Asia Cup pitches not helping World T20 preparations: MS Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni feels that the 22-yard-strip at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium is certainly “not ideal” for the batsmen to try and practice attacking shots keeping the ICC World Twenty20 in mind.”We thought it will be very good practice for T20 World Cup but in terms of hitting maybe it is not. But when it comes to reading the game and respecting conditions, it is good for us,” Dhoni said after India defeated Pakistan in a low-scoring game where 15 wickets fell in 33 overs.”Whether it is good (advertisement) for T20 cricket is difficult one to answer with so much of bounce and movement. In games over here, it has been very difficult to come out and play big shots. In one game, we scored 170 but it seemed like we would score 140, because of the firepower in our batting and few good overs, we managed, to reach 170. Otherwise all other games have been low-scoring ones, which is not good,” Dhoni was frank in his assessment.Dhoni also agreed that scores like 80s and 100s are not what people come to see in a Twenty20 game. Also read: Dhoni questions ear piece use by umpires “You know people love T20 for the sixes and the fours and at the same time you don’t want 80s and 100s to be scored. Low scoring should be 130-135 and high scoring games could be anything between 200 and 240. But in a way it is good for us (chasing 84), as we are a side that plays aggressive cricket,” he said.advertisement”In a way it pushes (forces) us to respect the conditions. In the coming games, our openers will not go with a set mindset like what happened in Australia. We knew the wickets were so good that we knew even if there is a bit of movement, you can play on the merit of the ball or the bounce which is not case over here,” he added.Dhoni expressed happiness that Virat Kohli has time and again shouldered extra responsibility in pressure situations but refused to draw comparisons about whether the Delhi batsman was the best India has ever produced in crisis situations. Also read: Kohli steers India to win in tricky chase “Why it is always that we have to come to comparisons. Others also have performed and I don’t believe in comparing individuals. I have captained for more than five years and I can’t recall amount of pressure each individual takes. He (Kohli) has been very consistent for us and ready to take extra responsibility,” Dhoni said.Dhoni also praised Yuvraj’s Singh gritty innings last night and feels more than amount of runs scored, the number of balls faced was important.”The condition was tough. You have to always consider, people batting down the order, there is a pressure of losing wickets. More you go down, the pressure increases. For me more than the runs he scored, how many balls Yuvraj faced was crucial. He got beaten a few times but tried to play shots. It will give him a lot of strength. Hopefully he will get a chance to express himself in better conditions,” the skipper said.Dhoni said that chasing 84 wasn’t easy considering it was a middle of the road target. Also read: Here’s what Tendulkar had to say after India’s win “It is one of those targets where you are confused whether you should attack or wait. Glad we restricted them to 84 which made it easier for us. Since there wasn’t much dew, the first 4-5 overs, which were crucial, was extended by a few more overs. In these pitches, it seems that 135-140 is a good score but today it seemed 120 was good score.”The ideal length on this track is just ahead of three quarters, and if you could hit the seam, you will get movement,” he said.last_img read more

GRASSLEY UNDECIDED ON SENATE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL

first_imgIowa U-S Senator Chuck Grassley is noncommittal about the Senate’s version of the federal health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act.Grassley says he’s getting many hundreds of email, calls and letters from Iowans about the legislation.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CG-HEALTH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….COUPLE WEEKS. ;14Grassley says there were many promises made with the A-C-A that simply were not kept and changes need to be made.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CG-HEALTH2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..have changed it” :18While Grassley hasn’t said how he’d vote on the Senate version of the bill, he is convinced the A-C-A needs to be repealed and replaced.He’s just not sure yet if this is the best way to do it.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CG-HEALTH3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….”to Obamacare” :08Five Republican senators have already said they will vote against the bill.If all Democrats vote no, which is expected, there won’t be enough support to pass it.The U-S House has already passed its own version of the health care bill.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Michigan State Football: Plaxico Burress Rips Nick Saban, Implies He Once Chased Money Too

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Former Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress rang in the new year with a shot at the integrity of his former college coach Nick Saban. Today, the former NFL star again took to Twitter to rip Saban. His mini-rant came after Saban made comments this morning at SEC Media Days suggesting some Alabama players played not to get hurt in their Sugar Bowl loss because they were distracted by their NFL Draft status. I recall Nick Saban telling me to stay in school finish what I started, I wasnt 1st round pick and he left for LSU b4 the season was over— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban goes on tv saying that kids are distracted by NFL projections. Well, the kids are just chasing a dream that you were. $$$— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015N Saban looked his players in the face at the Duf, said he wasnt leavin, I’m committed to the program” and was gone the next day. Tru story— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Now Nick Saban players are being distracted by the NFL and chasing a dream, haha tell your story Nick. LSU showed you $$, you was GONE! Ha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015Nick Saban actually told me I was a second round pick. I said, “where are you getting your info from? Are you watching these games? Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) July 15, 2015 Well, still doesn’t look like Plax and Nick will be sharing dinner or drinks any time soon.last_img read more

4-Star RB Recruit Chris Tyree Announces His Decision Date

first_img Thank you all for the support!! pic.twitter.com/yySnF4xt0k— Chris Tyree4️⃣ (@chris_tyree4) May 15, 2019Tyree is coming off back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards and double-digit touchdowns.He had career-highs for Thomas Dale last year, rushing for 1,446 yards and 11 touchdowns, while contributing another 23 receptions for 302 yards through the air.Tyree does have some impressive speed on the record, though. Per 247Sports, he ran a verified 4.38 40-yard dash last month.He’s the kind of prospect that would surely make Lincoln Riley, Nick Saban and Brian Kelly excited for. A general view of Notre Dame's football stadium.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 26: A general view of Notre Dame Stadium as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the Massachusetts Minutemen on September 26, 2015 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Four-star running back Chris Tyree clearly has plans of playing for a top program, and his final school list reflects that. With Alabama, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma all waiting eagerly for his decision, Tyree has made an important announcement.On Wednesday, Tyree took to Twitter and announced that he will be making his commitment decision on May 23 at the Thomas Dale High School auditorium. His most recent official visit was to Oklahoma back in April.Tyree is a four-star prospect and the No. 29 overall prospect in the nation, per 247Sports. He is considered the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Virginia.247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions are currently giving the edge to Notre Dame at 64-percent. Oklahoma comes in at second with 18-percent.last_img read more

Report suggests growing gap between greenhouse gas projections and promises

first_imgA recently released federal report suggests the gap is growing between Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction promises and what its policies are likely to achieve.The news comes as the Liberal government continues to promise a new pipeline will be built to take bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ports in British Columbia — a move critics say would push Canada’s emissions even higher.In December, the government delivered a report to the United Nations outlining its progress on reaching targets agreed to in the Paris Accord to fight climate change. Canada has promised to reduce those emissions to the equivalent of 517 megatonnes of carbon dioxide.In 2016, Ottawa made a similar report to the UN acknowledging that both its current and planned policies would likely leave the country 44 megatonnes short of its target.But in the recent report, Canada notes the gap between its commitments and the likely result of its policies has grown to 66 megatonnes — a 50 per cent increase in only 18 months.Environment Canada was unable to immediately explain that expanding shortfall. Figures for greenhouse gas emissions in the report are only given up to 2015 and are reported to have been largely stable for several years previously.Keith Stewart of Greenpeace said the increasing gap between promises and probable results is likely due to increasing energy production.“There might be some changes from demographic growth, but I can’t believe there’s been a huge change in those projections in a year and a half,” he said. “I think the main factor here is oil and gas.”Figures from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers suggest overall oil production declined by 15 per cent between 2014 and 2016. Production from the oilsands, the most carbon-intensive form of production, increased 12 per cent over that time.Stewart said Canada should not be considering a new pipeline to move more of that high-carbon production at a time when the country is falling further behind its commitments. Pipeline critics say building more infrastructure to move the product will only increase production.“Another pipeline is just going to dig an even deeper hole,” he said.Simon Fraser University energy economist Mark Jaccard said, overall, Canada’s climate change policies aren’t tough enough to meet its targets.“We would need much higher stringency of any package of the intended policies to achieve Paris (targets),” he said.Higher carbon taxes, though politically difficult, are one method. Others include a lower overall emissions cap on the oilsands, tighter rules on methane emissions, quicker phase-out of coal-generated power that leans more on renewables than natural gas and a clean fuel standard.“We can do it all with only carbon taxes. We can do it all with only regulations. We can do it all with a combination.”A “package” of policies is called for, he said.In its report, Environment Canada offered few specifics on how the 66 missing megatonnes of carbon might be made up.It said greater reductions might come from investments in public transit and clean technology. Calculations of the capacity of forests and wetlands to store carbon may also increase, the report says.— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

1 for the Planet Jack Johnson Team Up To Give Back

first_imgOn May 23, Jack Johnson, 1% For The Planet Ambassador and business member, will perform at the Boston Calling Music Festival in Boston, MA, kicking off a summer long collaboration with 1% for the Planet, the world’s largest environmental network.During his 2014 summer tour, Jack will entertain crowds around the globe. He’ll simultaneously raise awareness around sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives in his All At Once Village Green, which highlights several environmental nonprofits within the 1% for the Planet network.Jack Johnson joined 1% for the Planet in 2004, becoming the 50th business member to join the movement. Businesses within the network donate at least 1% of sales annually directly to nonprofit partners to maintain membership, however, this past year Jack went well beyond the required minimum, donating nearly 6% of record royalties and 100% of his net tour income back to environmental organizations. A longtime advocate for the earth, Jack is also an ambassador for the network, raising awareness and encouraging additional organizations, businesses, and individuals to get involved.From May 23 – September 1, 1% for the Planet will hit the road with Jack, appearing at multiple venues from New York to Hawaii to gain support and raise awareness about 1% for the Planet and Jack’s commitment to local foods, clean water, and a plastics-free lifestyle. 1% for the Planet will attend the following shows:• May 23 – Boston, MA (Boston Calling Festival) • May 30 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH • June 7 – Wantagh, NY (Jones Beach) • August 1 – Oahu, HI (Wakiki Shell) • August 23 – Quincy, WA (The Gorge) • August 28 – Los Angeles, CAAs part of the All At Once Village, Jack Johnson’s tour is collaborating with over 130 community groups that focus on plastic-free initiatives, sustainable local food systems, and other hands-on, grassroots environmental projects. At most Jack Johnson shows, nonprofits from the 1% for the Planet network will be on-site and for every donation made by fans, Jack’s charity, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, will offer a matching contribution up to $2,500.“As our 50th member and a longtime ambassador, Jack has always gone above and beyond to encourage individual action to better the environment,” said 1% for the Planet’s Managing Director, Melody Badgett. “We’re excited to be able to partner with him during his summer tour to amplify his work through our network.”Jack Johnson’s All At Once Campaign was founded in 2008 and aims to empower consumers to connect with nonprofits, take environmental action, and receive recognition for their efforts. Jack empowers people to get involved with a simple mantra: An individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change.To learn more about 1% for the Planet’s involvement on Jack Johnson’s tour this summer, click here. To learn more about Jack Johnson’s All At Once Campaign, click here and for a complete list of Jack Johnson tour dates visit JackJohnsonMusic.com.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

CAF President: ‘President of Esperance Tunis Threatened Me’

Rabat – The President of the Confederation of the African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad said that the president of Esperance Tunis threatened him “in front of witnesses.”Ahmad Ahmad’s statement comes after a backlash against poor referee performance during the Wydad Casablanca-Esperance Tunis second leg final of the African Champions League on Friday, May 31.In a statement to sports news outlet Stad’Afric, Ahmad condemned the absence of the video assistant referee (VAR) in the game. “VAR works everywhere but not in Tunis?” he said. He added that “major presidents of [football] clubs accuse the practices of this club, but we have no evidence.”During the game a referee rejected an equalizer for Wydad Casablanca, suggesting that it was offside. When Wydad Casablanca put pressure on the referees, asking them to check the legitimacy of the goal through VAR, the referees claimed that the technology was unavailable due to technical issues.Ahmed’s remarks followed several other statements, where the CAF president backed Wydad Casablanca. In previous statements, CAF has acknowledged that Wydad Casablanca’s goal during the second leg of the African Champions League final against Esperance Tunis was legitimate.“If somebody did not see WAC’s goal as legitimate, he then should change his hobby and to stop watching football,” he added.The scandal and criticism over the VAR and referees lead CAF to hold an emergency executive committee meeting on June 4 convened by Ahmed  to “discuss regulatory issues” following the EST-WAC game.The president of Wydad Casablanca, Said Naciri, and the president of the Royal Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa will attend the meeting. read more

Bringing Garden of Eden to Africa under UNsponsored nature restoration

6 October 2008Learning from the success in rehabilitating the Iraqi marshlands that some believe was the site of the Biblical Garden of Eden, United Nations-backed pilot projects are now targeting a ‘lost’ lake in Mali, a Kenyan forest that is a vital source for key rivers and lakes and land restoration in Haiti. The projects are among several such large-scale and nationally significant rehabilitation initiatives that the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) wants to launch in five countries during the run-up to the next meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan, in 2010. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told the Fifth World Conservation Congress in Barcelona today that the international community needs to “invest and re-invest in the ‘soft’ infrastructure too, from forests and fisheries to wetlands and soils, if we are to ensure water and food supplies in a world with climate change and in a world with 9 billion mouths to feed in just four decades.” He spotlighted Lake Faguibine, a spearhead-shaped body of water linked with seasonal flooding of the Niger, Africa’s third largest river. At its maximum the lake can cover close to 600 square kilometres but has been almost totally dry since the 1970s. A UNEP dispatched in August has now completed its preliminary assessment of some of factors behind the loss, including declining rainfall, increased evaporation and land-use changes – and of the benefits likely to accrue to close to some 200,000 mainly nomadic people living in and around the area. The rehabilitation, expected to cost more than $12 million, seeks to manage the land and hydrological cycle, possibly including clearance of some 2 million cubic metres of sand blocking feeder channels, less intensive land use and more sensitive management of discharges from Niger dams. Several donor countries have signalled interest in taking the work forward in cooperation with Mali, UNEP and other partners. UNEP will draw on the skills and expertise gleaned from a four-year, $14 million programme, funded by Japan, to assist Iraq restore the Marshlands of Mesopotamia, considered by some to be the location of the Biblical Garden of Eden, after they were massively damaged by a vast drainage operation carried out by the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein. The project has restored clean drinking water for well over 20,000 Marsh Arabs as well as boosting habitats for a wide range of species. This has prompted the Iraqi Government to seek listing of the marshlands as a World Heritage Site with support from UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Lessons from other countries, not just Iraq, can also be applied. A new management plan for the Itezhi-tezhi dam in Zambia has helped to restore natural seasonal flooding of the Kafue flats, while wetlands expansion around Diawling National Park in Mauritania is helping to control flooding and improve livelihoods, UNEP said. In Kenya, the Mau, the country’s largest closed-canopy forest, generates goods and services worth more than $320 million annually for the tea, tourism and hydropower sectors as well as feeding rivers and lakes in Kenya and Lake Victoria, which is shared with Uganda and Tanzania. But over recent years it has been impaired by poorly planned settlements and illegal logging. Over 100,000 hectares, nearly a quarter of the total, has been destroyed in the past decade, putting at risk livelihoods, businesses and existing and planned hydropower schemes. A UNEP-backed Government task force is currently assessing needed steps, and restoration, including re-establishing forest plantations, promoting natural regeneration and forest enrichment planting, is expected to start early in 2009. A further project proposal is being drawn up and staff being hired to restore soils, wetlands, forests and other key ecosystem on the hurricane-vulnerable island of Haiti where environmental degradation has been linked to social unrest, UNEP announced. read more

Noconfidence motion against Ravi likely next week

Alahapperuma said that SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake had misled the media by claiming President Maithripala Sirisena had told the SLFP to back the budget. Alahapperuma, an SLFP member, said that he had raised his concerns with President Maithripala Sirisena over the statements made to the media by Dissanayake on the SLFP stand on the budget.He said that the President also agreed that the statements were misleading and that he would raise the issue with Dissanayake. (Colombo Gazette) The opposition is considering submitting a no-confidence motion against Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake next week.United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) member of Parliament Dullas Alahapperuma said that Karunanayake had presented the 2016 budget in Parliament when there were allegations of fraud against him. He also denied claims that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) had agreed to support the budget as a party. read more

Vulnerable countries that have progressed must not be left out of global

Tough challenges faced by vulnerable countries, such as small island developing States (SIDS), must be addressed by any future global development agenda, even if progress has been made in boosting the well-being of their people, the Acting Foreign Minister of the Maldives told the General Assembly today.“Simply having a high gross national income (GNI) or a high Human Development Index score does not make SIDS less vulnerable to external shocks, including emerging threats such as climate change, Mariyam Shakeela, who is also the Minister of Environment and Energy of her country, said as she opened the final day of this year’s high-level general debate. She said that her country had made “remarkable progress” in achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the existing development targets to be reached before 2015, but had experienced setbacks due to a variety of factors, including the loss of development assistance following the country’s graduation from the category of least developed countries or LDCs.“The Maldives is a perfect example of a SIDS graduating from LDC status based on distortive data and geographically disassociated global aggregates and indices,” she added. “Even upon graduation, the country continues to face numerous economic, social and climate-change challenges.” For that reason, the plight of SIDS, even those that are not longer considered among the poorest, must be given differential treatment in the post-2015 agenda now under consideration, she said, supporting the formulation of a goal focussed on such island nations.Among challenges faced the Maldives, she described severity of the threat posed by climate change, pointing out that 80 per cent of the small nation is barely one and half meters above sea level. She called for urgent international action to reduce that threat.Noting also that the country had recently held only its second multi-party election, with a second round now awaiting a decision of the Supreme Court, she said that the most pressing challenge to the Maldives remains democracy consolidation, and related building and reform of institutions.Such challenges do not, however, “mean that larger countries have a right to intervene and attempt to dictate outcomes in domestic affairs of the Maldives,” she stressed, insisting that.The process must be allowed to proceed constitutionally and without external interference. read more

Week in Brussels – Week ending Friday 21 February 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Commission begins legal proceedings against UK on air quality.2. European new car registrations up 5.5% in January 2014.3. EU and US trade chiefs review progress towards Transatlantic trade deal.4. 2013 industrial structure reports highlights need for industrial renaissance.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

REMINDER Wednesday Feb 22 is Pink Shirt Day

The Brock community is being asked to think pink when they come back to work Wednesday, Feb. 22.Pink T-Shirt Day will be celebrated on campus in support of the Bullying Stops Here campaign.The University is encouraging people to wear their favourite shade of the rosy colour in an effort to show that bullying will not be tolerated.Brock Health Management and Wellness Manager Kathryn Walker said the day is meant to promote kindness among students, staff and faculty, while also taking a stand against bullying.The goal, she said, is to “spread the message that Brock is a safe and welcoming environment and that showing kindness to all is part of our core values as a higher education facility and as a workplace.”Pink T-Shirt Day has been making waves across the country since it began in Nova Scotia in 2007.For more information, visit www.pinkshirtday.ca. read more

Council tells residents they wont have bins collected because its too cold

first_imgacebook post by Renfrewshire Council  A Renfrewshire Council spokeswoman said general waste and recycling bins had been unaffected by the cold.She added: “The sub-zero temperatures on Tuesday night meant that a small percentage of food and garden waste contents were frozen solid and compacted in the bins and so could not be removed the following day.”This did not impact on general or recycling bins.”Every bin was lifted for collection and material collected as normal for the vast majority of bins. Where the contents from frozen bins could not be released, these will be picked up at the next collection date.” Another added: “This has to be a joke right??? By the time it reaches its destination it will be thawed out”.Temperatures across Renfrewshire on Wednesday dropped to -4C, although climbed to 2.3C by the afternoon.Zeb Harris commented on the post: “As an expat living in Mid Norway, our bins are emptied every two weeks. The temperature here are between -10 and -30C during the winter months. They don’t have problems.” A council has been criticised after it announced that wheelie bins could not be collected because of the cold weather. Renfrewshire Council claimed they were unable to carry out their routine collection of brown bins on Wednesday because the contents of the bins had frozen in the icy conditions. The bins, containing food and garden waste, are now expected to be collected at the next scheduled date in two weeks time. The local authority made the announcement on social media, writing: “Brown bins could not be collected today as their contents froze in the icy weather.”They will now be collected on the next scheduled date. Apologies for any inconvenience.”The Facebook post prompted many residents to question the decision, with one suggesting the council should “freeze council tax” instead. One post said: “My bins in a heated outbuilding so the contents are NOT frozen. Did you even open the lid of my bin and look”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Minnovares global expansion for Azimuth Aligner

first_imgA few months ago, Australian mining technology firm Minnovare, secured significant investment from two highly-regarded private equity firms to aid in the global expansion of its flagship product, the Azimuth Aligner.The company says that “delivering unprecedented efficiency to the underground drilling process, the Azimuth Aligner improves productivity, accuracy and safety while significantly reducing rig set-up time.”Minnovare’s Azimuth Aligner enables a drill rig operator to achieve correct orientation in up to 90% less time compared to traditional labour-intensive manual alignment methods – which typically include a string line, plum bob and surveyor.In addition to providing significant productivity gains, the Azimuth Aligner is a critical enabling technology for the introduction of autonomous, semi-autonomous and remotely operated rigs.  The cumulative effect of these technological advances is faster, more accurate, and better value exploration and production drilling for mining operations and a stronger customer service offering for drilling services providers.last_img read more

Frédéric Mitterrand déçu de léchec de la carte musique jeune

first_imgFrédéric Mitterrand déçu de l’échec de la carte musique jeuneDire que la première version de la carte musique jeune n’a pas rencontré son public est un doux euphémisme. Le Ministre de la Culture reconnait des erreurs de conception.La carte musique jeune était une manière plutôt bien pensée d’enrayer le téléchargement illégal de musique sur Internet. Pour une somme dépensée de 5, 10 ou 25 euros, l’utilisateur reçoit le double à dépenser sur sa plateforme de téléchargement favorite. Tous les acteurs sont présents, citons pèle-mêle iTunes, Deezer, Virgin, Fnac Music ou encore Amazon MP3. Mais malgré ces promesses, le lancement a été un véritable flop pour le gouvernement. En une année d’existence, seules 50 000 cartes ont été achetées. Un chiffre déjà avancé en début d’année et qui voudrait dire que quasiment aucun carte n’ait été obtenue durant l’année selon Numerama.À lire aussiHadopi : Aurélie Filipetti règle ses comptesFrédéric Mitterrand, Ministre de la culture et à l’initiative de ce projet, ne cache pas sa déception quant à cet échec. “Il y avait des défauts techniques – mauvaise ergonomie du site, communication fragile. Nous avions surtout un handicap de fond. Nous devions faire admettre à des gens qui font les choses gratuitement qu’il faut les payer”, reconnaît le Ministre. Toutefois le projet carte musique a subi une série de revers, avec une communication de départ moquée par les internautes. Le système a été aussi détourné puisque l’on pouvait acheter par ce biais des applications iPhone et même Mac OS X (comme le dernier système d’exploitation Lion).Aujourd’hui, la situation s’est grandement améliorée. Le site est plus clair, le message plus transparent pour l’utilisateur.  Mais cette solution se heurte toujours à l’état d’esprit, encore trop habitués au gratuit proposé par le piratage. Pour toucher les 12-25 ans hors d’Internet, le gouvernement permet aux chaînes de distribution Carrefour et Géant de vendre les cartes, ce qui résout aussi le problème de la carte bancaire indispensable mais pas forcément accessible à un très jeune. Dans tous les cas, et même si le budget consacré à la carte musique jeune sera réaffecté à d’autres actions, M. Mitterrand continue d’y croire: “La carte musique est intéressante. Elle revient à diviser par deux le prix de la musique.”  Le 25 novembre 2011 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

iOS rapporte plus à Google quAndroid

first_imgiOS rapporte plus à Google qu’AndroidLe procès pour violation de brevets entre Google et Oracle a permis de mettre en lumière un détail assez incroyable concernant les revenus publicitaires du géant américain…Ils ont beau se faire une guerre acharnée, Google et Apple n’en restent pas moins des partenaires commerciaux de premier ordre. Le futur procès qui opposera Google et Oracle a permis de s’en rendre compte… À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des documents légaux transmis par la firme de Mountain View dans le cadre de la procédure judiciaire révèlent, en effet, un fait pour le moins surprenant, explique Business Mobile. Le système d’exploitation iOS rapporterait à Google plus de revenus que son propre système Android !Entre 2008 et 2011, Android aurait ainsi généré moins de 550 millions de dollars (412 millions d’euros) de revenus alors que sur la même période, les publicités diffusées sur les terminaux iOS via Google Search, le moteur de recherche par défaut sur Safari, le navigateur Web d’iOS, et le service Google Maps ont rapporté quatre fois plus. Soit 2,2 milliards de dollars (1,6 milliards d’euros) au profit de Google grâce à Apple. Reste désormais à déterminer dans quelle mesure la réciproque est vraie… Le 2 avril 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more