rechargeable and disposable, have high energy densities and have been commercially available since the 1960s; however, they can only be used once,” said Arruda. “In order for these cells to be competitive, for example, with fossil fuels (i.e., automotive applications), they need to be recharged hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Consider the average commuter refueling once per week. This equates to more than 500 fills over the course of a decade. An automotive Li-air battery would need to match this criterion, even without considering cost or other important metrics. In fact, reversibility remains the single most important and difficult task to achieve for Li-air batteries, as evidenced by the intense scrutiny of the leading battery experts.” When a charged Li-air battery is in use, the Li ions in the anode travel to the cathode, where they react with oxygen via an oxygen reduction reaction. The electrons resulting from this reaction are then harvested and used to provide electricity for electronic devices. To recharge the battery, the Li ions must travel from the cathode back to the anode. As the researchers explain, the reason it is so difficult to make Li-air batteries rechargeable is because the batteries combine the most difficult processes used in both batteries and fuel cells. 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: Researchers explore Li-air battery reversibility on the nanoscale (2012, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-explore-li-air-battery-reversibility-nanoscale.html Li-Air: Argonne opens new chapter in battery research (w/ Video) “Underpinning these processes is an abundance of unfavorable chemistries such as the poor solubility of reaction products (LiOx species), slow reaction kinetics, and the propensity of Li metal to react unfavorably with nearly everything,” Jesse said. “For the case of the anode, the electrodeposition of Li ions to metallic Li often proceeds with the formation of needle-like Li particles called dendrites. These particles negatively affect the battery by (1) becoming disconnected from the anode and thus unavailable to participate in the reaction and (2) increasing the risk of an internal short circuit which could cause thermal runaway and fire. At the cathode, the oxygen reduction reaction remains as big a challenge for Li-air batteries as it is for fuel cells. When the two reactions are combined, they form a mixture of insoluble products which are difficult to react in reverse and eventually choke the cathode.”In their study, the researchers used an atomic force microscope (AFM) to investigate battery reversibility by analyzing the growth of Li particles. While sweeping the bias of a 20-nm AFM tip across the surface of a Li-ion conductive glass ceramic electrolyte, they measured the change in tip height during the cycling process. They found that increases and decreases in the tip height correspond to changes in current, allowing them to demonstrate the existence of reversibility as well as map the degree of reversibility at different locations.In the future, the researchers hope to further improve the reversibility, and note that Li-air batteries still face many other challenges before they can become commercialized.“Technological developments and systems engineering on all major components of Li-air batteries are required to bring this technology to market,” Kalinin said. “Better catalysts are needed on the cathode, Li anode protection without functional hindrance remains paramount, and superior multifunctional electrolytes need development. The ubiquitous necessity to understand fundamental processes at the most basic level of the key battery components remains a top priority. Only after a comprehensive understanding of the elementary processes is achieved can the chemistries be fine-tuned and the systems be properly engineered to meet the metrics demanded by the application.”If researchers can overcome these challenges, Li-air batteries could potentially store energy for a wide variety of applications.“If Li-air batteries could be realized, the primary application would be for transportation and other situations where mobility is necessary (like laptops, etc.) since they will be very lightweight for the amount of energy they store,” Arruda said. “Optimization of Li-air batteries to include a large number of charge/discharge cycles will drive down the cost and make fully electric vehicles a reality without the need for heavy batteries as is the current situation. Beyond this, it is easy to envision this technology (Li-air nanobatteries) being applied to microelectromechanical and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS and NEMS). These may be the ideal systems to employ such energy sources as they would have much lower energy demands and could operate for extended periods of time.” Copyright 2012 Phys.Org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Thomas M. Arruda, et al. “The partially reversible formation of Li-metal particles on a solid Li electrolyte: applications toward nanobatteries.” Nanotechnology 23 (2012) 325402 (9pp). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/32/325402 Journal information: Nanotechnology (Phys.org) — As their name suggests, Li-air batteries use air to operate, pulling out oxygen molecules to use in a porous, carbon-based cathode, while using lithium in the anode. Because using air means the battery doesn’t have to store a heavy charge source at the cathode, the batteries can provide an extremely high energy density, holding nearly as much energy in a given volume as gasoline, and 5-10 times more than Li-ion batteries. Despite this major appeal, Li-air batteries still face many limitations that hold them back from commercialization. In a new study, a team of researchers has tackled one of these challenges: reversibility, which is necessary for being able to recharge the battery multiple times.