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Renesas: Failure Detection e-AI solution for motor-equipped home appliances

first_imgRenesas Electronics announced the launch of its Failure Detection e-AI Solution for motor-equipped home appliances, featuring the Renesas RX66T 32-bit microcontroller. This solution with embedded AI (e-AI) enables failure detection of home appliances — such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines — due to motor abnormality. Property data showing the motor’s current or rotation rate status can be used directly for abnormality detection, making it possible to implement both motor control and e-AI–based abnormality detection with a single MCU. Using the RX66T eliminates the need for additional sensors, thereby reducing a customer’s bill of materials cost.When a home appliance malfunctions, the motor operation typically appears abnormal when running and being monitored for fault detection in real-time. By implementing e-AI-based motor control-based detection, the failure detection results can be applied not only to trigger alarms when a fault occurs, but also for preventive maintenance. For example, e-AI can estimate when repairs and maintenance should be performed, and it can identify the fault locations. This capability provides home appliance manufacturers the means to boost maintenance operations efficiency and improve product safety by adding functionality that predicts faults before they occur in their products.The Renesas Failure Detection e-AI Solution for motor-equipped home appliances can control up to four motors because it utilizes the high-performance RX66T MCU. Today’s washing machines typically incorporate three motors: One to rotate the washing tub, one to drive the water circulation pump, and one to drive the drying fan. The Renesas Failure Detection e-AI Solution can therefore be used to control these three motors with a single RX66T chip while at the same time monitoring all three motors for faults.The new solution utilizes the Renesas Motor Control Evaluation System and an RX66T CPU card. This hardware is combined with a set of sample program files that run on the RX66T MCU as well as a GUI tool that enables collecting and analyzing property data indicating motor states. In order to detect faults, it is necessary to learn the characteristics of the normal state. Using the GUI tool, system engineers can immediately begin developing AI learning and optimized fault detection functionality. Once the AI models are developed, the e-AI development environment (composed of an e-AI Translator, e-AI Checker, and e-AI Importer) can be easily used to import the learned AI models into the RX66T.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous MVTec presents embedded vision and deep learning at embedded worldNext AAEON: mini-ITX motherboard powers vision for Industry 4.0last_img read more

2019 Suzuki Gixxer launched in India, price starts at Rs 1 lakh

first_imgSuzuki Motorcycle India today launched the new Gixxer for an introductory price of Rs 1,00,212 (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2019 Suzuki Gixxer is available in three colour options — Metallic Sonic Silver, Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Triton Blue.Powering the new Gixxer is a 155 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder fuel injection, air-cooled, SOHC engine with SEP technology. The motor delivers 14.1 PS and 14.0 Nm of torque and is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Taking care of the suspension duties are telescopic front forks and monoshock at the rear. The bike gets 17-inch tyres and a disc each at the front and rear. Also available is a single-channel ABS. The new Suzuki Gixxer features LED headlamp.The new Suzuki Gixxer is inspired by the European design trend and sports low crouched silhouette. It features LED headlamp and taillamp, new digital instrument cluster, dual exhaust outlet, split seat and rear tyre hugger.”The new Suzuki Gixxer is built keeping in mind a dynamic rider seeking exhilaration and power with each ride. We are excited to continuously build our motorcycle portfolio, aiming to increase our market share in the segment. As we continue to move towards widening our Suzuki family, we look forward to winning more hearts with our thought-through product range specially designed for the Indian market,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Company Head Koichiro Hirao said.”With the growing popularity of premium sports motorcycles in India, we are thrilled to present the all-new Suzuki Gixxer, proclaiming an aggressive style, advanced technology and powerful performance. Suzuki Motorcycle India is growing at a robust pace with Gixxer being the flagship brand. We are certain that the fresh options under the Gixxer brand will delight motorcycling fans, infusing excitement and confidence in their riding experience,” Suzuki Motorcycle India Vice President Devashish Handa said.advertisementIn May 2019, Suzuki Motorcycle India had introduced Gixxer SF and 250 2019 Gixxer SF 150 for starting prices of Rs 1,70,655 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and Rs 1,09,870 (ex-showroom, Delhi), respectively.ALSO READ | Volkswagen Beetle no more, production of iconic car ends 81 years after launchALSO READ | Hyundai Kona for Rs 25 lakh or Hyundai Creta for Rs 16 lakh: Which will save you more money in long term?ALSO READ | Govt selling vehicle and DL data of Indians for Rs 3 crore, 87 private companies already bought itlast_img read more

Suvendu to visit North Bengal to take stock of monsoon prep

first_imgKolkata: State Irrigation minister Suvendu Adhikari will visit North Bengal on July 6 to take stock of the preparedness in preventing flood-like situation, with the onset of monsoon season.The minister said a round-the-clock control room has been set up at Jalsampad Bhavan in Salt Lake, for passing on information of excessive waterlogging. “I have already done meetings at the Kolkata zone, Western districts zone and Midnapore zone and supervised measures for tackling flood-like situation in the state. I will visit North Bengal on July 6 for the same purpose,” Adhikari said, in response to a query at the state Assembly on various projects taken up in the state to control flood. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe minister said that his department will soon start developing a sewerage system to prevent flood-like situations at Banarhat in Jalpaiguri and its adjacent areas. The tea gardens in Banarhat and its adjacent areas also bear the brunt of this. “Central government organisations like ONGC and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Railways and Bhutan government needed to be taken into confidence for tackling the problem in the area. It took time but our department has taken everybody into confidence and work for sewerage infrastructure will start soon. We are hopeful that this problem will be resolved before the 2020 monsoon,” Adhikari said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersFlash floods in Bhutan bring down stones from mountains located particularly in Joygaon area and this causes siltation in the rivers in Jalpaiguri almost every year during the monsoon. This results in flood-like situation in Banarhat and a number of tea gardens are also affected. Adhikari reiterated that meetings have already been held with Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and Farakka Barrage authorities to inform the state and take its nod before releasing water from the barrages. It may be mentioned that water level in dams has been low till date, as there was 26 percent less rainfall last year in the state.last_img read more

Curfewlike restrictions reimposed in several parts of Kashmir to foil Muharram processions

first_imgSrinagar: Curfew-like restrictions were reimposed on Tuesday in several parts of Kashmir, including the city, to foil any plans on taking out Muharram processions in the Valley as authorities apprehended that large congregations might lead to violence. Commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas were completely sealed off by placing concertina wires at all entry points where large number of security force personnel were deployed, officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Restrictions have been in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure for maintaining law and order in the Valley, they said. The officials did not cite any reasons for reimposing restrictions but it is believed that the step was taken to prevent Muharram processions in the city and elsewhere in the Valley. The processions stand banned in Kashmir since 1990 when armed insurgency began. Muharram is considered as one of the sacred months of the Islamic lunar calendar. The battle of Karbala, in which Hazrat Imam Hussain – the grandson of the Prophet – had attained martyrdom – is said to have been taken place in the 7th century. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 and bifurcate the state into union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the Valley as the situation improved with passage of time. The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests. Meanwhile, normal life remained severely affected in Kashmir due to shutdown in the Valley which entered 37th day on Tuesday. Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley, the officials said. Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders, including three former chief ministers — Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have also been either detained or placed under house arrest.last_img read more

Daughter fuming after MMIWG inquiry staff cancels moms flight

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN NewsAn Iqaluit woman is furious after national inquiry staff suddenly cancelled her mother’s trip to Yellowknife this week – without telling her.“She said, ‘Janet, I feel so ashamed. It’s just like when I was in residential school,’” Janet Brewster said in a telephone interview from Iqaluit about her mother Betty Brewster.Betty was scheduled to help her sister Kathy Meyer testify about her missing daughter Angela Meyer, 22, on Tuesday.She said Betty was “embarrassed” when First Air sent her home from the Iqaluit airport Tuesday saying there was no ticket for her.There had been a ticket for the 70-year-old, but bad weather cancelled the initial flight Sunday to Yellowknife for the public hearings of the National Inquiry in Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Betty Brewster. Family photo.Bad weather hit the Nunavut capital again on Monday and Brewster couldn’t get off the ground.Someone from the inquiry then cancelled the ticket Tuesday, Janet said, without informing the family.An inquiry spokesperson said a staff member made a decision about travel based on problems with the weather and the fact Meyer’s testimony would have been completed Tuesday before Betty could arrive.See related: Lack of mental health care a factor in missing woman’s disappearance: FamilyMeyer said she has spoken to her sister by phone and, at this time, it was a problem they were unable to process after the high emotion of Tuesday.“She is an elder with a bad back and stress makes the pain worse. But she wants to come and I’m still hoping they’ll get her here,” said Meyer.See more from the final day of the national inquiry hearings in Yellowknife Janet wanted more, saying her mother deserved an explanation and even an apology.“I can’t even explain how it feels to see my mom go through that,” she said, noting an inquiry employee contacted her Wednesday after she complained about what happened on social media.“I know to some people it’s just a cancelled flight. But we opened our minds and bodies into going there and being part of that process,” said Janet.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

Assam 1st phase polls heading for straight contest

first_imgGuwahati: Assam’s five Lok Sabha constituencies, which are all set to open the battle of the ballots in the state on Thursday in the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls, are likely to see a straight contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress. The constituencies are Kaliabar, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur. Although there are seven candidates in the fray for the Kaliabar Lok Sabha seat, the constituency is likely to witness a straight battle between sitting MP Gaurav Gogoi of the Congress and Asom Gana Parishad’s (AGP) Moni Madhab Mahanta. The AGP has forged an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party to contest the general elections. Kaliabar, a Congress stronghold, was previously represented by former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, his brother Dip Gogoi and now by his son, Gaurav Gogoi. On the other hand, the AGP’s Mahanta had served as Vice President of the powerful All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) before joining active politics this year. He is seen as a popular student leader in the Kaliabar area. For the BJP, winning the Kaliabar seat will mean ending the Gogoi’s dynastic rule in the constituency. Similarly, the Tezpur constituency is also heading for a straight contest between BJP candidate Pallab Lochan Das, the state’s Labour Minister, and former bureaucrat MGVK Bhanu fielded by the Congress. The Tezpur seat used to be a Congress stronghold but that changed with the victory of the AGP’s Joseph Toppo in 2009. In the 2014 polls, BJP’s Ram Prasad Sarmah won against Toppo. Replacing Sarmah, who hails from the Gorkha community in the state, has upset his supporters. But fielding Das, who comes from the tea garden community, is in the interest of the community’s voters in Tezpur, a major deciding factor in the constituency. Meanwhile, Bhanu is banking on his contribution towards the small tea growers in Assam while he was the chairman of the Tea Board of India. Tezpur has a substantial number of small tea growers, who could play a major role in the forthcoming polls. A 1985 batch IAS officer, Bhanu has made Assam his second home even after his retirement and has been appreciated for his contributions. The Jorhat constituency also used to be a Congress stronghold with the late MP Bijoy Krishna Handique winning the seat for six consecutive terms since 1991. The seat was won in the 2014 polls by the BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa. The BJP has however, replaced Tasa this time due to a strong anti-incumbency factor working against him in Jorhat and gave the party ticket to the state’s Power Minister, Topon Gogoi. According to BJP sources, replacing Tasa was a well planned move to quell the peoples’ opposition to the saffron party over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. With a sizable Tai Ahom electorate in the constituency, the BJP believes that the Bill might affect its poll prospects in Jorhat and that a new face might help the party. The Congress is banking on former legislator Sushanta Borgohain to regain lost ground for the party. In Dibrugarh, there is a straight battle between the BJP’s sitting MP Rameswar Teli and Congress veteran Paban Singh Ghatowar. Both Teli and Ghatowar hail from the tea community. Congress’ Anil Borgohain will fight it out with sitting BJP MP Pradan Baruah in Lakhimpur. Incumbent Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal represented the Lakhimpur seat in the 2014 polls. Baruah contested the by-polls and won the seat in November 2016 after Sonowal vacated it to become the state’s Chief Minister.last_img read more

Basketball players sue Fortnite game makers over dance

GREENBELT, Md. — Two former University of Maryland men’s basketball players are suing the makers of “Fortnite,” claiming the video game’s creators misappropriated a dance they popularized online.The federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Maryland, accuses North Carolina-based Epic Games Inc. of unfairly profiting from the “Running Man Challenge” dance that Jared Nickens and Jaylen Brantley performed in social media videos and on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show in 2016.The suit says the “Running Man” dance that “Fortnite” players can purchase for their characters is identical to the dance that Nickens and Brantley created.Other artists, including Brooklyn-based rapper 2 Milly and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro, also have sued Epic Games over other dances depicted in the game.The company didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to an email seeking comment.The Associated Press read more

Iceland urges school curricula worldwide to highlight work of UN

26 September 2008Iceland today called for the work of the United Nations to be included on the school curriculum in every Member State of the Organization, saying this offers an effective method of spreading the world body’s multilateral ideals to future leaders. Addressing the General Assembly’s annual General Debate, Icelandic Prime Minister Geir Haarde said his country intends to make the UN’s work “an integral part of the curriculum at the primary and secondary levels of education in our country, in addition to the existing and more selective activities at higher levels.”Mr. Haarde said Iceland strongly encouraged all Member States to do the same with their school curricula.“This may prove to be an effective means of offering the multilateral ideal of the UN as a part of the world-view imparted to future leaders and citizens around the globe.”He added that he was optimistic that the UN will be able to rise to the challenges posed by globalization and become more efficient at delivering results.“The UN is a long way from being a perfect mechanism, but its role in the international system is indispensable. If we settle for a UN which sometimes appears to be an abstract objective in itself, we will never fully realize the potential of this universal gathering of nations.“On the other hand, if we encourage a high-level of ambition and adaptability, I am convinced that the UN will live up to the ideals of its founders and be celebrated as a cornerstone of the international architecture on the centenary of the [UN] Charter in 2045.” read more

Canadian Wheat Board goes private with governments sale to G3 Global Grain

The federal government is privatizing the Canadian Wheat Board with a sale to a Saudi-owned company.G3 Global Grain Group will get 50.1 per cent of the company in exchange for an investment of $250 million. The other 49.9 per cent will be kept in trust for farmers who deliver grain to the board.Any farmer who does deliver will get $5 per tonne in equity in the organization. In seven years, G3 Global Grain Group has the option to buy back the shares from farmers at market value.G3 is a joint venture between Bunge Canada, and SALIC Canada, a subsidiary of Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company.The board says the agreement will see development of a new coast-to-coast grain processing and shipping network in Canada. It says the deal will also increase Canada’s ability to export grain, create jobs and spawn economic growth in the Prairies.Is your pasta getting more expensive? Blame CanadaTerence Corcoran: No more big sticks for Canada’s Western grain farmers“By bringing together these great companies we are creating a powerful new player in the western Canadian grain space, offering farmers greater choice and securing better access to international customers,” G3 President and CEO Karl Gerrand said in a release.Terms are expected to be finalized June 1.The NDP accused the government of “giving away” the wheat board “free of charge” when rumours spread in December that the Conservatives were planning to sell off the board in exchange for an investment in the company. At the time, the government said partnering with an investor would help make the board “a viable marketing option” for Canadian farmers.Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said lifting the monopoly attracted a number of potential investors.“This investment deal offers Canadian farmers access to a new global player to compete for their grain and more delivery points for farmers to sell their grain,” he said in a statement. “The result of these new investments and jobs will provide a huge economic benefit to the grain sector and Canada’s overall economy.”Since the 1940s, Prairies farmers have had to sell their wheat and barley to the board, which in turn exported it to foreign markets. Despite vocal opposition and several lawsuits, the federal government went ahead with a long-standing promise to abolish the monopoly three years ago.A proposal that would have seen a farmer-owned entity acquire the wheat board was rejected by the board last year. read more

In Rome UN Middle East envoy meets with senior Israeli Palestinian officials

Maintaining his contacts with key players on both sides of the conflict in the Middle East, the senior United Nations envoy to the Middle East has met in Rome with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, a UN spokesman said today. Terje Roed Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, held separate meetings over the weekend with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Mohamed Rashid, President Yasser Arafat’s Senior Economic Advisor, spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. The meetings took place on the sidelines of an international conference on globalization called the First Global Forum, Mr. Eckhard said. In other news, representatives of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan to the Palestinian Authority inaugurated today a school, a municipal building and a wastewater pumping station in Gaza City. Japan underwrote a $5.8 million assistance programme for the Gaza Strip, administered by the UN Development Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, which financed the construction of the facilities as part of its wider efforts in the area. The school will provide education for children between the ages of 3 and 12. The Beit Lahia municipal building, a two-story structure, contains offices, meeting rooms and an assembly hall for municipal staff. The wastewater pumping station, which will serve 35,000 people in Beit Lahia, is expected to improve public health conditions in the municipality. read more

Polio outbreak in refugee complex in Kenya being contained say UN agencies

Around 288,000 children aged 0 to 15 years are being targeted in the campaign, according to a news release issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Since the first case was discovered on 17 May, laboratory tests have confirmed that four more people have polio, a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The first round of vaccinations will be completed today, the agencies said. The next round, which begins in one week, will target the whole refugee population in Dadaab – some 424,000 people. The campaign will have four rounds in total. At the same time, the Kenyan Ministry of Health is also conducting a vaccination campaign among the host community population in North Eastern Province in close collaboration with WHO.The polio outbreak in Dadaab comes after a similar outbreak in Somalia, where one case has been reported in the capital, Mogadishu. The Somali Government has expressed concern about the situation in south-central Somalia, where immunization activities have not taken place for the last three years because of the security situation.Currently, only three countries – Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan – are polio endemic. read more

Vicki Bendus The strength coach made of gold

Brock University’s lead Sports Performance Coach is the first one to arrive and last to leave.It’s the way Vicki Bendus is wired.“Driven doesn’t even begin to describe Vicki’s determination for the field of Strength and Conditioning,” said Steve Lidstone, Brock University’s Associate Director of Performance. “Vicki is the hardest working up-and-coming Strength and Conditioning coach I have had the pleasure of mentoring.”Bendus recently returned from Japan where she served as Hockey Canada’s strength and conditioning coach for the U18 women’s team where they defeated the United States 3-2 in overtime to win the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship on Jan. 13.Bendus is one of the first for Canadian women’s hockey to win a World Championship as a staff member and a player (2012). She has worked with Hockey Canada as a strength coach for the past two years.“Working with the team and representing your country is an honour,” said Bendus. “The players and staff are all humble and hard working to achieve a common goal. It’s rare to be in an environment where there is truly one goal and every decision made or process put into place is to accomplish that goal.”Making sure a team is performing optimally in a short period of time at international tournaments is no easy task. They often consist of extensive travel, unknown facilities, foreign food, player illness, or injuries.“They all make for a constant dynamic of decision making to optimize the team to perform in the next game,” said Bendus. “As a coach, you’re constantly evaluating subjectively or objectively the team’s current state and trying to predict how something may positively or negatively impact their performance in the next game.”Bendus, who hails from Wasaga Beach, comes from a hockey family. Her older brother played while they were growing up and it wasn’t long before Bendus was lacing up a pair of skates.She credits her work ethic on and off the ice to her parents.“My parents without a doubt. From them I’ve learned how to work hard for the goals I’m trying to accomplish and to always be a good person in the process,” she said.As a 16-year-old forward, Bendus joined the Etobicoke Dolphins of the Provincial Women’s Hockey League and led the team in scoring with 27 goals and 49 points in 29 games. The next season, she joined the Aurora Panthers and led them in scoring too.Bendus was quickly snapped up by Mercyhurst University’s women’s hockey team where she would win the Patty Kazmaier Award as the top player in women’s NCAA hockey in 2010.She was selected fourth overall in the 2011 CWHL Draft all the while competing for her country.Bendus helped Team Canada win gold at the 2012 IIHF World Women’s Championships, a total of three medals (two golds and a silver) at the Women’s 4 Nations Cup (2010, ’11 and ’13) and was the leading scorer en route to winning gold at the Women’s MLP Cup in 2011.After retiring as a player, Bendus was driven to be one of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country.While studying at Brock University from 2014-18, Bendus completed her Masters of Science in Applied Health Sciences and completed her education as a registered massage therapist. She is currently working on a doctorate of osteopathy.“Hockey has given me so much it’s more than I can list: lifelong friends, incredible international experiences, mentors, a career I love, leadership skills, mental resiliency,” said Bendus. “It’s shaped my life and who I am. I try to give back to the game when I can because it has provided so much to me.” read more

Radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer could extend lives of thousands of men

Radiotherapy can provide extended survival time for thousands of men with prostate cancer, a major trial has shown.A study in London demonstrates for the first time that adding the treatment to standard hormone therapy in men with a locally-advanced form of the disease significantly holds back their cancer.Up untill now doctors have thought it pointless targeting the main tumour itself once the disease has begun to spread to nearby lymph nodes and bones.But the new approach, reported in The Lancet, significantly increased the proportion of patients who were alive after three years, despite the local spread.While 70 per cent of those given hormone therapy alone survived for three years, around 80 per cent of those in the study who received hormone therapy and radiotherapy were alive after the same period.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting UK men, with 47,000 diagnosed every year, of whom around 11,500 die.Scientists at University College London and The Royal Marsden Hospital, where the trial of 2,000 patients took place, say the results mean more than 3,000 men in England could benefit from the combined treatment.Dr Chris Parker, lead researcher of the study based at The Royal Marsden, said: “Our results show a powerful effect for certain men with advanced prostate cancer. “These findings could and should change standard of care worldwide.“Until now, it was thought that there was no point in treating the prostate itself if the cancer had already spread because it would be like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted.“However, this study proves the benefit of prostate radiotherapy for these men.“Unlike many new drugs for cancer, radiotherapy is a simple, relatively cheap treatment that is readily available in most parts of the world.”The research team stressed that the benefit was restricted to men with locally-advanced prostate cancer and was not seen in patients whose cancer had spread to other organs or distant bonesProfessor Charles Swanton, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said: “This is a monumental finding that could help thousands of men worldwide.” 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. read more

Chambery Savoie sign Jerko Matulic

← Previous Story QATAR: EL Quijada sack coaches and sign Damir Doborac Next Story → Magdeburg smash HSV! Croatian right wing Jerko Matulic (24) is the new reinforcement of French Chambery Savoie! He spent last three and a half years in C.O Zagreb, while before he was a member of RK Split.  Matulic signed two years contract with the French team who lost the position among the TOP of the French LNH and stayed out from the race for the EHF Champions League. ChamberyJerko Matulic

Deux bébés aras de Buffon naissent au zoo des Sables en Vendée

first_imgDeux bébés aras de Buffon naissent au zoo des Sables en VendéeDeux bébés aras de Buffon sont nés au zoo des Sables d’Olonne en Vendée. Une naissance rare pour cette espèce originaire d’Amérique latine et en danger d’extinction, selon l’Union mondiale pour la nature (UICN). C’est un évènement rare qui a eu lieu au zoo des Sables d’Olonne en Vendée. Au mois de mai dernier, deux bébés aras de Buffon, des oiseaux originaires d’Amérique latine, sont nés de l’union d’un des couples de perroquets du zoo. Une véritable bonne nouvelle pour l’établissement qui tente, comme une vingtaine d’autres zoos européens, de créer une population potentiellement viable et réintroductible de cet oiseau.  À lire aussiAssistez à la naissance fantastique d’un petit caméléonEn effet, l’ara de Buffon également appelé grand ara vert, est aujourd’hui qualifiée d’espèce “en danger” par l’Union mondiale pour la nature (UICN). La population actuelle de cet oiseau vert, l’un des plus grands aras du monde, serait en effet inférieure à 2.500 individus et concentrée sur une zone qui s’étend du Honduras à l’Equateur, relève l’AFP. Ainsi, depuis 2002, le zoo des Sables est devenu responsable du programme élevage européen de l’ara de Buffon, qui comprend deux sous-espèces : l’Ara ambiguus ambiguus et l’Ara ambiguus guayaquilensis, le plus menacé de disparition.Sandrine Silhol, responsable d’élevage au zoo explique : “Il est très important de conserver la génétique des sous-espèces de ces oiseaux. Si on mélange des reproducteurs, la perte de gènes, primordiaux pour l’adaptation à un environnement donné, pourrait entraîner la mort des individus”, alors que les aras de Buffon vivent environ 30 ans dans la nature contre 50 ans en captivité. Tocoa et Pelayo vont bien Pour l’instant, le personnel du zoo ignore en revanche à quelle espèce appartiennent les nouveaux-nés et prévoit de faire des analyses génétiques comme cela est prévu pour tous les oiseaux captifs d’Europe. Pour l’heure, les bébés aras baptisés Tocoa et Pelayo ont rejoint d’autres oiseaux dans une volière. Sandrine Silhol précise ainsi: “Les oisillons sont en bonne santé. Ils sortent de leur nid et sont toujours nourris par leurs parents qui passent beaucoup de temps à les nettoyer. Il y a de nombreuses interactions entre les espèces qui cohabitent en toute tranquillité.”Le 31 août 2011 à 13:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

10 Essential XMen Comics To Read For The DisneyFox Merger

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Honestly, Fox hasn’t done that badly with the X-Men franchise. Logan was genuinely one of the best superhero movies ever made, and the others have varied from competent to quite good. It really seemed like they were hitting their stride, but we’ll never know as the Disney / Fox merger is now uniting all of the Marvel Comics properties except maybe Spider-Man back into the mainline Marvel Cinematic Universe.If you were more of an Avengers reader and never dipped your toe into the X side of the pool, the mass of comics and tie-ins and spin-offs can be a little daunting to get into. Fear not, old friend. We fired up Cerebro to generate a list of the must-read X-storylines.Deadly GenesisIt may seem heretical to say this, but the original Stan Lee / Jack Kirby run on X-Men just isn’t that great. The school setting is interesting but Kirby doesn’t really let loose, most of the villains are pretty dull and it just never clicks. The real fun started in May of 1975 with the publication of Giant Size X-Men. When the original team is captured by living island Krakoa, Professor X reaches out in desperation to mutants all over the world to form a new team. Wolverine, Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler and others answer the call, forming the core that would carry the franchise to its peak.Buy it at Amazon.comFirst ClassIf you really want to read adventures of the original five X-Men, Jeff Parker’s X-Men: First Class is the best way to do it. The modern series looked to the past to explore the relationship between Professor Xavier and his first charges, telling sharp stories that typically wrapped up in a single issue. It’s a great way to get up to speed with the pre-Wolverine adventures without having to slog through a bunch of Silver Age filler.Buy it at Amazon.comDark Phoenix SagaIf there’s one storyline that stands as the essential X-Men tale, it’s the Dark Phoenix saga. It wraps up so many of the series’ core elements into one epic that had repercussions for generations. In it, Jean Grey gets possessed by an alien force of incredible power – the Phoenix. It overwhelms her and genocides a planet or two before she regains control. Actions have consequences, and Jean’s final fate would change the way comics treated death and main characters. Of course, “final fate” doesn’t necessarily mean “final.” It’s like how there are a bunch of Final Fantasy games.Buy it at Amazon.comImperialGrant Morrison is the guy you call when you have an aging franchise that needs a shot of invention, and his run on New X-Men lifted the series out of the doldrums of the late 90s by rethinking just about everything we’ve come to know from the merry mutants. His whole run is solid, but for my money the Imperial storyline, which saw Professor X’s parasitic twin Cassandra Nova wreaking havoc on the team with the help of the alien Shi’ar. Big action, solid character moments and a truly memorable villain make this one of the better modern X-tales.Buy it at Amazon.comGod Loves, Man KillsAlthough the X-Men spend plenty of time battling superpowered foes, it’s the hate and prejudice of humans that really brings them down. 1982 graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills laid the groundwork for Magneto turning away from his villainous ways to join the X-Men as the team faces off with a fire and brimstone televangelist leading a crusade against mutants. It was loosely used as the inspiration for X2, but lost a lot of its religious fervor.Buy it at Amazon.comThe Demon Bear HuntAs the X-Men grew, the idea of them being students at the Xavier school seemed a bit silly. So in 1983, Marvel debuted The New Mutants, a series focusing on a fresh batch of faces training their abilities in the Dange Room. The book took a little while to find its footing, but when master Bill Sienkiewicz took over art duties with issue #18 it produced one of the most unforgettable stories the franchise has ever seen. Danielle Moonstar comes face to face with the demonic beast that killed her parents and overcomes it in a visually stunning sequence that still dazzles.Wolverine & The X-MenFor all the change in the X-universe, things usually return to some sort of stable situation: there’s a school to train new mutants and X-Men save the world. The recent Wolverine & The X-Men series written by Jason Aaron mixed that up in a satisfying way. With Professor Xavier dead, the job of teaching falls to that most unlikely of men – Wolverine. He re-staffs the Jean Grey School and takes a new class of entertaining misfit mutants on adventures through time and space in this fun, breezy series.Buy it at Amazon.comLifedeathMaster artist Barry Windsor-Smith only drew a handful of X-Men stories, but they’re some of the most emotionally potent in the series’ run. After mutant inventor Forge builds a weapon that accidentally strips Storm of her powers, the duo embark on a strange relationship – part romance, part hatred – that will take them to the depths of his past and the limits of her future. These are the stories that best capture the interior life of the X-Men and show why they pushed superhero comics to a new place at their peak.Buy it at Amazon.comGifted read more

Verne Gagne passes away on Monday at age 89

first_img Pinterest The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Twitter Stone Cold Steve Austin Legendary wrestler and AWA promoter Vernge Gagne passed away on Monday according to a tweet sent out by WWE Hall of Famer “Mean Gene” Okerlund. Gagne was 89. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the last few years.Gagne was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.Okerlund wrote the following on Twitter late Monday evening.“Sad to hear my longtime friend Verne Gagne has passed today.  To me their was never anybody quite like him. May you rest in peace. GO”Source: @TheGeneOkerlundRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Triple H Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Hulk Hogan Harley Race laid to rest on Wednesday; WWE names a studio after Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Google+ Hulk Hogan Returns to WWE Now Playing Up Next Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE Confidential series to be uploaded on network, Sin Cara working on his comeback Hulk Hogan says he is “too old” to wrestle again, Bret Hart opens Pro Wrestling Tees storelast_img read more

Evergreen superintendent faces administrative leave

first_imgThe Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors appears poised to put Superintendent John Steach on administrative leave, according to a school board notice released Friday afternoon.At 5:01 p.m., the district issued a school board notice for 8 a.m. Monday, listing only an executive session to review the performance of a public employee — a closed meeting expected to last 15 minutes — followed by possible placement of the superintendent on administrative leave and appointment of an interim replacement. On Saturday, the district published a notice that the board may also be accepting Steach’s resignation.The apparent suddenness of the decision and the reasons for it, however, were unclear. No additional documentation was listed on the school board’s website. All four school board members were mum, either not returning phone calls or declining to comment. Union representatives reached for comment were surprised by the news and had no additional information. District spokeswoman Gail Spolar said no information would be available until Monday.“I apologize, but understand this is a difficult situation and we are not able to comment further at this time,” Spolar said by email Friday evening.last_img read more

Hockinson schools superintendent to retire

first_imgAs he traveled in Central America on a small boat with his wife earlier this month, Hockinson School District Superintendent Michael Grubbs had an epiphany.Grubbs, 66, decided during his 10-day vacation through Honduras and Guatemala that, after a career in education that spanned 31 years across four states, it was time to retire. Grubbs made his decision public Thursday morning after notifying the school board Tuesday night.“I realized on the trip life has other things to offer,” he said, adding he planned to do some personal reflection this summer before deciding on his next step.Grubbs will remain as superintendent until June 30. Hockinson School District plans to hire Grubbs’ replacement before his last day, officials said.Grubbs came to Hockinson in the summer of 2009 after serving six years as superintendent at Green Mountain School District. He replaced acting Superintendent Margaret Bates, who had filled in after the district’s acrimonious parting with the previous superintendent.The school board hired him knowing that he would be a short-term superintendent, said Eileen Logan, chairwoman of the Hockinson school board. Grubbs had indicated he planned to retire after a few years due to his age.last_img read more

Game of Thrones betting odds Who will survive the final episode

first_img 1 Comment 38 Photos Share your voice The odds are good Tyrion will drink wine in the final episode. HBO Watching your favorite (or most hated) Game of Thrones characters die tragically on the series could end up being financially advantageous, if you better understand the odds of their survival.If you want to try your luck betting on your favorite character surviving and ruling in the final episode of Game of Thrones, Sports Insider has a few tips. With episode 3 of season 8 labeled by Sports Insider as the biggest single betting event in history for a scripted TV program, the finale on Sunday might be even bigger.ruleroddsThe odds are good, but the goods are odd.  Sports Insider According to Sports Insider, the odds are good that Bran Stark (odds at -350) will rule the seven kingdoms at the end of the series, but Sansa Stark (+450), Jon Snow (+750) and Tyrion Lannister (+750) follow close behind. If you want to bet on who kills Daenerys Targaryen, there are odds for that too. Jon Snow is favored (at -300) to do the deed, as well Arya Stark (at +450). But the odds that Daenerys actually survives are at +750. kill Sports Insider Other betting odds include how many Starks will die, whether the Iron Throne will be destroyed and if Tyrion Lannister will drink wine in the final episode. And yes, there are even odds on whether fans will see another Starbucks coffee cup in a background shot: yes at +2,500 and no at -5,000.The Game of Thrones series finale airs on HBO on May 19. Tags TV and Movies The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Game of Thrones HBOlast_img read more

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