Hockey girls aim to put past behind

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team hasn’t had it good in recent months. If it was the ‘sex scandal’ involving former coach MK Kaushik that rocked the camp before the Argentina World Cup, it was worse at home when Delhi hosted the Commonwealth Games, where a miscalculation by the team management pushed India out of medal reckoning.The Indian women’s hockey players practise before the Asian Games.It became such a major issue for the Indian contingent that an inquiry was launched but without any worthwhile result. Nevertheless, before the CWG began India had high hopes for the women hockey players providing a medal after their excellent showing in Manchester (gold) and Melbourne (silver). But things changed overnight, thanks to the goof-up, and India went out of the medal bracket. That is now behind us and as we move on to the Asian Games for continental supremacy and an automatic berth in the London Olympics — the Indian women launch their campaign against Malaysia on Saturday.Yet, it will not be as easy as they have six other teams in the round-robin league. The Malaysian women, unlike their men counterparts, may be easy opposition but teams like Japan, China and Korea will be the real hard nuts to crack.The Indian team has youth and experience in its ranks With former India player Sandeep Somesh as coach the girls may have picked up vital clues against the Malaysians. Sandeep was, however, confident of his team’s chances. He said the players had put their bad run at the Commonwealth Games behind them.advertisement”The girls are a well-knit unit and putting their best foot forward. We know we have to face some bigger hurdles when we meet the hosts and the Koreans. But we are not taking any team lightly,” said the coach.last_img read more

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IPL final win in 2015 very special: Rohit Sharma recalls celebration with Ritika Sajdeh

first_imgMumbai Indians (MI) are gearing up to play their 5th Indian Premier League (IPL) final in which they take on familiar foes Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.Ahead of the big match, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma sat down and recalled memories from their three title-winning campaigns.Rohit went down the memory lane after scrolling through throwback photos. Notably, the India opener has won four IPL titles and three as captain. Rohit has a 100% record in the title matches of IPL.Rohit became the first captain to lead Mumbai Indians to an IPL title when he was handed the responsibility of leading the team in 2013. He did it with the Mumbai Indians once again in 2015 and helped the franchise to become the most successful in IPL by leading them to glory in 2017.Stressing that the IPL 2015 final win was special as he was cheered on by then fiancee Ritika Sajdeh, Rohit spoke about a photo in which he had posed with the IPL trophy along with Ritika.”2015 which is quite special. This was the year we got engaged. The final was a few days before I got engaged to Ritika. As you can see, I am blushing here (in the photo). And Ritika as well, she was not in this to click a picture. I wanted her to be a part of it, so I called her,” Rohit told IPLT20.com.”2015 was especially special because I had just gotten engaged to @ritssajdeh.”2013. 2015. 20173 #VIVOIPL titles for @mipaltan – different emotions each time for @ImRo45. #MIvCSK By @28anand.Watch the full video – https://t.co/IF5zg9DV6a pic.twitter.com/oXgiu7YSI9advertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019Mumbai Indians had beaten Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens in the IPL 2015 final. Skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front with a 26-ball 50 as MI went on to post 202 for 5 in 20 overs which proved too much in the end for MS Dhoni’s men.Speaking about a photograph from Mumbai Indians’ maiden IPL title win in 2013, Rohit pointed out Jasprit Bumrah’s maiden season and Lasith Malinga’s “gold and black hair”.”This was me, 6 years younger. I was so excited. You can see my face. I don’t do this kind of things now. This is right after the celebration on the ground after winning the trophy. Quite excited and quite animated,” Rohit said.”The second one, this was right after the trophy was presented in the ground itself. Anant, one of our owners, is here as well. Malinga with his gold and black hair. There’s a little surprise there, this was his first year and he’s right near the trophy.”Speaking about a team photo from 2017 IPL win, Rohit added: “And then comes 2017, the three pillars of this team. Aakash, Nita Bhabi and Sachin Tendulkar. They have been part of this franchise since Day 1. And as usual, Pandya brothers there as well.”These were very special. We look forward to another one.”Having beaten Chennai Super Kings thrice in IPL 2019, including in Qualifier 1, Mumbai Indians start as favourites to surpass CSK and become the first-ever team to win 4 IPL trophies.Also Read | MI vs CSK in IPL finals: Mumbai eye hat-trick against Chennai in HyderabadAlso Read | Watch: Ziva Dhoni teaches Rishabh Pant Hindi vowels in viral videoAlso See:last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Yawning is normal, did not commit a crime, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has urged the cricket fans back home to refrain from abusing players but maintained they have every right to criticise the team.Stressing that abusive reactions hurt the players and their families psychologically, Sarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan fans are emotional about the game but the players also feel the pressure when representing the country at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been facing severe criticism from former players and fans alike after their 89-run defeat to arch-rivals India in June 16 at Old Trafford.A picture of Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field even as India were going great guns during their batting innings went viral on social media, leading to funny and, at times, abusive memes.Questions over Sarfaraz’s fitness was raised and a section of Pakistan fans even body-shamed the skipper at Old Trafford. An unruly fan was also seen hurling hurtful comments at Sarfaraz when the Pakistan captain was at UK mall with his son.”Yawning is a normal thing to do, I didn’t commit a sin. If people made money out of me yawning, that’s a good thing,” Sarfaraz Ahmed told the press at Lord’s, London.”Social media and media are not in our control. They are so big that you cannot stop them. Teams have lost before but now on social media it is unstoppable. Whoever thinks [anything, they just] write it on social media. That hurts, too much. Players are affected psychologically.Pakistan team at @HomeOfCricket #WeHaveWeWill #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1jy8CKp5HqadvertisementPakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 22, 2019″Criticise us on our game, that’s not an issue, but don’t abuse us. Their families get affected. If someone is hitting, then pushing anyone that’s not good.”Our fans are emotional and these same people lift us when we win. But if they feel sad on a defeat we also feel the same way. We feel it much more because we are playing for Pakistan.”Following a 5-day break, Pakistan are gearing up for a test against South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday. Captain Sarfaraz believes the team morale is high and that Pakistan can stage a comeback in a bid to make the last-four.Pakistan are reeling at the 9th spot with just 3 points from 5 matches but Sri Lanka’s win over England on Friday has added spice to the tournament, giving teams at the bottom-half of the points table a glimmer of hope.”It (loss against India) was tough for us but after the match, we gave our players two days’ rest. Then after three days, we were practising hard. Morale is still very high for us. The tournament is open now, so we have a chance and we are focussing match by match. Hopefully we can start by beating South Africa,” Sarfaraz added.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets turning point, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Brathwaite hundred in vain as New Zealand pip West Indies in thrillerAlso See:last_img read more

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Chelsea vs Man Utd: TV, stream & FA Cup final preview

first_imgFA Cup Chelsea vs Manchester United: TV channel, live stream, squad news & FA Cup final preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 23:20 5/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Eden Hazard Chelsea Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images FA Cup Chelsea v Manchester United Manchester United Chelsea Two of the Premier League’s biggest clubs lock horns as they attempt to get their hands on one of the most prestigious trophies in English football The curtain comes down on the English season on Saturday at Wembley Stadium as Manchester United and Chelsea collide in the 2018 FA Cup final.United are chasing a record-equalling 13th title, which would put them level with Arsenal as the most successful team in the competition’s history, while Chelsea, who last won the FA Cup in 2012, will attempt to lift the vaunted trophy for the eighth time in their history.The Blues overcame Southampton in the semi-final to bookend their season with a trip to England’s famous ‘Home of Football’ and they will be particularly desperate to win having suffered a bitter defeat to London rivals Arsenal in the final last season.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Red Devils, meanwhile, saw off Tottenham in the other semi-final and it is a prime opportunity for Jose Mourinho, who last won the competition while at the helm of Chelsea in 2006, to add another piece of silverware to his collection since taking the reins at Old Trafford. Game Chelsea vs Manchester United Date Saturday, May 19 Time 5:15pm BST / 12:15pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream FOX Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BBC One and BT Sport 2. It can also be streamed live online using BBC’s iPlayer service and the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BBC One / BT Sport 2 BBC iPlayer / BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Emerson, Ampadu, Chalobah, Sterling  Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Moses, Hazard, Pedro, Willian, Bakayoko, Scott, Hudson-Odoi Forwards Morata, Giroud Chelsea are likely to be without defender David Luiz, who has been laid low with an ankle injury, while Danny Drinkwater and Ethan Ampadu are also out of action.Confirmed Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Cahill; Alonso, Kante, Bakayoko, Fabregas, Moses; Hazard, Giroud. Position Man Utd players Goalkeepers De Gea, Romero, Pereira Defenders Blind, Lindelof, Bailly, Jones, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Valencia, Darmian Midfielders Pogba, Mata, Lingard, Carrick, Young, Matic, McTominay, Gomes, Fellaini Forwards Martial, Rashford, Lukaku, Sanchez There are lingering concerns over the fitness of Romelu Lukaku, who seems to have lost his race against time to establish his availability as he recovers from a foot injury. Marcus Rashford will start in attack in his place.Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini are also carrying knocks, while David de Gea is picked ahead of Sergio Romero in goal despite the latter having been preferred for four FA Cup matches this season.Confirmed Man Utd XI: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Young; Pogba, Matic, Herrera; Sanchez, Rashford, Lingard.Betting & Match Odds Manchester United are favourites to win the game with dabblebet pricing them at 13/8. Chelsea’s chances are rated at 15/8 and a draw is a 21/10 bet.United are 4/5 to lift the trophy, with Chelsea rated evens.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jose Mourinho Antonio Conte Manchester United ChelseaThe significance of the FA Cup has diminished for England’s traditional ‘big clubs’ in recent years thanks to the influx of television money and the head-turning allure of contintental competition, but that won’t take the sheen off the the season’s closing showpiece between Manchester United and Chelsea on Saturday.The Premier League campaign has concluded and both teams are assured of their places in next season’s European competitions, but the FA Cup final is the last chance for both clubs to get their hands on a piece of silverware – something that would serve as a fitting final flourish for players and fans alike.The Red Devils narrowly came out on top when the sides last met in February, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford, but the Blues edged out as 1-0 victors at Stamford Bridge last November, so the teams are evenly matched, despite 11 points separating them in the league.Winning the famous competition is arguably of greater importance to the legacy of Antonio Conte, as the Italian coach looks to soften the blow of missing out on Champions League qualification. Indeed, it may even be his final act as Blues boss as speculation swirls around his future and he will be desperate to bid adieu in style.United have already booked their place in next season’s Champions League by finishing second in the league and, while that may be an improvement on his maiden campaign, Mourinho will surely be disappointed if he finishes his second term without a single trophy.last_img read more

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Photos: Ohio State Groom Marries Michigan Bride In The Big House

first_imgOhio State fans holding Go Bucks signs during a football game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes cheer as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)How many die-hard Ohio State football fans have gotten married at Michigan’s Big House? Well, at least one. ESPN is reporting that Mike and Stephanie Stout got hitched recently and held their reception at the Wolverines’ football stadium, despite the obvious rivalry between the two fan bases. While it would appear that Stephanie won the overall argument, Mike certainly did all he could to make the wedding feature both schools.The photos, produced by E. C. Campbell Photography, show Mike spelling out O-H-I-O in Michigan’s tunnel. He also had his groomsmen wear Ohio State socks and grey tuxedos. Finally, there were Buckeyes koozies and pom-poms for each guest.When an Ohio State groom marries a Michigan bride and the reception is at the Big House … [Credit: E.C. Campbell Photography]A photo posted by espn (@espn) on Jul 31, 2015 at 8:08am PDT(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));A fun feature on ESPN today. 🙂 #lovewinsPosted by E.C. Campbell Photography on Friday, July 31, 2015(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3”; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’));What happens when a Buckeye fan falls in love with a Wolverine fan? Check out Mike and Stephanie’s wedding day to find…Posted by E.C. Campbell Photography on Thursday, July 30, 2015You can check out all of the photos over at the photographer’s website. Ohio State fans – is this acceptable?last_img read more

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New Update On Start Time For Today’s Michigan-Maryland Game

first_imgGeneral view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan and Maryland are scheduled to kick off at noon E.T. at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. today. However, the game between the Wolverines and the Terrapins has been delayed.There is serious weather in the area in Ann Arbor, Mich. this morning. Rain is expected for most of the afternoon, but lightning will cause some delays.At this point, it’s unclear when exactly the Michigan-Maryland game will be starting, but we do have a new update from a Wolverines reporter at the stadium.Brad Galli reports that a Michigan staffer has said that the gates for Michigan Stadium will be opening for the fans at 12:10 p.m. E.T.“Michigan staff in the tunnel says gates will open to the public at 12:10,” he reports.Michigan staff in the tunnel says gates will open to the public at 12:10.— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 6, 2018If the gates aren’t opening until 12:10, it seems doubtful that the game will start before 12:30 p.m. E.T. It’ll probably be later than that, actually.It looks like it could be a 1 p.m. E.T. or later start time.Here is the latest from the University of Michigan for the ABC telecast between the Maryland Terrapins at the Michigan Wolverines: Because of the rainy weather the start of the game has been delayed one hour for what is now scheduled to be a 1 pm kickoff. pic.twitter.com/j5fMDrlXrd— Marty Aronoff (@martystats) October 6, 2018Michigan and Maryland will be playing on ABC.Stay tuned for more weather updates.last_img read more

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Darlene Munroe v IMP Aerospace Components Inquiry Set

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry will continue Friday, Feb. 28, in the case of Darlene Munroe v. I.M.P. Aerospace Components. The claimant alleges she was discriminated against because her employer did not adequately accommodate her during her pregnancy. The respondent denies any discrimination and says the company fully met its duty to accommodate the complainant. The board of inquiry will reconvene at noon in the Aspen/Maple Room at the Holiday Inn, 437 Prince St., Truro. The board chair is Nelson Blackburn.last_img

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Northerners applaud funding for longawaited road through Arctic tundra

first_imgWork is expected to begin on the first road into the heart of Canada’s mineral-rich tundra after two funding announcements this week by federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau.Garneau made more than $50 million available for preliminary studies on and planning for an all-weather road from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories to the central Arctic coast of Nunavut.The long-awaited artery would be Nunavut’s first road link to southern Canada and it’s expected it would dramatically decrease the cost of living for communities in the region.It would also run past what has been estimated at $45 billion in mineral deposits and would reduce mine development costs.The entire route would be nearly 700 kilometres long and cost about $1 billion.The project would include a deep-water port about halfway along the Northwest Passage. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Agriculture Ministry Devotes MAD 80 Million to Protect Cacti from Bugs

Rabat – The Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fishing, Sustainable Development and Water and Fishing announced June 19 its plan to “immediately” invest MAD 80 million into cacti to prevent them from being destroyed by cochineals.Under the Pillar II phase of the Green Morocco Plan, harsh measures will be put in place to protect the cacti and stop the spreading plague of cochineals, an insect that is commonly used to dye foods and clothes.A statement by the ministry said the program would be consolidated and accelerated to uproot and bury plantations that are currently heavily infested. Moreover, the program’s reinforcement will raise awareness of the topic and would establish a safe zone to avoid contamination. Instructions were also given to farmers by the National Office of Agricultural Advice (ONCA) to show them how to get rid of cochineals and stop them from spreading.The statement was published following a meeting chaired by agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch over the weekend, which examined the scale of cochineal-infected cacti.160,000 hectares in Morocco are currently devoted to the cultivation of cactus, with the most prominent areas being Casablanca-Settat, Marrakech-Safi and Guelmim Oued Noun. read more

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The Latest Diverse reaction to report on hotel tax

NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on a research group’s recommendation for possibly raising and re-directing revenue from hotel taxes in New Orleans to provide more money for infrastructure needs (all times local):3 p.m.A political group supporting New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is welcoming a research group’s recommendation that the city get more money from hotel room taxes.Wednesday’s Bureau of Governmental Research report says the city should get the equivalent of an added 1 per cent increase in hotel taxes to address infrastructure needs. It suggests that could be accomplished partly by raising the hotel tax, and partly by redirecting some existing hotel tax revenue.The head of a major city tourism organization has opposed redirecting hotel tax revenue. In a statement Wednesday, Steve Perry stressed the importance to city tourism of the Superdome and the Morial Convention Center — both of which get hotel tax revenue. Perry also said a full 1 per cent hotel tax could put the city at a competitive disadvantage.___10 a.m.An independent research group is recommending changes in the collection and distribution of hotel room tax revenue in tourism-dependent New Orleans.If implemented, the changes would bring an estimated $12.3 million annually to the city’s budget.Wednesday’s recommendation from the non-profit Bureau of Governmental Research feeds into an ongoing debate among, Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration, tourism leaders and state lawmakers. Cantrell wants the city to get a bigger share of hotel tax revenue that now goes mostly to tourism-related programs and structures, such as the Superdome.BGR says city government should get what amounts to a 1 per cent increase in the hotel tax. It suggests that could be accomplished partly by slightly raising the hotel room tax, and partly by redirecting some existing hotel tax revenue.The Associated Press read more

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UN envoy calls for military review after air strikes kill Afghan children

3 March 2011The United Nations envoy for children and armed conflict today called for a thorough review of procedures after NATO air strikes killed nine children in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province on Tuesday. “Children killed in Afghanistan by air strikes is a cause of serious concern,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Radhika Coomaraswamy.According to media reports, the boys – aged 12 and under – were killed while gathering firewood. NATO commander General David Petraeus has reportedly apologized for the fatalities, which he said occurred due to a communication error about the location of militants.Ms. Coomaraswamy, in a statement issued by her office, welcomed Gen. Petraeus’ apology for the incident and his commitment to investigate.At the same time, she urged a thorough review of procedures “to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent children from becoming casualties in the complex and volatile situation in Afghanistan.”The Special Representative noted that early last year, the international forces introduced technical directives aimed at better protecting civilians during air strikes, which had resulted in a significant decrease in the number of children killed by pro-Government forces in 2010. read more

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Transport Canada eyes more safety tests for Volkswagen amid emissions scandal

OTTAWA — The federal government has plans to increase the number of Volkswagen vehicles it runs through safety tests in light of an ongoing scandal into their cars being designed to cheat on emissions tests.While there have been no major safety issues with Volkswagens in the last seven years, the fact the automaker modified its vehicles to skirt emissions requirements is prompting Transport Canada officials to review its vehicles for safety reasons too, internal Transport Canada documents show.“While Volkswagen’s recent non-compliance issues are not directly linked to safety, given the potential governance implications, (Transport Canada) plans to review additional elements of Volkswagen Canada’s safety certification information,” reads a briefing note sent to the department’s top bureaucrat in October.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the briefing note under the Access to Information Act.Volkswagen admitted that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars had software installed to cheat on emission tests after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publicly revealed the scheme in mid-September. The carmaker has said about 500,000 cars had cheated emissions tests, part of 11 million cars sold worldwide with the software.About 100,000 of those vehicles were sold in Canada, although there is no evidence of cheating on tests outside the United States.The company remains under investigation by Environment Canada, which is in charge of testing testing vehicles to ensure they meet Canadian emission standards.Volkswagen says it still believes only a small number of staff were behind emissions scandalVolkswagen offers some employees amnesty in exchange for whistleblowing on emissions scandalTransport Canada handles safety testing. The briefing note says some 200 tests and 70 inspections are done annually on nearly 70 different brands of vehicles.Since 2008, 10 different Volkswagen models passed Transport Canada safety tests. The only issue identified during that time had to do with labelling, the briefing note says.Just before the emission cheating scandal broke in mid-September, a Jetta had passed “crash avoidance” testing, which tests braking among other things, and was to go through more tests before the end of the year, officials wrote.Given ongoing testing, Transport Canada staff are more likely to have already discovered whether automakers were installing “defeat mechanisms” to get around safety standards, the note said.Plus, the public would find out very quickly if an automaker’s cars had safety concerns just by seeing collisions and crashes.“We and the public are more likely to learn of poor vehicle safety performance in the ‘real’ world much quicker than with emissions performance.”Still, the department planned to “include additional Volkswagen vehicles for compliance testing and inspections.”Transport Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier said the department was taking a closer look at Volkswagen as a precautionary measure and that the review of past safety history and future test plans was ongoing. read more

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NAFTA Early indications suggest autos will emerge as US priority No 1

By Alexander PanettaWASHINGTON — Early indications are pointing to a potential No. 1 issue for the U.S. in a renegotiated NAFTA: automobiles. What’s not clear yet is whether it will go from being important to being an irritant.The issue came close to prompting an immediate public debate between the countries on the first day of the talks, after remarks from the lead U.S. official were interpreted by some as floating the idea of a Made in America quota.Both Canada and Mexico pushed back against the idea of an American-made quota in auto manufacturing — the lead ministers for both countries warned of damaging unintended consequences to the industry.Auto production was the issue mentioned first, at greatest length, and in most detail by Donald Trump’s trade czar as talks got underway Wednesday.ManufacturingRobert Lighthizer pointed to the carnage in the manufacturing sector as the reason so many Americans view NAFTA as a failed agreement.“Thousands of American factory workers have lost their jobs because of these provisions,” Lighthizer said in his opening remarks.He cited priorities for the sector, designed to boost production of parts in North America, and in the United States. Industry members are warning Lighthizer to handle the matter with care as the details are complicated, and any wrong moves could either drive up vehicle prices.There’s also a risk that changes could make North American producers less competitive, or even force them to just ignore the new rules and simply pay a tariff that would be passed along to consumers.Lighthizer listed four priorities for the sector:— A “higher” North American content requirement to avoid a tariff. The current rule of origin calls for 62.5 per cent of a car’s parts to be made in North America.— “Substantial” U.S. content in cars. It was unclear whether he was advocating a new, specific requirement for U.S. content — a move that would surely be controversial — or whether he was simply stating that the desired changes should positively affect the region, with more cars being made in the U.S.— Stricter monitoring to make sure companies comply with the rules of origin. Lighthizer said country of origin “should be verified, not deemed.” Labour provisions should be included in the agreement and be as strong as possible.— Tougher labour standards. Some insiders in Canada and the U.S. suggest better worker conditions in Mexico, and more pay, would not only be good for Mexicans but also for making non-Mexican production more cost-effective and preserving vehicle production in Canada and the U.S.A Canadian auto-industry representative at the talks said he’s not worried by what he heard: “There’s no anxiety about it with us,” said Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.For example, Volpe interpreted Lighthizer’s words to mean that he’s hoping for more production in the U.S. as a spinoff effect of a stronger North American industry, not as a demand that plants move there from other countries.But he urged negotiators to be very careful when touching the current rules. He warned of ample possibilities for unintended consequences.“It’s not simple,” Volpe said. “If you make it too onerous, does a company or supplier say, ‘Forget about compliance. I’ll just pay the tariff.”‘That means production would actually shift abroad: companies would simply pay the tariffs, ranging from 2.5 to 6.1 per cent, as a cheaper alternative to following complicated new rules.It’s also risky to try requiring companies to produce certain products at home, Volpe added: some industries that produce certain types of electronics for automobiles simply don’t exist in North America.Boomerang effectFinally, damaging Mexican competitiveness can boomerang on companies from the other countries.He said Canadian auto-parts companies have 43,000 employees in Mexico.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland pushed back when asked about the idea of a U.S. content requirement.“Canada is not in favour of specific national content in rules of origin,” she told a news conference later Wednesday.“We’re also very aware of the extreme complexity of rules of origin. It’s going to be very important… to take very great care in any changes that are made to ensure they don’t disrupt supply chains.”Mexico’s economy minister, Ildelfonso Guajardo, said: “It’s not good for American companies, it’s not good for Mexican companies. So I think we should find other policy tools… It would be highly complicated.” read more

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Annan voices deep concern as peace talks in Colombia near breakdown

A statement released by Mr. Annan’s spokesman at UN Headquarters in New York reiterated the Secretary-General’s position that the only way to resolve the conflict was through a negotiated settlement.“The prize of peace is so great and the cost of war so terrible, that he urges the parties to make every possible effort to find a solution to the current crisis and return to good faith negotiations,” spokesman Fred Eckhard said. “At this time of increased tension, he is particularly concerned about the safety of civilians and calls for all possible measures to be taken to protect them.” The Secretary-General’s Acting Special Adviser on Colombia, James LeMoyne, is currently in the country at the request of the parties and is consulting with them to support efforts to maintain the peace talks, Mr. Eckhard added. read more

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Vacancy – Innovation and Technology Manager

Purpose of the Post: To lead SMMT’s activities in the automotive technology and innovation arena to deliver on SMMT’s business and policy objectives, working closely with members and colleagues across the organisationTo maximise opportunities for UK automotive from emerging trends in research, innovation and technology that will shape future mobility and automotive products and services, byexpanding SMMT’s role as expert partner and influencer of policy and funding opportunities with government, the Automotive Council Technology Group, TSB, catapults, universities and other bodies in support of the automotive sector’s industrial strategypromoting SMMT as the premier source of information, expertise and influence and the central facilitator and support organisation for current and prospective SMMT members to access funding, information and networking opportunities for RandD, innovation and e-mobilitydeveloping SMMT expertise and activities in emerging technology and mobility fields (e.g. connectivity) to define and secure the interests of UK automotive in these critical areas and attract innovative companies from automotive and related industries into SMMT membership To work with colleagues and stakeholders in developing a technology and innovation strategy for SMMT Qualifications/Skills/Attributes required:Degree educated, ideally with post-graduate qualification in a related field5 years+ professional experience in at least one of the following areas: automotive technology and engineering; e-mobility; connectivity/ITS; communication/networking; innovation policy, funding and institutions.Highly motivated team player with good commercial awareness, experienced in leading and working in teams and able to apply him-/herself to a diverse range of technical, commercial or policy issuesExcellent communications skills (oral/written), interpersonal skills, and diplomacy to be able to develop influential relationships with members, government and key stakeholdersProven project management skills, able to effectively deliver initiatives and managing complex issues to tight deadlinesProven experience in managing junior colleagues effectivelyKeen interest in emerging vehicle technologies, e-mobility and connectivity agendaGood computer skills – competent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and databases/CRM systemsMain duties include:To provide leadership and coordination on all aspects of SMMT’s technology and innovation agenda among colleagues, member companies and external stakeholderTo create opportunities for SMMT to influence UK and EU innovation policy and funding opportunities by collaborating with government, industry and stakeholders in key fora and initiativesTo effectively communicate automotive technology and innovation developments and funding opportunities (UK/EU) and promote related SMMT’s services to current and prospective members To represent SMMT on the Automotive Council Technology Group, coordinate SMMT input with members and colleagues, and support the implementation of the sector’s strategic Research and Development agenda To lead SMMT’s e-mobility activities, running the SMMT Electric Vehicle Group, providing management support for the ‘Go Ultra Low’ campaign, and coordinating the e-mobility teamTo provide the secretariat of the SMMT Design Engineering Group and review its membership, objectives and agendaTo manage SMMT’s relationships with key innovation funding and delivery bodies (incl. TSB, APC, catapults, Surface Transport Knowledge Network) to secure alignment with industry prioritiesTo establish a closer relationship and influence on the European technology, innovation and e-mobility agenda (including Horizon 2020, EUCAR, CLEPA)To increase SMMT internal awareness on SMMT technology and innovation agenda through proactive communication with colleagues, effective briefing of senior management and collaboration across teamsTo develop with colleagues SMMT’s future strategy, products and services across the innovation and technology spectrum, incl. wider ultra low carbon technologies and fuels portfolio, connectivity, and future mobilitySalary and benefits package:The package includes private medical insurance, company pension scheme, flexi time, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), childcare vouchers, interest free season ticket loan (after 6 months).Deadline for Applications:08 August 2014Method of Application:Prospective candidates should e-mail jobsweb@smmt.co.uk with a CV and covering letter quoting your salary expectations.Early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place and the position offered before this date if a suitable candidate is found. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio StateMichigan rivalry moves to outdoor ice rink come January

Growing up, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Mark Osiecki would play outdoor hockey regularly. He would gather with neighborhood kids at a local pond and play pick-up games, and even play outside with his high school team. “Eventually, you moved indoor and played in the rink,” Osiecki said. “But, even our high school team, we practiced outside once a week.” On Jan. 15, the OSU men’s hockey team will get to experience the type of hockey its head coach grew up playing, as the No. 9 Buckeyes will face No. 11 Michigan in Ohio’s first outdoor college hockey game. The game, billed as the “Frozen Diamond Faceoff,” will be played at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, in Cleveland, Ohio. Playing outdoors is something that most OSU players haven’t done, Osiecki said. “These kids, none of them played outdoor hockey, so they don’t really understand,” he said. “You want that feeling of kids that don’t want to leave the ice.” One of the few Buckeyes who have played outdoor hockey is sophomore forward Alex Lippincott, who said it’s the best way to play the game. “That’s the fun of the game, playing with your buddies outside,” he said. “There’s nothing better than outdoor hockey. It’s the most fun and the best way to enjoy the game.” OSU first played in an outdoor game on Feb. 11, 2006, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. The Buckeyes faced off against Wisconsin in the “Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic” in front of 40,890 fans. Osiecki was an assistant coach for the Badgers at the time, and OSU lost, 4-2. Michigan played Michigan State last December in “The Big Chill at the Big House,” when more than 100,000 fans watched the Wolverines defeat the Spartans, 5-0, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. The game set a world hockey record with an official attendance of 113,411. Even though the game is almost two months away, the Buckeyes are already excited. “There is a lot of buzz, and there should be,” Osiecki said. “It’s a unique situation, that our players, our fans, the state … will never forget.” Lippincott said his excitement for the game stems from watching the Winter Classic every year, an annual NHL outdoor game played on New Year’s Day, and also because the game is being played at the home of his favorite professional sports team. “When we first heard it was a possibility, I was real excited,” he said. “That’s my favorite sports team, the Indians. It’s a great feeling to be able to play (at Progressive Field).” The fact that the game will be played against rival Michigan adds to the hype of the game for some OSU players. The Buckeye-Wolverine hockey rivalry might not be on the same level as the football rivalry, but with recent OSU hockey uniform changes, the game will look similar to ones played on the gridiron. OSU has new uniforms this season that include a helmet barring similar resemblance to the silver-striped headgear worn by Buckeye football players. “It will probably look like a football game out there,” senior forward Danny Dries said. Osiecki said the uniform change was made, in part, after seeing Michigan’s winged-shaped hockey lids, which resemble the helmets worn by the Wolverine football team. “When they walk in an arena anywhere, people know who they are. It’s Michigan,” he said. “I thought it was a great idea from them whenever they started it.” The Jan. 15 game could also have great importance concerning the CCHA. The No. 9 Buckeyes, 10-3-1 on the year, moved into first place in the CCHA with a 7-2-1-1 conference record after beating Michigan in back-to-back games last weekend. The series sweep was the first for OSU in Ann Arbor since 1986. Michigan is currently tied for seventh in the CCHA with a 3-5-2-1-conference record. The No. 11 Wolverines are 7-5-2 overall this season. The Buckeyes will face Michigan in Columbus at 7:35 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 and then travel to Cleveland to play at Progressive Field at 5:05 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15 in what will be a home CCHA game for OSU. read more

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Sir Billy Connolly Im near the end but I dont fear death

“And they all came one at a time and they just slipped away, thank you. It is like somebody is in charge of you and they are saying ‘right, I added all these bits when you were a youth, now it is time to subtract’.” Glasgow-born Sir Billy, nicknamed The Big Yin, was a welder in his home city before becoming a globally-renowned comedian.He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s – a neurological condition that impacts movement and speech – while undergoing surgery for early-stage prostate cancer in 2013.Sir Billy has turned 76 since the BBC documentary was filmed and has had to cut back on performing due to his illness.He is known for his energetic performing style but said Parkinson’s prevented him from moving around the stage like he did at his peak. Sir Billy Connolly admitted he is “near the end” and life is “slipping away” as he spoke about his life with Parkinson’s disease. The revered comedian was diagnosed with the degenerative neurological condition in 2013 and will appear in the second part of his BBC documentary series Made In Scotland on Friday.Sir Billy will reflect on his life and career in showbiz while insisting he is not scared of death.According to the Daily Mirror, he will say: “My life, it’s slipping away and I can feel it and I should. I’m 75, I’m near the end.”I’m a damn sight nearer the end than I am the beginning. But it doesn’t frighten me, it’s an adventure and it is quite interesting to see myself slipping away.”As bits slip off and leave me, talents leave and attributes leave. I don’t have the balance I used to have, I don’t have the energy I used to have. I can’t hear the way I used to hear, I can’t see as good as I used to. I can’t remember the way I used to remember. Sir Billy pictured in Huisinish, Isle of Harris for his latest programme 'Billy Connolly: Made in Scotland' At one point during the programme, Sir Billy, who is married to psychologist Pamela Stephenson, reportedly asks for filming to stop as he appears to be struggling with the effects of the disease.Speaking about Parkinson’s, he said: “It takes a certain calm to deal with, and I sometimes don’t have it. I sometimes get angry with it, but that doesn’t last long, I just collapse in laughter.”Billy Connolly: Made In Scotland will air on BBC2 at 9pm on Friday. Sir Billy pictured in Huisinish, Isle of Harris Credit:Jaimie Gramston Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Court records allege alcohol factor in 3-car crash on Hwy. 14

first_imgAn 18-year-old Battle Ground man who faces allegations of vehicular assault and hit-and-run injury made an initial appearance in Clark County Superior Court on Tuesday morning.David A. Fabyanchuk was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly caused a pileup on state Highway 14 at the Columbia Shores exit one mile east of downtown Vancouver.Washington State Patrol said Fabyanchuk was driving an older yellow BMW coupe too fast when he rear-ended another vehicle at the eastbound offramp. The force of the collision propelled the vehicle into a third vehicle.The crash was reported at 5:30 p.m. A responding officer found the BMW parked about a half-mile away from the crash. Fabyanchuk had ditched the BMW and hopped a nearby fence; he was found south of the fence, according to a probable cause affidavit.Fabyanchuk told the officer he’d been the only occupant of the sedan. The officer reported smelling alcohol on the teenager, finding a BMW key in Fabyanchuk’s pocket and observing seat belt marks on the left side of the young man’s chest and shoulder, according to the affidavit.last_img read more

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Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The county and city of San Diego will begin a program Friday enabling residents to dispose of old U.S. flags in accordance with federal code.County Supervisor Greg Cox announced the County Flag Retirement Box program last month in honor of Flag Day and in advance of the Fourth of July, saying it will help residents “dispose of old or tattered flags with the proper respect they deserve.”Starting Friday, residents will be able to drop off their old flags in designated boxes at county libraries, as well as the city of San Diego’s public libraries. Local Boy Scout troops will frequently collect the boxes and deliver them to local American Legion posts and associated nonprofits that will conduct flag retirement ceremonies.“County Supervisor Greg Cox’s Flag Retirement Box program will give San Diegans the opportunity to retire their American flags with the dignity and respect they deserve,” City Councilman Chris Cate said. “The American flag is a symbol of our freedom, and it is wonderful that all city of San Diego libraries will be participating in this program.”The program is similar to one promoted by the National Association of Counties, of which Cox is president. According to the NACo, the program has distributed roughly 700 flag boxes to more than 500 counties around the country to ensure proper flag disposal. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom July 5, 2019 Flag retirement program degins across San Diego County Posted: July 5, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Miami Police officer hospitalized after collision with Uber driver

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – An accident with an Uber driver sent a Miami Police officer to the hospital, Saturday afternoon.According to officials, the collision took place near Northwest First Avenue and Sixth Street. Investigators said the officer was responding to a call when she collided with the Uber driver.She was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital and is expected to be OK.The Uber driver was not hurt.There is no word on who was responsible.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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