Next Reuters RomeMay 15, 2019UPDATED: May 15, 2019 08:56 IST World No. 5 Alexander Zverev has been struggling for consistency in the ongoing clay-court season (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWorld no. 5 Alexander Zverev was stunned in straight sets by Matteo BerrettiniZverev has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early MarchKyrgios displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviourWorld number five Alexander Zverev continued his poor recent form as he crashed out of the Italian Open in the second round while Serena Williams had to pull out of the women’s draw with a recurring knee injury on Tuesday.Serena had beaten Swede Rebecca Peterson in straight sets on Monday and was due to face sister Venus but the injury means her participation at the May 26-June 9 French Open is in doubt.Zverev, who has not got past the quarter-finals at any tournament since reaching the Acapulco final in early March, did little to suggest he could be a contender at Roland Garros after a 7-5 7-5 defeat by home favourite Matteo Berrettini.Roared on by a partisan home crowd at the Foro Italico, Berrettini took the opening three games before the German, 2017 champion and last year’s runner-up, regained his composure.Berrettini then saved five break points to take a 6-5 lead before the rattled Zverev, who beat the Italian in the same round last year, threw away the opening set with two unforced errors and a double fault.They traded breaks early in the second before Zverev, who saved a match point in the 10th game, committed another flurry of errors, capped by a forehand into the net that handed Berrettini a memorable win.”The environment was great, the match that I played was horrendous,” said the 22-year-old Zverev.Second set meltdown for Nick KyrgiosIn first-round action, David Goffin produced two blistering sets to fight back and beat Stanislav Wawrinka 4-6 6-0 6-2 while Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisementThe flamboyant and unpredictable Kyrgios again displayed his best and worst as he combined spectacular shots with an outburst of poor behaviour.The Australian won the opening point of the match with what is fast becoming a trademark underarm serve and breezed through the first set before cheers from the crowd turned to jeers amid a second-set meltdown.Having dropped serve to hand Medvedev a 5-3 lead, Kyrgios blasted a ball over the stands, then bent over and turned his backside to Medvedev and finally exchanged words with the umpire before the Russian held to force a third set.As if nothing had happened, Kyrgios got back to business as he hammered in aces and winners, having also capped some good forays to the net with confident volleys to book a second-round clash with Norwegian Casper Ruud.Goffin dropped the opening set before he blew Wawrinka away in the next two, the decisive moment coming in the second game of the third when the Belgian saved a double break point at 1-0 down.He won the next five games and, although the Swiss briefly delayed the inevitable, Goffin was able to celebrate after his frustrated opponent blazed a forehand into the crowd.Also Read | Serena Williams out of Italian Open with knee injury ahead of round 2 tie vs VenusAlso Read | Nicole Gibbs pulls out of French Open after cancer diagnosisFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Alexander ZverevFollow Nick KyrgiosFollow Serena WilliamsFollow Italian Open 2019 Italian Open: Alexander Zverev crashes out, Kyrgios downs MedvedevWhile world number 5 Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round of Italian Open in Rome, Nick Kyrgios treated the crowd to an array of his antics in a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev.advertisement
October 24, 2019
The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall The Best American Gin 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic Editors’ Recommendations As small-batch gin has exploded in US market share in recent years, micro-distilleries are experimenting with the limits of traditional gin production.One of the newest entrants on the market is Captive Spirits Distilling’s Peat-Barreled Big Gin, which is the second varietal of their excellent standard product – all made in Seattle. The company has been producing gin since 2011 and is now up to a respectable 7000 cases annually. Earlier this year, they opened a new distillery to support their growth in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.Appearance: The 750ml bottle comes in at the same 94 proof as the regular liquid, but with a noticeable yellow tint. That’s courtesy of a four-month stint in barrels that previously aged Westland Single Malt Peated Whiskey (another excellent Seattle product). The barrels are initially sourced from the Buffalo Trace or Wild Turkey distilleries.Nose: Co-Founders Holly Robinson and Ben Capdevielle created a gin with much more juniper than the average liquid and that comes through on the nose of their regular Big Gin. As you’d expect, the peated version cuts through that juniper with just enough smoke to linger through the end of the fragrance.Palate: The smoke doesn’t really transfer to the palate though. On first taste, the gin runs silky smooth with the faintest hint of peat. It seems that the extra aging has balanced out the entire flavor and created a really mild, pleasant experience.Finish: Even at 94 proof, there’s very little heat on the back end. Just the faintest bite lingers as the residual juniper and smoke dissipates. It’s a mild gin from start to finish. Final Thoughts: After tasting this neat, we mixed it with a bit of sparkling water and found Peat Barreled Big Gin to be an excellent partner in a beverage, simple or complex. The peat helps the gin stand up to bolder flavors from something like a strong vermouth or Chartreuse and would be dynamic in a savory cocktail. Above all, it’s a nice deviation from your everyday micro-batched gin and one we’d be hard-pressed not to add to our liquor cabinet.Captive Spirits Distilling’s Peat Barreled Big Gin is 47% ABV (94 proof), and retails for around $40 at select stores on the West Coast. It is also available in select bars on the West Coast. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic
October 24, 2019
zoom Some 80 tonnes of the remaining fuel oil have been extracted from the heavily grounded bulker MV Benita on the coast of Le Bouchon, Mauritius, while over 60 more tonnes remains to be removed from the vessel’s tanks.The fuel has been pumped into specialised one tonne containers and transported to a secure location on shore via helicopter, the Greek company Five Oceans Salvage, which is in charge of the salvage operation, said.Five Oceans Salvage added that no further oil sheens have been observed in the vicinity of the 44,183 dwt ship, however, booms and other anti-pollution measures remain in place as a precaution.An oil spill which was earlier spotted in the area had been put under control.Despite inclement weather conditions which hampered initial oil pumping operations, the salvage teams managed to continue with the works, while salvage divers carried out a number of dive inspections in order to further assess the extent of the damage.The company earlier said that although a number of tanks aboard the ship were damaged and flooded, the MV Benita “appears to be stable and remains firmly aground.”Together with the vessel’s owners and the authorities, the salvage firm continues developing plans for the eventual re-floating and removal of the bulker, however, the efforts to free the 1998-built vessel could take over a month to complete.The tug Ionian Sea FOS remains on site, and a further tug, Coral Sea FOS, is en route and is scheduled to arrive next week.The bulker ran into trouble following a fight between two of the seafarers onboard. One of the sailors was seriously injured, while the other hid in the engine room, where he reportedly cut all the vessel systems leaving MV Benita adrift.“The fourth engineer has been hospitalised and authorities are waiting for him to regain consciousness so he can help with inquiries. He is said to be able to provide vital clues in the case,” Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) Port Louis chaplain, Fr Jacques-Henri David, said.He added that one seafarer was in custody and two others are on board the ship, working with the salvage company, while the captain and the rest of the seafarers are being cared for by the Philippines Consulate.
October 18, 2019
New Delhi: Monsoon is expected to be normal in August and September, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday in its forecast for the second half of the four-month rainfall season. Quantitatively, the rainfall across the country as a whole during the two-month period is likely to be 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) with a model error of plus or minus 8 per cent. The rainfall in August is likely to be 99 per cent of the LPA with an error margin of plus or minus 9 per cent. “The probabilistic forecast suggests that the rainfall across the country as a whole during second half of Southwest Monsoon season is most likely to be normal (94-106 per cent of LPA) with a probability of 45 per cent,” the IMD said.
October 14, 2019
APTN National NewsA jurisdictional dispute over child welfare is taking place in Saskatchewan.The province wants First Nations child welfare agencies to report to the provincial ministry of social services.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has this story.
October 3, 2019
by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2015 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 5, 2015 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta needs to strengthen program to deal with dormant oil wells: critics Pumpjacks pump crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal CALGARY – A program in Alberta to deal with thousands of dormant oil and gas wells that don’t meet safety and monitoring standards needs to be strengthened, critics say as falling crude prices could see their numbers swell.Energy operators have brought about 3,600 wells in line with regulations as part of a compliance program the province launched in April. The Alberta Energy Regulator’s goal for the 2015-16 fiscal year is just under 5,500 wells.While that shows that the organization is two-thirds of its way to meeting its goal, that still leaves more than 22,100 wells that aren’t complying with rules that govern fencing, and testing for leaks, among other measures, said Carrie Rosa, a spokeswoman for the regulator.Rosa said the program is meant to bring them into compliance over the next five years.But Barry Robinson, the national program director for regions at Ecojustice, said in the meantime those wells could still contaminate the environment.“In the worst-case scenario you can have a well that is venting something or leaking something and not being aware of it because you’ve never done the pressure testing that was required,” said Robinson.Jason Unger, staff counsel at the Environmental Law Centre, said the regulator should explain why operators were allowed to have so many wells not complying with regulations in the first place.A bigger problem is that the program doesn’t set deadlines for well closures, Unger added.He said unreclaimed wells continue to impact the land and could affect property values, while an increase in the number of inactive wells means an overhang of liabilities for companies that may not be able to pay reclamation costs.“It’s reliant on the operator to determine when to abandon them,” said Unger.Concerns over inactive wells comes as the number of orphaned wells has swelled from 162 in March to more than 700.Wells are orphaned when the company that owns them goes bankrupt or can’t be found. The wells then become the responsibility of the Orphaned Well Association, an industry-funded group that was set up to deal with them.Brad Herald, a director of the association, says low oil prices have contributed to an increase in orphaned wells.“We know that given the economic times, there’s probably more coming,” said Herald.Despite an increase in the number of orphaned wells, Herald doesn’t think Alberta needs to set timelines for reclaiming old wells.He said wells can be inactive for a variety of reasons, from waiting for the construction of a pipeline to holding on until prices recover.But Robinson says the province should consider firm timelines for well reclamation like many U.S. states have, because many wells in Alberta have been sitting idle for years.According to the Alberta Energy Regulator, of the roughly 77,000 inactive wells in the province, 18,000 haven’t been active for more than a decade.“If there’s some good reason why the well’s been inactive for five years and needs to be inactive longer, well then the company should have to justify that,” said Robinson.Last year, the Progressive Conservative government committed to reviewing well closure timelines.A spokeswoman for Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said in an email that the current NDP government will look at strengthening existing programs to address inactive and orphaned wells.Note to readers: This is a corrected story to one that moved on Monday, Aug. 3. A previous version had an incorrect spelling for the name of a spokeswoman with the Alberta Energy Regulator.
October 2, 2019
Freshman defenseman Drew Brevig (4) and junior forward Tanner Fritz (16) flank an opposing player during a game against Michigan Dec. 2 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 5-4.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternIn the first men’s hockey Big Ten conference game held at the Schottenstein Center, the Ohio State Buckeyes fell to the Michigan Wolverines, 5-4, to complete a two-game series.Despite the Monday loss, coach Steve Rohlik said he was proud of his team’s effort against the No. 3-ranked Wolverines (10-2-1, 2-0-0), and said they “emptied the tank” by the end of the game, closing a three-goal gap to tie the game in the third period.“At the end of the day, (Michigan) had more (goals) than we did, so they obviously did a few things better, as the score would say,” Rohlik said. “I told the guys in the locker room I’m proud of our effort, and I thought we played a pretty good hockey. We battled back and gave ourselves a chance.”Although the Buckeyes (8-6-0, 0-2-0) outshot the Wolverines, 12-4, in the first period, the lone goal came off the stick of junior forward Zach Hyman with 5:56 left to give Michigan a 1-0 edge.Less than four minutes into the second stanza, junior forward Ryan Dzingel netted the equalizer to tie the game, 1-1, extending his streak to seven games with a goal.However, Michigan responded with two goals — both from freshman forward JT Compher — to extend the lead to 3-1 heading into the third period.Michigan freshman defenseman Michael Downing opened up the scoring early in the third with a goal, giving the Wolverines a three-score advantage. OSU junior forward Max McCormick tallied a goal in the power play at 10:37, which started a scoring frenzy by the Buckeyes.Buckeye freshman forward David Gust scored with 6:47 left, and junior forward Tanner Fritz came through just more than a minute later to tie the game.With just 1:35 remaining, senior defenseman Mac Bennett gave the Wolverines the lead for good, hitting the back of the net off a backdoor pass.Dzingel said the team’s mindset during its three-goal deficit was that it had to bounce back, and he said he believes the Buckeyes did just that.“Obviously, we had our backs against the wall being down, 4-1. Coach came in and challenged us, and it shows a lot of heart and a lot of character in the locker room to come out in the third and score three quick (goals),” Dzingel said. “We did some things wrong, but we did a lot of things right.”Rohlik said his first experience at the helm of the team during a series against rival Michigan was a positive one, even if the scoreboard said otherwise.“Win or lose this weekend, I wanted these guys to enjoy the moment,” Rohlik said. “Unfortunately, we lost both games, but I think our guys can feel good that we got better. That’s the key.”Although the Wolverines managed to complete the sweep, Bennett said Michigan’s play — especially giving up three goals in the third period — wasn’t where he believes it needs to be.“We need to get better,” he said. “(Giving up a three-goal lead) is embarrassing.”OSU capitalized on the power play twice out of seven attempts, compared to Michigan’s 0-for-5.The Buckeyes are slated to return to action Dec. 28, when they open a two-game series against Mercyhurst. Both games are set to be played at the Schottenstein Center, and are be the Buckeyes’ last nonconference matchup of the season.
September 28, 2019
Ohio State then-sophomore attack Tre Leclaire calls plays to his team during the first half of Ohio State’s 8-5 victory against Michigan on April 13, 2018. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Editor in Chief The No. 9 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will travel to Hampstead, New York to play Hofstra on Saturday at noon. Ohio State comes in as one of three teams undefeated in the Inside Lacrosse Top 25, while Hofstra, usually a powerhouse, poses a threat as a potential underdog team.Ohio State (5-0) attempts to come back to Columbus next week following back-to-back road games. The Buckeyes are coming off a 13-9 win against Marquette and are going for its third-straight road win against Hofstra.“Two months into the season, it’s real easy to get complacent, it’s easy to get on that autopilot feeling, but we challenge each other as a coaching staff, and it’s no different for our captains,” Ohio State head coach Nick Myers said.Myers said the team is hoping to remain consistent moving forward throughout the season.Ohio State is currently No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse poll, with the only other two unbeaten teams, Towson and Cornell, ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively. Hofstra (2-3) comes in on a three-game losing streak.after starting the season with two straight wins, suffering its worst loss last week against Georgetown University, losing 14-6.“They are a team right now that are two goals away from being a 4-1 team, they’ve been in tough battles. Talented, very well coached, gritty and we have no doubt we will get their best stuff on Saturday,” Myers said.The Pride has junior attacker Ryan Tierney, who has scored 14 goals in his five games this season. Tierney leads the team in goals and points, with 16, and is coming off a hat trick this past week.Sophomore midfielder Justin Inacio won Big Ten honors this week, being named Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second-straight week after his strong performance in faceoffs. Inacio won 18-of-25 faceoffs against Marquette, helping the Buckeyes win the game 13-9.“I like to highlight that whole faceoff unit, Christian Feliziani, Carter Kisler, Anthony Ameo, these guys have worked for months as a unit,” Myers said. Inacio has dominated the faceoff play this season, winning 63.9 percent of his faceoffs and has picked up 54 ground balls this year, leading the Big Ten in ground balls on the season.“When you have a guy that is having success like that on game day, you gotta look inside the work week,” Myers said.Hofstra’s faceoff specialist is sophomore midfielder Brian Herber. Herber has won 53.4 percent of his faceoffs, while also picking up 20 ground balls, a team high this season.“When you look at Hofstra, their goalie and faceoff play, they’re both over 50 percent right now, one of the first opponents that are over 50 percent in both areas” Myers said. “We’re going to have a great challenge, and we are certainly going to count on Justin and that unit.”The Buckeyes offense may be the key to a victory, as they have scored at least 11 goals in every game and average 13.8 goals per game, while Hofstra is coming off a loss which saw the Pride only tallied six goals. However, Hofstra allows 9.6 goals per game, so its defense has been a consistent piece for them this season.“They play with a chip on their shoulder,” junior defense Jeff Henrick said. “I think they are a hot and cold team, and if you let them run away with it, they will.” Ohio State takes on Hofstra at James M. Shuart Stadium at noon Saturday.
September 24, 2019
Power and automation technology group ABB has announced a series of major orders in recent weeks, ranging from grinding mill drive systems for mines in Liberia and the US, to an HPGR drive contract in South Africa and an energy management system contract for LKAB in Sweden. In Liberia, ABB has an order to provide three single pinion high-speed mill drive systems for the Western Range iron ore greenfield mine owned by ArcelorMittal, an open pit outside Yekepa in the north of the country, close to the Guinean border.The order includes three 7.4 MW squirrel cage induction motors, ACS6000 frequency converters with mill application controller and remote diagnostic facilities, transformers, medium voltage cubicles, chiller units and system engineering for 3 x 30 ft diameter SAG mills. ABB’s variable-speed ring-geared mill drive (RMD) solutions are designed for reliable, long-life and low maintenance operation and are ideal for ores with varying grinding properties. The contract was awarded in May 2012 by grinding mill and crusher supply major, CITIC Heavy Industries, with deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.In the US, ABB has an order to provide drive systems for the new ore grinding mills at Allied Nevada Gold’s Hycroft gold mine expansion project. The project is part of an overall $1.2 billion expansion that will almost triple the mine’s recovery and production rate for gold and silver by 2015. The contract was awarded in June 2012. The Hycroft open pit is located 50 miles west of Winnemucca in northwest Nevada. Once the expanded mill operations begin in 2015, production is expected to average 582,260 oz/y of gold and 29.1 Moz of silver for the next 10 years. ABB will deliver five dual pinion 2 x 9 MW low-speed mill drive systems for two 36 ft SAG and three 26 ft ball mills, and one dual pinion (2 x 5.5 MW) low-speed drive system for a regrind mill. The drive systems comprise transformers, frequency converters, synchronous motors advanced mill control, operations and maintenance features for dual pinion RMDs. ABB’s innovative dual-pinion mill drive system helps to minimise mechanical wear on ring gear mills, reducing downtime and repairs while increasing the availability of grinding process equipment. Operating on low-speed, with motors driving the pinions directly, no gearboxes are required. The solution also raises the efficiency and overall productivity of the process. Deliveries are scheduled for the third quarter of 2013.In South Africa, ABB has an order to upgrade Anglo American Platinum’s HPGR drive system at the Mogalakwena North open pit mine. The contract was awarded in the second quarter of 2012 and consists of one HPGR drive system comprising two squirrel cage induction motors, two ACS1000 frequency converters and two converter transformers. The contract also includes a spare motor and transformer as well as ABB supervision for installation and commissioning. This is ABB’s first reference in optimising an HPGR drive system by exchanging the existing ABB fixed speed drive with a variable-speed drive system (VSD). Prior to this order, ABB already delivered, installed and commissioned equipment for the initial Mogalakwena North mine expansion consisting of two complete gearless mill drive systems in 2007 and one ring-geared mill drive systems for the Amandebult concentrator in 2009. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for the first quarter of 2013; with commissioning to follow in the second quarter of 2013.Finally, ABB is to deliver an energy management system to LKAB that will optimise energy use at its Kiruna and Malmberget underground iron ore mines, and its newest Svappavaara open pit mine. ABB’s award-winning cpmPlus Energy Manager will “improve the energy efficiency of the mines, reduce their carbon footprint and lower their overall energy costs”, says the company, pointing out that in many cases, 15% of a mine’s total production costs are related to energy. Energy Manager helps customers in all industries monitor, manage and optimise their energy usage for maximum efficiency and cost savings.It provides reliable data on energy consumption and costs, to pinpoint potential process improvement targets as well identify the process area with the highest levels of energy efficiency. This data is then used as the basis of future energy saving measures. Energy Manager is completely scalable; this modular solution can start with basic energy monitoring and reporting at a single facility, and later expand to include multiple sites, or be implemented throughout the entire company to optimise energy use and manage energy supply costs.In a recently published study titled CPM/MES Systems for Process Industries Worldwide Outlook, industry analyst firm ARC Advisory Group ranked ABB in the leading worldwide position for this expanding market. CPM and MES (Manufacturing Execution System) software provides visibility, execution, tracking, reporting and optimization of manufacturing processes to improve product quality, safety, and overall productivity.According to the study, the CPM market grew in all regions of the world in over the past two years, as all manufacturing organisations need to collaborate and improve their efficiency to operate profitably.The increased use of CPM is driven by the need to control energy use and costs, new regulations, globalization, standards enforcement, big data analytics demographic changes, and the overall need to reduce manufacturing costs.Even with economic instability and exchange rate fluctuations, ARC forecasts that industry dynamics will continue to drive the overall CPM for process market growth positively in 2012 and beyond. The increased use of new technologies such as tablets, smartphones and cloud computing as workplace tools have set new expectations for the information access and capabilities provided by CPM solutions.“ABB’s CPM solutions provide users with collaboration tools to improve productivity and asset availability, while reducing energy and maintenance costs in a rapidly changing business environment.” said Janice Abel, principal consultant at ARC and author of the study. “The acquisitions of both Ventyx and Mincom vastly expanded ABB’s CPM business. With its comprehensive product line, ABB stands poised to grow its presence even further in this market.”ABB acquired power networking software company Ventyx in 2010. Ventyx then acquired Mincom, a software company focused on the mining business, in 2011. The combination of Ventyx, Mincom and continued strong organic growth of ABB’s existing CPM portfolio allowed ABB to move to the market leadership role. In 2011, ABB also recorded very strong organic growth in the mining business.“Collaborative Production Management allows our process customers to extend the benefits that they get from the underlying automation they already have in their plant. The software ABB provides has been proven to reduce order to cash time for our customers’ manufacturing operations, improve throughput, reduce inventory and optimize maintenance,” said said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division. “We’ve heard customers talk about the need for complete shop floor to top floor integration for years; ABB is delivering CPM solutions that do exactly that and more.”
September 24, 2019
CSIRO has used solar energy to generate hot and pressurised ‘supercritical’ steam, at the highest temperatures ever achieved in the world outside of fossil fuel sources. Supercritical steam is a breakthrough for solar energy and means that one day the sun could be used to drive the most advanced power stations in the world, currently only driven by coal or gas. CSIRO’s Energy Director, Dr Alex Wonhas said this milestone is a game-changer for the renewable energy industry.“It’s like breaking the sound barrier; this step change proves solar has the potential to compete with the peak performance capabilities of fossil fuel sources,” Wonhas said. “Instead of relying on burning fossil fuels to produce supercritical steam, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result.”Supercritical solar steam is water pressurised at enormous force and heated using solar radiation. Around 90% of Australia’s electricity is generated using fossil fuel, but only a small number of power stations are based on the more advanced supercritical steam.The world record, set in May this year, was at a pressure of 23.5 MPa (a measure of force per unit area), and temperatures up to 570oC. It is the combination of pressure and temperature demonstrated at scale that makes this such a breakthrough for solar power.Commercial solar thermal power plants around the world use subcritical steam, operating at similar temperatures but at lower pressure. If these plants were able to move to supercritical steam, it would increase the efficiency and help to lower the cost of solar electricity.The A$9.7 million research program is supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and is part of a broader collaboration with Abengoa Solar, the largest supplier of solar thermal electricity in the world. CSIRO and Abengoa Solar, with support from ARENA, are developing advanced solar storage to provide solar electricity at any time, day or night.The breakthrough was made at the CSIRO Energy Centre, Newcastle, home to Australia’s low emission and renewable energy research. The Centre includes two solar thermal test plants featuring more than 600 mirrors (heliostats) directed at two towers housing solar receivers and turbines.Although there is still work to be done before this technology is ready for commercialisation, ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht acknowledged the significant achievement saying it demonstrates the importance of research and development.“This breakthrough brings solar thermal energy a step closer to cost competitiveness with fossil fuel generated power,” Frischknecht said.
September 21, 2019
Jun 22nd 2018, 6:11 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/FabrikaSimf By Fiona Ferguson 15,350 Views Image: Shutterstock/FabrikaSimf No Comments Share3 Tweet Email A 65-YEAR-old County Waterford man has admitted the sexual abuse of three children.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the offences following a day of legal argument after a jury had been sworn in for his trial.He pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and 13 counts of indecent assault of one girl at locations in Co Waterford and Co Tipperary on dates between 1983 and 1987.The child was aged between 12 and 15 years old at the time of the offences.The accused man also admitted one count of indecent assault against a second girl on a date between 1979 and 1981, while she was aged between 13 and 14 years old.He further pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault of a third victim on dates between 1988 and 1991, while she was aged between nine and 12 years old.Michael Delaney SC, told Justice Patrick McCarthy, that the guilty pleas were acceptable to the Director of Public Prosecutions on the basis that full facts would be given at the sentence hearing.Mary Rose Gearty SC, defending, asked that the man be allowed to remain on bail to deal with family and administrative matters. She said he knows he will be going into custody for a substantial time.Justice McCarthy set a sentence date of 30 July next when prosecution evidence and a plea in mitigation will be heard. He remanded the man on continuing bail until the sentence date. 65-year-old man admits sexually abusing three children The man knows he will be going into custody for a substantial time, the court heard. Friday 22 Jun 2018, 6:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/4084987 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
September 21, 2019
Posidonia, the world’s largest shipping fair opened in Athens on Monday, amid growing concerns about the global economy and worries about the host country’s uncertain future.The five-day event, now in its fifth decade, includes 1,870 exhibitors from 87 countries, a new record, and was expected to attract 17,000 visitors, showing that Greece “remains open for business,” said organizer Theodoros Vokos.The Chinese shipbuilding industry was once again fielding the strongest contingent of exhibitors, as one of 21 countries from Africa, Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia, including Japan and South Korea, with national pavilions.Held every two years, one of the main talking points at the conference was expected to be prospects for the global economy, with volumes of goods shipped around the oceans of the world a key indicator.Worse-than-expected US jobs data on Friday reignited worries about the strength of the recovery in the world’s largest economy, the eurozone remains in crisis and indicators from China and India have also disappointed.The Greek shipping industry, the biggest in the world by tonnage, already saw profits slump by 8.6 percent last year, according to the Union of Greek Shipowners — and not because of the crisis in their home country.“Shipping is an international industry. Therefore the good thing for Greek shipping is that it is not affected by the Greek crisis,” Vokos said.“However, the international crisis has an impact on the industry, because of the lower volumes of goods being transported as a result of the recession.” Other problems, he said, included a surfeit of ships and the reluctance of banks to lend money. Source: AFP / Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
September 20, 2019
Renifler, un outil que le rat utilise aussi pour communiquerPubliant ses travaux dans Current Biology, un chercheur américain suggère que, chez les rats, la façon de renifler est un indicateur de statut social : un mode de communication jusqu’alors insoupçonné, probablement utilisé par de nombreuses espèces sauvages et domestiques.Si la communication entre les animaux a déjà fait l’objet de nombreuses études, il semblerait qu’on soit encore loin de tout savoir dans le domaine et notamment chez les rats. En effet, ces rongeurs ne se serviraient pas que du bruit, de leur posture ou des odeurs pour communiquer avec leurs congénères mais aussi de leurs reniflements.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En s’appuyant sur des travaux antérieurs montrant chez les rats l’existence de hiérarchies sociales complexes, le Dr Daniel Wesson, de la Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, dans l’Ohio (États-Unis), a mené une expérience tout à fait particulière. Il a utilisé un dispositif sans fil pour enregistrer et observer ces rongeurs lors de leurs interactions. Il a ainsi constaté que, lorsque deux rats s’approchent l’un de l’autre, une sorte de code de communication s’établit entre eux : l’un affirme sa dominance en reniflant plus fréquemment tandis que l’autre marque sa subordination en reniflant plus discrètement.Tout manquement à la règle, a observé le chercheur, est susceptible de provoquer une réaction agressive de l’individu dominant envers son congénère. Selon le Dr Wesson, le rat dominant afficherait ainsi son statut, un peu comme un grand singe se frappe la poitrine pour manifester son autorité face à d’autres sujets. “Ces résultats nouveaux et passionnants montrent que la façon dont un animal renifle l’autre revêt une grande importance au sein de leur réseau social”, déclare Wesson, spécialiste en neurosciences.Une forme de communication présente chez d’autres animaux ? “Ce comportement ‘renifleur’ pourrait refléter un mécanisme commun (…) de communication chez de nombreux types d’animaux et dans une [grande] variété de contextes sociaux. Il est fort probable que nos animaux de compagnie recourent à des stratégies de communication similaires devant nos yeux chaque jour, mais comme nous ne les utilisons pas nous-mêmes, elles ne nous sont pas reconnaissables”, ajoute encore le chercheur avant de conclure : “Trouver une forme inconnue de communication utilisée devant nous par ces animaux pendant tout ce temps est vraiment une grande expérience !”. Le 17 mars 2013 à 09:41 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Once Upon a Time’s Finale Was Everything We Loved About an Imperfect ShowHenry Screws Everything Up Again on Once Upon a Time Stay on target It’s not even Thanksgiving, but this week’s Once Upon a Time made it feel like Valentine’s Day. Hope you’re ready for a lot of sappy dialog about True Love! Snow White lies in bed asleep. She rolls over, and suddenly, she’s in the middle of the forest. The Evil Queen appears and tells a story about how Snow got everything she wanted and more as a child. Now, she says, it’s her turn. She says Snow White and Charming will willingly give their hearts up and hands Snow a bottle, threatening to use it on the whole town.She takes the bottle to Regina, who thinks she knows what it is. She pours it on a tree, which dies instantly. It’s water from the River of Souls in the Underworld. Regina figures out that the Evil Queen must have gotten it from Gold. If Snow and Charming don’t give up their hearts, she’ll use it on the whole town. Snow begins having doubts that things will ever get back to normal. She thinks maybe the Evil Queen finally has them.The Blue Fairy arrives with a possible solution. Though there isn’t a way to counteract the water, there is a sapling that contains enough magic to imprison the Evil Queen. The problem is they don’t know where it is and casting a beacon to find it would let everyone know where it was. Regina devises a plan to distract the Evil Queen and Gold. She sends a note telling Zelena to meet the Queen at Gold’s shop. Zelena does and finds the Queen and Gold making out (ew). She storms out, angry that the Queen would keep a secret like this from her.Zelena is just a skeeved out by this relationship as we are. (Robert Carlyle and Lana Parilla) (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)The three of them figure out they’re being played, but the fairy is able to cast the beacon before anyone else can see it. Snow, Charming, and Regina go into the forest to search for the sapling, and Emma stays behind to clear out Regina’s vault so they can hold the Evil Queen inside. Emma begins having doubts that she can overcome the prophecy and Hook comfort her. He reminds her that she is the product of true love and true love can do anything. D’awwww!Everyone in Storybrooke had better hope that true love can do everything because things don’t look too good for Charming and Snow. They find the sapling, and when they touch it, they’re entire lives together flash before their eyes. Charming reasons that it’s made of true love and probably shows you who your true love is when you touch it. Before the show gets too sweet, the Evil Queen appears, takes the sapling from them and crumbles it into dust. Well, so much for that plan.In the past, Snow White is living in the forest and has sold everything she has for just enough money to buy passage on a boat to somewhere else. She is hunted by a woodcutter, but she and the blue fairy defeat him and escape. Charming, meanwhile is headed to a nearby town to buy provisions so he and his mom can survive the winter. He meets a merchant who offers to travel with him. Well, Charming thinks it’s a merchant. It’s actually the woodcutter who was trying to capture Snow White. After knocking out Charming with a sleeping potion, the woodcutter uses Charming’s sheepdog to track down Snow White.The real first meeting of Charming (Josh Dallas) and Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin). (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)When Charming comes to, he hears Snow White banging on the door of the woodcutter’s cart. When he finds out that someone is inside, he tries to break the lock with a rock. The woodcutter shows up and tries to kill Charming with his axe. He cuts a hole in the door of his carriage, allowing Snow White to reach through and grab the axe. Charming uses the opening to stab the woodcutter with a stick. Charming is about to let Snow out, but she stops him. If he sees her face, she says, he’ll be targeted by the Queen’s soldiers. He agrees to leave, and she thanks him by handing over her coins through the hole in the door. As their hand’s touch, a magic spark falls to the ground, and the sapling grows. It was the first time Snow and Charming met their true love, and neither of them knew it. Isn’t this much cheese supposed to be bad for you?Back in the present, Snow White and Charming meet the Evil Queen in the center of town to hand over their hearts. They have figured out that they met each other in the woodcutter’s cart all those years ago and are confident that their love gives them all the magic they need to defeat the Queen. Well, whatever the plan was, the Queen takes their hearts and almost immediately puts them back in. She says the hearts aren’t enough. She wants to give them her pain. She puts their hearts back into them, and Snow White succumbs to a sleeping curse. The Queen says this one has a different twist on it. Snow disappears, and the Queen dares Charming to find her.The sleeping curse has a new twist this time. (Photo: Screenshot via ABC)He does find her fairly easily. She’s in a glass coffin in the woods, just like before. He kisses her, and she wakes up, just like before. But this time, Charming falls asleep just as Snow wakes up. Regina figures out the Queen’s plan. She cast a sleeping spell on the heart Snow and Charming share. One is awake; the other will sleep. They can never be together while the curse is unbroken.This episode was definitely a step up from the previous weeks. It’s no longer as simple as the Queen devising a plan and the heroes defeating it. The Queen had a victory that was genuinely surprising and affecting. Yes, this episode laid the cheese on thick. All the true love talk was so saccharine sweet I thought I might get diabetes from watching, but it served a purpose. When Snow and Charming are taken away from each other, it hit that much harder because it meant something. Now I can’t wait to see how they deal with the curse next week, but I’m thinking it’ll take more than a couple of episodes to reverse this curse.
September 20, 2019
‘Chonky’ 26-Pound Cat Goes Viral Online, Receives Potential AdoptersFirefighters Respond to Fire Alarm at Shelter, Discover Cat Triggered It If you have a cat, or if you’ve ever even seen a cat, you probably know that their tongues are a little… well… weird. They have thousands of tiny spines that cats can use for grooming their luxurious fur or for stripping meat from bones. And now researchers are looking to these weird tongues for inspiration for better robots and medical devices.Georgia Institute of Technology doctoral candidate Alexis Noel has spent a lifetime living with and observing cats, and those experiences have helped shape her research. Noel and a team of other scientists have been studying just exactly what makes cat tongues such efficient tools for grooming. To start, they made a large 3D model (four times larger than normal) and started playing with it. Their research, so far, has yielded some pretty impressive data.Cat tongues, much like geckos’ feet, can be extremely adhesive in one direction, but detach easily by applying force in the right direction. This is, in part, because the spines that coat the tongue of your average house kitty are curved. If pulled in just the right way, that causes them to hook onto smaller objects — like meat or fur.“My whole life I have grown up with cats as household pets. I was home for a few days of break, watching TV with the family cats. Murphy, a 3-year-old male cat (short-haired breed, with tan stripes), decided that the couch blanket smelled tasty, and decided to give it a good lick. When I was done laughing at this curious cat, the scientist in me began to question how a soft, wet tissue could stick to something so easily,” Noel said. “After a few seconds of struggle, he figured out that he could detach his tongue by simply pushing his tongue into the blanket rather than pulling (de-hooking the blanket loops). During this time, I had been studying how saliva affects taste, and I had noticed a variety of mammals (cows, deer, tigers) having sharp spines on the surface of mammalian tongues. Once I got back to campus, it was an easy transition to studying rough cat tongues.”The research may sound a bit frivolous, but Noel suggests that these applications could be surprisingly broad. It’s possible we may learn new ways to clean everything from wounds to carpets. She even suggests that it may have applications for robotics, but I think NASA’s already got the micro-spines in robots thing handled — but maybe I’m wrong.Still, it’s exciting stuff, and yet more evidence showing how millions of years of evolution can stumble across some staggeringly efficient designs. Stay on target
September 18, 2019
The Newcastle loanee believes he’s now more mature to play in the English Premier League giant and he hopes to prove it with his footballRobert Kenedy Nunes Nascimento, better known as Kenedy, believes he’s now more mature than before to be able to play on English Premier League side, Chelsea.The winger started his professional career in Fluminense, where he played from 2013 to 2015.He was then bought by Chelsea, but he has been loaned three times: once in 2016 to Watford, and then twice in 2018 to Newcastle United.And now, he wants to prove he has grown as a professional.“I hope this year I can make a good season for Newcastle and go back to Chelsea,” he told Brazilian website UOL.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“It is not that I didn’t succeed at Chelsea.”“I arrived at 19, very young. It was good to be loaned to get more playing time. Better than staying at Chelsea and not play,” he continued.“I hope this year I can make a good season for Newcastle and go back to Chelsea to continue. I have a dream to return and to be a champion for the club.”“Just being in the Premier League is already a great achievement. A lot of people come and can’t play. For me, it’s been very good. My dream is to win a major title,” Kenedy explained.“I played at Chelsea with [Jose] Mourinho, he always helped me and showed me what I had to do in training, what he taught me I take as learning with me, and now I’m learning from another great coach, Rafa [Benitez].”
September 6, 2019
Madurai: The Madras High Court bench here Friday observed that government servants such as doctors should not for any reason be sent on deputation overseas when there was already a dearth of such professionals in the country. Justice R Mahadevan made the observation while rejecting a plea of Dr. D Lilly Manoharan seeking to quash a government order dismissing her from service for overstaying in Kuwait after being sent on deputation. The petitioner, who was suspended a day before his retirement and then dismissed, had sought a direction to the officials concerned to sanction pension and other terminal benefits. The judge said a government servant who is rendering such public service like medicine should not be sent on deputation out of India for any reason. Also Read – CBI carrying out surprise checks at 150 government departments Advertise With Us “It is high time, the government has to take appropriate steps as a matter of policy as they are necessary to ensure that none of the doctors from our country are sent to any other country either on deputation or otherwise, when already there is a dearth of such professionals in our country,” he said. The judge questioned the inaction of officials for long time though disciplinary action was initiated against her way back in 1997. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The doctor was permitted to join foreign medical service for a year from September 1992 which was later extended till September 1996. But she did not return and continued there till 2003. In fact, after issuing show-cause notice in 1997, nothing progressed till 2003, when the doctor was allowed to join duty back home. However, she remained absent once again. Advertise With Us During this time, the officials should have acted swiftly with departmental proceedings, but they chose to suspend her a day before she was to retire, the judge said. The inaction on the part of the officials had led to filing of the present petition, he said and directed officials of the health department not to repeat such lapses in future and ensure that steps were taken then and there when delinquency was committed by a government servant.
August 31, 2019
Citation: Self-filling water bottle takes cues from desert beetle (2012, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-self-filling-bottle-cues-beetle.html Explore further Credit: Moongateclimber / Wikipedia Commons © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The desert beetle in focus can live in an area which gets only 0.5″ of rainfall a year. Its shell is covered in bumps, and the way the bumps are constructed are key to its survival. Humidity in the air accumulates on the shell until water droplets form. They roll down the beetle’s back and directly into its mouth. The NBD Nano team drew from the natural shell design in constructing a bottle that could take advantage of the same water-collecting process. The result is that the bottle is able to continually fill itself up. They describe their process as making use of a nano-scale surface to enhance water condensation. The surface of the bottle is covered with hydrophilic (water-attracting) and hydrophobic (water-repellent) materials. They would not be the first to study the Namib beetle’s modus operandi for surviving in harshly arid conditions. National Geographic in 2001 said scientists were studying the beetle, noting how the beetle can survive via its bumpy shell drawing its drinking water from winds. Zoologist Andrew Parker of the University of Oxford detailed how it was an efficient water-harvester in capturing water from the wind. Parker, who reported his findings in Nature, suggested that the shell was a promising model for designing inexpensive tent coverings and roof tiles that could collect water for drinking and for agriculture in arid regions.As for NBD Nano, they are only in prototype stage. “We have developed a proof of concept and [are] currently creating our first fully-functional prototype,” Miguel Galvez, one of the co-founders, said. How much water does the bottle harvest from air? Galvez told the BBC that “We think our initial prototype will collect anywhere from half a liter of water to three liters per hour, depending on local environments.”They have varied applications in mind. They list enhanced dehumidification for households; potable water for military operations; water for greenhouses to support plant life; and potable water for third world nations.”We realize that water is such a large issue in the world today, and we want to try to alleviate those problems with a cost-efficient solution,” said Deckard Sorensen, another company co-founder. Sorenson said the company is looking to incorporate the bottle in greenhouses or green roofs in the immediate future, but later on will be looking to see how far they can scale up to supply larger agricultural goals.NBD Nano plans to enter the worldwide marketplace between 2014 and 2015. More information: www.nbdnano.com/ Journal information: Nature (Phys.org)—Biomimicry is the term given to using nature as an inspiration for sustainable technology ideas, and a young company has joined the biomimicry brigade with its prototype self filling water bottle, which mimics the Namib desert beetle. NBD Nano, a startup of four graduates with degrees in biology, organic chemistry, and mechanical engineering, hopes to bring their prototype to market. They say that, like this beetle, their bottle can pull water from the air. Their self-filling water bottle is said to be capable of storing up to three liters every hour. Bottle cleans water in seconds
August 29, 2019
Highest Available Resolution 8:41 2560 x 1600 Secondary Hard Drive Size 802.11ac Bluetooth 5.0 RAM Upgradable to Review macOS High Sierra Advertisement Specifications Bluetooth Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief on Author Bio Hard Drive Type RAM Mobile Broadband Weight Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 Wi-Fi Model Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptopmag.com, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc. 12:07 Operating System Wi-Fi 256GB SSD 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, with 128MB of eDRAM Display Size Company Website Secondary Hard Drive Speed Secondary Hard Drive Type Size CPU Video Memory 13 Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color GamutDirt 3: Complete EditionDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.1 1080p: 12:227:50 Optical Drive Speed Graphics Card 3.02 pounds 8GB Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief Hard Drive Speed Battery Life (Test Ver 2.0)1 of 5Continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits.MacBook Pro 13-inch with Touch Bar (2019)Dell XPS 13 (2019)HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)Lenovo Yoga C930Category Average (as of 07/31/19) 5.3 x 3.2-inch Native Resolution It’s a stretch to call the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar new for 2019. That’s because it’s mostly just a spec upgrade — with one important exception. Now featuring faster quad-core processors, the 13-inch MacBook Pro (starting at $1,799, or $1,999 as tested) offers more speed than last year’s model, along with the zippiest SSD you can get in a laptop. But it’s the keyboard that’s getting the most attention, as Apple quietly changed a material in its butterfly mechanism so that it’s less prone to problems.article continued below I’ve been using the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro for a week, and it remains one of the most powerful laptops in its class. And while I didn’t encounter any problems with the keyboard, it will take more time to determine whether Apple’s design change will be enough to address the bulk of complaints. The battery life and design both remain good, but they could be better. 13-Inch MacBook Pro 2019 Price and Configuration Options The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is still one of the most expensive 13-inch laptops out there. It starts at a steep $1,799 with an 8th-Gen, 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 246GB of storage. We opted for 16GB of RAM (which I highly recommend for those who keep multiple apps and dozens of tabs open), which adds $200 to the price. Other upgrades include a Core i7 CPU ($300) and several SSD options. Upgrading to 512GB costs $200, while 1TB ($600) and 2TB ($1,200) cost considerably more. Design Stop me if you’ve seen and heard this before. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is a solid and elegant piece of aluminum available in Space Gray or Silver. But the look is getting stale at this point, as the bezels around the screen look pretty thick compared to the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and other Windows notebooks and 2-in-1 laptops. This MacBook Pro is fairly portable, at 3.02 pounds and 0.59 inches thick, but again, other Windows laptops are much sleeker. The XPS 13, for example, weighs 2.7 pounds and is 0.3 to 0.5 inches thick. The HP Spectre x360 is a bit lighter (2.9 pounds) and slimmer (0.5 inches) than the MacBook Pro, too, despite packing a touch screen. Ports One of the benefits of splurging for the Touch Bar model of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is that you get four Thunderbolt 3 ports (two on the left and two on the right). The non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro makes do with just two Thunderbolt 3 ports, on the left side. The headphone jack is on the right on this Touch Bar MacBook Pro. What’s missing is any sort of memory card slot; the Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre x360 13-inch model and Lenovo Yoga C930 all squeeze in a microSD card reader. Plus, the HP and Lenovo include a full-size USB 3.1 port. Keyboard The bad news is that the latest version of Apple’s butterfly keyboard on the 13-inch MacBook Pro offers the same shallow travel as previous editions. It’s just 0.6mm, when we prefer 1mm or above for ultraportable laptops and Ultrabooks. The good news is that I typed quickly and comfortably on this laptop, as the actuation force of 60 grams provided enough feedback that typing didn’t feel mushy. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I surpassed 77 words per minute with 95% accuracy. That’s slightly faster than the 72 wpm I got on the 2018 MacBook Pro, but I achieved even better accuracy on that system, with 97.6%. On my everyday 2016 MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, I hit 75 wpm with 93.8% accuracy. MORE: Apple’s Pro Display Stand Costs a Grand, And Even Mac Fans Are … So, what about this new material on the keyboard, and what will it do? Apple isn’t providing any details, other than to say that the changes should prevent issues like the double typing of letters or keys that fail to register. According to iFixit, which performed a tear down on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with the same design change, the switch cover now seems to be made of polyamide (aka, nylon) instead of polyacetylene, but the benefit to users of that change is not clear. We plan on using this MacBook Pro for several weeks to see how the improved butterfly keyboard holds up. Touchpad, Touch Bar and Touch ID At 5.3 x 3.2 inches, the trackpad on the 13-inch MacBook Pro is as massive as ever, and it’s just as responsive and accurate. Scrolling on this laptop is silky smooth, and it’s a cinch to execute gestures like swiping up with three fingers for Mission Control or spreading three fingers to show the desktop. After debuting nearly three years ago, the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro hasn’t become as useful as I initially hoped — and I was one of those people who said it was not a gimmick. The Touch Bar can come in handy when you’re using some apps. For example, in Photos, this narrow secondary display lets you skim through photos just by sliding your finger. And in Safari, you can click on one of your favorite sites without looking at the main screen. But the utility of this sliver of real estate pales in comparison to what Asus is doing with its larger ScreenPad and what you could do with a full-touch-screen, 2-in-1 laptop. The upcoming macOS Catalina lets you use an iPad as a secondary display with the Sidecar feature, but that’s not the same as having a touchscreen baked in. The 13-inch MacBook Pro does have a built-in Touch ID button, which doubles as a power button. This makes it easy to log in to your system with a simple press, though I’d like to see Apple add Touch ID to MacBooks to make things even faster. Still, it’s nice that you can use Touch ID for Apple Pay and passwords on websites. Display Although I’d like to see Apple jump to 4K, it’s hard to argue with the beauty of this 13-inch MacBook Pro’s screen. The 2560 x 1600-pixel Retina display is bright, colorful and accurate. While watching the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer, I could make out every fold in Rey’s outfit and several wisps of her hair off to the right side. Her blue lightsaber beamed against the sandy backdrop as she flipped over an enemy ship speeding toward her. The panel itself also beamed in our lab tests, as it registered an average brightness of 408 nits. That soundly beats the HP Spectre x360 13-inch model (287 nits) and the Lenovo Yoga C930 (273 nits), and the MacBook’s result also outshines the XPS 13’s (375 nits). MORE: Best MacBook – A Guide to Apple Laptops – Laptop Mag The MacBook Pro’s screen isn’t the most colorful; it reproduced 118% of the sRGB color gamut in our tests, which is better than the Yoga C930’s result (100%) but behind those from the XPS 13 (119%) and Spectre x360 (150%). You won’t find a display with more-accurate hues, though. The 13-inch MacBook Pro’s panel turned in a Delta-E score of 0.12. A score of zero is perfect. Audio and “Hey, Siri” I would put the speakers on the 13-inch MacBook Pro up against those on any Windows laptop, and Apple would probably win. Not only is there a ton of power here — “Night Running” from Cage the Elephant and Beck filled a large conference room with sound at 50% volume — but there’s also an impressive amount of bass here. I also appreciated the stereo separation on Twenty One Pilots’ “Chlorine.” The drum line was punchy but perfectly balanced with the slacker-melancholy vocals. If you want to speak to the MacBook Pro, you can do just that with “Hey, Siri” support, which is enabled by the laptop’s T2 chip. I could ask Siri to show me what my day looked like, which allowed me to see my appointments at a glance. Plus, I used the feature to open Photos and show pictures of just my dogs and open the browser to cnn.com. I also found it useful to switch to other apps with my voice, especially when I had too much open. Performance The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is easily one of the fastest laptops ever of its size. Our configuration packs a quad-core 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.4-GHz, 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. I didn’t see any lag even as I jumped between 17 tabs in Chrome while also running Skype, Slack and Pixelmator. On Geekbench 4.1, which measures overall performance, the 13-inch MacBook scored a very high 18,221, which wipes the floor with the Dell XPS 13’s mark of 14,936 (Core i7-8565U, 16GB of RAM) and the HP Spectre x360 13-inch model’s score of 14,935 (Core i7-8565U, 8GB of RAM). In our video-editing test, in which we transcode a 4K video file to 1080p, the MacBook Pro was a full 5 minutes faster than its closest competitor, the XPS 13, which needed 19:20 to complete the same tasks. Both the HP Spectre x360 13 and Yoga C930 took over 20 minutes. MORE: 9 Demands for the MacBook Pro The MacBook Pro’s SSD continues to be off-the-charts fast. On the BlackMagic Disk Speed Test, this system turned in a write speed of 2,573 MBps. The Dell XPS 13 hit just 226.4 MBps on the same test, while the HP Spectre x360 13 hit 616.3 MBps. You shouldn’t expect the greatest graphics performance from this MacBook Pro, however. On low settings, it turned in a frame rate of 38 fps on the Dirt 3 racing game, while the XPS 13 hit 88 fps and the Spectre x350 reached 56 fps. The Yoga C930 was comparable to the MacBook Pro, at 37 fps. Battery Life Although Apple rates the 13-inch MacBook Pro for up to 10 hours of web surfing, we saw less endurance in our testing. Apple’s laptop lasted for 8 hours and 41 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery test, which involves continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of screen brightness. That’s about the same runtime as last year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and a Core i7 CPU (8:43). This runtime beats the result from the XPS 13 with a 4K display (7:50), but the HP Spectre x360 13-inch lasted an epic 12:07 and the Lenovo Yoga C930 (10:10) also outlasted the MacBook Pro significantly. Heat Though it’s one of the fastest 13-inch laptops ever, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar kept its cool. After streaming video for 15 minutes, we measured temperatures of 84 degrees Fahrenheit on the touchpad, 90.5 degrees between the G and H keys, and 90.5 degrees on the bottom of the chassis. All of those temps fall below our comfort threshold. macOS Mojave now, macOS Catalina soon Out of the box, the 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar runs macOS Mojave, which includes welcome features like Dark Mode (which makes content easier on the eyes) and desktop Stacks (for better management of all your clutter). This fall, you’ll be able to upgrade to macOS Catalina for free. That update will say goodbye to iTunes in favor of dedicated Music, Podcast and TV apps. And Project Catalyst will bring more iPadOS apps to the Mac App Store, including quality games. Another big highlight is Sidecar, which allows iPad owners to use the tablet as a secondary display, complete with support for Apple Pencil. MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Air If you’re looking to save money, the 13-inch MacBook Air ($1,199) is a solid choice, as it delivers a lot of the same benefits as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, including a Retina Display, Touch ID and superfast SSD storage. The Air also lasts nearly an hour longer on a charge (9:32). MORE: Apple Will Discontinue iPhone SE and iPhone X (Report) However, the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar sports a full-power U-series processor, while the Y-series chip on the MacBook Air is slower. You also get a brighter screen on the MacBook Pro and more Thunderbolt 3 ports (four versus two), plus the improved keyboard. The Touch Bar can be nice to have, but I don’t see it as a deciding factor. To figure out which 13-inch MacBook is best for you, check out our MacBook Pro vs Air (2019) face-off. Bottom Line Overall, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the Apple laptop I would buy for myself, even with its $1,799 starting price. It gives me all the power I could want, a brilliant display, great audio and an improved keyboard that should prove more reliable over time. I also continue to appreciate such amenities as Touch ID button and “Hey, Siri” If you prefer Windows, you have plenty of great alternatives, such as Dell’s XPS 13; it’s lighter and thinner, with a better keyboard and a more aggressive price. Prefer a 2-in-1? HP’s Spectre x360 13 boasts 3 hours more battery life than the MacBook Pro. But neither of these systems beats Apple on sheer performance. I do wish Apple would debut a sleeker design with slimmer bezels and that the company could squeeze more battery life out of this platform. 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August 10, 2019
RelatedMonarch to launch new Ibiza services next summerCheap flights carrier Monarch has announced that it will be launching new services to IbizaMonarch launches new flights to Canary IslandsMonarch has launched new flights to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria from a number of UK airports.New flights to Turkey to be launched by MonarchNew flights to Turkey to be launched by Monarch Cheap flights carrier Monarch is introducing new routes to Santorini from London Gatwick and Manchester this summer.Weekly services to the popular Greek island will commence on May 5th and remain operational until October 5th.Santorini is famed for its sunsets, which many holidaymakers believe to be the best in the world. Its landscape is also a major draw, with the island featuring quaint white villages, sites of archaeological interest and black sand beaches.Flights to the famous Mediterranean holiday destination will operate every Tuesday throughout the summer season.Monarch offers a number of cheap flights to the Mediterranean from other airports including Birmingham and London Luton.Its flights network includes a number of destinations in Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus and Gibraltar.Elsewhere, the airline will launch nine additional flights to Faro from Gatwick this Easter.Eight weekly services will fly to the Algarve between April 1st and 17th, affording holidaymakers improved access to Portuguese spring sunshine destinations.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map