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Audi to develop batteries for electric SUVs with Samsung SDI, LG Chem

first_imgGerman car-maker Audi said it will develop batteries for electrically powered sport utility vehicles (SUVs) that can run more than 500 kilometres per charge, in partnerships with South Korea’s LG Chem and Samsung SDI Co.The South Korean companies will supply the batteries from plants in Europe, Audi said in a statement on Thursday.Audi, Samsung SDI and LG Chem declined to give financial terms of the respective partnerships.LG Chem’s automotive customers include General Motors, Renault SA, and Daimler AG, while Samsung SDI supplies electric vehicle batteries to BMW and Volkswagen.last_img read more

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Mohun Bagan seek knockout berth in AFC Cup

first_imgMale, Apr 26 (PTI) On a high after a 5-0 drubbing of I-League champions Bengaluru FC, Mohun Bagan would look to seal a Round of 16 berth when they lock horns with Maziya Sports & Recreation of Maldives in the AFC Cup football here tomorrow. Having won three of their four matches in the second-tier continental club tournament, group leaders Mohun Bagan are aware that even a draw would be enough to assure themselves a place in the next round. They currently have 10 points. Their opponents at the National Stadium tomorrow, Maziya Sports & Recreation, with five points, are lying third in Group G with a solitary win in four outings. Two of their games ended in defeats and one was a draw. In their last game, Mohun Bagan played out a 1-1 draw against Yangon United in their away match to put themselves on the verge of booking a historic knockout berth. Trinidadian striker Glen Cornell scored the equalising goal in the 41st minute after Brazilian forward Adilson Dos Santos had put Yangon in front in the 25th minute at the Youth Training Centre. Even as that result ended Mohun Bagans winning streak of three games, it was a creditable show by Sanjoy Sens boys to come out unscathed in an away match, more so after four winless matches in the domestic league. The dethroned national champion ended their campaign in I-League on a rousing note to finish second overall. The Kolkata heavyweights will take on South China of Hong Kong in Guwahati on May 11 in their last group game. The table toppers and second-placed teams of each of the eight groups will qualify for the Round of 16 in the club competition. Mohun Bagan have never qualified for the knockout round of the AFC Cup, having exited at the group stage in 2007 and 2009. PTI AH CM AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Game on for Formula One teams in virtual future

first_imgGrand Prix teams could be racing each other in the virtual world as well as the real one next season, and fighting to sign up the hottest gamer talent, as Formula One wakes to the power of eSports.Darren Cox, the man behind McLaren’s “World’s Fastest Gamer” competition who also saw one of his drivers win Formula One’s first eSports series in Abu Dhabi last month, feels a tipping point has been reached this year.The former Nissan motorsport boss, who runs the eSPORTS+CARS virtual team, can also see the day dawning — in maybe three to five years’ time — when top gamers are earning more than the lowest paid drivers on the real F1 starting grid.In a wide-ranging interview at a simulator centre where his drivers train near London’s Gatwick airport, Cox told Reuters that he expected Formula One teams to become involved in next year’s eSports series.”If you look at what the NBA (basketball) has done…they engaged the teams right at the beginning. So 17 of the NBA teams have got franchises for the virtual side of the sport and there’s a draft like in the real world.”So expect something like that to come out of (Formula One owners) Liberty,” added Cox. “It’s happening now. Those conversations are being had.”This absolutely will be a big priority for them (Liberty) and I believe they have made it clear to the teams that they will be involved, in some way.”And then I guess it’s down to the teams about how involved they want to be.”advertisementlast_img read more

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Panathinaikos Beats Lokomotiv, 84-77

first_imgPanathinaikos Athens moved closer to booking a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs and denied its guests the same, for now, by rallying for an 84-77 victory over Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in Group E on Thursday. James Gist and Elliot Williams led the way with 16 points each for Panathinaikos, which improved to 7-4 in the group and finally beat Lokomotiv after three previous losses this season. Lokomotiv, which could have qualified for the playoffs with a victory, dropped to 7-4 but still owns the point-difference advantage over Panathinaikos going forward. Dimitris Diamantidis scored 15 points and had 6 assists and Nick Calathes chipped in 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Lokomotiv was paced by Matt Janning with 16 points. Victor Claver added 13 points, Anthony Randolph collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Malcolm Delaney picked up 11 points and 4 assists.First quarter: Calathes and Gist play alley-oopPanathinaikos coach Aleksandar Djordjevic made one change to his starting line-up, with James Feldeine coming on for Sasha Pavlovic alongside Nick Calathes, Elliot Williams, James Gist and Ognjen Kuzmic. Lokomotiv coach Georgios Bartzokas put out the same starters in Malcolm Delaney, Evgeny Voronov, Ryan Broekhoff, Victor Claver and Anthony Randolph. Panathinaikos started the game in style with Calathes throwing up a long alley-oop pass to Gist for a dunk. Lokomotiv finally got on the board after more than 2 minutes as Claver knifed into the lane for a layup. The hosts had their own scoring problems early, going 2 minutes without a basket until Williams hit a reverse layup at 4-2 lead. Lokomotiv took its first lead at 4-6 on a Randolph jumper. Claver scored again on a put-back to keep Lokomotiv ahead 6-8 with Gist knotting it again on another alley-oop dunk assisted by Calathes. Randolph’s three-point play put Lokomotiv back ahead 8-11 before yet another Calathes-to-Gist alley-oop dunk. Miroslav Raduljica tied it again for Panathinaikos at 12-12 with a layup after a spin move. Lokomotiv grabbed its biggest lead at 12-16 following a Randolph layup and two Voronov free throws. Pavlovic pulled Panathinaikos within a point on a three-point play but Matt Janning came on and nailed a triple to re-establish Lokomotiv’s four-point gap at 15-19. Panathinaikos scored the final 4 points of the quarter, however, the last ones on a strong layup from Williams for a 19-19 tie.Second quarter: Janning goes for 10 points in quarterChris Singleton started the second quarter with a big block on a dunk attempt from Dimitris Diamantidis before Claver and Williams swapped free throws. Janning and Claver followed by nailing back-to-back three-balls as the Lokomotiv lead hit 23-27. Diamantidis answered with his own three-pointer but Delaney found a cutting Janning for a layup to make it 26-29. Gist trimmed the difference for Panathinaikos, but Andrey Zubkov hit from long range for a 28-32 advantage. Gist continued his fine game with a nice pass for a Raduljica dunk but Zubkov added 4 more points as the Lokomotiv lead swelled to 30-36. Panathinaikos came up with tough defense but could not manage much offense itself with Calathes twice splitting 2 foul shots to get the hosts within 32-36. Janning snapped a two-minute scoreless streak for Lokomotiv before Gist hit Panathinaikos’ first basket in nearly 4 minutes to make it 34-38. But Janning nailed a long three-pointer to give the guests their biggest lead thus far before free throws by Williams left a 36-41 halftime score.Third quarter: Delaney picks up scoring late for guestsVoronov streaked to the basket for a layup to start the second half before free throws from Williams got Panathinaikos on the board. Randolph re-established a seven-point lead but Calathes scored 5 straight points to bring the Greens to within 43-45. Calathes and Gist connected again on an alley-oop but Lokomotiv was back up by 45-52 after a Randolph block and layup. Diamantidis provided the hosts a spark offensively with a three-pointer, a steal and a layup to trim the gap to 50-52. Delaney scored 6 straight points then for Lokomotiv to keep the guests ahead 54-60. James Feldeine answered with a three-pointer for Panathinaikos but Janning came right back down and hit from long range, too. Diamantidis responded with three-point play as Panathinaikos trailed just 60-63 after 30 minutes.Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos puts it away with 10-0 runVince Hunter got a tough basket to fall to start the scoring in the fourth quarter for Panathinaikos and his big put-back dunk off a Williams miss gave the hosts the lead, 64-63. Dontaye Draper came back down and nailed a trey to put the guests ahead and followed with another long ball as Lokomotiv’s advantage rose to 64-69. Free throws by Delaney pushed it to 7 points before Diamantidis and Raduljica hit back-to-back baskets inside, then Calathes nailed a corner three to knot the game at 74-74. Singleton answered right back for Lokomotiv with a three-pointer to make it 74-77. Panathinaikos responded with a big 10-0 run featuring a big dunk from Gist, 6 points from Williams and a fastbreak layup from Diamantidis for an 84-77 advantage. Lokomotiv fell apart in the final 3:35 minutes with 5 turnovers and 5 misses from the field. However, Randolph added a final basket with 2 seconds left to make sure Lokomotiv won the point difference in their split victories with Panathinaikos in case of a tie at the end of the Top 16.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo

first_imgThis fun, family-friendly interactive event will include;Bike helmet fitting stationBike decorating stationDoor prizesA mini-trade show of community organizations promoting safety, family fitness and healthy living. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – June 1st, 2019 proclaimed as Happy Helmet Day in the City of Fort St. John, the Northern Brain Injury Association, the City of Fort St. John and UNBC Project Management Students are hosting the Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo.The Happy Helmet Bike Rodeo hosted in conjunction with the National Health & Fitness Day. The aim is to raise awareness about brain injury and the need to protect the brain with helmets, as 95% of brain injuries are preventable using a helmet.Taking place at the Pomeroy Sport Centre Oval on June 1st, 2019, from 9 am – 12 pm.last_img read more

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Experts Security Council Resolution Frustrates Polisarios Plan

Rabat – The resolution called for Algeria, along with Mauritania, Morocco, and Polisario to “work constructively” with the personal envoy for Western Sahara, Horst Kohler. The aim is to find an agreed upon and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.The Algerian government was not pleased to find itself mentioned in the resolution as a country that should contribute to the UN-led political process. Algeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs defied the Security Council’s proposal in a statement on November 1.In the statement, Abdelkader Messahel’s department claimed that the Security Council “again calls upon the two parties to the conflict, which it has clearly identified, namely Morocco and the Polisario Front, to resume direct negotiations without preconditions and in good faith.” The statement, however, ignored that the resolution did not exempt Algeria and Mauritania from taking part in the talks to help Kohler and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to “ensure a successful outcome,” through the duration of the UN-led process.It is not the first time that Algeria has denied its role in the conflict. In recent years, Morocco has been calling on Algiers  to bear full responsibility and act within the framework of the UN to contribute to the process.The resolution also came in conjunction with Morocco’s preparation to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Green March on Tuesday, November 6.The event commemorates Moroccans’ retaking Western Sahara after the Spanish left in 1975.Analysts say this resolution carries significant weight for Morocco’s diplomacy. Moussaoui El Ajlaoui, a Moroccan expert on the  Western Sahara issue, told Morocco World News that the resolution complements Guterres’ report, which he submitted to the Security Council on October 3.A cursory reading of the report, according to El Ajlaoui, affirms that both the resolution and the report are positive for Morocco’s position.“It is the first time that the Security Council called on Algeria to bear responsibility as it is mentioned along with the Frente Polisario, Mauritania, and Morocco in the resolution,”El  Ajlaoui said.UN moves towards acknowledging Algeria’s responsibility According to the analyst, it is the first time that the UN acknowledged that the Western Sahara is a “regional conflict.” The resolution, while not saying so in those words, noted that the December talks will “address regional issues.” Resolution 2440 mentioned Kohler’s invitations for roundtable talks, saying that it “welcomes that Morocco, the Frente Polisario, Algeria, and Mauritania have responded positively, and encourages them to work constructively with the Personal Envoy, in the spirit of compromise, throughout the duration of this process to ensure a successful outcome.”Like El Ajlaoui, political analyst Dr. Abdelfattah El Fatihi emphasized the  importance of Algeria’s presence at the round-table as a “main” party and not an “observer” as the resolution breaks Algeria’s precondition of being an observer.El Fatihi told MWN that Algeria’s inclusion in the resolution frustrates Polisario’s plan to sit at the round-table as a legitimate representative of the Sahrawis.El Fatihi added that placing responsibility on Algeria to contribute to the UN-led political process would ease pressure about future negotiations because Morocco has always refused to take part in future negotiations with Polisario only.“Resolution 2440 adopted a realistic approach that should frame any discussions to find a political solution to the Sahara conflict, moving away from the traditional and radical viewpoint that the Frente POLISARIO repeats” to defend its separatist ideology.He noted that the resolution reiterates the position of former Dutch diplomat, Peter Van Walsum, who served as the UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara 2005-2008.Walsum told the Security Council in 2008 that “independence” for the Western Sahara was “unrealistic.”Since 2007, Morocco has relentlessly tried to convince the international community that its autonomy plan is serious and credible. Rabat has maintained that the solution for Western Sahara should be local autonomy under Moroccan sovereignty. It has also ruled out independence and a referendum, which has long been sought by the separatist group.For El Fatihi, the resolution is aware of Morocco’s demand, which is to invite Algeria to negotiations to find a sustainable solution. The resolution also acknowledges that the conflict is regional, El Fatihi said, agreeing with El Ajlaoui.University professor Reda El Fellah asserted in his statement to MWN that the resolution is “significantly oriented towards preparing the most effective and suitable conditions to make the upcoming political negotiations successful.”El Fellah said that there are two pillars that make the resolution “notably genuine.” He said that, first, the solution comes to speed up the political process “that should lead to a political, just, lasting, and mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.”The second pillar, according to El Fellah, is that the  resolution “puts pressure on neighboring countries and the message is obviously specifically destined to Algeria as the most involved neighboring state in the conflict. The resolution calls on Algeria to contribute actively to the political process. It requires from this neighboring state to participate in the next roundtable without preconditions and in good faith.” No more ‘liberated zones’ claimsTo justify its illegal presence east of Morocco’s defense wall, the Polisario Front claims some areas as “liberated zones,” including Bir Lahlou and Tifariti.Resolution 2440 pressures Polisario to stop any activity that might destabilize the status quo of the region.The resolution “further calls on the Frente POLISARIO to fully adhere to its commitments to the Personal Envoy with respect to Bir Lahlou, Tifariti, and the buffer strip at Guerguerat,” reads the second part of operative paragraph 7.El Ajlaoui said that it is clear that the resolution calls on Polisario not to “construct any facility in the region” in his words. The zones are part of Western Sahara, east of the Moroccan berm, and west and northwest of the borders with Algeria and Mauritania.The analyst said that three members of the Security Council—Russia, Ethiopia, Bolivia—did not vote on Wednesday, not because “they have a political stance against Morocco, but because the US did not consult enough with them.”El Ajlaoui added that there is a huge difference between a neighboring country and an observer country. He said that the language used in the resolution calls on Algeria to bear responsibility in the conflict as a neighboring country  and contribute to the political process and not only act as an observer.On December 5-6, all parties, without precondition, will sit at the round table for talks. Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita has already made it clear on what the Moroccan representatives will discuss during the roundtable.  He said that Morocco will participate in the roundtable to remind the parties and the UN of its firm position.Morocco, Bourita has stressed, will not accept any solution that is against its sovereignty.In the resolution, the Security Council explained that the roundtable will help Kohler to “take stock of recent developments, address regional issues, and discuss the next steps in the political process on Western Sahara.” read more

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CID to investigate students using mobile phones during exam

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been handed over the investigations into incidents of students using mobile phones during the ongoing Ordinary Level exam.The Police said that the investigations were handed over to the CID on the instructions of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara. (Colombo Gazette)

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General Motors 2Q profit falls 85 pct drained by massive recall costs

General Motors 2Q profit falls 85 pct., drained by massive recall costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 5:36 am MDT DETROIT – Recall expenses chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors’ bottom line in the second quarter, as it added up the costs of repairs for nearly 30 million cars and set aside funds to compensate victims of small-car crashes.The automaker, which is in the midst of the largest spate of recalls in its history, posted a net profit of $190 million, or 11 cents per share. A year ago GM made $1.26 billion, or 75 cents per share. Without one-time items GM would have made 58 cents per share, equaling Wall Street’s expectations, according to data provider FactSet.So far this year GM has recalled almost 30 million vehicles, surpassing the company’s annual record.GM took two pretax charges tied to the recalls: $400 million to compensate victims of ignition-switch related crashes and $874 million to account for recall expenses during the next 10 years. It also booked $1.2 billion in expenses for recalls announced during the quarter. The after-tax impact of those items was $1.5 billion.GM’s safety problems began earlier this year with the recall of 2.6 million small cars with faulty ignition switches. The company has admitted knowing about the problem for more than 10 years, yet it didn’t issue any recalls until now. GM says at least 13 people have died in crashes caused by the switches, although lawmakers say the total is closer to 100.The $400 million will fund a compensation plan for families of those killed and people injured in crashes caused by the switches. It’s being administered by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said the figure is an estimated total cost based on outside actuarial calculations, but it could go as high as $600 million. He said there is no cap on the size of the fund.“At the end of the day, the ultimate cost of this will be determined by Ken Feinberg,” Stevens said.GM has “substantially cleared” a companywide safety review that looked for lingering unaddressed problems, Stevens said. GM has announced 60 recalls totalling just under 30 million vehicles so far this year. Stevens expects that going forward, GM will spend slightly more on recalls than normal. As a comparison, the company spent $100 million on recalls in North America in the second quarter of last year.So far, company sales haven’t been severely hurt by the recalls. In one way, they’ve benefited. Stevens said GM has sold about 6,600 cars by offering employee pricing to owners of recalled small cars such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion.Revenue was up 1.3 per cent for the quarter to $39.6 billion, about $300 million below analysts’ estimates.Stevens said GM’s core business, led by North America and China, performed well during the quarter. Without recall expenses, he said, the company would have made $1.02 per share. The company reported a $1.4 billion pretax profit in North America, led by higher prices for pickup trucks and new large SUVs. Still, that was down almost 30 per cent from a year ago. But excluding recall costs, GM would have made $2.4 billion in North America, the highest number since January of 2010, Stevens said.Pretax profits were up 36 per cent at GM’s International Operations including China, to $315 million. But South America reported an $81 million loss, and GM’s European loss widened by almost $200 million to $305 million on uncertainty in Russia. The company also had $200 million in restructuring costs associated with the pending closure of a factory in Bochum, Germany.Stevens said the situation with Ukraine has forced GM to cut production by 20 to 25 per cent at its plant in St. Petersburg. He expects more of the same in the second half. Excluding those costs, GM is on track to break even and become profitable in Europe by mid-decade. read more

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Malnutrition and cholera a vicious combination in wartorn Yemen – UN agency

“The country is on the brink of famine, with over 60 per cent of the population not knowing where their next meal will come from,” said UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Wrapping up their joint visit to the crisis-torn nation, the agency chiefs pointed out that nearly two million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished, and “malnutrition makes them more susceptible to cholera; diseases create more malnutrition […] a vicious combination.” Together in Yemen they witnessed the scale of the humanitarian crisis, observing that over the last three months, 400,000 cases of suspected cholera and nearly 1,900 associated deaths have been recorded. “At one hospital, we visited children who can barely gather the strength to breathe. We spoke with families overcome with sorrow for their ill loved ones and struggling to feed their families,” they lamented, adding that as they drove through the city, “we saw how vital infrastructure, such as health and water facilities, have been damaged or destroyed.” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visit suspected cholera patients at Alsabeen Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen. Photos: Moohialdin Fuad Alzekri ‹ › Thousands of health workers, unpaid for nearly a year, still show up for duty Amid the chaos, some 16,000 volunteers go from house to house, educating families on how to protect themselves from diarrhoea and cholera while doctors, nurses and other health staff work around the clock to save lives. Highlighting that in spite of not having been paid for over 10 months, many of the 30,000 health workers continue to labour, the senior UN officials said they have asked the authorities to pay them. “As for our agencies, we will do our best to support these extremely dedicated health workers with incentives and stipends,” they stated. “We also saw the vital work being done by local authorities and NGOs (non-governmental organization), supported by international humanitarian agencies, including our own. We have set up more than 1,000 diarrhoea treatment centres and oral rehydration corners,” they noted. The UN agency heads underscored that the delivery of food supplements and medical supplies is ongoing, as is the rebuilding of infrastructure, including hospitals, health centres and the water- sanitation network. “We are working with the World Bank in an innovative partnership that responds to needs on the ground and helps maintain the local health institutions,” they continued. While the UN officials also offered hope – noting that more than 99 per cent of cholera-infected people with access to health services are surviving and the number of children afflicted with severe acute malnutrition this year was estimated to be 385,000 – they maintained that as thousands fall sick every day, the situation remains dire. They flagged that nearly 80 per cent of Yemen’s children need immediate humanitarian assistance, underlining the importance of sustained efforts to stop the spread of disease. Drawing attention to their meeting with Yemeni leaders in Aden and Sana’a, the UN officials pressed for humanitarian access to fighting-affected areas and urged for a peaceful political solution. “The Yemeni crisis requires an unprecedented response,” they stressed, explaining that the three agencies have teamed up with the Yemeni authorities and other partners “to coordinate activities in new ways of working to save lives and to prepare for future emergencies.” “We now call on the international community to redouble its support for the people of Yemen. If we fail to do so, the catastrophe we have seen unfolding before our eyes will not only continue to claim lives but will scar future generations and the country for years to come,” concluded the UN heads. read more

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Yankees vs Mets The Battle For New Yorks Heart

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday found that, in a hypothetical Yankees vs. Mets World Series, 59 percent of New York City residents would root for the Yankees, and 37 percent would favor the Mets. The Yankees haven’t always had such a large lead on this question. So what influences the balance between Yankees and Mets fandom in New York?There isn’t a strong relationship between the Mets’ or Yankees’ winning percentages and New Yorkers’ Subway Series preferences. Nor does there seem to be much of a connection between the Yankees making the playoffs and whom New Yorkers would root for. Most sports fans want their team to win but know it often won’t. The Yankees are different. Winning isn’t hoped for. It’s expected.The Mets have a somewhat lower bar to clear. Quinnipiac’s polling suggests that in the battle for hearts and minds in the Big Apple, the Yankees’ success is baked in, assumed. The Mets making the playoffs is what appears to sway New Yorkers.The Mets came closest to parity with the Yankees after the 2006 season — the only season in the past 25 years when the Mets advanced further in the playoffs than the Yankees. The Mets shaved the Yankees’ advantage down to one point in a survey conducted a few months into the 2007 season. (Note: We assigned each poll to the prior season if it was conducted before the All-Star break.)But the Mets haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, and the fan base in New York has slowly slid toward the pinstripes. The 22 percentage-point gap in the most recent Quinnipiac survey was the second largest found. The Yankees held their largest lead in the Quinnipiac poll taken about midway through the 1998 season, when it had been 10 years since the Mets made the playoffs.For each additional year removed from a playoff appearance, the Mets fall by an average of about two more points behind the Yankees in a hypothetical Subway Series.We’re dealing with only nine data points, which means the relationship might not hold in future polling. And factors besides the Mets’ success contribute to whom New Yorkers support.Case in point: The biggest outlier above is a poll taken after the 1999 season, when the Mets had made the NL championship series. But the Yankees still held a 17 percentage-point edge in the Quinnipiac survey. Why? The Yankees were coming off three World Series wins in four years. This suggests that the Yankees have some control over New Yorkers’ hearts, even if the effect isn’t nearly as significant as the Mets’. read more

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Duke of Sussex says private jet use essential for his familys safety

Of his hopes for encouraging change, he said people are now “speaking up” in the hopes of making their own travel more sustainable but can be left overwhelmed by the scale of the problem.“They want to see the world, but they also want to know that with all the good that they take home – souvenirs, memories, photos- that they leave just as much good behind,” he said. “They want a paradigm shift and I believe one is coming. I believe we can—and we must—find new ways to minimise the dangers and maximise the opportunities of tourism. Opening his remarks by conceding he is “not an expert”, he said his own travel as a working royal had “given me a unique perspective on the issues the world faces, and an opportunity to meet a diverse range of communities— to hear them describe their problems as well as their ideas for solutions”.Saying he had been particularly struck by one small boy in the Caribbean who told him: “Because of your country, my country’s coral reef is dying”, he said: “These human-caused challenges often need a giant system shift to make a significant enough impact.“And that is what this partnership is here to try and do. But just because it is such a massive undertaking, doesn’t mean we can’t all play our part.” The Duke of Sussex arriving in Amsterdam Prince Harry speaks to travel industry experts in Amsterdam “More and more people will travel, and we can’t stop that, nor would we want to, because it truly opens our minds and broadens our horizons. “We seek to appreciate what is different… and to find what connects us. “Travel expands our understanding of the world, it breaks down barriers and preconceptions, it also offers us an escape. “It can also deepen our sense of obligation to this borrowed place we call home.”The Duke’s speech echoes much of what his father, the Prince of Wales, has warned of for years, referencing the “alarming” lack of “symbiosis or connection” between community, the environment and its visiting tourists. In particular, he said, he hopes to find a way for developing communities to benefit from the tourist industries they serve.A spokesman said Travalyst had offset the environmental costs for the event, including flights for all attendees. Prince Harry hosts a Q&A in Amsterdam Prince Harry launches TravalystCredit:PA The Duke of Sussex has defended his use of private jets, saying the “unique circumstances” of his family’s safety made it sometimes essential and promising to “balance out the impact that I have”. The Duke, who spoke as he launched an eco-tourism initiative in Amsterdam, insisted he would never choose to fly privately if there were other options and admitted “we can all do better” when it comes to sustainable travel.Saying “99 per cent” of his flights were commercial, he told an audience he had always offset his carbon footprint but noted that, when it comes to the “alarming” threats to the planet, “no-one is perfect” in their actions.The Duke flew commercially to Amsterdam to launch Travalyst, a new collaboration between companies Booking.com, Ctrip, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor and VISA to find solutions to the threats facing the planet as a result of the growing tourism industry. Asked directly about his own travel choices as he hosted a Q&A, the Duke said: “I came here [to Amsterdam] on commercial.”I spend 99 per cent of my life travelling the world by commercial.”Occasionally there needs to be an opportunity based on unique circumstance to ensure that my family are safe.  “It’s genuinely as simple as that. But as I said in my speech, it is about balance. “If I have to do that – and it’s not a decision I would want to take but if I have to do that – then I will ensure, as I have done previously and will continue to ensure that I do, is to balance out the impact that I have. “I’ve always offset my CO2. In my mind it’s the right thing to do. We need to make it cool. It can’t just be a ticking-the-box exercise. “Somehow we need to connect people to where this money is actually going and the moment you have that connection, feel you have a bigger connection in life and you can actually see the difference that you’re making, then I think that’s acceptable.” Earlier in the Q&A, the Duke had raised the issue himself by asking the panel: “Is the solution to sustainable aviation not encouraging people to fly less often?”  Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip, replied that the solution lies in “investing in technology” to improve fuel efficiency and make plane travel time shorter and less environmentally damaging.In a speech, the Duke outlined his hopes that the public will soon be able to select “sustainable” travel options as a default, allowing developing countries to benefit directly from tourism and halt the destruction caused by too many visitors. The launch, at the A’dam Tower, comes just weeks after the Duke faced accusations of hypocrisy for a string of overseas trips by private jets this summer which appeared to be in contrast to his public words on the environment.One trip allegedly saw him fly to Sicily to deliver a barefoot speech about the environment to billionaires and celebrities at Google Camp, and he also took holidays to Ibiza and Nice with his wife and son.While other members of the Royal Family also fly by private charter, the Sussexes travel plans became a worldwide talking point after celebrities including Sir Elton John cited threats to their safety.In the same month, the Cambridges were photographed flying with members of the public from Norfolk to Scotland with their three small children on budget airline FlyBe. The Duke said: “Sometimes the scale of the conservation crisis feels overwhelming and that individual actions can’t make a difference.“I’ve certainly felt that – but I’ve learned that we cannot dismiss the idea of trying to do something, just because we can’t do everything. “We can all do better. And while no one is perfect, we are all responsible for our own individual impact; the question is what we do to balance it out.” The result of two years of private meetings, the Travalyst collaboration will announce the results of its research and the tangible projects inspired by it over the coming months. Prince Harry hosts a Q&A in AmsterdamCredit:Getty The Duke of Sussex arriving in AmsterdamCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA The Duke, who believes the wider benefits of travel outweigh calls from the green lobby to cut down on flying altogether, now hopes companies can find a way to make eco-friendly option the default for members of the public at all price points.  Prince Harry speaks to travel industry experts in AmsterdamCredit:Getty Prince Harry launches Travalyst read more

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Vacon and WWF Finland cooperate to reduce energy consumption of electric motors

first_imgFinnish-based AC drives manufacturer Vacon and WWF Finland have started a cooperation to reduce the impacts of climate change. The partners will promote WWF’s work of protecting the environment and of increasing public awareness of energy-savings and other benefits that Vacon’s technology brings.   “We want to take a more goal-oriented attitude to preventing climate change by increasing the public awareness of energy saving benefits of AC drives. Cooperation with WWF Finland gives us an excellent opportunity to do this,” says Vesa Laisi, President and CEO, Vacon.   “Improving energy efficiency is a fundamental means of preventing climate change. The use of AC drives helps to achieve this goal in a concrete and cost-efficient way,” says Timo Tanninen, CEO of WWF Finland.   The parties will cooperate in the framework of WWF’s Climate Change programme by distributing information on sustainable energy technology via various channels. Additionally, WWF Finland will provide training in environmental issues for Vacon’s personnel.   Electric motors consume about one third of the world’s electrical energy. The use of energy-efficient motors and an increased use of AC-drive-controlled motors would bring energy savings of 25-30%. The AC drive boosts the performance of an electric motor and saves energy. This increases cost-efficiency and decreases load on the electrical network and the mechanical strain on the machine at start-up. The use of AC drives improves cost-efficiency and decreases emissions generated in energy production. www.vacon.comlast_img read more

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Savitas husband and family very upset after leaked report

first_imgTHE HUSBAND AND family of Savita Halappanavar have been left ‘very upset’ by yesterday’s leak of the draft HSE report into her death.Speaking to RTÉ Drivetime, the lawyer for Praveen Halappanavar said that both he and his client had been assured on two separate occasions by the Minister for Health James Reilly that the report would be sent to them before it was made public.Gerard O’Donnell said that he was disappointed that the report was now in the public domain without Savita’s family having gotten to read it.Despite the ‘hearsay’ and ‘conjecture’ that surrounded the leak, O’Donnell said that it appeared to confirm what Praveen had said from the outset as to how his wife had been treated.The draft report is believed to have said that staff should have considered offering Savita an abortion in the days before her death as her unborn child had no chance of survival.The draft is also reported to have said that a blood infection went undiagnosed in the days before her death at Galway University Hospital.When asked about the level of cooperation that Praveen was giving to the enquiries into the death of his wife, O’Donnell said that he was continuing to give “total cooperation” to the coroner’s inquest “to establish the truth as to what happened”.While this is set to reconvene on 8 April, O’Donnell said that the release of documentation to allow this to happen was not happening as “expeditiously as he would like”.The lawyer also said that the HSE had last week asked whether Praveen would consider meeting with the chairman, but that he had wanted to see the report first. It was his hope to correct any inaccuracies first, at which point a face-to-face meeting may take place.The final version of the HSE report is expected to be completed by next week.Read: HSE ‘disappointed’ with leak of draft Savita investigation report >More: Leaked Savita death report backs government’s decision to legislate – Rabbitte >last_img read more

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SBS welcomes efficiency review

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Managing Director of SBS Corporation, Michael Ebeid has rejected speculations of a possible merge between SBS and ABC. At the same time he has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision for a study into the efficiency of the operations of the two public broadcasters.“SBS welcomes any opportunity to demonstrate the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations and we are looking forward to participating in this study. I have been consulted by the Minister on the Terms of Reference and I’m comfortable with them”, wrote Mr Ebeid to SBS’s employees this week.“With the announcement of this study as well the Government’s National Commission of Audit, it is likely we will continue to see a lot of commentary and speculation around in the media about our organisation, what may or may not be being considered by the Government or various arguments for and against an ABC/SBS merger. This commentary has of course been running for many years since the mid 1980’s and for those new to SBS, I’d encourage you not to be concerned by it”, Mr Ebeid said.Furthermore, he emphasised his confidence “in the efficiencies and effectiveness of our operations which are a consequence of a dedicated focus on and culture of delivering outcomes efficiently. As you all know, we at SBS are highly-skilled at delivering more with less”.Mr Ebeid said that “the Study announced by the Minister and its National Commission of Audit are but the most recent opportunities for SBS to prove its efficiency”.last_img read more

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Boy 15 appears in court in stabbing incident

first_imgA 15-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed another teenager outside the Battle Ground Walmart made a first appearance Tuesday in Clark County Juvenile Court.Court records name Kaiden D. Porter as the suspect in the case. The victim was only identified as a 17-year-old boy, according to a news release from the city of Battle Ground.Battle Ground police officers responded about 4:30 p.m. Monday to a report of an assault at 1201 S.W. 13th Ave. — specifically, to the parking lot of Walmart.According to a probable cause affidavit, callers reported that there were teenagers fighting, and one of them was bleeding from the abdomen from an apparent stab wound.Officers located Porter sitting on the ground in the middle of the parking lot, bleeding from his mouth, according to the affidavit.Porter told officers he was attacked by a group of people, and he brandished a knife but denied stabbing anyone, according to the affidavit. Police noted he appeared disoriented, and they believed he was intoxicated.Officers initially could not locate the stabbing victim. It was determined through interviews at the scene that the victim was driven to the hospital by friends, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

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Liberty Theatre turning 85

first_imgWhen the theater opened in downtown Camas in 1927, it was the Granada Theater. What: 85th anniversary of the Liberty Theatre, with a showing of “The Jazz Singer” (1927).Where: 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.When: 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Thursday.Cost: $3.75. First 25 guests receive free commemorative poster by Blythe Ayne.On the Web: Liberty TheatreThe grand dame of downtown Camas, the Liberty Theatre, will celebrate her 85th birthday on Thursday with pomp and circumstance.The Granada Theatre — later renamed the Liberty — opened on June 14, 1927, with the motion picture “Lost at the Front,” billed as “A war comedy that calls for bursting laughter as well as shells.”Ticket prices were 10 cents for children and 30 cents for adults.For the anniversary gala, managing director Rand Thornsley had hoped to show “Lost at the Front,” but the film is among the silver screen’s lost treasures.Instead, he will show the 1927 film “The Jazz Singer,” starring Al Jolson. The world’s first motion picture using synchronized dialogue sequences, this classic signaled the end of the silent film era and the beginning of “talkies.”The theater originally offered both movies and live productions on the 25-by-30-foot stage. At the grand opening, live music was performed by radio station singers Hugh Walton and The Three Janes, with Professor Wood playing the pipe organ.Portland architect P.M. Hall Lewis designed the elegant theater in Moorish/Spanish style. In 1927, during the economic boom of the Roaring Twenties, no expense was spared.last_img read more

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Neighbors complain about Florida man doing yardwork naked

first_img“Have some respect for the neighborhood kids,” said Charlie Estes, another neighbor. “Kids catch the bus here. It’s wrong.”Estes says he’s seen both the man and his wife speaking to deputies while naked.“The sheriff’s department told me to turn my head,” he said.But when a reporter asked to interview the naked neighbor, the man declined, saying he wasn’t interested in speaking because he and his family are “private people.” STUART, Fla. (WSVN) — Residents in one Florida neighborhood say they’ve got an eyesore next door: their neighbor does his yardwork and walks around his property in the buff.“I came out Sunday night to put the trash out, and I look over and he is bent over, winding up his hose, and I’m like that is my view of the neighborhood,” says neighborhood resident Melissa Ny.The man’s neighbors have called the Martin County Sheriff’s Office several times, but deputies say as long as he isn’t touching himself inappropriately, there’s nothing they can do because he’s on his own property. “If they are private, why are [their] privates on display?” Ny says. “That is not private at all, that is very public.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Folio Show Speaker Report Make the Most of Live Events

first_img We had everyone divide up into parties of 10, and each table was challenged to create their own cocktail. And then there was a taste test and one table would win. It was fun and it got people interacting. That whole thing cost us $6,000, and the impact was huge. People were talking about it for days. My session is oriented toward media people who are doing events or are interested in starting, to share with them some of the best practices in the corporate world, where event marketers are doing a fantastic job creating on-site experiences that increase the value of their events. Kerry Smith knows events. As senior vice president of the Marketing Communications Group at Access Intelligence, Smith oversees Event Marketer magazine, which he founded, as well as Multichannel Merchant, and the performance marketing conference LeadsCon. He’s also the author of the recently released book “Experiential Marketing.” Folio: What do Folio: Show attendees have to look forward to at your session? Folio: What are the biggest mistakes media companies make when planning events? In the session, I’ll be talking about events from our perspective as corporate event marketers. Companies like Cisco and Coca Cola are creating their own live events for their customers, and in many cases, they’re doing it differently than media companies. Folio: What’s one of the best on-site experience you’ve been a part of? One thing that media companies can do is to focus on what type of experience they’re providing. From the look and feel, signage and registration, to food and beverages. You don’t have to break the bank, but you have to think creatively and focus on investing dollars where they’ll have the most impact. Don’t think, “how little can I spend?” Think, “how can I spend in a creative way that maximizes the effect for people on-site.”center_img Smith: One is giving away too much and not valuing their events as a premium opportunity. A lot of companies will create live events and treat them as a value-added to their larger advertising programs. But more and more, marketers are putting a lot of value in getting in front of their prospective customers, and being face-to-face. Kerry Smith: Media companies are in a perfect position to bring their communities together because of their ability to utilize content to attract an audience, and to build credibility for their brands through high-quality content. So as more and more media companies explore live events as a way to bring their brands to life, it’s really important to deliver a meaningful and quality experience that reflects positively back onto the media brand. As a noted speaker at the Folio: Show on Nov. 1 and 2, Smith will host a session entitled “Create an Onsite Experience Attendees and Sponsors Love.” Here, he tells Folio: how media companies can make the most out of their own events. Smith: It was one that we did. We asked ourselves how to get our attendees to interact with each other in a way that didn’t seem cheesy or forced. So we brought in a professional mixologist who gave a tutorial to about 500 people on how to make craft cocktails. Second, there has been a mentality to look at conferences and tradeshows in terms of “how little do we need to spend to pull it off?” A big part of what I’m going to talk about is how you can do small things that create a big impact with the audience. Editor’s note: Access Intelligence is the parent company of Folio:.last_img read more

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