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May 7, 2021

11 major international companies join forces to accelerate the energy transition in transport and logistics

first_img 11 major international companies join forces to accelerate the energy transition in transport and logistics. (Credit: Erich Westendarp from Pixabay) At the Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, an economic forum attended by many organizations from around the world, 11 international groups have announced they have joined forces to form an international coalition open to new members. AWS, Carrefour Group, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Engie, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä are the existing members.Common goals for the energy transition in transport and logisticsThe Coalition aims to accelerate the development of energy sources and technologies to address the challenges posed by sustainable mobility in the transport and logistics industry by reducing emissions, fighting global warming and protecting biodiversity.The 11 existing members are pooling their expertise in pursuit of three key goals to achieve genuine technological breakthroughs with tangible results by 2030:Unlock a more extensive portfolio of clean energy sources,•    Lower energy consumption per kilometer-equivalent of goods transported,•    Eliminate a substantial proportion of emissions linked to transport and logistics.Nine concrete projects devised by the nine working groups already set upOver the past few months, the Coalition has established nine working groups with several dozen participants to devise nine concrete projects that will help shape the energy sources of the future:•    Develop green hydrogen procurement solutions for the transport sector,•    Develop biofuels for the various modes of transport,•    Expand the use of biogas and synthetic gases in transport,•    Replace fossil fuels with green energy across the supply chain,•    Launch zero-emission vehicle pilot projects by the end of 2021,•    Create a digital door-to-door route planning system that calculates the option with the lowest environmental impact,•    Optimize the operational management and loading to step up the energy efficiency of each ton carried,•    Make multimodal platforms more environmentally friendly for logistics applications,•    Consolidate methods used to measure the impact of energy transition projects in transport and logistics.The Coalition was launched in late 2019 during the French Maritime Economy Conference (Assises de l’Economie de la Mer) and has received the backing of French President Emmanuel Macron.The Coalition’s initial findings will be officially presented in January 2021 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress.Julien GROUES, Managing Director of AWS in France, said:“At AWS, we are committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible, and we aim to achieve 100% renewable energy use across Amazon by 2025 on the path to net zero carbon by 2040. Beyond our own commitment, we are also convinced that the power of AWS is an asset for freight and logistics companies to accelerate research and innovation in renewable energy and make informed decisions based on the analysis of large data sets. We are delighted to put our technological expertise at the service of the coalition.”Alexandre BOMPARD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Carrefour Group, added:“The food transition for all, which has become Carrefour’s “raison d’être”, will not happen without an energy transition. We are a committed player and have set ambitious objectives to fight global warming, through the promotion of cleaner means of transportation, and through our aspiration to build a food distribution model that, from producer to end consumer, is environmentally friendly. We are taking actions within the Group; but the challenges are so immense, so complex, that they are necessarily collective. It is the aim of this coalition to take up these challenges, that meet the expectations of citizens and chart a new path for our societies.”Rodolphe SAADE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, stated:“In view of the challenges facing the world, we must unite our strengths in order to accelerate the energy transition of the transport and logistics industry. I am delighted that 11 global corporations, leaders in their respective fields, have joined this initiative. CMA CGM will provide all its expertise and experience to this first large global multisectoral coalition, supported by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. We are all fully mobilized to produce concrete short, medium-and-long-term solutions.”Frédéric MONCANY DE SAINT-AIGNAN, President of Cluster Maritime Français, said:“Gathering more than 430 companies, the French Maritime Cluster brings the expertise of the entire French maritime ecosystem to the “coalition for tomorrow’s energy”. Similarly, in partnership with the ADEME (French State Agency for Environment and Energy), with major maritime companies (first and foremost CMA CGM) and with all the members of the French Maritime Cluster, we are building up a “Vision for 2050 of the maritime industry ecological and energy transition”, in order to identify and create the necessary inclusive dynamics to help companies and regions in the required economic, technological and regulatory ruptures.”Jacques RIPOLL, Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, declared:“Global action is urgently needed to address the climate challenges our planet is facing. The transport sector and all players involved in its value chain have a key role to play to lead a technological and ecological progress. As a global leader in transport finance, from ships to trains, Crédit Agricole CIB is very proud to support the Transport Coalition and the future generations to achieve a better and cleaner future.”Jean-Pierre CLAMADIEU, Chairman of the Board of Engie, commented:“The economic recovery plans and both public and private investments they will generate will structure our economies for many years to come. It is therefore essential to seize this opportunity to accelerate the decarbonization of all industries, particularly transportation. The coalition we are launching today is proof that solutions are within reach if we work in a coordinated manner and across the entire value chain. Tomorrow, they will be an asset for our companies and for the economy as a whole.”Patrick KOLLER, Chief Executive Officer of Faurecia, added:“The objectives of the Coalition reflect our convictions through our “CO2Neutral” project and our sustainable mobility strategy. We are particularly committed to reach carbon neutrality for our facilities by 2025 with a global program of savings and of decarbonated energy use. With strong expertise in hydrogen technology and materials, we will play our full part within the Coalition to make the energy transition for transport a reality. This will require new technological solutions, which will emerge more quickly through the creation of open ecosystems and knowledge sharing.”Florent MENEGAUX, President of the Michelin Group, stated:“The Michelin teams are committed to making mobility more sustainable and working with all relevant partners, inside and outside the Movin’On ecosystem, to create and promote new solutions. By joining the Coalition for the energy of the future, the Group is taking another step in this direction. We want to seize this opportunity to share our experience and expertise, especially in hydrogen mobility, and accelerate the energy transition in transport.”Jean-Pascal TRICOIRE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Schneider Electric, said:“At Schneider Electric, our commitment is to be the partner of our customers in their journeys toward sustainability and become carbon positive ourselves. We are proud to be part of the Coalition for the energy of the future, contributing to the energy transition in transportation and logistics thanks to our expertise in energy and automation digital solutions.”Patrick POUYANNE, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total, declared:“Total shares the ambition to get to net-zero emissions by 2050, together with society, for its global business across its production and energy products used by its customers. By joining the Coalition for the energy of the future alongside major partners, we intend to support and accelerate the joint development of tangible energy solutions, therefore directly contributing to the reduction of carbon intensity of the transportation and logistics sectors.”Jaakko ESKOLA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wärtsilä, commented:“The shipping industry’s transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy use is a movement in which we at Wärtsilä continue to play a leading role. Through the development of smart technologies, research into alternative future fuels, and our holistic approach to raising efficiencies in all aspects of shipping and port operations to create a Smart Marine Ecosystem, we have shown our commitment to promoting decarbonization. We are, therefore, proud to be part of this coalition which perfectly aligns with our purpose to enable sustainable societies with smart technology.” Source: Company Press Release AWS, Carrefour Group, CMA CGM Group, Cluster Maritime Français, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Engie, Faurecia, Michelin, Schneider Electric, Total and Wärtsilä have formed an international coalitionlast_img read more

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April 21, 2021

In pictures: Bakers’ Fair Autumn

first_imgLast weekend saw bakers from across the country congregate at the Bolton Arena for Bakers’ Fair Autumn – an event organised by British Baker.Hundreds turned out to attend the exhibition which featured displays, competitions and a host of leading companies from the bakery sector.The event, which comes after the previous fair at Newbury Racecourse which was held this spring, also saw a competition organised by the Richemont Club of Great Britain.For further details of the event see www.bakersfair.co.uklast_img

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March 2, 2021

Thumpasaurus Releases Other-Worldly “Dance Like It’s Your Life” Anthem [Premiere]

first_imgLA-based quintet Thumpasaurus continues to impress with their inimitable electro-funk-and-groove persona, original to a group of college students who probably have more fun than you. Coming together at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, the founding members of Thumpasaurus have developed an eclectic, homemade aesthetic unlike anything else this side of the Milky Way. With a homebase at USC’s famed underground performance venue YONI, where they’ve opened for cult acts like KNOWER and Vulfpeck, Thump has honed their ability to get people dancing. Expect a full album on March 1st.Comprised of Lucas Tamaren on guitar and vocals, Paul Cornish on keys, Logan Kane on bass, Henry Solomon on saxophone, and Henry Was on drums, Thumpasaurus is a force to be reckoned with. Their analog, classic rhythm-section setup recalls 70s funk acts, but the vibes they bring are purely new age, influenced by LA’s up-all-night electronic music scene. The result of these influences are everything you hear in the track below, exclusively through L4LM.“The heavy combination of rock n roll and dance influences in ‘Dance Like It’s Your Life’ feels like an urgent call to action to stay moving, dancing, positive and awake,” says Tamaren of the t’chune. “For us, dancing is a matter of life and death and we wanted to make the sound and message of the tune live, raw, bass heavy and aggressive to grab people’s attention, make them stop what they were doing, and dance, like it’s their lives.”Of course, music translates differently from studio recordings to live environments. “We were playing this at a house party a few weeks back and these three Japanese girls jumped in and live translated the song into Japanese so we invited them to the studio and actually recorded a Japanese cut of it that we plan on releasing in Japan!,” Tamaren tells us. “Thump has always had an obsession with Japanese music and culture. Right now we’re listening to bands like Perfume and the soundtracks to Nintendo games. Anyway, one of our dreams is to have a following and play in Japan. We thought ‘dance like its your life’ would translate well in Japan so we asked three of our Japanese friends to help translate the song and overdub the English version in Japanese. They came to the studio wearing these sort of Hello Kittyish outfits and we tracked the Japanese version of the song, which we will be releasing on a Japanese platform shortly! The lyrics to the song are simple, and the message is direct so we might even try some other languages… who knows!”We dig this. For kicks, check out the video of the Japanese girls live translating the song below:Thumpasaurus will be continuing their bi-monthly residency at Tenants of The Trees in Silverlake, Los Angeles on Wednesday 1/11 and 1/25. Be sure to follow them here, on their new funky website, and be on the look out to catch Thump in their natural habitat!last_img read more

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August 13, 2020

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic proving he is America’s first soccer superstar

first_imgBut there has always been talk of that next step. While there have been plenty of American stars, there has never truly been a star that is American, and, yes, there is a difference.MORE: Lampard says Pulisic has talent to score like Premier league’s bestEvery country has its own set of heroes but, for a player to truly transcend, to earn recognition among the best the sport has to offer, they need to take things a step further. That day, that next step, appears to be occurring right before our eyes.From the moment Christian Pulisic broke through at Borussia Dortmund, there was hope that, eventually, he would become the world-class player that the U.S., and clubs around the world, had been begging for.There was hope, albeit cautiously-optimistic hope, that Pulisic could be the first U.S. men’s national team player to truly emerge on the global stage and be known for something more than just being an American.Over the last few months, Pulisic has done just that. He has become Chelsea’s most important attacking player and, since the resumption of the Premier League in June, there are maybe only one or two players that can say they have enjoyed a better return to action than the 21-year-old.Pulisic has emerged from lockdown looking like a bona fide star, one who is good enough to dominate in the Premier League and young enough to add credence to the thought that this may just be the beginning.”In the first couple days, it is normal for a new guy that it is tough, not everyone is going to be your best friend straight away,” Pulisic told Sirius XM recently. “That’s OK. But I really felt once I was able to show myself on the field that I could play, and that’s when guys really started to say, ‘This guy is good. He can hang with us. We are going to treat him with a little more respect.'”Since the restart, Pulisic has started to earn that respect and that recognition. He is no longer the kid from Hershey or the hot prospect at Dortmund. He is no longer a player of potential who someday, maybe, could thrive as a superstar on a top team. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/76/5d/eden-hazard-christian-pulisic_1ftbqaf4qk6u41jn8kqgo2sklz.jpeg?t=609463819&w=500&quality=80Those comparisons and those words are major compliments. Never have we seen an American player at the center of these types of discussions, and that is not to downplay the impact that players like Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard have had on the game in recent years.Donovan was perhaps the most talented American player ever before Pulisic came along, but there will always be that question of how he would have fared with a longer spell in Europe.Clint Dempsey is the most tenacious player the U.S. has produced and earned everything he got in the Premier League but, while he was great for Fulham, he never carried a team at the level of Chelsea.And while Howard became a starter with Manchester United, an icon for Everton and a record-breaking World Cup star, he was never quite regarded as being at a level this high.Those three names, though, have done things that Pulisic has not. All three have shined at a World Cup, with that image of a tearful Pulisic on that field in Couva after defeat to Trinidad and Tobago still etched in many’s memories. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/a2/9/christian-pulisic-chelsea-2019-20_uoqpnp6na0fy1lolpaudjyhms.jpg?t=88454491&w=500&quality=80The world has taken notice. Since the restart, Pulisic has drawn frequent comparisons to the man he replaced, Eden Hazard.The Belgium winger, by any measure, is one of the most dynamic widemen in Premier League history, a truly world-class talent who, despite his poor start to life at Real Madrid, has long been seen as one of the world’s best players.Pulisic, meanwhile, is getting there. It takes time to build the kind of resume and highlight reel of a player such as Hazard, but there are also small pieces of evidence you can find along the way.It is the shoulder drop against Benjamin Mendy that left the Manchester City defender in the dust. It is the perfectly hit assist to Tammy Abraham at Anfield that few players in the world can pick out. And there is the patience and poise of Pulisic’s goal against Liverpool, one that only furthered the conversations surrounding him.”I didn’t have any exact expectations for him,” Lampard said recently. “When he came at the start of the season, he needed a break and he had to get himself acclimatized to the league, it is physical and it is tough for some of the greatest players we have seen in this league from the beginning.”He got to grips with it quickly and he is playing very well. He got injured at the start of January but now he looks sharp and hungry. The quality is there for everyone to see at the moment.”He is going past players, he is moving at pace and he always works very hard for the team in all senses so I am very happy for him. I think considering his age, what could become of him, I am very, very pleased. We have got ourselves a very, very good player and he can get even better.” https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5c/c9/pulisic-gfx-chelsea_1m4z14mg9pv1v11ct3kbyfi550.png?t=-1660131965&w=500&quality=80These days, Pulisic is Chelsea’s main attraction and a global star in the making.Signed by the Blues for a whopping £57 million ($72 million), Pulisic was a big name before he ever arrived at Stamford Bridge, such is the appetite for the sport in America and the desire to see a USMNT star thrive at the top level of the game.Much is made about America’s soccer culture, or, for some, lack thereof, but there is a reason that big clubs are frequently investing time and resources into developing their brands stateside. That reason is that there is unmatched potential in the U.S., a country that is continuing to fall more and more in love with the game, and the Premier League in particular.But, despite early concerns that the push to sign Pulisic was one merely based on marketing and shirt sales, those perceptions have changed. The indecisiveness in the final third is now gone. The doubts stemming from a difficult start to the season have been erased in emphatic fashion. And, given his form since the restart, it seems as if Chelsea may have a bargain on their hands.After the return of the Premier League, Pulisic provided four goals and two assists and won two penalties. Having appeared timid and bereft of confidence during his initial months in west London, Pulisic returned from the coronavirus-enforced break playing like someone who belonged.  Getty Images Over the past few decades, the United States has produced several footballers who have gone on to become stars in their own right.The country has watched several top players go on to play in some of the world’s best leagues, becoming regular contributors for clubs that are among the most recognizable in the sport.center_img For years, America was cautiously optimistic that someday there would be a player this good, one to lead the way in the next step in the country’s soccer evolution. Pulisic is that player.Since his breakthrough, there has been a fear of anointing him too quickly. There has been a fear that something could somehow go wrong, that he would never truly turn his potential and talent into something tangible. American fans have been down this route before, declaring a player as their first true star before seeing them flame out in spectacular fashion. But, this time around, this is not the American fans’ point to make. The rest of the world is saying it for them: Pulisic is something special. Getty/Goal https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/82/b/christian-pulisic-usa-trinidad_9hcvx8p4e21r1szpjo1pfc3yw.jpg?t=160795799&w=500&quality=80Until the day Pulisic steps on the field at the World Cup, that moment will haunt him, as the failures of the 2018 qualifying cycle likely robbed him of the chance to become an even bigger star by taking the field in Russia with the world watching.Those three have also displayed incredible consistency, shining for nearly a decade for both club and country. But, even if this is Pulisic’s final form, even if he never improves from this moment forward, the winger has all of the ability to do those things and more. Gettylast_img read more

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August 12, 2020

Olympic champ Gabby Douglas visits Pittsburgh; nearing return

first_imgOlympic women’s gymnastics champion Gabrielle Douglas, left, participates in a practice run in an effort to set a world record for most simultaneous cartwheels, Monday, June 23, 2014, in Pittsburgh. Douglas is hoping to return to competition at the USA Gymnastics national championships in Pittsburgh in August. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Gabby Douglas can’t describe it exactly. It just kind of happened.At some point over the winter while the defending women’s gymnastics Olympic all-around champion hung out with her family in Los Angeles, something clicked.Rested and healthy following an 18-month sabbatical – if crisscrossing the country and the world as the face of your sport can be called a sabbatical – a familiar feeling returned.“I just figured it was time to go back,” she said.Back to the sanity of Iowa. Back to coach Liang Chow. Back to the gym. Back to chase history.No woman has ever successfully defended her Olympic all-around title since 1968.More than two years out from the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Douglas’ comeback is already well underway. It even has a possible target date: the 2014 U.S. Nationals in Pittsburgh later this summer.The 18-year-old told The Associated Press on Monday she hopes to compete in the all-around title at nationals – where Douglas could face current world all-around champion and good friend Simone Biles – to help her get set for the world championships in China this fall.“I’m going to be so nervous,” Douglas said with a laugh.Maybe, but not scared.Despite feeling as if she was “starting from scratch” when she went back to work with Chow in April, Douglas isn’t exactly taking things slow.Olympic women’s gymnastics champion Gabrielle Douglas is interviewed Monday, June 23, 2014, in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)She’s training six days a week and for proof of how serious she is, look no further than her wrists, which are currently several different shades of blue thanks to a series of battles with the uneven bars.Pressed on why she’s attempting something that hasn’t been done since Vera Caslavska of Czechoslovakia did it in 1964 and 1968 and Douglas just shrugged her remarkably muscled shoulders.“I like what I do,” she said. “I think my life is better when I just go do it. You can’t be worried about ‘What if this happens? What if that happens?”Douglas estimates she’s at “80 percent” physically compared to where she was while winning the all-around in London on Aug. 2, 2012.It’s remarkable she considers the gap so small. Making Olympic history and trying to remaining competitive in gymnastics are not two things that walk hand-in-hand.She admits she wasn’t prepared for the deluge that followed the two golds she brought home, one for the all-around and the other while helping the “Fierce Five” to the team title. She thought she could go to dinner in public. She thought she could take a little break and head back to the gym.She thought wrong.In addition to a slew of endorsements – including Nike and AT&T among others – and personal appearances, Douglas might be one of the youngest people in the world with their life story already made into a movie. She has her own line of leotards and a seemingly unending string of requests for her time.It took her awhile, but she’s found the strength to say no sometimes. It’s the only way this will work.Less than two years removed from London, the next wave of gymnasts with their own plans for Rio are starting to catch the eye of U.S. national team coordinator Martha Karolyi.When Douglas attended a U.S. team camp in Texas last month, she found herself looking and realized she wasn’t one of the new kids.The only fellow member of the “Fierce Five” in attendance was Kyla Ross. McKayla Maroney is recovering from leg problems. Aly Raisman is back in training but has no timetable for a return to competition. Jordyn Wieber is all but retired.Yet here Douglas is, hoping for an extended stay with the national team. Her rise was so meteoric in the run-up to London her experience on the world stage is limited.She was an uneven bars specialist on the 2011 gold medal-winning U.S. world championship team and a surprise pick to join Wieber at the 2012 American Cup before the Olympics. Douglas, competing as an alternate, actually edged Wieber on that chilly day in New York City.The victory was the confidence builder she needed. By the time Douglas arrived in London, she was peaking.Doing it again will be daunting. Douglas even let out a sigh and said “it seems so far away” with a smile while talking about the prospect of standing atop the podium in Rio.She watched some of her heroes – including 2008 Olympic champ Nastia Liukin and four-time Olympic medialist Shawn Johnson – come up short in their bids to make another Olympic team.Douglas knows she’s not immune, that disaster is one misstep away. She also doesn’t care. She’s still the same kid who brazenly told her mother while watching the 2008 Olympics on TV she wanted to go to Iowa and be taught by Chow.She still loves going to the gym, even if she does it in a Mercedes (a gift) these days. She still catches herself watching highlights of her golden run in London on YouTube, nitpicking everything she did wrong.Sorry, it’s a habit.It’s why she’s not putting any limitations on her second act. She knows people will wonder if she can match all the things she did the first time around. She doesn’t understand why she’s not allowed to surpass them.“Who knows what I’m working on,” she said, smiling. “Who knows?”___Follow Will Graves on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

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August 3, 2020

Mois, Norman lift Leafs past Rebels Friday at NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports The Nelson Leafs continue to have success against the defending Kootenay Conference champion Castlegar Rebels. First star Max Mois and Brett Norman each had three points to lead the Leafs to a 6-2 victory over the Rebels Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena. The win gives the Leafs the edge in the season series 3-2. The teams play the sixth game of the regular season series tonight in Castlegar. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Nelson scored twice in the opening period in a span of 15 seconds to put the Rebels on their heels. Mois and Colton Malmsten did the damage midway through the frame. After Anthony Delong cut the margin to 2-1 with a power play goal minutes into the second period, Nelson put the game away with three goals by Norman, Mois and Colton Schell. Nelson then rode the stellar netminding of Andrew Walton in the third to grab the win. Nelson’s Patrick Martens, continuing his point streak and Scott Morriseau on a Castlegar power play, completed the scoring. Martens has eight points in four games since returning to the Leafs after a stint in the BCHL with the Langley Rivermen. The Leafs out shot the Rebels 26-25.The loss is the second in a row for Castlegar while the Leafs have registered points in the last six games going 4-0-0-2.GAME NOTES: The game turned ugly with four seconds remaining when Castlegar goalie Jordan Gluck took exception to some crease crashing and was ejected from the game with a five-minute check-to-the-head penalty. A handful of players were sent to the showers by referee Shawn Peel with 10-minute misconducts. Castlegar back up Patrick Zubick was forced to replace Gluck in goal for the final four seconds. . . . Former Leaf Riley Henderson lasted just under half the game after being whistled for a checking from behind penalty. The Rebels picked up Henderson from Golden after being traded to the Rockets by the Leafs. . . .Castlegar fell to 11 points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley after the Hawks stopped Spokane 7-2 in the Lilac City. Ryan Edwards, Craig Martin and Nick Perez each had three points to lead the Hawks. . . .Thursday in the Boundary City, Spokane kept the Border Bruins winless at home with a 6-2 win. Five second-period goals sealed the deal for the [email protected]last_img read more

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December 24, 2019

Track & Field Earns USTFCCCA Academic Honors

first_imgThe Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams have been named All-Academic Teams by the United States Track & Field And Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for the 2015-16 season. Individually,  five Bulldogs were named All-Academic by the organization.To earn All-Academic Team honors, teams must post a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Drake’s women’s team posted a team GPA of 3.44 while he men’s squad owned a 3.19 GPA to earn the honor. Both Drake’s men’s and women’s teams have now earned the honor in five consecutive years.Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.), Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa), Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) and Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands) also earned All-Academic honors from the USTFCCCA. To be named All-Academic, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met at least one of the following athletic standards: For the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.orgFor the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships.All five qualified for the NCAA West Region Preliminary round, with Fischer competing at the NCAA Championship, in addition to achieving the necessary GPA. Huston and Bell were also winners of the MVC Elite 18 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA competing at an MVC championship event, during the academic year.Finally, Huston, Van Leersum and McCann were all MVC Outdoor Champions. Huston won a 5,000 meter championship in her final race at an MVC Championship while Van Leersum captured the men’s 400-meter title in his first season as a Bulldogs. McCann followed up his Drake Relays 3,000-meter steeplechase title with an MVC title in the same event. Bell was All-MVC in both the long jump and triple jumps with third place finishes in both events at the 2016 MVC Outdoor Championships. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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December 19, 2019

Researcher Denies SETI Is a Religion

first_imgApparently irritated by charges that SETI research is like a religion (see, for instance, the article by novelist Michael Crichton mentioned in our 12/27/2003 entry), David Darling of the SETI Institute has issued a response.  On Space.com, his title was direct: “Of Faith and Facts: Is SETI a Religion?”  The answer was a forthright NO to people like George Basalla (U of Delaware, emeritus) who claimed in his new book Civilized Life in the Universe (Oxford, 2006) that in the absence of any positive evidence, SETI relies more on a kind of religious zeal than anything else.  Basalla attempts to draw stark distinctions:Religions are characterized by two factors: worship—in other words, some system of devotion directed toward one or more omniscient and supranatural beings—and faith in the absence of material evidence.  SETI qualifies as a religion on neither of these counts.  Unless I’m very much mistaken no SETI researcher offers prayers to the subject of his or her quest (although it would be fascinating to know what spiritual traditions might have grown up among the civilizations of other stars).  And any faith that’s involved in SETI is only the kind of non-religious “faith” that any scientist adheres to—faith in the scientific method, the equipment she uses, the all-important peer review process, and so on.  As I’ve mentioned, we already have material evidence for intelligence in the universe: it consists of the brains you’re using right now to assimilate these thoughts.  Unlike a religion which relies on pure faith that a god exists, we don’t need faith that intelligence and technology exist.Other intelligences that we already know about, Darling said, include dolphins and great apes.  Darling draws a parallel between the hunch that other scientists had 40 years ago that extrasolar planets exist, not confirmed till recently:If we were to follow Basalla’s line of reasoning, the search for extrasolar planets also qualifies as a kind of religion.  Shouldn’t we simply have given up after four decades of looking?  Surely that’s enough time to have found something if it really existed?  Isn’t continuing beyond that a sign of misplaced faith and over-optimism?  Fortunately the quest did go on and we’re now reaping the rewards—new planets by the bucket-load.He admits, though, that SETI has not detected anything, so the comparison is only in the spirit of the early researches, and its confidence in the physical theories that expected to find extrasolar planets.  “SETI researchers know their limitations,” he says, in the spirit of Murphy’s Ultimate Law: By definition, when investigating the unknown, you do not know what you will find.  “We are … like Columbus sailing into uncharted waters,” Darling ends.  “We don’t know what we’ll find.  But,” he adds with positivist flair, “the quest is extraordinary, exciting, abundantly worthwhile, and true to the methodology and spirit of science.”Give this to J. P. Moreland; he will have a field day with the faulty analogies, false dichotomies and straw-man arguments, to say nothing of Darling’s junior-high philosophy of science.    Science in our culture is like the celebrity everyone wants his or her picture taken with, wants to name-drop and pretend is a close friend.  But does hanging around with scientists, using scientific equipment and engaging in peer review qualify as science?  Darling and the other SETI Institute darlings like to shmooze with the scientists in the green room, but they cannot publish a peer-reviewed paper about aliens because they don’t have any.  They might get peers to review an article about the detection limits of this or that instrument, but such documentation could not support the belief that extraterrestrials exist, any more than describing the physical characteristics of a fine-mesh net establishes its ability to capture ghosts.  The reference to peer review also begs the question whether peer review qualifies something as scientific, or grants credibility (see 02/05/2006).  Even theologians and historians engage in peer review of a sort but don’t call their work science or faith.    Darling commits a blatant association fallacy by comparing apes and dolphins and human brains to alien intelligences.  We know about apes, dolphins and our fellow humans – whose brains are all DNA-and-protein based – but not anything demonstrable about alien intelligence, other than an endless chain of speculations tickling the imaginations of science fiction writers, cartoonists and Discovery Channel animators.  Darling’s bravado leans on the bruised reed of materialistic evolution.  He presumes Earth intelligence evolved, then transfers that assumption to outer space – ignoring the possibility that brains, dolphins and apes were created.  He unjustifiably extrapolates their presence here as evidence they could have evolved out there.    There’s nothing wrong with looking, but the existence of alien intelligence cannot even begin to be discussed scientifically till there are data in hand.  Even then, however, detection of unknown intelligence will not prove it is natural or arose naturalistically (see 05/11/2006, “is the universe natural?”).  If he wants to shore up the scientific respectability of SETI, let’s see some boundary conditions, a null hypothesis, criteria for success and failure, and willingness to consider alternative hypotheses – including creation.    Most egregious is Darling’s depiction of religion, a classic either-or fallacy.  He paints religion in the starkest of terms: mind-numbed devotees, going through worship rituals and prayers, exercising blind faith in things contrary to evidence.  Apparently he has not debated the likes of Gary Habermas or Josh McDowell, who accept Christianity precisely because of the facts, and certainly have more hard data in support of their “faith” (read: confidence) than has the SETI Institute.  What confidence, by contrast, can SETI researchers have in their compass, the Drake Equation?  It’s a series of unknown factors that can yield any number from a hundred million alien civilizations to zero.  Informed guesses don’t count, either, argued Michael Crichton: “If you need to state how many planets with life choose to communicate, there is simply no way to make an informed guess.  It’s simply prejudice.”    Darling, Shostak, Tarter and the rest of the SETI gang are free to look and believe, pray their Drake Equation rosaries and worship the Spirit of Charlie, who brings forth intelligence from particles.  As long as there are people willing to put money in their offering baskets and build their dish-shaped cathedrals, hey – it’s a free country.  But like Crichton warned, even if SETI research has some heuristic value, “that does not relieve us of the obligation to see the Drake equation clearly for what it is—pure speculation in quasi-scientific trappings.”(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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December 18, 2019

Amplats eyes fuel cell ‘home generator’

first_img4 March 2013Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is to invest US$4-million in Canadian company Ballard to support projects to commercialize platinum-based fuel cell products, in particular the development of a prototype “home generator” with the potential to provide economical electric power to remote rural African households.Announcing the investment deal in a statement on the weekend, Ballard said that Amplats’ interest in the growth of fuel cell market adoption “extends beyond the implications for platinum utilization to the potential transformational impact fuel cells could have on the economy in South Africa”.Exemplifying this, Ballard said, was the joint work currently under way with Amplats on the development of a prototype home generator.Aimed at addressing the needs of households in remote rural communities not connected to a power grid, the home generator will be built with Ballard fuel cells and run on readily available methanol fuel, using an integrated fuel reformer.Godfrey Oliphant, South Africa’s deputy mineral resources minister, said his department was pleased by Amplats’ commitment to platinum beneficiation, adding that fuel cell-based product developments could boost global platinum demand.“South Africa is the leading producer of platinum, and innovations such as the home generator project move our country in a positive direction towards participating actively in the application of platinum group metals in new technologies which will create important jobs for our economy,” Oliphant said.Ballard Power Systems CEO John Sheridan said the home generator power system “has the potential for profound impacts in South Africa and elsewhere.”Ballard said that, once development of a Home Generator prototype meeting commercial product requirements had been completed, the companies would undertake further field trials “potentially leading to the manufacture, distribution and support of a commercial product for the African market”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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December 17, 2019

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, 18 July 2009

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts We have added a couple of interesting events to our guide this time. This guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.21 July 2009: Palo Alto, California, and 23 July 2009: Los Angeles, and 11 August 2009: New York CitySilicon Valley Angel & Venture Conference and SoCal Angel & Venture Conference and NYC Angel & Venture ConferenceFundingPost has hosted 150+ sold-out venture events in 17 cities over the past 7 years. At these next two events, the panel of investors will focus on early-stage venture investing: how to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, hot sectors, sectors that these angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the investor panelists, both before the panel and after the panel at the cocktail party! 24 August 2009: Charlotte, North CarolineSocial FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. Get 15% off by using code RSS15 and follow the conference on Twitter (@SoFresh) for other discounts and updates. Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only andrew lobo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 4 – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies15 – 16 March 2010: London2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Tags:#Events Guide#web Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 10 September 2009: San FranciscoMobilize 09GigaOM’s Mobile Web Conference is a one-day conference that brings together thought leaders of the next generation mobile Web for talk, demonstrations, and debate.Participants will examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms creates new opportunities beyond the traditional handset for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. Over 50 speakers and 500 delegates will be there.ReadWriteWeb readers save $200 on the regular ticket price up until July 24th. Register here with the code “RWW”.21 – 23 September: San Diego, CaliforniaDEMOfall 09 ConferenceDEMOfall 09 promises to showcase the most comprehensive portfolio of credible emerging technologies, vetted by VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall and leading technology analyst Chris Shipley. Alpha Pitch, a new DEMO program, puts you in front of the most promising entrepreneurs with products in the alpha, prototype, and development stages of their life cycles. These are pre-revenue companies that have no more than one round of seed funding and are ready for your investment dollars.DEMO is the launch pad of emerging technology and a true market performer for visionary investors, entrepreneurs, and industry influencers alike.ReadWriteWeb readers pay only $1996. Save $500 off the standard fee by registering before August 15th.22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 Conference — Denver, ColoradoAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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