Немецкая верфь Abeking & Rasmussen спустила на воду 98-метровую суперъяхту Aviva, построенную по заказу британского миллиардера Джо Льюиса. Яхта оборудована гибридной силовой установкой и способна развивать скорость до 11 узлов только на электромоторах. Особенностью судна является крытый теннисный корт на борту.
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• Dai Young rests Kurtley Beale and Joe Launchbury for ‘massive’ match• Newcastle’s Dean Richards expects high try count in Kingston Park encounterDai Young is determined that Wasps should avoid a slip-up in their pursuit of the Aviva Premiership title when they travel to Newcastle Falcons on Friday night.The Coventry-based club could replace Saracens at the top of the table if they prevail at Kingston Park, but Young refuses to view victory over the Falcons as a foregone conclusion. Continue reading...
Introduction of stricter interpretations on high and dangerous tackles has left players fretting that one false move will have major implicationsThe Aviva Premiership is reaching its halfway point with players from every team braced for an unrelaxing Christmas and new year. Not only do three key league weekends await but stricter interpretations regarding high and dangerous tackles have left everyone fretting that one false move will have major implications for club and country.At first glance such appetising, high‑profile games as Wasps v Bath and Exeter v Leicester should be about who kicks off 2017 in the top four and which international players can enhance their Six Nations hopes. Instead there is widespread anxiety that a well-meaning desire to improve player welfare may end up having the reverse effect in terms of increased stress levels. Continue reading...
Экологи раскритиковали участниц и организаторов конкурса красоты "Мисс Вселенная" за то, что девушки плавали и фотографировались в бикини с китовыми акулами на Филиппинах, несмотря на призывы активистов отказаться от этой затеи, передает Русская служба ВВС. Иллюстративное фото с сайта avivas.ru Организаторы конкурса красоты устроили у берегов острова Себу промоакцию, призванную привлечь зрителей на финал, который пройдет на Филиппинах в январе 2017 года. По словам экологов, конкурсантки и организаторы повели себя крайне "безответственно". Китовые акулы считаются самыми крупными современными рыбами. Экологи ранее неоднократно призывали туристов не подкармливать китовых акул и не плавать с ними, поскольку такое поведение нарушает привычные модели поведения этих рыб. Как объясняют защитники природы, общение с туристами делает китовых акул легкой добычей для браконьеров, а также провоцирует рыб подплывать ближе к лодкам, из-за чего они могут получить травмы. Китовая акула, которая может достигать 18-20 метров в длину, питается преимущественно планктоном. Эта рыба считается редким видом, численность которого в последние десятилетия постоянно сокращается. Несмотря на запрет промысла китовой акулы, восстановление поголовья идет очень медленно, в том числе из-за того, что эта рыба часто становится добычей браконьеров. Фото: Reuters/Scanpix Читайте также: Житель Алматинской области скончался после посещения травмпункта>> Полиция Астаны прокомментировала информацию о нападении на пассажирский автобус>> Появилось видео разрыва звезды огромной черной дырой>> В Акмолинской области и Астане закрыты дороги из-за сильной метели>> Назарбаев назвал полной чепухой диктаторство в Казахстане>>
Malakai Fekitoa scored two tries as New Zealand overcame a pair of yellow cards to win in Dublin 7.44pm GMT That was an excellent day of Test rugby, all in. England thrashed Fiji but showed frailties, Wales and Scotland crept past their opponents with dramatic late kicks, while New Zealand righted the wrongs of Chicago. Perhaps most momentous of all, Italy beat the Boks. There’s still one game to go – Australia face France in Paris in a few minutes’ time – but that is all from me. Thanks very much for your company, see you (sort of) for all the action next Saturday too. 7.39pm GMT Right, that is that. Michael Aylwin’s report from a superb Test match at the Aviva Stadium will be right here very soon. I’m just looking at the team sheets from the end of the game. Ireland had four blokes off with injury, while New Zealand completely reshuffled their backline to tighten up. Cracking game.Massive respect between these sides after two epic Test matches this year.#IREvNZL pic.twitter.com/mFn2BW6jXe Continue reading...
• Ireland will bid to follow up historic Chicago win against world champions• New Zealand are hot favourites at odds of 1-9 to gain revengeSteve Hansen has insisted that the back-to-back world champions New Zealand are the underdogs for the rematch with Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.Hansen boasts a 92% win record in his four years as the All Blacks head coach, but he believes that Ireland’s historic win in Chicago alters the complexion of the Aviva Stadium game on Saturday. Continue reading...
Ireland’s men in green are daring to dream that after waiting 111 years to defeat New Zealand they can make it twice in two weeks in Dublin on SaturdayNot many sequels manage to outdo a famous original. You can make a decent cinematic argument that Mad Max, The French Connection, Kill Bill and Toy Story were all superior at the second time of asking but the list is relatively short. Difficult second album syndrome is a frequent musical issue and, where New Zealand rugby is concerned, double-whammy defeats to the same opponents are on the rare side of occasional.What chance, then, of Ireland improving this weekend on their remarkable Chicago coup early this month when they defeated New Zealand for the first time in 111 years of trying? The two sides were always due to reconvene at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday but no one ever envisaged these circumstances. Two Irish wins over the All Blacks inside a fortnight? That really would prompt a stampede back to Toners and O’Donoghue’s and all the other hospitable pubs of Dublin’s south side. Continue reading...
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It's disturbing to elect a racist and women-hater. It's dumb to elect a con man who's gone bankrupt many times. It's truly dangerous to elect a raging, thin-skinned narcissist with no self-control. But electing a climate denier? Now that's utterly insane. The media may avoid the topic, but climate change is the biggest challenge the world has ever faced. Acknowledging that climate change is a threat to humanity does not make you an emotional, tree-hugger, but just practical and science-based. I won't try to pick from the abundant evidence of how screwed up the climate is getting. That's nearly impossible. So let me just cite some perspectives from other people who are convinced - some of the least emotional, hard-headed people in society: CEOs. · With $44 billion in revenue, Saint-Gobain is the world's largest building products manufacturer. The CEO, Pierre-Andre De Chalendar, wrote a book on the climate crisis. His calm assessment of the situation: "...the Earth is entering a new phase of climatic change, threatening the edifice patiently built by man since the beginning of the industrial era. Our civilization could be in peril." · PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi has said, "Combating climate change is absolutely critical to the future of our world." · Mark Wilson, CEO of the $35B insurance giant Aviva gave his expert opinion on the danger: "Climate change in particular represents the mother of all risks - to business and to society as a whole." · During a speech yesterday, the CEO of Walmart, Doug McMillon, announced new carbon reduction and renewable energy goals, based explicitly on the science of climate change. Can we agree that if you base your goals on science, you must believe that the science is compelling? And McMillon has said they just ignore the climate skeptics. I could go on and on with CEO examples (even the CEO of ExxonMobil is no longer a denier). Or let's listen to the Pope, whose encyclical last year was crystal clear: "Climate change is a global problem with grave implications...it represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity." We're at a critical juncture for humanity, when the world is finally coming together to do something about our greatest challenge. So what's at stake? The future of humanity. It's all too easy to talk about elections in overwrought terms. Each side claims it will be the end of the world if the other is elected. I'm sorry to disappoint and fit some stereotype, but in this election, it's actually true. There are more reasons than I can count that Trump is a dangerous choice for President (and Slate has a tidy list of 230!). But for all his rampant racism, misogyny, and narcissism, his perspective on climate could represent his craziest ideas. Not only is it a hoax, he says, but it's a Chinese hoax! (We apparently outsource everything now.) Let's put aside the extreme, but possible, scenarios like Trump starting a war or the economy crashing if he's elected (the markets do not seem happy with his rising poll numbers). Even if he changes his tune and acts like some semblance of a decent human being toward women and minorities, but still maintains his position on climate change, we're all in deep trouble (even the most intolerant among us). Now is really not the time to elect a conspiracy-theory-spouting denier. The core of global action on climate is the Paris accords, which, for the first time in human history, got all the representatives of humanity to agree to something. The deal is historic, but fragile. The former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, said recently at the Business for Social Responsibility conference, "This deal ain't done yet...so celebrate the success, but maintain your rage." Meaning, we have to keep the world focused on reducing carbon fast (the very new estimates from PwC say we need to decarbonize the world at a pace of 6.5% per year). Rudd says that three things will keep the wheels moving on the climate deal: political pressure, corporate pressure, and finance. If the leader of the country that's producing a fifth of the world's emissions thinks climate change is bogus, and wants to stop all pro-climate policy and clean economy investment, it's a big problem. His election would greatly weaken the political pressure toward climate action and certainly slow commitment from companies and the finance world. Look, I'm sorry for the downer scenario here. The environmental movement has long been criticized for being doom and gloom and always talking about the end of the world. Fair enough - we in sustainability could do a better job painting a compelling picture of a better, thriving world. But that said, it's still true that sounding the alarm in an emergency is justified. When a doctor says you have stage 3 or 4 cancer, you don't dismiss the diagnosis as some biased hoax. I hope someone will yell "fire" - even in a crowded theater - if the theater is, you know, on fire. And we should all want a leader that recognizes that there is in fact a fire, stays calm and level-headed, works well with others, and immediately starts doing something about it. We know who that leader is, and she'll be terrific. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Yesterday the Obama administration confirmed what many Americans already knew: the monetary pressures imposed by Obamacare on the middle class are becoming unmanageable as a result of the average Obamacare premium set to spike by 25%, or hundreds of dollars of formerly disposable income that will be redirected to what is effectively a tax. However, in some states - especially those where the so-called recovery has failed to keep pace - such as Pennsylvania, the sticker shock will be far greater. As CBS Philadelphia reports, when the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period begins next week customers will see some changes, including fewer choices and higher prices. In Pennsylvania, the number of insurers in the marketplace has gone from 13 to eight. But the worst fate is set to befall the city that famously booed Santa Claus, Philadelphia, where CBS reports that just two insurers are left and premiums are expected to rise 53%. Aviva Aron-Dine of Health and Human Services says the size of the hike reflects artificially low rates early on. Pennsylvania had among the lowest rates in the nation. “Issuers were pricing for a completely new market, one where they could no longer exclude those with the most serious health needs,” she said, “many set prices that turned out to be too low.” To be sure, the administration had to spin this dramatic surge in a way that does not upset the locals, and did just that when Aron-Dine said that "the plans are still affordable, since three-quarters of Pennsylvanians qualify for tax credits." “Not only do tax credits bring down the cost of coverage, they adjust dollar for dollar with the cost of the benchmark plan in your area,” she explained. “So even if the cost of benchmark coverage goes up, most consumers will not have to pay more. Aron-Dine claims costs could even go down if consumers take the time to shop for a cheaper plan. She says new features on the healthcare.gov website will make that easier to do. It remains to be seen if any of the locals will accept this rationalization for soaring prices when they start getting invoices demanding hundreds of dollars more each month. As a reminder, Pennsylvania is one of the critical swing states which in recent weeks has been polling in Hillary Clinton's favor: it just may be that this "sticker shock" will flip the tables once again.
Hillary Clinton is stepping up her campaign efforts in The Grand Canyon State.
Kieran Loftus, Director, Puzzle Sport By Kieran Loftus, Director, Puzzle Sport Technology has fundamentally changed sport, adapting the sports we spend hours watching. Gone are the days when we’d make uneducated assumptions on how a player is performing. Through technology we are now able to make calculated decisions on our favourite players with stats being relayed to us throughout broadcasting. Wearable technology is become heavily ingrained into professional sports, allowing adverse metrics to be taken into account and utilised within training and allowing for real-time decisions to be made subsequently. Football has seen a vast change since its beginning, with so much technology being used to enhance the game not only for players but for spectators too. Players and clubs aren’t permitted to use wearable technology in competitive matches, but the International Football Association Board (IFAB) are discussing the use of wearable technology in the future. Tech company Stat Sports created the Viper Pod, a device widely used throughout the sporting world with football teams such as Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal as well as rugby teams Ulster and the England National team. Weighing less that 50g, the device is mounted onto a vest and contains a GPS module, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass and heart rate monitor. These metrics are then transferred to other devices which enable coaches to make real-time decisions dependent on the player’s real-time performance. Aside from creating some of the most innovative wearable tech, in 2014 Irish-based Stat Sports sponsored League One team Coventry City FC. The deal allowed Coventry City, unparalleled access to Stat Sports wearable tech an insight that some of the world’s best teams have access to, and in return gave Stat Stats the centerpiece position on both home and away playing kits. Whilst Stat Sports no longer sponsor specific teams, their previous foray into sponsorship will no doubt have had a positive influence, allowing smaller clubs access to top of the range wearable tech products. Wearable technology has also been created for goalkeepers that helps monitor and optimise their performance. The Catapult OptimEye G5 enables users to track goalkeepers movement as well as movement speed and a host of other stats. Catapult have made a host of other devices including the OptimEye S5, that allow for position-specific stats creating “fingerprints” for ranging positions which can be managed and altered. The device can also track acceleration, direction, position and probably the most crucial is the impact of collisions, all at a rate of 800-900 data points per second, helping to mitigate the circumstances that conclude in injury. Catapult Sports although providing wearable technology for elite sports and athletes, has allowed audiences from ranging sports to better understand the products, services and data that Catapult Sports deliver by releasing ‘Webinars’. Similar to Stat Sports, partnership deals have been made with some of the biggest teams in the world across ranging sports, including the likes of Leicester City Football Club. Although no sponsorship deals have been made with Catapult Sports and other sports teams, the potential for Catapult to integrate themselves further within the sporting industry permits. With the increased emphasis of sponsors producing content to enhance fan engagement, and Catapult Sports and Stat Sports holding the insights into intricate player performance data, the opportunity for unique, engaging and creative content permits itself to potential investors. Catapult have partnered with Stats LLC, a pioneer in technology and content, to provide streamlined performance data for clubs and their athletes within the NBA and college basketball in the USA. Similarly, other sports have incorporated have incorporated technology and data-based companies to help improve performance aspects as well as fan engagement, such as; the MLB have partnered with Bloomberg Sports and the NBA has links with SportVU. The data-based links are not currently sponsored… for now. The impact technology has had with wearables and performance analytics presents opportunity for investment and sponsorship deals. Sports underlying influence throughout society presents direct opportunity for engagement with fans and spectators, that will no doubt become a tangible and lucrative position. American Football is well-enveloped in the technology explosion that’s taking over sport. Last year, the NFL announced that they would be able to track players’ performance and then broadcast those stats to TV screens enabling viewers and supporters to track individual players, enhancing the fan experience. Currently unsponsored, the data that is broadcast elicits the opportunity for brands to showcase their image through the means of technology and sponsorship opportunities. The viewership alone stands as a calling card for brands to present their interest and conform to the technological based surge. Between on-field tracking, to improved safety and tactical HUDs, wearable technology is being incorporated into every aspect of modern Grid Iron. Not only are the stats aiding the coaches, who can make esteemed decisions dependent on in performance stats, but the data offers fans an unprecedented insight into the game. The stat-based demeanor of American Football has helped the NFL gain such prominence in its fantasy league compared to other sports, with fans able to act as coaches, relying on in-game data. Much like football the NFL has latched onto the Viper Pod with teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bulls all making use of the innovative technology. Though mainly based around performance, wearable technology is being used to help mitigate the risk of injury. An increased amount of emphasis has been placed upon player safety within American Football, with increased technology enabling more detailed reports on players’ health, more technology is being created to ensure player safety throughout the season. The VICIS helmet has been produced to aid player safety reducing the risk of concussion for the players. The helmet uses some of the latest technology to ensure the minimal impact is endured on the athlete's head; an intricate structure to the shell allows the shell of the helmet to deform slightly with impacting, spreading the lessening the stress of point of impact. Reebok, in conjunction with tech company MC10 also released an innovative piece of technology to help with concussions in the game, called CheckLight. The technology measures the force of impact that is put on the players which then presents a coloured light dependent on whether the player needs to be assessed. Partnering with Reebok, MC10 allowed themselves considerable go forward through the partnership and also allowed for partnership and sponsorship deals to be made with American Football players, such as Andrew Luck in 2013 who enabled the MC10 Checklight to grow in popularity and has enabled teams to monitor concussion further. As with American Football, player safety in rugby has been the focal point for wearable technology with concussion featuring prominently in today’s games. Concussion has been a huge talking point in recent seasons and increased emphasis has been placed on player safety and ensures the correct recovery is taken place. London-based team Saracens have been wearing the xPatch created by Seattle-based company X2 Biosystems. The device is able to record the force and the angle of impacts made to the player’s head during training or a match. Measurements of each can provide detailed data logs and can help the doctors and coaches decipher the best course of action to take. In 2013 research was carried out by the Auckland University of Technology where amateur teams in New Zealand were recorded wearing the high-tech X2 mouthguard which measured direct impacts to individuals heads as well as rotational acceleration of the brain. These devices are still in the early ages of development, but no doubt these devices will become commonplace in the sport. Over 9 teams in the Aviva Premiership use Catapults OptimEye S5 device enabling enhanced performance as well as the ability to mitigate risk. The clip-on device measures heart rate, velocity, distance covered, acceleration and impact force which can further determine whether the wearer is susceptible to risk when sent to coaches and doctors for further analysis. Under Armour have partnered with tech company Zephyr to create the E9 Compression Shirt which is able to provide metrics on the wearer’s cardiac activity, their anaerobic threshold as well as their aerobic capacity and skin temperature. Using fabric electrodes, the wearable technology can sense when a player is becoming dehydrated and can prevent players from getting heatstroke with its temperature monitor. One of the latest consumer wearable devices available is the TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker, which has the ability to read a person’s body composition. Using some of the latest technology, the device sends electrical impulses through the user’s body that measure the amount of muscle and fat in the body. Lean muscle tissue conducts electrical impulses quicker than fat in the body; readings that can not be found when stepping onto a scale. Sponsorship activity within elite sport wearables is seemingly minimal, but consumer wearables is ripe with sponsorship activations. In August 2016, Fitbit signed a deal with New York Road Runners, in an attempt to encourage runners to participate in ‘enriching community-building activities and to use Fitbit’s platform of activity trackers and mobile tools to perform their very best at the TCS New York City marathon. The sponsorship link enabled Fitbit users to follow the training regime of the Fitbit ambassador, and current American record holder for the marathon, Ryan Hall. In 2014, wearable tech provider Garmin teamed up with popular event, Tough Mudder. Garmin seeked to branch out from their already sponsored marathons and triathlons and envelope themselves within the widely appreciated obstacle course. Their Fenix 2 wearable was the focal point in the collaboration as Garmin aimed to provide Tough Mudder users with the ultimate training watch for those preparing themselves for “probably the toughest event on the planet”. Garmin also took the lead partner and sponsor role of the Paris Marathon back in 2014, that enabled Garmin to provide participants with wearable tracking devices that enabled for accurate race times and were compatible with a range of other Garmin wearables. As wearable tech still remains a relatively new feature in sports, and an elitist feature in many sports, the use of sponsorship could trigger an enlarged aspect of fan engagement. The use of branded content through sponsorship deals could play a pivotal role in introducing sport-specific wearable tech to the masses. Wearable technology in sport has become commonplace with teams across multiple sports looking to gain advantages and improve performance and mitigating risks of injury. Not only in sport, but for many users, the use of activity trackers and wearable devices that measure a range of metrics have proved that wearable devices are allowing users to track, monitor and improve performance and well-being. While there may be a gulf in metrics between professional sport and user devices, no doubt that bridge will be gapped allowing users to monitor intricate metrics allowing for best possible results. Across all levels of sport, wearable technology is becoming a prominent feature throughout. As such, business and revenue opportunities allow for the likes of marquee athletes and large sports brands to sponsor such technology and continue with the current revolutionary change within sports. The larger brands in sport, such as Adidas, Nike and Reebok all have made themselves known within the wearable tech realm, but still stand in the wake of tech-based companies such as Catapult, who only have one induvial focus… tech. That being said, the opportunity permits itself for the likes of such big sporting brands to use their privileges within the sporting world with wearable-tech companies, and tap into the markets ranging from the elite athletes to the Sunday-league players. Viewership of sport throughout the world is vast, and with the technological advances seemingly in sense slowing down, the stat-based nature and performance analysis is quickly providing a larger amount of opportunities within technology and sport. About Puzzle Sport Puzzle Sport develops specialised digital offerings and experiences to the sports industry. Our current roster includes clients such as: Wembley, Aston Villa, LDN Muscle, Championship Manager 17, Ride 25 and 6Day London. About Kieran Loftus Kieran is the Director of Puzzle Sport. A co-founder of Wear Your Support, with over 10 years of hardware innovation, he brings with him extensive knowledge from previous partnerships with Everton FC, Brentford FC, AFC Wimbledon and Kick it Out. Linkedin / @Kirean_Loftus -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.