Cinema 4D: The Iris – VFX/Mograph Experiment

first_imgMaximize basic geometry from Cinema 4D with plug-ins from After Effects.Whoa! We love this animation created in Cinema 4D and After Effects by motion design pro Aharon Rabinowitz. In the follow up tutorial, Aharon provides a load of insight into how simple geometry can be used, in conjunction with some really cool plugins, to create an interesting and detailed 3D animation.VFX BreakdownIn C4D Aharon creates a simple polygon object and then uses the C4D plug-in called Greebler. This plug-in allows for the addition of multiple artifacts in varying shapes and sizes on top of your geometry. Once the desired settings are in place through the Greebler plug-in Aharon exports the project out as a OBJ Sequence. He uses an add-on from AEScripts called the Plexus OBJ Exporter to export out an OBJ Sequence.Once the sequence has been exported he moves into After Effects. In AE he utilizes a number of plug-ins and add-ons such as Video Copilot‘s Element 3D, of which Version 2 is releasing this November. One of the issues that Aharon has with importing his sequence into Element 3D is the carry over of the UV Mapping. Since he exports it out as a sequence rather than an object, the texture mappings setting are different in Element 3D, which restrict mapping.After applying a standard material preset in Element 3D Aharon adds lighting, fog, ambient occlusion and depth of field through standard AE effects. Then he uses a combination of Red Giant plug-ins such as Knoll Light Factory EZ, Magic Bullet Looks, Mojo and Trapcode Shine.This is a great example of using a multi app, multi plugin workflow to impressive effect.last_img read more

West Ham’s Alisha Lehmann keen to add Wembley knees-up to East End adventure

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook features Read more Reuse this content We are just shy of 10 months on from when the Swiss forward Alisha Lehmann joined West Ham. With no English, and at the age of 19, it was a step into the unknown for her. Now, though, the winger has a PFA young player of the year nomination under her belt and is preparing for West Ham’s first FA Cup final, against Manchester City on Saturday.“It really is a culture shock because Switzerland is so small and it’s huge here,” says Lehmann, sitting in the sun outside the clubhouse at West Ham’s Rush Green training ground, where the women’s team play their home games. “It’s different, but in a good way different.” West Ham United Women Share on Twitter Topics Eni Aluko Read more The change was initially hard but the decision to move was not. “At first when I got to the first team, with the national team, it was an easy decision because all the players play in other countries because the Swiss league isn’t that good,” she says. “In Switzerland you can’t take the steps you want to.”She was prepared for the difficulties her lack of English would pose but not for east London. “First when I came I couldn’t speak, you know? It was so hard because the dialogue here is … oh my God, I couldn’t understand anything.”Now her English is way beyond what you would expect after 10 months. “When you speak English all day you can’t really not [learn it],” she says modestly.Lehmann was plucked from the relative unknown by the then new West Ham manager, Matt Beard, who has a knack for that. She was playing for Swiss team Young Boys and had shone for the national team at the European Women’s Under‑19 Championship and featured for Switzerland’s senior side since 2016.After a brief settling-in period – “I needed a few games to get used to this intensity; it’s more physical” – she got her first goal in West Ham’s ninth game of the season, scoring the winner as they came from behind to beat Everton 2-1.But what was her image of West Ham as a club before she arrived? “I only knew the men’s. Because the women [had] played in the third tier, I didn’t know them.”Of the men’s she “only knew they play in the Premier League and then a few players. Chicharito [Javier Hernández] I knew, because he played in Germany. [Marko] Arnautovic because of Austria. A few but not much.”She has nine goals in her maiden season, mainly playing on the wing, and was nominated for the PFA young player of the year alongside the winner, Georgia Stanway, and the main award winner, Vivianne Miedema.The English league was not completely alien to Lehmann, whose partner is the Chelsea striker Ramona Bachmann, a fellow Switzerland international. In the BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary Britain’s Youngest Football Boss we get an insight into the competitiveness between the two as West Ham prepare to face Chelsea for the first time. Bachmann went on to score the only two goals of the game. In the return the former Chelsea player Gilly Flaherty earned West Ham a draw at Kingsmeadow which confirmed that Chelsea would miss out on Champions League qualification via a top-two finish.center_img Women’s FA Cup Share on WhatsApp Women’s Super League Share on Messenger The pair could have met at Wembley, too, only for an injury-time Magdalena Eriksson own goal in the semi-finals to put City through at the expense of Chelsea, who arguably had the better chances. Lehmann scored the equaliser in West Ham’s semi-final at Reading, which ended 1-1 before they won 4-3 on penalties. Was Lehmann happy to avoid another on-pitch battle with her other half? “If they had won I would have been happy for her. But I don’t mind; in the end we need to win, we don’t mind who we play against.”Now, she can get advice about the Wembley final: “We spoke about them playing there last year. She scored two goals, she told me a little bit about how it will be and I think that’s good for me because I can take the positive things.”Should West Ham beat the odds and come away with a trophy, it would be a testament to Beard’s experience, the support from the club and a remarkable knitting together of 18 players, plus the two added in January, in less than a year.“We came from all over the place and I think that’s why we are so close,” Lehmann says. “We are a little bit like a little family. When I go home and come back I feel really good here. We have really good people and personalities here and it works.” Share on LinkedIn West Ham Women must handle FA Cup final occasion to shock Manchester City Share on Pinterest Women’s football Steph Houghton hails Women’s FA Cup final crowd: ‘We dreamed about this’last_img read more

Economic Reform Programme on Track

first_imgFinance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says the Government’s economic reform and transformation programme is proceeding “at an appropriate speed.” He said that the programme, aimed at “restarting the engines of progress,” addresses a number of critical areas including debt management, containing wage-related expenditures, and growth promotion. The Minister was speaking at Mayberry Investments Limited’s monthly investor forum held yesterday (Nov. 21), at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston. Dr. Phillips, who spoke on the topic: ‘The Jamaican economy – Where are we and where are we going?’ stated that the economic reform efforts are not limited to negotiating an International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement, even though it is a part of the programme. “The challenge that we face is a challenge not for the IMF, but a challenge for us, the people of Jamaica, to demonstrate that we have the capacity to manage our own economic and financial affairs responsibly and effectively in keeping with the sovereign rights, which we have held for 50 years,” he said. He stated that having an IMF agreement in place is important, as it represents “a seal of approval” to the international community, and provides a route of access to official financial flows, which have been suspended from 2011. “It is the seal that will secure access on acceptable terms to international capital markets and for that reason it is important, but it is not the be all and end all,” Dr. Phillips pointed out. He reiterated that the negotiations are expected to be finalized this calendar year. The Government is expecting to conclude a letter of intent by the end of December and “maybe we could get to the board by January,” he informed. “This past week we had officials of the government of Jamaica in Washington, looking at and exchanging data regarding our views on the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies, which forms the basis of a letter of intent, which is to be issued,” he said.last_img read more

Law Amendments Committee Meeting Rescheduled

first_imgThe law amendments committee meeting, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 13 and Tuesday, Feb. 14 to hear presentations on Bill 59, An Act Respecting Accessibility in Nova Scotia, has been postponed because of the winter storm. The two-day hearing will be rescheduled at a later date. Sufficient time will be provided to allow time for travel arrangements. For more information about the accessibility legislation, go to http://novascotia.ca/coms/accessibility/. -30-last_img

Jason Roy receives maiden Test callup

first_imgLondon: Swashbuckling opener Jason Roy has been named, for the first time, in England’s 13-member Test squad for the match against Ireland which will be played at Lord’s from July 24. Roy played a star role in England’s World Cup victory, hitting 443 runs in seven innings and was also named in the Team of the Tournament. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler have been rested for the four-day match while Mark Wood is missing due to a side strain which will see him out of action for four to six weeks. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Somerset bowling all-rounder Lewis Gregory earns his first call-up to the Test squad after impressing for Somerset and the England Lions over the past few seasons. The 27-year-old has been in fine form this campaign taking 44 wickets at an average of 13.88. Seamer Olly Stone, who made his England’s ODI debut last winter in Sri Lanka, has earned his second call up to the Test squad. Jofra Archer, who is yet to make his England debut in Test cricket, will have a period of rest before being considered for selection during the Ashes Test Series. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery A 16-man squad for a pre-Ashes training camp this weekend has also been announced. England squad for Ireland Test: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes England pre-Ashes training camp squad: Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Jack Leach, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes, Mark Woodlast_img read more

Heres a list February inflation rates for Canadian provinces territories

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 2.2 per cent in February, Statistics Canada says. Here’s what happened in the provinces (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.7 per cent (1.1)— Prince Edward Island: 3.0 (1.6)— Nova Scotia: 2.3 (1.4)— New Brunswick: 2.7 (1.8)— Quebec: 1.5 (1.3)— Ontario: 2.1 (1.8)— Manitoba: 2.4 (2.1)— Saskatchewan: 2.9 (2.5)— Alberta: 2.2 (1.4)— British Columbia: 2.8 (2.1)last_img

Industrial natural gas users put backup plans in action ahead of winter

first_imgThe industrial sector consumed about twice as much natural gas as residential and commercial users in 2016, provincial government data shows.Wood product company Canfor has been given a set amount of natural gas to use among its three Prince George pulp mills, spokeswoman Michelle Ward said in a statement.“In addition to our allocations from Fortis, as a contingency, we are supplementing our natural gas needs with trucked gas. With this allotment, and the current temperatures, we are able to keep the mills up and running,” Ward said.Catalyst Paper relies on FortisBC for natural gas service at its three mills in Powell River, Crofton and Port Alberni.About 90 percent of its power comes from wood waste, but natural gas is used in its line kilns, as a backup fuel source and to keep the boiler stable during the winter.Carlo Dal Monte, director of energy management, said the company is accustomed to FortisBC reducing its supply for one or two weeks per year during cold snaps. In those situations, it switches to recycled oil fuel and focus on products that require less steam like lighter weight paper.Given the unprecedented situation following the pipeline explosion, the company is working to create steam conservation action plans and ensure it has as much backup fuel as possible at each of its mills, he said.“We recognize that this is uncharted water for everyone. We also recognize that as industrial customers were likely the first ones to get curtailed, ” he said, adding the goal is to minimize any impact on its customers.The City of Vancouver is taking steps to reduce natural gas usage by shutting down its asphalt plant and lowering thermostats at all city-staff occupied buildings, areas of recreation centres that don’t affect the public and libraries.“We are continuing to assess the impact a longer-term gas outage could have on the city operations and will look at other adjustments that can be made if this is an ongoing issue,” spokeswoman Ellie Lambert said in an email.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) “Certainly, our members are in the business of at least covering the cost of production. So yes, they’ll be trying to get higher prices in the marketplace,” she said.Natural gas is a vital part of the growing process, not only as a heat source but because the carbon dioxide it produces feeds the plants, she said.Most growers have an interruptible plan with FortisBC, which means they pay a discounted rate but service can be stopped in an emergency like the pipeline explosion or during cold snaps and prioritized to other customers.While natural gas service has been restored since the Oct. 9 incident, she said at least one grower has told her he may skip production this season over concerns about gas prices.Enbridge, the pipeline’s owner, has said it expects to have its ruptured pipeline back in service by mid-November, but the pressure in that line and in a smaller pipeline nearby will remain below maximum levels until spring.The National Energy Board said in a statement Friday that it ordered Enbridge to limit gas flows at 80 percent pressure levels from the blast site, located about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, along the entire length of the pipeline up to the B.C.-United States border, as a safety measure to protect people and the environment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A natural gas shortage projected to stretch through the winter months could mean higher vegetable prices this spring, as gas users from mills to local governments hustle to conserve and find alternative fuel sources.The shortage follows a pipeline explosion near Prince George earlier this month and one of the province’s largest utilities, FortisBC, says it means supply will be reduced by 50 to 80 percent during the coldest months of the year.Linda Delli Santi, executive director of the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association, said any higher costs of using alternative fuels or spikes in gas prices will be passed on to consumers.center_img FortisBC said that keeping homes warm is its top priority as it manages a reduced supply in the coming months and it’s encouraging all users to conserve energy.“We do have gas flowing to all of our customers, including the industrials although at a limited usage,” FortisBC spokesman Sean Berdow said. “When it comes down to it though, as factors dictate and if we have issues of supply, there’s a number of different levers we can pull.”The utility has arranged to maximize the output of the Southern Crossing pipeline that feeds into the Interior from Alberta and is working on securing additional natural gas in the open marketplace to meet demand. It’s also working with its largest customers to optimize their energy use and identify backup options, Berdow said.“There’s a lot of heavy industry with the capability to fuel switch, so they’re looking at the current scenario and saying it makes more sense for us now to work off an alternative fuel supply,” he said.last_img read more

Delhi govt started work of laying pipelines says CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Delhi government started work of laying pipelines across Delhi and work on the construction of 10,000 streets and roads are also in progress, asserted Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal from a rally at Wazirpur of Chandni Chowk constituency. Accusing the Centre ofcreating hurdles for Delhi’s development, the AAP leader said he faced several obstructions at various stages to get clearances from the Centre. He said the people of Delhi pay Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth Income Tax and receive only Rs 325 crore from the Centre. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Why should we pay so much and get so less in return? What have Delhiites done to the central government to deserve this? The situation is similar to the time before India got independence. First Britishers looted us, now the central government is looting us,” the chief minister said. “Just for political enmity, PM Modi stopped the development work for the common man of Delhi. Last time you voted for him, but this time do not vote for him, otherwise he would not let me work for development,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWhile addressing the gathering, CM Arvind Kejriwal said,

”Four years ago, you elected and gave a huge responsibility to a humble man like me. I am forever grateful for this favour. We will never forget it. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the people of Delhi. For the past 70 years, no party has done as much work as Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi.” He added, “In the past four years we have done so much, but the Modi government has left no stone unturned in creating hurdles in our work. We want to make schools, hospitals, mohalla clinics, install CCTV’s but they are the ones who are stopping us.” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said full statehood for Delhi will ensure that children scoring even 60 per cent marks get admission in colleges in Delhi. Meanwhile, a big number of women participated in the ‘Jhadu Chalao, Gundagardi Bhagao’ March that was launched in Kalkaji Vidhan Sabha in presence of AAP South Delhi Candidate Raghav Chadha and Kalkaji MLA Avtar Singh. Such marches will be held through all legislative assemblies over the coming month. Raghav Chadha said, “South Delhi is plagued with politics of muscle and money power and so we have been ruled by goons and ruffians for a long time. Now you have a chance to weed out the politics of Intimidation and instead send a decent and sensitive person to the Parliament. This is your opportunity to vote for someone who is not abusive, makes women feel comfortable and safe and has the sensibility and sensitivity to serve the people right.”last_img read more

What else would the Warriors vs Cavaliers Series Reveal

By Jamal LaoudiWashington, D.C.- The title of the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) in sports is often up for debate, be it from average Joes to experts and sports casters and writers.  In the case of soccer, or Football as it is known outside the 50 states, the debate has focused on Pele vs. Maradona comparison for the most part. Zidane, Cruyff, and other names do enter the debate on occasion. Today, Messi and Ronaldo are making some serious noise for GOAT. Plenty already consider one or the other the GOAT. Ina few short years, we will know the kind of impact on the game these two would end up having, and may be the GOAT debate could be settled?Basketball is another sport with a debate as just as fierce. The name Michael Jordan dominates the discussion but serious cases have been made for names like Jerry West, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.Today, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is one of the latest to enter the debate. Is LeBron better than Jordan? As the debate rages and intensifies, LeBron is presented with a huge opportunity to score major points on that front.In the past three years, the discussion has also focused on the comparison between LeBron and Warriors’ Steph Curry who was the NBA’s MVP in both 2015 and 2016. He was also instrumental in setting the insane best ever regular-season record of 73–9 beating a record set by former Jordan’s team.LeBron and Steph met three times in the NBA finals the past three years. They split the first two and are now battling for the third. Last year, Cleveland was down 3 games to 1. Most have considered the series a done deal, guilty as charged here, only to have the Cavaliers, led by LeBron, turn the tables on the Warriors. They won the next 3 straight games and the season’s championship along with it.In the heat of the moment, the question was is LeBron the greatest ever or is LeBron the greatest ever? As emotions settled down, we were back to is LeBron as good as Jordan?This year’s finals are well underway.  The Warriors added a major difference-making weapon to their already wicked arsenal: Kevin Durant! The Bleacher Report has Durant as the number two best player of this season after his former teammate Russel Westbrook. They are already up in this series, with Durant and Steph having their way so far.This is a golden opportunity for LeBron to assert his dominance and to provide much fuel for the best ever argument in his favor.  If he manages to come back from being down against the Warriors and check both Steph and Durant, I would definitely give him a seat at the table a whole lot closer to Jordan. read more

Alberta to end craft brewery tax discount will replace with grant program

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 12, 2016 4:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 12, 2016 at 5:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta to end craft brewery tax discount, will replace with grant program CALGARY – The Alberta government says it is dropping a beer markup that favoured western small breweries and will replace it with a grant program.The NDP government said Tuesday that starting August 5 it plans to charge the same $1.25 per litre beer markup for all beer, regardless of the size of the company or where the beer is made.It was only last October that the government announced it was lowering the markup on beer from smaller breweries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia as part of the New West Partnership trade agreement with the three provinces.At the time, the move drew praise from local breweries but was criticized by craft breweries in Eastern Canada as a protectionist move.But the Alberta Small Breweries Association is now welcoming the level playing field between provinces and hopes other provinces will drop trade barriers on Alberta breweries as well.Terry Rock, executive director of the association, said he was happy with the news and expects the grant program to make up for the higher beer markup on craft breweries. read more

In Turkey UN chief Guterres discusses Syria Iraq Cyprus with President

Mr. Guterres is on his first major trip since taking the helm of the UN on 1 January, which will also take him to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Egypt as well as Germany.According to a readout issued by the office of Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson, the Secretary-General and the President discussed the Syrian conflict and the ongoing diplomatic efforts to end it. “The Secretary-General said he was grateful that the Astana conference was held in support of the Geneva process,” the readout said. The talks between the Syrian government and the opposition brokered by Russia and Turkey were held in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, on 23-24 January. The United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian talks are scheduled to resume in Geneva on 20 February. “The Secretary-General underscored the need to fight terrorism and extremists in Syria but that effort would not be successful without a political solution supported by the people of country,” the readout added.On Iraq, the Secretary-General expressed the need that the on-going operations to liberate Mosul and other areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) not exacerbate sectarianism but instead be a symbol of national reconciliation.The Secretary-General commended Turkey for its outstanding generosity in hosting millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq.The two leaders also discussed the latest developments in the peace process in Cyprus, the readout said. read more

Doctors son accused of beating patient to death remanded

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedECD businessman beaten to death, Doctor implicated to be chargedFebruary 26, 2018In “Crime”Father accused of fatally stabbing son remandedSeptember 12, 2018In “Court”ECD man arraigned with 2009 murder of fuel dealerMarch 29, 2019In “Court” The son of an Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD) doctor was remanded to prison on Tuesday morning over the fatal beating of one of his father’s patients.Murdered: Hazrat ShaffieNeilson Sinclair, 29, of Lot 8 Temple Street, Ogle, appeared before Magistrate Alisha George at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court and was not required to plead to the indictable murder charge, which stated that he killed Hazrat Shaffie.The accused will make his next court appearance on March 23, 2018 for report.Shaffie, 46, of Lot 114 Fifth Street, Industry, ECD, was last Friday beaten unconscious by the defendant who is an alleged drug addict.Shaffie succumbed on Monday morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital from the injuries sustained.A post-mortem examination performed on the victim’s body determined that he died a result of shock and haemorrhage due to the blows he had received to his head.Hazrat Shaffie was laid to rest on Monday afternoon, in accordance with Muslim rites. read more

40yearold man charged with murder of Stephen Davidson

first_imgA 40-YEAR-OLD man arrested on Monday has today been charged with the murder of 31-year old Stephen Davidson in Bangor last weekend.He will appear before a special sitting of Newtownards Magistrates’ Court at 4pm this afternoon. On Monday police said they were investigating the death of the man following a “violent struggle”.Two people, a 30 female and a 40 year old male, were arrested shortly after 1pm on Monday.It is believed Davidson lived alone in the house where he was killed and police said they could not say if he let his attackers into the house and that they were not in a position to say if drugs were involved.The 40-year-old man charged with Davidson’s murder also faces charges in relation to drugs possession and a threat to commit arson last Saturday.Related: Two arrested as PSNI investigate death of man in Bangor>last_img read more

ProFYROM group organises Melbourne conference

first_imgThe pro-FYROM group Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee (AMHRC) will host an international conference in early September on the “passing of 100 years since the partition of Macedonia”, as they claim. The activist organisation, founded in Melbourne in 1984, fights not only for the self-proclaimed ‘Macedonian’ identity but also for a ‘greater’ Macedonia. The conference, entitled ‘The Partition of Macedonia and the Balkan Wars of 1912-13’, is the highlight of a number of commemorative events designed to recognise the “importance of the partition of Macedonia in 1913”, in their words, and commemorate the “annexation of Macedonia by Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria”. Some of the speakers, for example Peter Hill from the University of Hamburg and Loring Danforth from Bates College in the USA, are known not only from their work but also from their previous visits in Melbourne. Other academics include Andrew Rossos and Christina Kramer, from the University of Toronto in Canada, Victor Freedman from the University of Chicago, Keith Brown from Brown University in the USA, and Katerina Kolozova, a renowned gender studies expert from the American University College in Skopje. The proceedings of the conference, as the organisers say, will be published so that they can be distributed to tertiary institution libraries. The AMHRC in its official language, amongst other claims, makes reference to the ‘Aegean’ and the ‘Pirin Macedonia’, terms loaded with wider geopolitical implications for the Balkan peninsula. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Climat le réchauffement de la planète à lorigine dhivers très froids

first_imgClimat : le réchauffement de la planète à l’origine d’hivers très froids ?Des climatologues allemands se sont penchés sur le possible lien entre le réchauffement climatique et la multiplication d’hivers particulièrement froids, tels que celui qui s’annonce depuis plusieurs jours en France. Une situation qui semble contradictoire, mais expliquée par Vladimir Petoukhov, chercheur à l’Institut de recherche climatique de Potsdam.L’hypothèse est développée dans la revue Journal of Geophysical Research : le réchauffement climatique pourrait engendrer de très rigoureux hivers en Europe. La fonte des glaces de l’est arctique entraîne en effet un réchauffement local des couches d’air inférieures, et pourrait alors être à l’origine d’importantes interférences dans les courants atmosphériques. Un phénomène qui pourrait mener à un sensible refroidissement des continents du nord.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?”Cette interférence pourrait tripler le risque d’un hiver très froid en Europe et en Asie du Nord”, estime Vladimir Petoukhov, affirmant que les hivers très froids des dernières années ne sont en aucun cas en contradiction avec le réchauffement de la planète largement attesté par la communauté scientifique, bien au contraire.Pour émettre cette hypothèse, Vladimir Petoukhov et son équipe se sont basés sur des simulations informatiques réalisées grâce au logiciel ECHAM5, qui permet d’effectuer des modèles de circulation atmosphérique. Les chercheurs se sont penchés sur la mer de Barents-Kara au nord de la Norvège et de la Russie, où une importante réduction des glaces a été observée au cours de l’hiver 2005-2006. Une période qui fut particulièrement froide en Europe. Lorsque la glace fond à la surface des mers, celles-ci perdent de la chaleur dans l’atmosphère. Les chercheurs ont alors suivi des scénarios au cours desquels la couverture de glace de l’est arctique chute de façon constante. “Nos simulations ont fourni une réponse non-linéaire de la température de l’air et du vent face aux variations que subit la glace au-dessus des mers. Nous passons d’un réchauffement à un refroidissement et de nouveau à un réchauffement”, explique Vladimir Petoukhov.Pour lui, un changement brutal entre les différents mécanismes de circulation atmosphérique qui se produisent dans les zones subpolaires est plausible, et le réchauffement de l’air au-dessus de la mer de Barents-Kara engendre très probablement les hivers froids que connaît l’Europe. Si cette étude ne permet pas de prédire si l’hiver à venir se montrera rude, elle offre une évaluation des changements climatiques à long terme. Le 2 décembre 2010 à 16:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Melania Trump loses footing with elephant but not with kids

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya — Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but the first lady was anything but out of step when children at an orphanage welcomed her to their home with African song and dance.It didn’t take long for the typically reserved U.S. first lady to dive fully into the moment.Mrs. Trump arrived at The Nest orphanage on Friday after helping feed baby elephants, still clad in the riding pants and tall brown boots she had worn on a safari. A group of children who live at the orphanage and had been waiting for their American visitor broke into song and dance.With a child’s hand clasped in each of hers, Mrs. Trump led the group up a walkway toward the home for orphaned infants, sashaying to the music as she approached a bank of waiting news cameras.The first lady was similarly immersed in the moment earlier at Nairobi National Park, where she had gone early Friday to highlight elephant conservation.Mrs. Trump seemed reticent at first but she eventually stepped down from the platform she was standing on to take a large milk bottle with a big red nipple and feed some of the orphaned elephants being raised at the park a few miles outside of downtown Nairobi.last_img read more

Highway 14 roundabout work to begin in Washougal

first_imgDignitaries held their groundbreaking ceremony last week. Now it’s time for construction workers to get busy building two roundabouts on state Highway 14 in Washougal.Thompson Bros. Excavating Inc., a Vancouver contractor working for the Washington State Department of Transportation, will start construction Wednesday on roundabouts at Washougal River Road/15th Street and at 32nd Street.Elected officials and WSDOT representatives gathered Thursday morning for a groundbreaking with speeches and obligatory shovels in the dirt. No golden shovels were lined up; WSDOT provided new shovels that will be distributed to road crews.“They are real shovels,” said Tamara Greenwell, a WSDOT spokeswoman. “And we will really use them.”The $7.5 million project aims to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and restore full access to Highway 14 from 32nd Street, where there is no traffic signal. WSDOT has prohibited left turns onto Highway 14 at that intersection because of safety concerns.“A lot of freight coming from south of the highway is not able to turn west toward Vancouver,” Greenwell said.Drivers should expect intermittent single-lane closures on Highway 14 during construction, which is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year. There will be no lane closures immediately before, during or after the July 27 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Washougal MX Park.last_img read more

Man jailed after leading Border Patrol on a high speed chase on

first_imgMan jailed after leading Border Patrol on a high speed chase on the I-8 Posted: November 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A 21-year-old man was behind bars today on suspicion of leading Border Patrol agents on a high-speed pursuit that ended when he crashed the truck he was driving on  Interstate 8 in Boulevard, killing three of the suspected undocumented immigrants riding unrestrained in the pickup and injuring the other seven.Luis Alberto Virgen, a U.S. citizen who lives in Tijuana, allegedly sped off when the federal personnel tried to pull over the passenger-packed white Chevrolet Silverado he was driving near the Mexican border in eastern San Diego County shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.With the agents giving chase, Virgen entered Interstate 8 at Buckman Springs Road and fled to the east briefly before exiting at Ribbonwood Road and re-entering the freeway, this time headed west, the Border Patrol reported.After fleeing for several more miles, the suspect ran over a tire-flattening spike strip that agents had laid across the roadway in his path east of Crestwood Road, according to the federal agency.About a minute later, the Silverado — occupied by a single passenger in the front and the rest in the cargo bed — veered off the interstate, went up a dirt embankment, became airborne, overturned  and rolled back down the sloping roadside onto the freeway.Virgen was the only one in the truck wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and the others were ejected, CHP public-affairs Officer Travis Garrow said.Two of the male passengers and the sole female member of the group died at the scene of the wreck. The names of the deceased were withheld pending family notification.Medics took Virgen and the surviving passengers to a hospital for treatment of moderate to serious injuries, Garrow said.About an hour after the fatal accident, Border Patrol personnel in the area came across another vehicle believed to have been involved in the apparent human-smuggling attempt and arrested a second man. The suspect’s name was not released.Virgen was booked into San Diego Central Jail early this morning on suspicion of three counts of vehicular manslaughter. He was being held on $150,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. KUSI Newsroom November 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Manhunt continues on Oregon coast

first_imgAn Oregon State Police dispatcher says the search continues today for a man who shot a police officer in Lincoln City and fled on foot from pursuing officers in Waldport.The man is believed to be 43-year-old David Anthony Durham of Portland, owner of the vehicle that was pulled over Sunday night by Lincoln City Officer Steven Dodds. Dodds was shot multiple times and was reported in critical condition after surgery at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.A manhunt Monday failed to turn up any sign of Durham. Police are urging Waldport residents to report anyone suspicious.last_img read more