MONTENEGRIN HERO SIMO – World Champions lose in Moraca

Nebojsa Simic Simo ← Previous Story VIDEO: Iceland lose after 13 years at home – Manaskov is Macedonian hero Next Story → Manolo Cadenas and Meshkov Brest part ways Montenegro celebrating taking one of the biggest scalps in the handball history – the one of World Champions from Denmark! The team of young coach Zoran Roganovic, who frustrated domestic handball fans with starting draw in match against Faroe Island and defeat in Ukraine,  made a miracle against the best team nowadays by winning 32:31.Hero of the night was definitely MT Melsungen goalkeeper Nebojsa Simic with 16 saves. Milos Bozovic added seven goals for the triumph, while on the other side eight goals of Mikkel Hansen weren’t enough that Nikolaj Jacobsen squad avoid defeat…Here is some of the magic….Ukraine beat Faroe Island 30:19.STANDING:Denmark 4Ukraine 4Montenegro 3Faroe Island 1PHOTO: Vijesti.me,handball.me read more

MJsCAMP – the good cop and the bad cop back in the

The Polish representatives have known each other for many years spent in national team and PGE VIVE Kielce. They are not only teammates but also friends, what helps them by the project.“We complete each other well,” Jachlewski says, “I don’t feel myself strong with things like checking if everyone eats everything during the meals, on the other hand Michał is great with that!”, he laugs. “Michał is the bad cop and I am the good cop. On the court however we share our duties 50/50. We are coaches, refferees, mates.”The camp lasts 10 days. It started on Monday and will end on Thursday, 04.07.PHOTO: Daniel FrymarkMJsCAMP Michał Jurecki & Mateusz Jachlewsk Michał Jurecki & Mateusz Jachlewski youth handball camp takes place for the third time. Over 80 talented kids from the whole Poland for 10 days does everything to become a professional handball player having fun and making friendships under the eye of well-known Polish internationas.Over 80 kids from all over Poland takes part in Michał Jurecki & Mateusz Jachlewski MJsCAMP. MJsCAMP is a handball youth camp, which 3rd edition this year takes place in a nice village Rudno at the lake in Greater Poland, close to the town Kościan, where Michał Jurecki was born.The main part of the sports programme are handball trainings, but the main goal of the camp is first of all to have fun, make new friendships and fall in love with sports activity. In the second row Jurecki and Jachlewski look for talents that would join the ranks of future handball national team. Each year kids have a lot of different activities, this time they try their skills in slackline with very talented Polish slackliner, Kamil Dudek, play basketball, train their speed of reaction with professional Quick Lights Sports equipment (special lights used f. eg. to goalkeeper’s training).“The idea of making a camp came from Mateusz,” Jurecki says, “We had a couple of chats, at the beginning I was rather sceptic, but then I realised it’s a great idea! Handball is something I would love to be involved after my career as well, so for me it’s a great opportunity to gain an experience.”“Leading trainings for kids is not difficult! It’s a great fun!,” adds Jachlewski. ← Previous Story Robert Weber for stronger HSG Nordhorn-Lingen Next Story → Gyori Audi ETO KC in Group D with Krim and Savehof read more

DANKE ALFRED Spectacular farewell game for Alfred Gislason in Kiel

It was a special night in Kiel in which 9.000 fans and all the legends came to say “thank you Alfred Gislason”.The 59-years old Icelandic coach ended his era in THW Kiel, where he won a lot of trophies in period 2008-2019 and became one of the all-time greatest handball coaches. With is Bundesliga and EHF Champions League titles in SC Magdeburg, his era in German handball can be called “golden”.His wife Kara and him had a special treatment in the match between teams of Kiel and Magdeburg, who won everything under his leadership. Stefan Kretzschmar, Bennet Wiegert, Olafur Stefansson, Marcus Ahlm, Kim Andersson, Momir Ilic, Christian Sprenger, Dominik Klein, where just some of the names who came to say “thank you” once again for amazing years.CAREER AS A COACH: 1991–1997KA Akureyri (coach-player) PHOTO: THW KIEL 2006–2008Iceland 1997–1999VfL Hameln 1999–2006SC Magdeburg 2006–2008VfL Gummersbach 2008–presentTHW Kiel ← Previous Story Steffen Weinhold to stay in Kiel until 2022 Next Story → 3 GOLD & ONE SILVER: 1998 the best French generation ever! read more

KEZILABDA ON FIRE Hungary beat France

← Previous Story Youth WCh 2019 – Day 4, all four groups in the halls Next Story → Youth WCh 2019 – DAY 5: Portugal win group B, last round to find winners of Group B Hungary beat France 26:25 in the Round 3 of the Youth World Handball Championship 2019 in North Macedonia.Take a look on decisive moments of the clash…Sweden – Canada 38:16Egypt – Chinese Taipei 36:25STANDING:Hungary 6France 4Sweden 4Egypt 4Canada 0Chinese Taipei 0PHOTO: IHF, WCh 2019

158 conservative seats in 300member Greek Parliament as voters turn backs on

first_imgThe conservative New Democracy Party has a clear mandate to govern with 40 per cent of the tally and 158 deputies, according to predictions of the Internal Affairs Ministry with 82.29 per cent of the votes counted.At 22.45 pm Sunday (Greek time), with just 79.12 per cent of the votes counted, the Internal Affairs Ministry announced that Golden Dawn would not be represented in Parliament as it teetered beneath the 3 per cent threshold needed for a seat. The extreme right party, described as a neo-Nazi group, suffered a devastating defeat as Greek voters reversed a trend towards extreme-right politics that has been prevalent in other countries.READ MORE: Kyriakos Mitsotakis gets strong four-year mandate as “a new day dawns“The results of the polling with 82.29 per cent of the votes counted are as follows.New Democracy – 39.2 per centRadical Left SYRIZA – 31.59 per centKINAL – 7.90 per centGreek Communist Party KKE – 5.37 per centGreek Solution – 3.74 per centMeRA 25 – 3.49 per centGolden Dawn – 2.96 per centSingular Logic’s Vice President John Theodoropoulos said that there would be six parties in Parliament.READ MORE: The who’s who of Greek political parties vying for power in 7 July elections Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A school holiday program with a Greek twist

first_imgThe first week of the Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) Language & Culture Schools’ School Holiday Program can only be described as a success, full of fun and new experiences with a Greek twist.It was a sensory experience, giving children the chance to engage in Greek culture through music, dance, aromas, flavours, as well as arts and crafts.One more week of the program is left with plenty in store to keep the little ones learning, socialising and entertained while on their holiday break.Those who missed the first week can still join in the second program at Alphington Grammar on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 July.Note that the program is suitable for children aged 4-11. For more information and enquiries, visit greekcommunity.com.au/hpREAD: Mobile phone use banned in Victorian state schools to reduce cyber bullying. But how effective will it really be? Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

We remember Mati a year since the inferno

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The devastating fires that engulfed seaside towns northeast of Greece killed 102 people on 23 July last year.Victims died in their homes, their cars, or as they tried to get to sea to escape the dangerous flames and fumes propelled by gale-force winds. Some dipped below the waves to stay cool, while others waited for the coastguard and local fishermen to rescue them.A year on, the charred buildings remain as a reminder of the deadly fires, while those that lived through the ordeal are still haunted by memories of the blaze that caused the highest recorded toll from a fire in Greece’s modern history.New Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis went to the seaside village of Mati, one of those affected by the fires, to peruse the burnt remains where 4,000 homes once stood, surrounded by 40,000 pine and olive trees.READ MORE: Fires break out in Rafina and Barnabas, a year following the anniversary of deadly wildfires in GreeceResidents floated candles in the water to remember the survivors that fled to sea. Mr Mitsotakis and other politicians didn’t speak after the service but announcements for relief measures had been made earlier, including no property taxes for five years fore affected homeowners and the release of 31 million euros in an emergency fund for the injured and guaranteeing continuing treatment and medicines for around 140 burn victims.New Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said he would hold an emergency session of the country’s supreme health council to ensure that silicone, ointments and other required material are available to patients without charge. The state machine has been unprepared to help burn victims recover once discharged.READ MORE: New Greek legislation allows government intervention in natural disasters; and restitution plans for last year’s firesA year on, people are still asking how the natural disaster that claimed lives and destroyed Greece’s vibrant tourist seaside centres, turning them into ghost towns with empty beach fronts. Residents are frustrated with the slow pace of recovery.last_img read more

Two intact Mycenaean tombs unearthed in Nemea

first_imgTwo intact chamber tombs dating from 1400-1200 BC have been unearthed at the Mycenaean cemetery of Aidonia near Nemea.Discovered last month, one of the tombs had its roof still intact, and was found to contain two primary burials, as well as the bones of 14 more individuals that are believed to have been transferred from other tombs.The second had no roof, having collapsed, with three primary burials discovered inside and above it.Also found in the tombs were clay vessels, figurines and small objects, such as buttons.Aidonia was a major centre in the region during the Mycenaean period (ca. 1700-1100 BC), and became known after extensive looting of the Mycenaean cemetery between 1976-77.READ MORE: 50 mummies from Ptolemaic era when Ancient Greeks ruled in EgyptA rescue excavation followed in 1978-1980 and 1986 by the Archaeological Service under Kalliopi Krystalli-Votsi and supervised by Konstantina Kaza, bringing to light 20 Mycenaean tombs.The findings from the rescue excavation proved their link with a collection of Mycenaean jewels which had been up for sale in a New York art gallery in 1993, which the Greek State successfully claimed.The discoveries were made as part of the Corinthian Ephorate of Antiquities systematic research project led by Konstantinos Kissas, Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the Universities of Graz, Austria and Trier, Germany; together with Kim Shelton, Director of the Nemea Center of Classical Archaeology.The tombs help give a greater understanding surrounding the site’s evolution over the years, as well as its association with the palatial systems of surrounding areas, such as Mycenae.READ MORE: Hellenistic and Roman treasures uncovered at ancient Kition site in Cyprus Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dutch Supermarket Sets Example With PlasticFree Aisle

first_img The Dutch have done it again: Europe’s first plastic-free supermarket aisle opened on Wednesday in Amsterdam.A local branch of Ekoplaza invited shoppers to choose from more than 700 plastic-free products, including meat, dairy, snacks, fruit, and vegetables.This move represents “a landmark moment for the global fight against plastic pollution,” Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, the group behind the campaign, told The Guardian.“For decades shoppers have been sold the lie that we can’t live without plastic in food and drink. A plastic-free aisle dispels all that,” she continued. “Finally we can see a future where the public have a choice about whether to buy plastic or plastic-free. Right now we have no choice.”Humans have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics—most of which end up in landfills or the natural environment, according to a 2017 study.And if the current trend continues, some 12 billion tons of waste will clutter Earth by 2050. (That’s about 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building.)Clearly, something needs to change.A Plastic Planet and Ekoplaza are at the forefront of the movement, taking what supermarket chain CEO Erik Does called “an important stepping stone to a brighter future for food and drink.”“We know that our customers are sick to death of products laden in layer after layer of thick plastic packaging,” he said. “Plastic-free aisles are a really innovative way of testing the compostable biomaterials that offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to plastic packaging.”Products, campaigners promised, will be no more expensive than plastic-wrapped goods. Plus, their biodegradable packaging (or lack thereof) will give customers added peace of mind.Ekoplaza plans to roll out similar aisles in all 74 branches by the end of the year, The Guardian reported.“There is absolutely no logic in wrapping something as fleeting as food in something as indestructible as plastic,” Sutherland said. “Plastic food and drink packaging remains useful for a matter of days yet remains a destructive presence on the Earth for centuries afterwards.” Stay on target Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Snaps Images of Fluffy Clouds on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 NASA’s Curiosity rover is having a ball exploring the Red Planet: Amid its recent drilling and studying tasks on Mars, the rover snapped images of clouds rolling above the planet’s surface and they are a dreamy sight.Curiosity used its black-and-white Navigation Cameras (Navcams) to capture photos of drifting clouds on May 7 and May 12, sols 2400 and 2405, said a NASA press release. According to NASA, these clouds are most likely water-ice clouds that are located roughly 19 miles above the Red Planet’s surface.Science under the cloudsAfter working hard for 2,405 Martian days and discovering the highest amounts of clays yet during the mission, @MarsCuriosity took a quick selfie break: https://t.co/kZcT0iuc87Here’s how the rover takes selfies: https://t.co/Tp8aeZrZry pic.twitter.com/v27dH9JvG2— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) May 29, 2019AdChoices广告Currently, the mission’s team is trying to line up cloud observations with NASA’s InSight lander, which is located approximately 373 miles away and recently snapped its own cloud images on May 1. The InSight lander’s cloud images slightly resemble Curiosity’s cloud images, which show the drifting clouds over a hazy Martian landscape.In addition to capturing these cool images, Curiosity has provided more information on the “clay-bearing unit,” a region on Mars that it’s currently studying. The rover recently drilled at rock targets named “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie” that showed the highest amounts of clay minerals discovered on Curiosity’s mission. These drill targets are pictured in a new selfie taken by Curiosity on May 12.What’s interesting about the “clay-bearing unit” is that these clay mineral findings will most likely lead to new research on this Red Planet area. NASA says rocks within the “clay-bearing unit” vicinity could have developed as layers of mud in ancient lakes. Over time, water interacted with sediment and perhaps left a lot of clay in the rocks located there.More on Geek.com:Curiosity Rover Takes First Bite of ‘Clay-Bearing Unit’ on Mars NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars ExoMars 2020 Rover Operations Control Center Opens in Italylast_img read more

AFN convention opens with awards and keynote address

first_imgThe Alaska Federation of Natives opened it’s 50th annual convention with a healing ceremony this morning in Fairbanks.Listen Now The 2016 Alaska Federation of Natives conference will go on from October 20-22. (Photo by KTOO)Later, Governor Bill Walker addressed the body, saying that it was a painful decision to reduce the amount of this year’s Permanent Fund dividend.” I had to bring the permanent fund into an average and keep that money in the account to grow for future generations,” Walker said.A hearing hosted by US Senator Dan Sullivan this afternoon addressed state laws across the country that ban sales of ivory products. Alaska artist Susie Silook, a noted carver, said the ban hurts Alaska Native artists.“This new dilemma we face is unconscionable. Decisions are made by people far removed from our realities. Such as the over-reach of eliminating all ivory markets world wide, regardless of differing regional concerns and situations,” Sullivan said. “Our sole economy in some regions of Alaska is set to suffer unnecessary and perhaps unrecoverable damage in the name of saving elephants, which we may never see in our lifetime. By all means, save the elephants, just don’t punish and conflate us with poachers.”Representative Lyman Hoffman accepted a special award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association for his work for rural schools, weatherization and power cost equalization. Hoffman accepted the award just before a panel on Alaska Native education got underway.“I believe all of these programs and many more came from me through my education at the University of Alaska, developing a working relationship and a trust with my colleagues,” Hoffman said. “And I would encourage others and you that education opens so many doors, whatever field you are in.”And AFN’s 2016 Citizen of the Year award went to Mike Toyukak. Toyukak and others sued the State of Alaska in 2013 for lack of language assistance for voters with limited proficiency in English.One of the keynote speakers was 33-year-old Megan Alvanna-Stimpfle, who grew up in Nome then worked for both Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.Alvanna-Stimpfle’s address acknowledged the legacy of gains made by organizations like AFN, while calling for controversial policies to collapse divisions between corporate and community institutions. Those included a request for ANCSA corporations to reconsider allotment of shares to so-called “afterborns,” as well as ceding state and corporate powers to local governments.“We must be able to question leadership without fearing losing our campsites, of those managing our lands,” Alvanna Stimpfle said. “We need to pay attention to how corporations organize their voting, because those in power will change the rules to stay in power.”A consistent theme throughout the speech was the need for Alaska Natives to become more directly involved in the state’s social and political institutions – schools, village corporations, and especially state government. She recommended the creation of a candidate training center at AFN each year, to prepare Alaska Natives to run for state office.last_img read more

Alaskan firefighters dispatched to battle blazes in Montana

first_imgOver 500 Alaskans are working wildfires in the Lower 48. According to state and federal wildfire response agencies, a sixth jet load of emergency firefighters from Alaska deployed this week to Montana.Listen nowThe crews from Fairbanks, Marshall, Nulato and the Upper Tanana region, headed south, joining Alaskans already working blazes in Montana, California and Oregon. The earlier deployed fire fighters include three Hotshot crews, two Initial attack teams, an Alaska based U.S. Forest Service crew and the White Mountain, Yukon, Tanana Chiefs and Gannet Glacier crews.Meanwhile, others from the communities of Chevak, Allakaket, Venetie and Arctic Village returned home this week from assignments in California.last_img read more

Vigil Leaders for Washington Metro Shooting Victim Call for Involvement with Youth

first_img15-yr-old Davonte Washington. (Photo/GoFundMe)Hundreds gathered at the Deanwood Metro Station parking lot in Northeast Washington, D.C., the evening of March 30 to pay tribute to Davonte Washington, 15, who was gunned down at the station on March 26 in what D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called a “senseless act.” The massive crowd was packed with youth, but also with many adults and officials, and with police from the Metropolitan Police Department and Transit Department on standby.According to a Washington Post report, Washington’s mother and two of his sisters saw the tragedy as they waited on the subway platform. Washington was on his way to get a haircut for Easter.The suspect, later identified as Maurice Bellamy, 17, reportedly confronted the victim and the ensuing verbal confrontation ended in the shooting. When authorities responded to the site at about 3:57 p.m. they found Washington suffering from two gunshot wounds to the chest to which he later succumbed at a local hospital. “He was really a nice person, he didn’t cause any trouble at all,” said Brianna Armstrong, 15, who was a classmate and close friend of Davonte.“He always made jokes, and he had a smile on his face every day. He would call me ‘Goofy Bri’ because we had so much fun. He was nice, cool, and a comforting person,” she added as a tear rolled down her cheek.Community organizer and activist Ronald Moten hosted the vigil and introduced those that spoke, including Davonte’s family members, ministers, Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Kevin Donahue, radio host Joe Clair, and Councilmember Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7).Prayer was offered before and after the vigil.“God, we ask that you put your loving arms around each and every family member and every person that is connected to Davonte; that you will lift us up as a people showing unity, showing solidarity for one another. God, this is not a show; it’s not entertainment, but coming to lift up a family that we will be a better people, and get rid of the violence that is in this city and the nation abroad,” said one pastor.Davonte’s mother spoke briefly, saying in a shaky voice, “I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting my baby.”Councilmember Alexander hailed the bond that seemed to exist within the slain youth’s family.“I’m just touched by the family, one thing I do know, and one thing all of us need to know is when I met the Washington family, I knew that the bond there was love,” she said. “And though his life has gone too soon, when you have love in the too short 15 years he was here that means the world.”She added, “And to all of those young people out here, if you are hurting please do not feel like you are alone. Please don’t feel like there is no place to go or get help, because when you are hurting, you’re going to hurt someone else…. We have to realize what murder is. Taking your hurt out on others is like a disease.”Candles were lit during the vigil and a makeshift memorial was made around a tree. Carnations were passed out to the crowd in observance of a Christian legend surrounding about Jesus Christ’ crucifixion. As Jesus’ mother, Mary, wept, carnations sprang up as a sign of her undying love for her son, according to the story, which was read by a teen at the vigil. White balloons were released as many joined hands in unity.The suspect, a resident of Southeast Washington, was arrested and charged as an adult with second degree murder while armed for the killing of Washington, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. He was arrested March 28 and was arraigned the following day. His next court appearance is slated for April 22.At the vigil, Moten said in order to address the violence in the city, the community needed to help its youth.“After you leave here, do something for the community,” he said. “We have abandoned our children. We need to understand that when we come to these vigils, and when we come back to our communities and we don’t do nothing, that’s called insanity. The same thing over and over again expecting a different result. So how many people are willing to do something when we leave here?last_img read more

Celebrate Wes Anderson style

first_imgThe American writer-director is known for the rare infusion of hilarity and melancholy in his films. The festival will showcase all the movies in the chronological order of the year of direction during the six days. Each day after the film is showcased, it will be followed by an interactive session by industry professionals and a light quiz with exciting prizes.The festival will open with Bottle Rocket, the directorial debut of Anderson, featuring Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Ned Dowd in a story of young Texan master thieves. The interactive sessions after the films will include exploring the thematics, camera techniques, aesthetics, music in Wes Anderson movies. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom will be screened in the subsequent days.The cast and crew of The Darjeeling Limited, casting director Dilip Shankar and actress Charu Shankar will also be present after the screening on 20 December, Friday to interact and share their experiences with the audience.To complete the festive mood, continuous music from Anderson’s film will be played through out the festival. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNeedle in the Hay (Elliott Smith), I am Waiting (The Rolling Stones) and other compositions of Randall Poster are some of the songs on the playlist. Wes Anderson commercials, interviews and short films will also be shown in the interludes. The whole centre will be in its true American mood bringing the Indian audiences closer to America.When: 16-21 December, 6 pm onwards.Where: The American Center, Kasturba Marg.last_img read more

Digital valve train uses up to 20 less fuel in testing

first_img Phys.org, 2019 Phys.org, 2019 This Empa team has been beavering away on a way to make a digital valve train that’s reliable, robust and cost-effective enough to push out into series production well under the hypercar price bracket, and it claims its FlexWork device is a strong candidate for the job.In the FlexWork system, valves are electrically controlled through solenoid coils, which open their own miniature valves and allow a hydraulic fluid as simple as the water-glycol mix you use in your radiator to push the engine valve open to the desired degree against a spring. Opening within milliseconds of the request being sent and closing at the speed of the valve springs, the system loses little energy in the process, as the spring returns most of its force to the hydraulic fluid when it’s released.The team has tested FlexWork using a modified Volkswagen 1.4-liter TSI engine, which was fitted with the new valve system and run on natural gas. It’s been running on the test bench since October 2018, and the team says it’s performed flawlessly, achieving “a significantly lower energy requirement over a wide operating range compared to camshaft-driven systems.” In typical low-load tests emulating passenger car driving conditions, the team says the FlexWork motor uses about 20 percent less fuel than a similar motor with a conventional valve train. The Empa electro-hydraulic valve systemEmpa Perhaps most importantly, the team says FlexWork “needs only low-cost components. No expensive, very fast switching valves and no complex sensors are required,” and Empa is already in discussions with a number of engine manufacturers to commercialize the technology.In addition to boosting efficiency, digital valve technology can also be used to increase power and torque, shut down one or more cylinders during highway cruising, or make an engine capable of operating across a variety of different fuel sources. The team says it’s also looking into the potential of alternative combustion concepts, including homogenous self-ignition, in which “a fuel-air mixture is ignited at the right moment without ignition sparks by setting the correct conditions towards the end of compression. The mixture is combusted almost without pollution.” That certainly sounds promising.Indeed, since fully digital valve systems are very recent technology, it’s hard to say exactly what might come out of them once engines start being specifically developed to make maximal use of this kind of tech. But it seems they’ll be out in the market sooner rather than later, and this is an area to keep your eye on.Source: Empa Siemens VDO Develops Advanced Piezo Unit Injection System Turbocharging the switch to efficient engines I consent to the use of Google Analytics and related cookies across the TrendMD network (widget, website, blog). Learn more Phys.org, 2007 We recommend Record efficiency for a gas engine Phys.org, 2016 Phys.org In this transitional period between the gasoline and electric ages, there’s still plenty of room, and plenty of motivation, for last-gasp improvements to the combustion engine – and a Swiss R&D facility says its electro-hydraulic, fully variable valve system is already delivering up to 20-percent fuel consumption reductions in testing.European Union emissions standards were first brought online in December 1992, and precipitated an enormous shift in the automotive industry. Every five years or so since then, this incredibly influential set of standards has ratcheted down tighter on automakers, forcing them to find ways to reduce harmful exhaust emissions and squeeze more out of a drop of gasoline while simultaneously meeting the market’s demands for power and performance to be uninterrupted.Obviously, fully electric vehicles are the gold standard when it comes to tailpipe emissions, but next-gen batteries seem to be taking longer than anyone expected to hit the market, and the transition to the EV age is taking its sweet time, so at the time of writing, the internal combustion engine seems to have plenty of legs left on it, as well as pressure coming from all directions to boost power, efficiency and responsiveness while reducing emissions.The idea of replacing the camshaft-driven valve train, which more or less locks in the opening times, closing times and lift measurements of intake and exhaust valves, is getting plenty of attention as a promising way to achieve these goals. Crude, mechanical variable valve timing efforts like Honda’s VTEC and Hyundai’s recently announced Continuously Variable Valve Duration system can get us part of the way there, but to get the most out of the technology you need to completely separate the valves from the crankshaft and achieve fully electronic control over exactly when each intake or exhaust valve opens and closes, and how far it’s opening.And these efforts are underway. Ultra-exotic automaker Koenigsegg has been working on its electro-pneumatic Freevalve system for several years now, and is preparing to launch a hybrid hypercar in 2020 with an electronic valve system that’s completely uncoupled from the crankshaft for total freedom of timing and valve lift. We spoke with British company Camcon Automotive last year, which had achieved something very similar with an electrically actuated desmodromic, or fully mechanical system.And now, a Swiss research team has announced “completely free adjustment of stroke and timing” on a valve train that uses electro-hydraulics to push its valves around. Empa is a Swiss government research institute for applied materials sciences and technology. Based in Zurich and founded in 1880, it now employs around 1,000 scientists working across a wide range of projects. New technique lays the foundation for greener transport fuels and next generation engines Google Analytics settings Radical engine redesign would reduce pollution, oil consumption Brunel fine-tunes next-generation digital engine Phys.org, 2005 Privacy policy Empa’s VW-based test bench engine has already demonstrated it’s 20 percent more fuel efficient than a similar engine with camshaft-operated valvesEmpa Powered by Yes Nolast_img read more

Former Haiti dictator JeanClaude Baby Doc Duvalier dies of heart attack

first_imgPORT-AU-PRINCE — Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, who ruled the impoverished Caribbean nation from 1971 until his ouster in 1986, died Saturday of a heart attack, officials here said. He was 63.The death of Baby Doc, who returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years of exile, was announced by the nation’s health minister, Florence Guillaume Duperval.On Twitter, President Michel Martelly expressed his “sincere condolences to the family and to the nation” for the loss of “an authentic son of Haiti.”“Love and reconciliation must always prevail over our internal quarrels. May he rest in peace,” wrote Martelly, who said he was paying tribute to the former president “despite our quarrels and our differences.” Duperval said Duvalier died of an apparent heart attack.“The family phoned us this morning asking us to send a [medical] helicopter,” she told AFP.“They tried to administer first aid to him on the scene, but he died” a short time later, she said.The New York Times summed up Duvalier’s terrifying rule after the teenager replaced his tyrannical father:Mr. Duvalier continued to defend what human rights workers called one of the most oppressive governments in the Western Hemisphere, following in the footsteps of his father, François, known as Papa Doc, who also died suddenly, in 1971. The son was 19 when he assumed the post “president for life,” as he and his father called it, becoming the youngest head of state at the time.He never apologized for atrocities, including brutal crackdowns on opponents at the hands of the feared Tonton Macoutes, a civilian militia that left a thousand people, if not more, dead, disappeared or illegally detained in harsh prisons.For a decade-and-a-half, the portly, boyish-looking Duvalier ruled as Haiti’s self-proclaimed “president for life” until he was forced into exile in a popular uprising, as pro-democracy forces rallied in the streets amid international condemnation of the rampant human rights abuses during his regime.Like his father, Baby Doc came to rule Haiti with an iron fist — barring opposition, clamping down on dissidents, rubber-stamping his own laws and pocketing government revenue.And like his ruthless father, he also made liberal use of the dreaded Tonton Macoutes, a secret police force loyal to the Duvalier family. The notorious sunglass-toting Macoutes terrorized Haitians, arresting, torturing untold numbers of political opponents, thousands of whom vanished without ever being accounted for. A file picture shows former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, son of former dictator Francois Duvalier, as he delivers a speech on Jan. 2, 1976 at the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. AFPRaised amid intrigue and paranoiaBorn in Port-au-Prince on July 3, 1951, the young Duvalier watched the intrigue and paranoia escalate in his father’s 14-year government, which began in 1957 and saw waves of arrests, executions, bombings and 11 failed coups.At the age of 11 he survived an attack that killed three of his bodyguards.An estimated 30,000 people were killed during the reign of the Duvalier father and son, rights activists said.The younger Duvalier fled Haiti in 1986 for a life of luxury in France, thanks to the hundreds of millions of dollars allegedly plundered from the coffers of the Western Hemisphere’s most impoverished country.Years of efforts to force his family to return the pilfered funds proved fruitless.In the late 1990s former political prisoners brought charges of “crimes against humanity” against Baby Doc in a Paris court, claiming they were tortured over a period of years, but the lawsuit later foundered.In 2007, Duvalier called on Haitians to forgive him for “mistakes” committed during his rule, even as the government in power at the time insisted he face trial.At the time of his death, he was indeed charged in a slow-moving prosecution on corruption and embezzlement allegations dating to his years in power. He was said in reports to have looted as much as $300 million before being forced to flee.Much of the money, however, was reported to have been frittered away on a lavish lifestyle filled with fancy homes, jewelry and cars.He returned home January 16, 2011, in what he said was a gesture of solidarity with a nation that had been devastated the year before by a massive earthquake, which leveled much of Port-au-Prince and claimed more than 100,000 lives.The day after his unexpected return, Haitian police arrested Duvalier on charges of embezzlement. In February 2013, he pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and human rights abuse.But efforts to bring him to justice became tangled in legal motions and appeals, and proved unsuccessful in the end.Other than his brief jailing shortly after his arrival, Duvalier remained at liberty for the rest of his life.Reed Brody, of Human Rights Watch and who helped victims build their criminal case against Duvalier, lamented that the former dictator never paid for his crimes.“It’s a shame that the Haitian justice system could not bring Baby Doc Duvalier to trial before he died,” he said in a statement.“Duvalier’s rule was marked by systematic human rights violations. Hundreds of political prisoners held in a network of prisons died from mistreatment or were victims of extrajudicial killings,” Brody said.“Duvalier’s government repeatedly closed independent newspapers and radio stations. Journalists were beaten, in some cases tortured, jailed, and forced to leave the country.”Added Brody: “Duvalier’s death deprives Haitians of what could have been the most important human rights trial in the country’s history.” Facebook Comments L’amour et la réconciliation doivent toujours vaincre nos querelles intestines. Que ton âme repose en paix #JeanClaudeDuvalier— Michel J. Martelly (@MichelJMartelly) October 4, 2014center_img Related posts:Haiti’s Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier: An overweight, overwhelmed dauphin Haiti opposition cautiously welcomes PM’s resignation US embassy urges Haiti to resolve political crisis Hollande in Haiti to promise help from resented Francelast_img read more

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