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Volkswagen vows to build 22 million ecars over next decade

first_imgFrankfurt: German automaker Volkswagen is saying it plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles over the next ten years to 22 million and reduce its carbon footprint over vehicle life cycles by 30 percent. Previously the company said it would aim for 15 million. That’s ambitious considering it made fewer than 50,000 battery-only vehicles last year. The company is pivoting to electric vehicles as it seeks to comply with new limits on carbon dioxide emissions in Europe, and a push by China for more low-emission vehicles. The company also disclosed Tuesday that operating profit at its core Volkswagen brand, one of 12, fell to 3.2 billion euros ( 3.6 billion) from 3.3 billion last year as the company faced bottlenecks certifying vehicles under new emissions tests.last_img read more

Deploring electionrelated violence in DR Congo top UN officials appeal for calm

1 December 2011Top United Nations officials today deplored the violence that marred this week’s elections in certain areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve any differences through peaceful means. Top United Nations officials today deplored the violence that marred this week’s elections in certain areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve any differences through peaceful means.Millions of Congolese went to the polls on Monday to cast their votes in presidential and parliamentary elections – only the second time since its independence in 1960 that the country held democratic elections. They are now awaiting the announcement of the preliminary results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).The UN Joint Human Rights Office (UNJHRO) in DRC, which has been monitoring election-related violence, is investigating reports that more than 10 people have allegedly been killed by security forces and supporters of political parties, and many more wounded through the use of live ammunition, in the capital, Kinshasa, since 26 November.“Clearly, political differences cannot be resolved through killings, and security forces should not use disproportionate force in the conduct of crowd control,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Such violations, as well as violence committed by supporters of political parties, must be investigated and perpetrators brought to justice without delay.”Deploring the killings and other acts of violence committed over the past few days, Ms. Pillay stressed that political leaders from all sides have a crucial role to play at this important crossroads in the history of DRC.“It is their responsibility to resolve tensions through peaceful means,” she stated in a news release. “They must realize that they may be held criminally responsible for their actions as well as for acts committed by their supporters.”The High Commissioner urged all sides to exercise restraint and to resolve differences peacefully to prevent the country from sliding into a cycle of post-electoral violence.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Roger Meece, also deplored the violence that marred the elections in certain areas throughout the country, and called on all political leaders and the general population to remain calm.He shared the concerns expressed by observers regarding the reported irregularities and the need to assess their impact on the electoral process, according to a news release issued by the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO).Earlier this month, UNJHRO issued a report that detailed numerous human rights violations during the pre-electoral period in DRC, and warned that such incidents could threaten the democratic process and result in post-electoral violence.The report documented 188 violations apparently linked to the electoral process that occurred between 1 November 2010 and 30 September this year, including acts of intimidation, threats, incitement, arbitrary arrests and violence.The violations most frequently infringed individuals’ freedom of expression, the right to physical integrity and the right to liberty and security of the person, as well as the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. read more

US orders for longlasting manufactured goods rose 36 per cent in May

US orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 3.6 per cent in May, led by aircraft orders by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2013 9:35 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses stepped up their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in May, and a gauge of their investment plans rose for a third straight month.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that orders for durable goods rose 3.6 per cent, matching April’s gain. Most of the increase was due to a surge in commercial aircraft orders, which tend to fluctuate sharply from month to month. Still, businesses also ordered more computers, communications equipment, machinery and metals.A category of orders that’s viewed as a proxy for business investment plans — which excludes the volatile areas of transportation and defence — rose 1.1 per cent. That matched similar gains in April and March.This category of orders hadn’t increased for three straight months since the fall of 2011. The consecutive increases raise hopes for a pickup in U.S. manufacturing in the second half of the year.Some economists had feared that orders that reflect business investment would be weak in May. Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said the pickup in orders should translate into stronger economic growth in the July-September quarter.U.S. manufacturing has struggled this year, in part because economic weakness around the world has slowed demand for American exports. Economists say that some businesses may also be acting more cautious because of deep federal spending cuts that began in March. One measure of manufacturing activity fell in May to the lowest level in four years.Overall demand for durable goods, which are items expected to last at least three years, rose to a seasonally adjusted $231 billion in May. That’s 7.7 per cent more than the level a year ago.The gains suggest that businesses are growing more confident in the economy. More demand for durable goods could accelerate activity at U.S. factories.The overall economy grew at an annual rate of 2.4 per cent in the January-March quarter, a figure that will be revised Wednesday. Economists think that figure will remain unchanged.But many analysts think growth has slowed in the April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. Analysts are more optimistic that economic growth will accelerate in the second half of the year.The durables report showed that demand for transportation products increased 10.2 per cent in May, led by a 51 per cent surge in orders for commercial aircraft. Orders for motor vehicles and parts fell 1.2 per cent.Excluding transportation, orders increased 0.7 per cent in May. That followed a 1.7 per cent rise in April.Orders for heavy machinery rose 1.2 per cent. Demand for computers increased 1 per cent. And demand for primary metals such as steel rose 0.9 per cent. Orders for communications equipment shot up 12.6 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Oil hits 3month high on strong China exports Japan economic growth

Oil hits 3-month high on strong China exports, Japan economic growth Oil prices rose Monday as positive news on exports from China and economic growth in Japan followed last week’s solid jobs report in the United States.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery gained $1.75 to close at US$104.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the highest closing price since March 3.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, rose $1.29 to US$109.15 a barrel in London.China reported Sunday that exports rose seven per cent in dollar terms in May, up from a 0.9 per cent increase in April that followed slumps in February and March.The surge in exports reinforced confidence that the U.S. and European recoveries will drive stronger demand for commodities, including oil.Japan raised its estimate for economic growth in the January-March quarter to 6.7 per cent from 5.9 per cent, as investment by companies was stronger than first thought.On Friday, U.S. employment figures also suggested stronger demand for oil. Employers added 217,000 jobs in May, the fourth straight month of decent growth.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline gained five cents to US$2.98 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose two cents to US$2.89 a gallon and natural gas fell seven cents to US$4.65 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2014 3:38 pm MDT read more

Ban speaks to Malala attacked Pakistani schoolgirl to stress education and womens

In a Skype conversation from Madrid, the Secretary-General called the 14-year-old who was attacked by the Taliban for opposing restrictions on going to school “a symbol of hope, a daughter of the United Nations.” Later today Mr. Ban will formally kick off the campaign tagged “MDG Momentum – 1,000 Days of Action,” urging countries to ramp up efforts to meet the anti-poverty targets set in 2000.“The UN will always be with you and the many people like you,” he told Malala. Ms. Yousufzai told Mr. Ban that she volunteered herself to work for the rights of girls and the rights of all people. “When we work together we can achieve our goal and our goal is simple: peace and happiness in this world. The way to see peace is through education. It is an honour for me to be associated with the UN. I want to tell the world how important education is.” She added that she wants to be a leader and “to serve this whole world.”Ms. Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck on 9 October 2012 for opposing Pakistani Taliban restrictions on female education as she left school in Mingora, in the Swat area of Pakistan. Two other girls were also wounded.The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the youngster was “pro-West,” had been promoting Western culture and had been speaking out against them. “If we educate a woman, we educate a family, a community and a country,” Mr. Ban told Ms. Yousufzai.He told the youngster that he was “deeply impressed” and looked forward to meeting her. Also today, Mr. Ban called for accelerated action in the next 1,000 days from governments, international organizations and civil society groups to reach the MDGs by their deadline at the end of 2015.The eight time-bound MDGs address education, gender equality, poverty and hunger, child mortality, maternal health, combating AIDS, malaria and other diseases, environmental sustainability and a global partnership for development. read more

Opinion 5 things we learned from Ohio States 5028 victory over Cincinnati

Cincinnati junior wide receiver Chris Moore (15) runs away from OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) after making a catch during a game on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes followed their bye week with a 50-28 victory against the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday night in front of a record crowd at Ohio Stadium.The Buckeyes tied and broke school records, and set individual season and career highs en route to their third win of the season.The Lantern sports editors compiled a list of five things we learned from the OSU victory, but not all were positives for the Scarlet and Gray.1. J.T. Barrett is as good, if not better, than advertisedWhen senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down for the season with a torn labrum, many questioned whether the OSU offense would be able to function at the record pace it did in 2013.If anyone still has questions after Saturday, they weren’t watching the game.Sure, Cincinnati might not have the greatest defense in college football, but redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett accumulated 409 of OSU’s 710 yards of total offense against the Bearcats and did not commit a single turnover.OSU also set a school record for first downs in a single game with 45, breaking the previous record of 39.Questions about OSU’s offense? Anyone?2. The offense line is starting to gelNot only did the Buckeyes nearly break the school record for yards in a game, they did so with great balance.The Buckeyes rushed for 380 yards while passing for 330 and allowing just one sack.Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott emerged as OSU’s workhorse back as he accumulated 182 yards rushing on 28 carries, while adding 51 yards receiving from five catches.Barrett and Elliott both highly praised their offensive line following the game, and rightfully so.3. The pass defense is far from a finished productGoing into the matchup with the Bearcats, all eyes were on Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel, and the biggest question for OSU was whether the pass defense could slow down the gunslinger.The answer was no — definitely no.Kiel finished the game with 352 passing yards and four touchdowns, including three potentially game-changing connections with junior wide receiver Chris Moore.Those three receptions for Moore were his only three of the game, but he broke through the porous Buckeye pass defense on all three to total 221 yards and three touchdowns. Even if he had 10 catches, those numbers would look bad for OSU. But seeing them come on three plays is a huge red flag that can’t be ignored.Sustained solid play for the defense is completely irrelevant if it can suddenly break down at any time. If the Buckeyes don’t adjust, giving up plays of a similar nature will haunt them in the future.4. The defensive line is really good, but maybe not as dominant as hoped forThe Buckeye defensive line has been touted as one of the best in the country, and had a chance to showcase its pass-rushing prowess against the Bearcats.The thing is, OSU only got to Kiel for a sack one time. On one hand that looks like a bust, but on the other hand, that one play changed the course of the game.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa’s sack and strip of Kiel led to a safety and gave OSU a 16-7 lead that turned into a 23-7 advantage on the ensuing possession.After the game, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett commended Bosa’s play, but said the line was disappointed to not get to Kiel more often. The play was a bright spot, but you can count on the defensive line to come out with a chip on its shoulder next time OSU takes the field.5. Anthony Schlegel’s still got itYou’ve likely seen a video, or at least a picture, of former OSU linebacker and current assistant strength and conditioning coach Anthony Schlegel tackling a fan who sprinted onto the Ohio Stadium turf just before halftime of Saturday’s game. The joke was on him, as Schlegel made like it was 2005 and slammed the fan onto the turf like a rag doll. From the press box, former OSU coach and coach Urban Meyer’s mentor Earle Bruce screamed, “I knew it! (He was) the best tackler we ever had!”From the looks of the tackle, it would be very hard to argue.The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on Maryland on Saturday in College Park, Md. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Jure Dolenec to miss EHF EURO 2018

jure dolenec Slovenia will be in a real trouble in their aim to finish among the best at upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. After Matej Gaber, the most important guy in defensive line of Veselin Vujovic team, another big name will miss tournament in Croatia. His name is Jure Dolenec, the “brain” of Slovenian attack. FC Barcelona Lassa right back didn’t get a green light from club’s doctors to join his national team as his knee injury is still not fully recovered…Slovenia will play against Macedonia at the start of Group in Zagreb. ← Previous Story Denmark beat France for the end of Golden League Next Story → Prokop selects squad for title race at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

I think theres still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards

first_img WE’RE SUPPOSED TO be chatting about Sunday. Tottenham at Spotland. The FA Cup Fifth Round. Arguably the biggest game of Rochdale’s history. But we get a bit sidetracked.Brian Barry-Murphy wants to chat more about the League of Ireland.“I feel quite strongly about this, to be honest,” he begins.“I think there’s still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland. Clubs still see that there’s cracking players that come out of the league like Kevin Doyle, Shane Long, all the boys that went over to Preston. But I still think they don’t really rate the league over here. They’ll be players coming over to England and clubs will still be humming and hawing about taking them.“The league has been outstanding over the last three or four years particularly. There’s such a draw to staying at home now because of European football so maybe you don’t see as many players come over as before. But I think the players get an unbelievable grounding in the League of Ireland. One of the best things that I found out when I came over was that my grounding in the league was harder than any apprenticeship you would have had over here in club academies. Different, I suppose. Now, there’s still a route for the guys who go over really young and progress but I think there’s a huge upside to guys staying and playing in the league and coming over as more developed players.”One of those players is Ryan Delaney.The defender arrived at Rochdale in January on a two-and-a-half deal from Burton Albion but it was his superb loan spell at Cork City that reinvigorated him and provided a much-needed confidence boost after a difficult cross-channel initiation.The 21-year-old has gone straight into the first-team and started the last four games for the club. Later today, he’ll face Fernando Llorente, Lucas Moura et al.“Delaney is a prime example,” Barry-Murphy continues.He came over to Burton and never got a chance after doing well at Wexford. He went back to the League of Ireland and had an unbelievable season with Cork City and people still didn’t seem to realise who he was over here. Which is strange for me.”It’s almost 20 years now since Barry-Murphy left Leeside and pitched up at David Moyes’ Preston. Across two decades, there have been just three further permanent clubs, a testament to his character and dedication. Sheffield Wednesday was enjoyable but brief. There was a long stint at Bury before he signed for Rochdale in 2010. Barry-Murphy pictured playing for Cork City against UCD in 1999. Source: Andrew Paton/INPHOBut, since 2013, he’s taken a step back. Initially there was a player/coach role, with manager Keith Hill keen on using Barry-Murphy as an on-field mentor for the team’s younger charges. But injuries were becoming more frequent and his last game was back in November 2016.These days, at 39, he concentrates on being first-team coach and he’s quick to point out just how much of an influence his formative days in the League of Ireland have been to him both on and off the field.“I’ve done study after study over here and I enjoy them all but the facilitators and educators go on about different coaching experiences and teaching the players different ways,” he says.“Some of the best things I ever learned were from playing in the League of Ireland against certain players. At the FA, down in St George’s Park, they’ll say to me, ‘Where did you learn this?’ and I’ll say, ‘I saw Paul Doolin do it against me one day. I didn’t know what hit me but I remembered it forever.’ Like, I remember playing against that Dundalk side and Johnny C (John Caulfield) and Deccie Daly saying to me, ‘Yer man Doolin is some player now so you’ll have to watch his runs from midfield’. And I was prepared for it but I never saw the runs because he was always making them when I wasn’t watching. I picked up all these things that you could never coach. Paul Doolin? Fuck. He was unbelievable. As long as I’ll live, I’ll never forget the stuff I picked up against those type of guys.”There’s a brief pause. I move to ask another question and get a couple of words out but Barry-Murphy is excitable now. He’s lost to nostalgia. He’s on a roll.“LIAM COYLE, EOIN! LIAM COYLE!” he roars, defiantly.They used play the ball into Liam Coyle’s feet and he’d flick it around the corner or over his shoulder and they’d be in behind you and you’d be green as grass thinking, ‘How did they get in behind me there?’ Unreal, like. And Liam was crippled! He’d be going around with those big bandages on his knees. He was a wizard though, wasn’t he? Like, that group of players were unbelievable and they’ve been consigned to that sort of mentality of, ‘Ah well, they mustn’t have been good enough to go over because they never did’ but it was because they never really got a chance. A different time, I suppose.” By Eoin O’Callaghan 28,510 Views Feb 18th 2018, 9:31 AM Ireland international Meyler misses penalty as Chelsea reach FA Cup quarter-finalsCan a former League of Ireland favourite inspire an upset of Man City and more FA Cup talking points Short URL Follow us: the42.ie ‘I think there’s still a sense of ignorance in the UK towards the League of Ireland’ Having eased from the pitch to the dugout, Brian Barry-Murphy is preparing for the biggest day in Rochdale’s recent history. center_img Barry-Murphy doesn’t have much of a hankering for his playing days. Certainly, there’s been a buzz and an energy in the build-up to today’s fixture but having battled through about 400 games in the lower leagues, he knows these days are the exception rather than the rule.And he’s been a bit-player in recent seasons anyway. It was a slow, patient transition and one he had prepared for.“It was inevitable, really,” he says.“My body just had loads of issues. I’d had so many knee surgeries. And even last season, I came back to play in one of those Checkatrade games and I snapped my Achilles and it was a bollocks, like. You miss the days like Sunday, don’t you? But it wasn’t a big transition for me. It was very easy, to be honest.  I was in a coaching mindset from quite a while back anyway. Barry-Murphy in action for Rochdale back in 2010. Source: Neal Simpson“I was on the verge of retiring five years ago, but Keith Hill came back to the club as manager. I’d had loads of injuries but I continued in this player-coach role, though I didn’t really consider myself a player. He knew I’d played really well for him in his previous stint at the club so after he came back from Barnsley he wanted me to instil his beliefs in the players through action rather than words. So, what he was doing verbally, I was doing it on the training pitch. And it just worked brilliantly. We had loads of players who came through our academy so it was used for that purpose – to bring on those younger players.I was gaining unbelievable experience from the manager while I was finishing my training and doing my A licence and things like that. So in return I felt like I owed him. If I was going to be a player-coach, I wanted to give him something back in terms of doing things properly on the training ground, even though I was rarely, if at all, selected for games. I felt some sort of justification in that I thought I was helping the younger players and all the players at the club, really. And there came a time about a year or two ago when players started to overtake me so much and I wasn’t able to keep up with them on the training ground and I started dropping out of training more and more and that’s what we were after, really. Once the players became too good for me, I was like a horse that had served its purpose. But it was worth it because the guys progressed so much in such a short space of time.”This season has been a traumatic one for Rochdale. They’re currently rooted to the bottom of the League One table and time is running out if they’re to avoid relegation. But the FA Cup has been a distraction for them.They went to Doncaster and won in the Third Round. They forced a draw against Millwall at The Den and were unfortunate not to win. Still, they made up for it the following week by squeezing past them in the replay at Spotland and securing an unusually lucrative and high-profile tie with an elite Premier League side. Barry-Murphy says his Rochdale players will be encouraged to go for it against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham later today. Source: NurPhotoInexplicably for someone who has spent 20 odd years in English league football, it’s also a pretty rare glamour fixture for Barry-Murphy to be involved with.“Down through the years we’ve had nothing, really,” he admits.“We had some good home draws: Leeds and Nottingham Forest but nothing from the Premier League to have a go off. So, it’s great for the club, the manager but especially the academy. Our academy has brought through some unbelievable players and sold them on: Craig Dawson, Rickie Lambert – some great calibre players – and it’s good to get some recognition by facing a top team, really.”Barry-Murphy has been heavily involved in pushing talented youngsters into the first-team. 16-year-old Daniel Adshead made his debut for the club in the drawn game against Millwall and could feature against Spurs.The teenager is still in secondary school and was doing homework on the team bus as it made its way to south-east London for the Fourth Round clash. A reminder, if ever Rochdale needed it, of just how wide the gulf between the two sides is.“It’s the biggest game in the club’s history, really,” Barry-Murphy says.It’s a bit of a fanfare for the team at the moment and the town too, because they’ve had some tough times, so it’s brilliant for them. It’s been really hard going for loads of different reasons in the league but we’ve had some unbelievable results in the Cup, in tough fixtures, so it’s a reward for the lads. It’s great for them. But this is a completely different kettle of fish altogether. It’s a step up from anything we’ve played against at any level over the past three or four years. Tottenham are a top European team now. They’re established.“But we just try and give the players as much information as we can so they’re prepared. Our manager is very strong, even though we’ve had a tough season. We stick to the way we play and we’ll try and be aggressive and be on the front foot. There will be times when we won’t be able to but a lot of our group is made up of players from our academy. They seem genuinely excited by it and want to have a go. They’re not showing any signs of nerves or apprehension so we’ll go with that and encourage them to be themselves and express themselves. There’s no real point in trying to be cautious. They’re keen to have a go off it so why not let them have a go? That’s always been the attitude at our club. Why hold them back?”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! http://the42.ie/3857875 Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 11:50 AM 33 Comments Share125 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

QLDs population increase demands for a larger theatre

first_img“I can see the appetite in South East Queensland for the performing arts is enormous, and as our city is maturing I can see that there are a lot of opportunities,” said Mr Kotzas.The dialogue has gained momentum following Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement last month of plans to fund a study over the next 12 months looking at the demands across the sector. Part of the $3 billion Queens Wharf development, a consultant, who is yet to be appointed, will investigate the size and features of the city’s next live venue, along with the appropriate location.Though South East Queensland is being serviced well at the moment, looking at Brisbane’s current population, Mr Kotzas says Queensland is on a trajectory to have a fairly significant population growth by 2030, and that a 1,500-seat theatre would be the most appropriate choice. “I’ve not done a formal study personally on this, but when I look around and I see the number of smaller theatres throughout Brisbane and South East Queensland, the obvious thing that our sector needs is a theatre that sits somewhere between the Playhouse (800) and the Lyric Theatre (2,000),” he explains.While the CEO admitted a number of smaller theatres are faring well currently, he also emphasised that the sector should be aspiring for growth. Though he admits a 2,000-seater would be too much of a stretch, keeping in mind the audience’s experience. “If you’re an audience member, you want to be in a theatre that’s fairly full and that you’re feeling that you’re a part of a theatre community that enables you to have a very good theatrical experience. “So a 1,500-seater – that, I imagine, feels like the natural growth for the whole of the sector in South East Queensland.”However a number of people disagree with Mr Kotzas’ proposal, including La Boite theatre’s Todd McDonald, Queensland Theatre Company’s Sue Donnelly and Brisbane Arts Theatre’s Ruby Foster, who all argue what the city is missing is an intimate 500-seat theatre. But Mr Kotzas is convinced the study will determine his solution to be the right one.“When I look at the capacity of QPAC at the moment, we’re now at 82 per cent occupancy – we’ve got 1.4 million attendance,” he said.“I can see there’s a demand coming in the future and the number of people that want to attend the theatre will be at a level where one big venue cannot accommodate that, nor can the existing little theatres combined together.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Liverpool Vs Arsenal Klopp says Unai Emery has won enough

first_imgLiverpool and Arsenal will clash for the first time since losing the 2016 Europa League final and Klopp believes Unai Emery has won enough in his career.Unai Emery has won three successive Europa League titles and five major trophies while at Paris St Germain which brings about the respect his current 13-match unbeaten run deserves.“All people in football knew how good he is but I am not sure all Arsenal fans were over the moon at first when they heard it would be Emery,” said Klopp via Irishexaminer.“But that’s England a little bit, you want the poster boys. Unai was in France and before that in Spain in a smaller club, so you can go a bit under the radar.“Not for all the people in football, though. I saw yesterday that he won eight titles in two or three years. That’s pretty big.”“You’re giving managers a bit too much credit if you think we have that much influence. He couldn’t defend us in the first half, we had to help with that by missing our chances,” he added.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We have to check the dressing room at Basel again about what happened in there because the game changed immediately when we came back out.“We had a big influence on that game. It was a question of momentum; they had it, we lost it. We had it in the wrong half of the game I would say, in the first half. We didn’t score often enough.“They had it in the second half and we couldn’t fight back in the 63rd game of the season, there was not a lot of fuel left in the tank.“I don’t think he had a lot of influence in the first half and I couldn’t have any influence in the second half,  that was the problem of that day.“They won, we lost, that’s already history.”“It doesn’t look like that will change. They score a lot of goals and are really good offensively,” said Klopp.last_img read more

New Alaska College of Education prepares to step up teacher recruitment and

first_imgStudents gather on the University of Alaska Southeast campus for the first day of classes in 2013. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)Fall classes began Monday at University of Alaska campuses, including the Alaska College of Education in Juneau. While students can still earn a teaching degree at any of the university’s three main campuses, the education college’s administration is based at the University of Alaska Southeast.Listen nowKake resident Louise Kadake found out last spring she had won the 2018 Teach for Alaska Scholarship to study at UAS.UA staff had arranged for her to join University President Jim Johnsen on a video conference call, telling her she was one of five finalists.When he told her the real news, she thought he was speaking to someone else. In a video of the call, a staff member interrupts to reassure Kadake that Johnsen is talking about her.“Oh! I didn’t know where he was looking!” Kadake said, laughing.Kadake won a $12,000 undergraduate scholarship to study education at UAS. It’s letting the 21-year-old pursue the plans she put on hold after giving birth to her now two-year-old son, Braxton.Kadake said she’s known she wanted to be a teacher since she was a sophomore in high school.Since graduating as valedictorian in 2015, Kadake has worked with kids in her community and as a para-educator in Kake City Schools last year. She said her coworkers encouraged her to apply for the scholarship. Once she gets her degree, she plans to return to Kake and teach elementary school.UAS freshman Louise Kadake and her son Braxton. (Photo courtesy Louise Kadake)“It’s actually helping me a lot. I actually applied for a lot of scholarships, I was busy,” Kadake said.Kadake arrived in Juneau last week for orientation and to get her on-campus apartment ready for Braxton.“It’s a really big change,” Kadake said. “I cried when I left home and my son’s still at home, but he’ll be here next week.”Recruiting students like Kadake — rural Alaskans and Alaska Natives with a passion for teaching — is one of the main jobs of the new Alaska College of Education.According to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, there were just under 8,000 full and part-time teachers in Alaska last school year. That number has declined by about 500 teachers since 2010.The college’s new Executive Dean Steve Atwater is tasked with helping the university reach its goal to see 90 percent of Alaska’s teachers trained in-state by 2025.According to the university, two thirds of the state’s teachers come from outside.Many of them end up in rural villages. Atwater said they often lack the training or cultural understanding to connect with students.“What you have is a churn of teachers in rural Alaska, and it doesn’t really help the students in terms of their achievement,” Atwater said. “The students need to form relationships with the teachers and if there’s a fear that they’re going to leave after a year, it’s hard to invest.”Atwater himself came from out of state. After training at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, he spent two decades in rural Alaska schools. He said he witnessed the churn firsthand with talented teachers arriving only to realize they were unprepared for the challenges of living in remote villages.To fix that, Atwater said they’re narrowing in on three specific areas: recruitment, preparation and retention.Teacher-specific scholarships and investing in existing programs like Educators Rising, a career pathway for high school students, are a big part of that.Atwater said the college will also hire a full-time recruiter based in Juneau.Besides undergraduates and high school students, they will also look to college graduates who might already be out in the workforce and considering a career change.Improving teacher preparation will hinge on finding operational efficiencies between the three campuses.“Really what it’s going to take is the collaboration between all three units to come up with best practices and share best practices and really to think in terms of operating as a unit even though we are issuing separate degrees at the three,” Atwater said.Looking at retention strategies, the university wants to expand its role in the Alaska Statewide Mentoring Project, partnering with school districts to provide support for early-career teachers.As for campus-specific changes, Atwater said classes and faculty remain largely the same.Later on, they may look to have campus programs concentrate in specific areas of education, like special ed or early childhood.In the meantime back in Juneau, efforts are still underway to meet the City and Borough’s commitment to create a $1 million endowment for teacher education.The city made that promise to the university’s Board of Regents back when it was deciding where to base the education college.A fundraising committee spent the summer recruiting local donors. Committee chair Laraine Derr said they’re still a few thousand dollars away from reaching their goal.“A bird in the hand is worth, what is it, three in the bush? But I got a couple more donors yesterday so I’m hoping by the end of the week we will be there,” Derr said.The campus has said the CBJ Teacher Excellence Fund will go toward additional scholarships and support programs for students in Southeast and the rest of the state.last_img read more

Health department accountant held for taking bribe in Hyderabad

first_imgAn accountant in the office of the director of public health and family welfare was arrested for taking a bribe of Rs 20,000 from a retired government doctor on Saturday at Koti. The officials of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) took V Sanjeev Kumar into custody who demanded the bribe to do official favour to the retired doctor Baddam Srinivas Reddy. Based on the complaint lodged by Reddy, the ACB sleuths laid a trap at the office of the accountant and caught him red-handed while accepting a bribe. Sanjeev Kumar will be produced before court soon.last_img read more

Who is Debjani Ghosh the new president of Nasscom

first_imgDebjani GhoshTwitter/DebjaniGhoshCome March 2018, and industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) will see a woman president leading the association for the first time. Nasscom announced the appointment of Debjani Ghosh as its president on Friday, November 10, and she will take charge after the completion of current president R Chandrashekhar’s term.In a statement, the apex industry body announced “the appointment of Debjani Ghosh, former MD, Intel South Asia, as the Nasscom President-Designate, succeeding R Chandrashekhar, President, Nasscom upon the completion of his term in March 2018.”While this might be the first time that the association will be led by a woman, Ghosh is not new to Nasscom as she has been a member of Nasscom’s Executive Council and a trustee of Nasscom Foundation.Speaking about Ghosh’s appointment, Raman Roy, chairman of Nasscom, said that the association under Ghosh will continue work towards innovations and skilling. “The industry is today at a very interesting inflection point and Nasscom has a key role to play in catalysing the next phase of growth of the sector. Under Debjani’s leadership, Nasscom will further enhance its initiatives in innovation, disruptive technologies, skilling and new market access,” Roy said, according to the Press Trust of India.Current president Chandrashekhar also said that he believes Ghosh’s experience will work wonders for Nasscom and wished her the best.Ghosh too said that she is happy to take up the position and noted that she “firmly believes that Nasscom is much more strategically placed than any other forum to drives the IT agenda of the country.””These are exciting times for India in terms of the industrial and digital revolution that it is undergoing,” she added.Meanwhile, Ghosh was with Intel since 1996 for 21 years and quit the firm in February 2017. She has held numerous positions at Intel and has played a key role in its growth. She is said to have worked closely on the Digital India project as well.”She has been extremely passionate and committed to helping the country make progress on its vision of Digital India and she has decided she would like to devote more of her time and energy to this endeavour,” Jerry Tsao, vice-president – APJ Regional Sales Group, Intel, had earlier said.She currently is an independent director on the board of Yes Bank and is also a member of Cisco’s India Advisory Board. Ghosh has also been associated with MAIT and FICCI.Ghosh has often spoken about how her childhood played an important part in her leadership skills. She once told Your Story that she was the only girl in the family and had 12 elder brothers. Her family always supported her and treated her as equal. “That made me compete in the corporate world dominated by men without being apologetic or without being scared,” she explained.She also revealed that travel was a very important part of how her ideas were moulded and due to that change never scared her. “Somehow I believe this will help you and train you to embrace change, which is a tremendous asset in the corporate world.”Speaking about what she does beyond her professional life, Ghosh said that she is “an avid, avid, avid reader,” and has read some titles “hundreds of times.””The standard ones that I would go for on a rainy day are by P G Wodehouse. I love Ayn Rand, I think she really understands human beings. Some classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, I have read hundreds of times, and will keep reading many more times I guess,” Ghosh revealed.last_img read more

Poet Sufia Kamals 18th death anniversary Monday

first_imgSufia KamalThe 18th death anniversary of poet Sufia Kamal, founding president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and a pioneer of Bengali women’s emancipation, will be observed on Monday.Different social and cultural organisations have chalked out various programmes to observe the day in a befitting manner, reports UNB.Leaders and activists of Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jote along with noted cultural personalities will pay tributes to the poet by placing floral wreaths at her grave at Azimpur Graveyard.A memorial meeting to be organised by Social Protection Committee, a platform consisting of 72 social, human rights and development organisations, will be held at the auditorium of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad at 3:00pm.Sufia Kamal was also instrumental in naming the first women’s dormitory of Dhaka University as Rokeya Hall after the name of Begum Rokeya, who was her own inspiration.During the country’s liberation war in 1971, she worked for helping women, who were hurt during the war.She also campaigned to bring into justice those Pakistani officials whom the Bangladeshis considered war criminals.Born on 20 June 1911, Sufia Kamal was awarded the Bangla Academy Award for Literature (1962), Lenin Centenary Jubilee Medal (1970) from the Soviet Union, Ekushey Padak (1976), Czechoslovakia Medal (1986), Jatiya Kabita Parishad Award (1995), Begum Rokeya Medal (1996), Deshbandhu CR Das Gold Medal (1996) and Independence Award (1997) for her works.She breathed her last on 20 November 1999.last_img read more

Zafar Iqbal doing well says wife

first_imgMuhammad Zafar Iqbal and Yasmeen Haque. Photo: UNBYasmeen Haque, wife of professor Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, has said her husband is doing well at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, according to UNB.Yasmeen thanked prime minister Sheikh Hasina for asking the Air Force for airlifting Zafar Iqbal to the CMH in Dhaka immediately after the attack on him.She said her husband phoned her around 5:40pm on Saturday, saying, “I’m fine. It’s bleeding but don’t worry.””I don’t blame anyone. I would like to clearly say police have been performing their duties to enforce security for the last two years. There was no fault on their part in ensuring security. The attack happened unfortunately,” said Yasmeen while responding to queries from newsmen at the CMH admin building.In response to a question whether the writer Zafar Iqbal will be taken abroad, she said they have confidence in the country’s medical treatment.Read more:’Zafar Iqbal out of danger’last_img read more

Super Mario 64 hack adds 130 new stars to collect

first_img Super Mario 64 First Person Mod is a Thing of Pure HorrorSuper Mario 64 is Now Playable Online Thanks to Modders Stay on target Super Mario 64 may be 20 years old but that doesn’t mean that this classic can’t get a new lease on life. An ambitious new mod called Super Mario 64: Last Impact has just been released that contains so much additional content that it practically makes Mario 64 an entirely new game. We’ve seen our fair share of user-created mods over the years but this one is easily one of the very best out there.What modder Kaz Emanuar has created is nothing short of inspired. He has added 130 new stars, 12 power-ups, areas, enemies, and bosses to the original Mario 64. As you can see from the trailer, Mario uses abilities and power-ups from a variety of other games in the series. In some ways, this can be seen as a Super Mario Bros. greatest hits. Despite all of these disparate elements, the game doesn’t feel like it was haphazardly put together. It is clear to see that everything in this mod is deliberate.The attention to detail in Super Mario 64: Last Impact is downright astounding. This project took over 4,000 hours to complete and Kaze has been uploading videos on his progress for the last year. It is possible that he has been working on Last Impact for longer than that, however. To be fair, Nintendo does a great job of releasing new high-quality Super Mario games so there hasn’t exactly been an outcry by fans for the series to return to its roots. This project was created more as an act of love rather than to fulfill a need that the original developer has failed to deliver.If you want to try out Super Mario 64: Last Impact for yourself, you can do so by following this link. There is even a handy tutorial for the game that you can watch in the video below.last_img read more

New model suggests early humans lost fur after developing bipedalism

first_img More information: Avoidance of overheating and selection for both hair loss and bipedality in hominins, PNAS, Published online before print December 12, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1113915108AbstractTwo frequently debated aspects of hominin evolution are the development of upright bipedal stance and reduction in body hair. It has long been argued, on the basis of heat-balance models, that thermoregulation might have been important in the evolution of both of these traits. Previous models were based on a stationary individual standing in direct sunlight; here we extend this approach to consider a walking hominin, having argued that walking is more thermally challenging than remaining still. Further, stationary activities may be more compatible with shade seeking than activities (such as foraging) involving travel across the landscape. Our model predictions suggest that upright stance probably evolved for nonthermoregulatory reasons. However, the thermoregulatory explanation for hair loss was supported. Specifically, we postulate progressive hair loss being selected and this allowing individuals to be active in hot, open environments initially around dusk and dawn without overheating. Then, as our ancestors’ hair loss increased and sweating ability improved over evolutionary time, the fraction of the day when they could remain active in such environments extended. Our model suggests that only when hair loss and sweating ability reach near-modern human levels could hominins have been active in the heat of the day in hot, open environments. (PhysOrg.com) — Two of the most basic questions in the study of human evolution revolve around why early people started walking around on two feet instead of four and why they lost their fur, especially in light of the fact that most other primates have kept their coats, and still make extensive use of their hands in walking and especially so, when running. Some have postulated that early hominins began walking upright as a means of helping them keep cooler. A new model by Graeme Ruxton and David Wilkinson disagrees, writing in their paper published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, that research they’ve done shows that it was only after early humans began walking upright that they began to lose their fur coats.Ruxton and Wilkinson don’t offer any new theories as to why early humans started walking upright but they say after studying mathematical models that describe how humans or animals lose body heat based on different postures during different times of the day, that as expected, it appears a crouched posture does conserve body heat more so than does a fully erect one, especially in direct sunlight, suggesting that walking erect would indeed seem to be a way to keep cooler. Unfortunately, they say, that doesn’t take into account the body heat that is created internally by the very act of moving around. Thus, they say, models that suggest humans started walking upright as a means to cool off aren’t looking at the whole picture because in addition to the metabolic heat generated, the cooling effect gained in losing body hair would be much more profound in a person walking upright, than would be the case for one who remained crouching.Thus, they argue, it was only after hominins started walking upright that they began losing their fur, though they do agree that the latter change came about as a means of keeping cooler.No one really knows why hominins became bipedal, whether because it helped see threats and food options better, or because it helped them reach up into trees for fruit or whether as previous models suggest it helped in cooling down in the hot African climate, but, regardless, it seems models that seek to explain the change will be forever intricately linked with the reasons that they lost their fur as well. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Model predictions for the amount of heat that must be dissipated by sources other than normal respiration (such as sweating) to maintain heat balance, as a function of time of day for a gracile male hominin. We model four situations involving all combinations of quadrupedal versus bipedal stance and full body hair versus loss of hair to near-modern human levels. Image (c) PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1113915108center_img Citation: New model suggests early humans lost fur after developing bipedalism (2011, December 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-early-humans-lost-fur-bipedalism.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Carry on walking!last_img read more

Byomkesh returns with season 2

first_imgAfter a massive success of the inaugural season of the first ever web series on Byomkesh, hoichoi, the world’s largest digital Bengali entertainment content platform, announced the launch of its Season 2 today. The one-hour-long first episode of Byomkesh Season 2 will start streaming on hoichoi globally from December 16 followed by the second episode on December 25.Aryann Bhowmik, most recently seen as Santu in Yeti Obhijaan joins the cast of Anirban Bhattacharya (Byomkesh), Subrat Dutta (Ajit), and Ridhima Ghosh (Satyabati) in Season 2. Aryann Bhowmik, who plays Satyakam, has premonitions of being killed and turns to Byomkesh for help. Byomkesh will be seen solving the mystery of Satyakam’s murder in this adaptation of Rakter Daag (literally Blood Stain) and directed by Soumik Chattopadhyay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHoichoi is running a social media contest #AmioByomkesh on Facebook wherein one has to simply tag a friend and send the correct answer related to Byomkesh movies, as a message at the @hoichoitv page. The duo with the highest number of correct answers stand a chance to win hoichoi Lifetime Free Membership.hoichoi is also celebrating #BishoyByomkesh – a week-long film festival on Byomkesh wherein viewers have a treasure chest of Byomkesh movies available at their fingertips, with 17 hours of runtime and an average IMDb rating of 7.0.last_img read more

Spl Police Observer holds meet with CEO

first_imgKolkata: Special Police Observer for Bengal Vivek Dube on Sunday held a meeting with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Aariz Aftab and other election officials in the state, to take stock of the poll-preparedness and deployment of the security personnel.Earlier in the day, Dube landed in the city and went to the guest house of Kolkata Port Trust. It has been learnt that Dube will hold a meeting with all the senior election officials in the state to assess the law and order situation across Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Sunday, he wanted to know from the CEO about the deployment of the Central forces in the state. A special chamber has been set up at the office of the CEO for Dube, where he will be stationed until the completion of the Lok Sabha elections in the state. He is expected to hold a meeting with the various political leaders on Monday and listen to their concerns. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has recently appointed Dube as the Special Police Observer, replacing K K Sharma. The announcement came less than a day after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sought Sharma’s removal. Banerjee had produced a photograph showing Sharma attending a programme organised by the RSS, in uniform. The commission has not, however, given any reasons for replacing Sharma. Dube will look after the deployment of Central and state forces. He will also look after other matters as per the instructions of the Election Commission.last_img read more

California Wildfires Adding Up the Cost to Housing

first_img One week—that’s all it took for the Thomas Fire, a massive wildfire burning in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, to rage into the 5th largest wildfire in modern California history, according to the fire protection agency CAL FIRE.Hitting ground on December 4, 2017, the wildfire is only 20 percent contained. And according to CAL FIRE’s latest data—at over 230,00 acres of damage, it is also ranked the 10th most destructive California wildfire in recorded history, but that is subject to change.However, Thomas isn’t the only fire destroying homes—more than 86,000 homes in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are at risk of damage from the Rye and Creek Wildfires, according to data from CoreLogic. Currently, there are six wildfires in total in the state.Of the total at-risk homes, 13,526, or 16 percent, with an estimated reconstruction cost value of more than $5 billion are at significant risk of damage, falling in CoreLogic’s “high” and “extreme” risk categories.In a recent article by Realtors, their Chief Economist Danielle Hale said the wildfire damages on homes could really exacerbate an already challenging market for buyers. “People will probably look more toward apartments,” she said. “But there aren’t enough affordably priced rentals to go around either.”Although the majority of homes, 72,716, or 84 percent, are at “low” or “moderate” risk of damage, wildfires can easily expand to adjacent properties and cause significant damage even if a property is not considered high risk in its own right. This expansion is evident, according to CNN the fires have expanded to a size larger than New York City and Boston—combined.According to commentary exclusively provided to MReport, Dr. Tom Jeffery, Senior Hazard Scientist at CoreLogic provided the latest updates on the status of the wildfires in this Q&A:How long could the wildfires last? As of today, only the Thomas Fire remains largely uncontained. The Creek, Rye and smaller fires in Southern California are now fully or nearly fully contained. The Thomas Fire is at 234,000 acres and only 20 percent contained. This means that it is capable of burning for days, if not several weeks. Containment is a complex process that involves: All of these factors contribute to the Thomas Fire, making it difficult to contain. If the wind slows for a period of time, firefighters may be able to get the upper hand. However, current weather predictions don’t seem to indicate a dramatic slowing of the Santa Ana winds. It may actually require precipitation (rainfall) to occur before the tide will turn on containing this fire. Other large wildfires in the west have only been fully contained after snow or rain has helped to tamp down the burn. Since conditions can and do change multiple times during the day, it remains unknown how long this fire will burn, but it could last for several more weeks, if not longer.How much damage are the citizens going to face?More than 1,000 structures have been lost in the Southern California fires thus far. Not all of them are homes since outbuildings such as barns or detached garages are counted among the structured total. There have been some very high-value homes damaged or destroyed in and around Los Angeles, and there will be lesser value homes within the mix as well. It is too early to say what the total value of the destroyed and damaged structures will be since we will need to identify the individual addresses that were affected, and that is only possible after the fires have been fully contained. There are still thousands of homes at risk from the Thomas Fire, so it is certainly possible that damages could reach $1 billion or more by the time it’s over.What’s causing a wildfire like Thomas to expand so quickly?Specifically, the fuel, the current humid conditions, the terrain and the wind are combining to allow Thomas to continue expanding. The terrain makes fighting the fire more difficult. There is a large volume of fuel that has built up over the last six years of extreme drought conditions, along with the new growth vegetation that sprang up after the rains in California last fall and spring. The lack of precipitation during this current fall, as well as continuing low humidity and dry conditions, have made these dead and dry fuels much more susceptible to burn. Finally, the strong and sustained Santa Ana winds enable the fire to move much faster than it normally would and for longer periods of time. It is much more difficult to get personnel and equipment in front of the fire when it continues to move quickly not just for hours, but day after day. The difficulty of applying resources (personnel and equipment) on the ground when the terrain is rugged and there is minimal road access. That’s the case for parts of the Thomas Fire which is running through mountainous terrain.High and variable winds that not only push the fire along the ground very quickly but also lift burning embers that are dropped out ahead of the flames and start additional fires beyond the fireline.Dry and abundant vegetation (fuels) that enables the fire to burn very hot and very fast across the ground, making it difficult to stay in front of the fire.Low humidity that enables fuels to ignite quickly and burn very readily. Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img December 12, 2017 680 Views HOUSING mortgage wildfires 2017-12-12 Nicole Casperson California Wildfires: Adding Up the Cost to Housinglast_img read more