While Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to helm the new coalition government, the dramatically altered political equations could pose problems for his party’s expansion in Pune and western Maharashtra, where Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress have their traditional vote bases.According to analysts, while the NCP will aggressively expand and seek to reclaim lost ground in this region, the Sena faces a daunting challenge as its influence here has been stunted in recent years with the ascendancy of its erstwhile ally, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Weakest link“Of the three parties in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Sena is the weakest in terms of its party base in Pune. The Sena’s new allies — Congress and NCP — have always a traditionally strong representation in the local bodies, the Zilla Parishads and the municipal councils and corporations in Pune and western Maharashtra,” observed senior political analyst Rajendra Pandharpure.He notes that while Mr. Thackeray would be Chief Minister, the dominant influence in this improbable coalition would that be of the NCP, as the refrain among party workers is that their saaheb (Sharad Pawar) has been instrumental in forming this government.Further, the BJP’s refusal to leave a single seat in Pune for the Sena ahead of the Assembly elections had caused resentment among Sena leaders, while giving workers headaches about their party’s future and existence in the city. “Should this coalition continue till local body elections, especially the crucial Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad civic polls in 2022, it remains to be seen how willingly the NCP and the Congress would share seats with Sena,” Mr. Pandharpure added.In the past, when the Sena was the ‘big brother’, it was said that the BJP had to hold the Sena’s hand to win in the rural pockets in Pune district while the latter needed the BJP’s base to win in the urban pockets.“Since 2014, the BJP has expanded its base and presence among all sections of society. The question is in which direction will Sena be able to expand in this region as the other three big parties — NCP, Congress and BJP — have their presence in different pockets and bodies,” said Mr. Pandharpure, adding that a pall hangs over the Sena’s renaissance in terms of party structure despite their securing the Chief Minister’s post.Another city-based political observer said that with daggers drawn between the two estranged allies, the BJP would also seek to wrest the ‘Hindutva’ space from the Sena, now that the latter has tied itself to so-called ‘secular’ partiesThe Congress in the city faces a challenge of a different sort. While the Assembly poll results proved that the party still retained a core base, the Congress’ performance in the State has largely been due to the efforts of individual leaders and party workers, who seized the initiative from a paralysed and muddled Central and State leadership. “The Congress top brass in the State should encash on this opportunity [of government formation] to focus on building frontal organisations like the NSUI, the Mahila [women] Congress and the Youth Congress in the city which have lost their vibrancy and become weak,” said Pune Congress general secretary Ramesh Iyer.Stating that it was imperative for State Congress leaders to build a second rung of leadership within the party, he rued the fact that the organisation in Pune city had been steadily weakened since senior Congressman Suresh Kalmadi’s descent into political oblivion and the raging factionalism among the leadership.“Given that youth constitute 70% of the electorate, State leaders should make sure that opportunities are given to young leaders within the party for them to grow,” Mr. Iyer said.According to another analyst, the Congress had not much choice but to ally with the Sena and the NCP as 33 of their 44 elected legislators were allegedly strongly in favour of forming a government with Mr. Thackeray’s party, despite the contrasting ideologies.“The Congress would have faced a major split had it not gone along with the Sena as a majority of the elected MLAs were keen to be a part of the power sharing process. Having said that, the Central and State Congress leadership must now take measures to revive their moribund organisation in Pune and western Maharashtra,” said the analyst.“Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar would be a good choice as a new MPCC chief as he is an aggressive leader with a mass base. His leadership could prove effective than that of erstwhile Congress state chiefs Manikrao Thakre and Ashok Chavan,” he said.The NCP, which won two Assembly seats in Pune, will seek to play a dominant role in this coalition in Pune and western Maharashtra.“Besides our performance in the Assembly polls, we also have 40-odd corporators in the PMC. The Pimpri-Chinchwad civic body, too, was dominated by us until the BJP’s win in the 2017 civic polls. Now, with the tables turned on the BJP, we will go all out and try and oust them from local bodies as well,” said a Pune NCP leader.
New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) FIFAs Disciplinary Committee has taken action against Indian football outfit Mohammedan Sporting Club for failing to pay the remuneration to its contracted player Samuel Shore. According to the decision taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, three points have been deducted from Mohammedan Sporting Clubs tally from the Second Division League 2015-16 season final round. This decision has been taken since Mohammedan Sporting Club failed to pay the contracted remuneration to Shore. Mohammedan Sporting topped the Eastern Conference group with 16 points from eight matches to advance to the final round of the division. Mohammedan were relegated from the I-Leagues top division in the 2013-14 season. PTI AH AH
Football NewsA must-read here on how Mike Yurcich is helping Mason Rudolph. [PFB]I wish I’d though to write about this. Mark Cooper on why OSU is more equipped to handle the final stretch run this season than it was last season. [Tulsa World]Guess what … Mike Gundy almost always beats the teams he’s supposed to beat. He’s 32-3 as a home favorite since 2010. [PFB]A list of the players who will be honored on Senior Day this weekend. Gonna miss Sterns and Burton the most. [NewsOK]Pro Football Focus has OSU as the No. 12 team in the nation. [PFF]But with success comes expectations, as evidenced by the fact that the Pokes opened as 12-point favorites over Texas Tech. That’s a lot of love from Vegas. Mentally, it’s an entirely different challenge when you go from feeling cheated and disrespected to being considered a legitimate contender. We’ll get our first glimpse of how this team will handle that new role on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. [CRFF]You should come for Carson’s soundtrack for Sugar Loaf Daniels and stay for the winners and losers. [PFB]Austin Hays on KSU: “Truly, in our hearts, we never believed we were going to lose. And that matters. It really does.” [NewsOK]New pod — this was a fun one. Carson and I broke down the KSU game and what’s going to happen with the Big 12 title race. [PFB]This is very strange.Weird Mason Rudolph stat I thought of today.Against Baylor: 0-3Against all other B12 teams: 13-0— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016This is very interesting. Has Oklahoma State at No. 21.My Top 40, based on a combination of Win %, FPI, SRS, S&P+, Sagarin, Massey, and my own assessment of wins/losses. https://t.co/BYCb8Rz0zn— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 6, 2016Wut?!That 7-1 feeling #mannequinchallenge pic.twitter.com/mJeoKlANYS— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 6, 2016Next year’s ReceiversMarcell Ateman will redshirt and hoooo boy that WR group coming back next year could be delicious … [PFB]… unless Washington goes pro which Mike Gundy doesn’t think he should. [PFB]Contain Patty Mahomes?Devante Averette on Patty Mahomes: “Sometimes it’s just backyard football. When (quarterback Patrick Mahomes) gets out of his first read, he moves all over the place, and a receiver will make a play. We’ve got to be able to adjust and get pressure on him to keep him in the pocket. He’s a great quarterback.” [NewsOK]Gundy says Patty reminds him of Dak: “He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. We played Dak when he was at Mississippi State when he was younger. At that time, the style of play, body, the strength, speed, ability to run and throw in different positions, reminds me a lot of him.” [O’Colly]Recruiting NewsKyle B. doing some work here evaluating the prospects at the safety position. [PFB]Around the league/countryOklahoma State and Oklahoma control their own destiny in Big 12 play. [PFB]You might not like day games but coaches certainly do. [NewsOK]Baylor’s coach thinks his staff might be distracted. Wait … might be?? [NewsOK]Also, yikes!omg https://t.co/64qxHrNcl2— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016Hoops NewsWe are rolling our our basketball preview stuff this week. Kyle Boone took a look at who Lindy Waters is. [PFB]Ranking the 2016-17 OSU freshmen. [PFB]Other Sports/NewsI wrote something short about Kyle B’s leap to CBS Sports. [PFB]Oklahoma State’s women’s soccer team plays Colorado in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament. [Big 12]ElectionCan you imagine if Mike Gundy attended an Obama rally for Hillary? The meltdown would be spectacular. Harbaugh is in full “I’m 9-0 and make $9M a year” mode. [Yahoo]Hahaha.With this crazy election at home I just want to move to the opposite side of the world and live on an island… Oh wait nvm ✔ #RIPUSA— Mason Cox (@masonsixtencox) November 8, 2016#SponOne of our sponsors — Hoboken Coffee — is selling these sweet shirts along with a bag of coffee. [JustOK]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo 1. Anti-poaching drone 2. Anti-poaching drone 3. Anti-poaching drone 4. Anti-poaching drone 5. Anti-poaching drone 6. Anti-poaching drone 7. Anti-poaching drone 8. Anti-poaching drone 9. Anti-poaching drone 10. Anti-poaching drone 11. Anti-poaching drone 12. Anti-poaching drone 13. Anti-poaching drone 14. Anti-poaching drone 15. Anti-poaching drone 16. Anti-poaching drone The trials were hosted by UAV anti-poaching surveillance company Bathawk Recon, which is based out of Tanzania. Also participating in the trials were US drone manufacturer Aviation Unmanned, which makes the Super Bat DA-50 drone used in the study, and the Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA), which is tasked with the management of Tanzania’s national parks. TANAPA has faced criticism recently over the alarming increase in poaching that has decimated animal populations in the region. Elephant poaching, especially, is a major problem in Tanzania. The Selous Game Reserve, to take one example, has lost 67 percent of its elephant population in recent years.Related: Check out this swarm of 50 drones being flown by a single operatorThe Super Bat DA-50 is an autonomous drone used primarily for surveillance and aerial mapping. In the Tanzania surveillance trials, the drone was able to detect people on the ground even at its maximum altitude of 15,000 feet. It then could follow the targeted poachers through the bush using both video and infrared to visualize movement. Once the suspected poachers were located, the drones could zoom in on both the poachers and their game. The team also tested the Super Bat’s range and flight time and found that the drone could fly uninterrupted for an impressive 8 hours at a time with a range of 30 kilometers (18.6 miles). According to Bathawk, the drone hit all performance targets in the five days of testing.Besides Tanzania, UAVs also are being tested in several other African countries, including South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya. Bathawk Recon is testing two other drone models, one of which is being flown in the Selous Game Reserve, which is popular among poachers because of its dense forest and rough terrain. The Selous Game Reserve, moreover, is a challenging test for a UAV because of the size of the reserve, which is spread over 44,800 square kilometers (17,300 square miles). Bathawk believes UAVs provide a cost-effective means of tracking poachers, and hopes a successful result at Selous will demonstrate the effectiveness of this technology.This was originally posted on our brother site, Digital Trends. Authorities trying to fight poaching on the Africa plains may have another weapon in their arsenal — unmanned aerial vehicles. A recent series of tests conducted in the Mkomazi National Park suggest drones may be an effective tool for identifying and tracking poachers in the field. Editors’ Recommendations End the Stigma and Start the Conversation About Men’s Mental Health Remember The Rainforest Cafe? Bet You Didn’t Know It Still Exists
zoom South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) ended the third quarter of this year with a profit of KRW 45.7 billion (USD 41 million), compared to a net loss of KRW 284 billion posted in the same period a year earlier.As explained, the restructuring measures, including asset sales and workforce reduction, as well as increased delivery of offshore facilities contributed to the quarterly financial performance.Operating profit for the quarter stood at KRW 207 billion, against an operating loss of KRW 187 billion seen in Q3 last year.Sales decreased to KRW 2.42 trillion in Q3 2017 from KRW 3.02 trillion reported in the corresponding three-month period of 2016.“As all five offshore plants are scheduled to be delivered or depart (DSME facilities) this year, stable earnings will be possible in the future,” the company said.Unveiled in March this year, the restructuring plan sets out three key principles – debt restructuring, financial assistance and bearing the burden of losses by all stakeholders.“We will thoroughly implement the plan … including the sale of additional subsidiaries along with improved earnings,” a DSME official said, adding that the company will accelerate ship and offshore plant orders.This is the third profitable consecutive quarter for the company. DSME’s net profit was KRW 1.25 trillion in Q2 and KRW 291.8 billion in Q1.During the first nine months of this year, DSME recorded a profit of KRW 1.53 trillion, compared to a loss of KRW 1.24 trillion posted in the same period last year.World Maritime News Staff
An Office of Gaelic Affairs will be established in Antigonish to develop and promote Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia. Angus MacIsaac, Minister responsible for Gaelic Affairs also announced, today, Dec. 7, the appointment of Lewis MacKinnon as acting CEO of the new office. The office’s mission will be to work with the Gaelic and other communities. It will offer advice and support to departments, agencies and Crown corporations to develop policies and services that reflect the needs of the Gaelic community. The Office of Gaelic Affairs supports the mission of Comhairle na Gàidhlig or the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia: to create the environment that makes Nova Scotia a place where Gaelic language and culture thrive. Or, in Gaelic: Àrainneachd a chur air bhonn an Albainn Nuaidh far an soirbhich a’ Ghàidhlig agus a dualchas. Mr. MacIsaac said, “The continuation of Gaelic language and its culture in the province presents some very clear challenges. “By working together, identifying opportunities and building upon the language and culture that is still present in the province today, I am confident that these challenges can be met so that the mission of the Gaelic community can be realized.” Mr. MacIsaac acknowledged the efforts of members of the Gaelic community, those who have advocated establishing the office. Mr. MacIsaac said Premier Rodney MacDonald responded to the community’s efforts by creating the first Ministry for Gaelic Initiatives in the province, paving the way for the creation of an Office for Gaelic Affairs. Mr. MacIsaac said Mr. MacKinnon was chosen as acting CEO for the office because of his fluency in Gaelic, his experience in working on team projects and his strong communication skills. Born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Antigonish County, Mr. MacKinnon has a background in business and has worked on Gaelic initiatives in the province for many years. He is also a Gaelic singer and recording artist.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday expanded his cabinet by inducting two Independent MLAs into the ministry in an apparent move to give stability to his 13-month-old wobbly government.In the much-awaited expansion, R Shankar and H Nagesh were sworn in as cabinet-rank ministers by Governor Vajubhai Vala who administered them the oath of office and secrecy at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. Shankar had served as minister during the initial days of the Kumaraswamy government but was dropped from the cabinet during the rejig in December last year. He and Nagesh had sided with the BJP and written to the governor withdrawing support to the government. As the BJP failed in its alleged attempts to topple the coalition government, the two lawmakers made a u-turn and moved closer to the coalition. The two were inducted from the JD(S) and Congress’ share in the ministry, in an attempt to block chances of their switching over to the BJP whom the ruling coalition has accused of trying to dislodge the Kumaraswamy government.
Speaking to reporters after briefing a private meeting of the Security Council, Dieter Boden said there was a “new awareness that unless we want to risk a further degradation of the conflict, we have to be able to start political negotiations on the status.” He added that this imperative had become all the more clear in recent weeks as fighting intensified and a helicopter belonging to the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG) was shot down, killing all nine people aboard. “You have to give a clear political sign that we need negotiations on the key political issue, which is the future status of Abkhazia within the State of Georgia,” Mr. Boden stressed.Asked about negotiations by interested States – known as the “Group of Friends” – on a draft paper concerning the distribution of competences between Tbilisi and Sukhumi, Mr. Boden said “unfortunately, really there is no striking progress.””I wouldn’t be over-pessimistic,” he added, noting that while there was as yet no full agreement, “I think there are chances maybe to come to that.”To a question on next steps in the process, the envoy noted that the Group of Friends would continue consultations “and I would hope that in the immediate future we will have all of their support.””At least that is what I will be working for in my individual contacts with all members of the Group,” he said.
Saskatchewan legislature passes motion for Ottawa to get grain moving by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 3, 2014 4:00 pm MDT REGINA – Saskatchewan lawmakers have passed a motion to support the federal government if it brings in emergency legislation to deal with the grain transportation backlog that has been hurting farmers.Premier Brad Wall introduced the motion on the first day of the spring sitting at the Saskatchewan legislature.“We’re definitively saying the federal government should look at all of its legislative options,” Wall said Monday in Regina.Federal legislation allows a government arbitrator to decide if a signed service agreement between a shipping company and a railway has been violated, but most grain handlers don’t have such contracts.Wall said it may be time to mandate service agreements or mandate the number of rail cars to get grain moving.He also said maybe the federal government can do something by regulation or through an order-in-council.“Let’s go,” he said.“We’re way past the point when we’re losing international customers, when a sector of Canada’s economy is under the pressure it is, we are now past the point of trying to accommodate everyone’s interests on a volunteer basis. We need action.”The premier said a legislative move “should be a last resort,” but added “that’s where we’re at today.”A record grain crop is sitting in bins across the Prairies and grain-handling companies have told the province that it might be 2015 before the backlog is cleared.Saskatchewan Agriculture has said the backlog could result in the loss of billions of dollars. Farmers don’t get paid until the grain gets to market.Farm groups across Western Canada have given the federal government some ideas on how to get the clogged grain transportation system back on track.The groups met with Transport Minister Lisa Raitt last week in Ottawa to discuss what they call the “dire situation” facing grain farmers.Producers told Raitt that Ottawa should fine grain shippers that don’t meet their commitments. The groups also suggested the government should toughen and enforce rules that pertain to railways.The Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the British Columbia Agricultural Council, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers warn the backlog is so bad that some farmers won’t have enough cash to pay for seeding this year’s crop.“A record harvest is tied up in grain bins and temporary storage across the Prairies, while producers have very real concerns that they won’t have the cash flow to fund this year’s seeding,” Doug Chorney of Keystone said Monday.Railways blame the backlog on the size of the harvest and cold weather. They say they must use shorter trains during the cold to ensure brakes can be used properly — and that means less capacity.Canadian National (TSX:CNR) has said that it’s doing its best to move the record crop to market.The company said its goal is to return to a more normal level of winter service as soon as extremely frigid temperatures abate.— With files from John Cotter in Edmonton AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
FILE – In this Nov. 24, 2012 file photo, inspectors assess damage around the area of a gas explosion that leveled a strip club in Springfield, Mass. on Nov. 23. The Obama administration moved Wednesday, July 8, 2015 to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on natural gas lines across the U.S. to reduce the risk of deadly explosions. An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been prevented or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place, including the 2012 Springfield blast.(AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) Feds move to require more safety valves that guard against natural gas explosions BILLINGS, Mont. – The Obama administration moved Wednesday to significantly expand a requirement for utilities to install inexpensive safety valves on gas lines across the U.S. after deadly fires and explosions going back decades that could have been avoided.The Transportation Department proposal would cover new or replaced natural gas lines serving multi-family dwellings, small businesses and homes not already covered under a 2009 mandate.The National Transportation Safety Board and other safety advocates have pressed for years to broaden requirements for so-called excess flow valves. The devices cost about $30 apiece for residential use, according to officials, and are designed to automatically shut off the flow of gas when a line is ruptured.An Associated Press investigation in 2012 uncovered more than 270 accidents dating to 1968 that could have been averted or made less dangerous if the valves had been in place.Fire Capt. David Wells led the first company responding to the scene of a gas explosion in Springfield, Massachusetts, in November 2012 that injured at least 20 people and damaged dozens of buildings with a boom heard for miles. Investigators said the accident could have been averted if valves had shut off the spewing gas.Having the valves in place also would help keep first responders safe, said Wells, adding that some of his colleagues are still recovering from injuries.“It caused three guys to retire from the job, and some guys are still suffering from headaches and pains. Some of the guys are more gun-shy now when it comes to gas leaks,” Wells said.Officials stressed that the valves won’t prevent lines from being ruptured, such as when a backhoe doing excavation work slices through a gas pipe servicing a house. But by limiting the amount of gas that escapes, the valves can prevent a buildup of fuel that can contribute to explosions or fires.“This important action will add extra protections to communities serviced by the nation’s largest network of pipelines,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.Federal officials say the valves could have averted at least eight accidents that killed 10 people since 1998, including Springfield.The valves also could help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases that are contributing to climate change, officials said.As utilities across the country dig up their old cast-iron and plastic gas lines over the coming years, the proposed rule would ensure they are replaced with safer lines that can be shut off more easily, said Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a safety advocacy group.But Weimer said the proposal “won’t do much good for existing lines that lack valves and aren’t being replaced.”Customers could request the safety valves under the rule for the tens of millions of gas lines already installed across the U.S., but it does not specify who would pay for their installation.About 180,000 automatic valves would be installed annually under the rule, according to the Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.Manual valves would be required for new or replaced gas service lines that deliver higher volumes of gas, such as for apartment buildings and large commercial or residential gas customers. The government projected more than 40,000 of those valves would be installed annually.Out of more than 67 million gas service lines in the U.S., just over 9.3 million currently have excess flow valves, according to information submitted to regulators. A breakdown by type of customer was not available.The American Gas Association said its members have been voluntarily installing the valves on some lines for the past two years.The NTSB was reviewing the proposal to determine if it satisfies the board’s prior recommendations to install excess flow valves on all new and renewed gas lines, regardless of the type of customer, spokesman Keith Holloway said.Industry representatives previously have raised concerns about the potential cost of installation, particularly for larger gas lines that would require specialized valves. American Public Gas Association Vice-President John Erickson said utilities would be more accepting of a rule that is limited to smaller lines.But Erickson added that quality control during valve manufacturing was crucial to make sure the devices don’t inadvertently shut off the flow of gas for no reason.“It’s not going to affect every type of accident, but one where an excavator hits a service line, they seem to be effective at reducing the (gas) flow to where it’s an insignificant risk,” he said.Installing the valves on new and replaced lines should cost between $4.4 million and $20.3 million per year, depending on the price of the valves, the Transportation Department said. Benefits from damages avoided were generally lower — between $7.3 million and $14 million.Transportation officials said the proposal was nevertheless justified because of hard-to-measure benefits, such as avoided evacuations, environmental damages and the possibility of a high-consequence incident that could inflict mass casualties.The 2009 mandate required excess flow valves to be installed on new and replaced gas distribution lines serving single-family residences. The proposal would expand that to include lines serving multiple homes, duplexes and small multi-family buildings, and shops ranging from doctors’ offices and shopping centres to banks.__Burke reported from San Francisco. by Matthew Brown And Garance Burke, The Associated Press Posted Jul 8, 2015 2:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Notes1 March 2012, LCV registrations declined by -11.1%.Download the March and Q1 2017 press release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Light commercial vehicle market declines marginally in March, falling -0.9% following record 2016.Demand for pick-ups continues upward trend, rising 23.0% in the month.97,970 vans registered in Q1 – a slight decline of -0.9% over the same period last year. SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDLight commercial vehicle registrations dipped in March, as the market stabilised following a sustained period of strong growth and record demand, according to figures released by SMMT. 63,316 light commercial vehicles hit British roads last month, representing a small fall of -0.9%, and the first decline in March for five years.1Pick-ups and heavier vans experienced an increase in demand in March, up 23.0% and 3.6% respectively. However, figures for smaller vans painted a different picture, with registrations of vehicles weighing less than 2.0 tonnes down by -31.6% and vans between 2.0-2.5 tonnes falling -4.0%.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The new van market has experienced strong levels of demand in recent years and this dip in registrations represents a natural rebalancing of the market. Despite the decline, demand remains at an historically high level with year-to-date registrations matching 2015’s performance, which was only exceeded by demand in 2016. We expect demand to remain stable at this high level throughout the year.
First-year in operations managment Elissa Bening (center) and second-year in science and technology exploration Aaron Boone ride during an equestrian team practice at Autumn Rose Farm in Plain City, Ohio, Oct. 4.Credit: Caroline Keyes / Lantern photographerWhen discussing successful Ohio State sports teams, many students naturally think of football or basketball, however, there is another team with a long track record of significant accomplishments — the Ohio State Western Equestrian team. “I’ve been told by a past AD (athletic director) at Ohio State that we are the most successful team in the history of Ohio State University,” Ollie Griffith said. Griffith has been the head coach of the team since 1985 along with his wife, Debbie.“(The team has) won nine national championships, they’ve won six reserve national championships … half of the time that nationals has existed, we have been either first or second since we have been competing,” Griffith said.Griffith acknowledges many students may feel intimidated to partake in the team with such a successful history, but stressed it is a rewarding opportunity for all OSU students because of six varying skill levels ranging from beginner to open, which are the most capable and experienced riders.“We have riders that have won world championships, and we have riders that have never touched a horse,” Griffith said. “So if you are an undergraduate and you like horses, but you think the Ohio State team is not for you — well, yes it is because they have all these different divisions.”Lidia Pedrozo, a third-year in animal science and the president of the team, said she has been described by others as the “poster child” for their association. This is because as a freshman at OSU she had never ridden a horse, but after contacting the Griffiths on a whim and having her first lesson that same week, she is now a national champion in her division.“I came to Ohio State and I didn’t even know people showed horses,” Pedrozo said. “It speaks volumes about our coaching staff, turning a kid who didn’t even know how to hold reins or get on a horse, and making her into a national champion less than 2 years later.”The Western team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, which is comprised of more than 370 university teams across the nation, with only the nine best teams making it to nationals each year. With nine national titles as of 2011, the OSU team is the most successful team in the IHSA.Aaron Boone, a second-year in science and technology exploration, recently became involved with the team, and hopes to one day own and operate his own horse farm.“This is honestly the most affordable way you could ever want to do horse shows,” Boone said. “Compared to buying your own horse, buying your saddle, buying your tack, buying your trailer, going to the show, paying your entry fees — they already provide everything for you.”The OSU Western Equestrian team is not to be confused with the Ohio State Hunt Seat Equestrian team, which is based off an English style of riding and coached by Griffith’s brother. While the Hunt Seat team focuses on jumping, the Western team focuses on skills like stopping, starting, turning and spinning.Austin Griffith, a fourth-year in marketing and Ollie and Debbie Griffith’s son, is one of the most successful riders on the team and won the highly coveted High Point Rider award twice in his collegiate career, which is awarded to the nation’s best riders. He is training to win it in the spring for his third and final time.“It is (a lot of pressure), but I can’t worry about it too much and I just have to give it my best,” Austin Griffith said.The Griffiths own and operate Autumn Rose Farm in Plain City, which is about 20 minutes from campus. The OSU team uses a specific segment of the farm, but Austin Griffith said approximately 400 to 500 students are taught at the farm every week.Elissa Bening, a first-year in operations management, has been taking lessons at Autumn Rose Farm since she was four years old and is now in her first year on the OSU team.“Ollie and Debbie have been some of the most supportive people I’ve had in my life,” Bening said. “They’ve driven me to go as far as I can and to be as successful as I can be, so they are a huge part in all of my success.”Ollie Griffith said for him and his wife, the most important part of the OSU team is what the students get out of it. Not only is it one of the most inexpensive — costing students a total of $476 to participate— ways for college students to get involved with riding, but Ollie Griffith said the relationships built among the riders and coaches are what matters the most.“You come out and join the Ohio State team and you will make lifelong friends,” Ollie Griffith said. “It’s not just about winning — it is about liking what we do and enjoying horses.”
OSU junior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) is forced out of bounds during the first half against Indiana on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Indiana Hoosiers on Oct. 8 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes came away with a 38-17 victory.
Five most powerful people in Britain are now women, Professor Stephen Hawking has said, claiming there has been a ‘seismic shift’ in gender equality.The 75-year-old astrophysicist said that the Queen, Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick were evidence that times had changed.However he argued that the private sector was yet to catch up.“I welcome these signs of women’s liberation,” he said on an interview with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “But there may still be a gap between those women achieving high public status and those in the private sector. Jeremy Corbyn Credit:Jane Barlow PA “It is not scientific proof of gender equality that is required, but general acceptance that women are at least the equals of men, or better.“This is coming. If we factor in high-powered women in Europe as well, such as Angela Merkel, it seems we are witnessing a seismic shift for women to accede to high-level positions in politics and society.“I have always supported women’s rights. I moved the admission of women to my college, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The results were wholly good.” 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. The Queen and Theresa May are examples of powerful women in Britain, says Prof Hawking Professor Hawking also said that he would continue to vote Labour, even though he did not believe the party could win under Jeremy Corbyn. Earlier this month, Prof Hawking branded Mr Corbyn a ‘disaster’ who should resign. “I don’t believe there will be much chance of Labour winning an election under him,” he said. On the meaning of life and happiness, Professor Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease aged 21, said: “My three children have brought me great joy. And I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space. I thought no one would take me but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately.”And when asked if he believed himself to be the world’s most intelligent human being, he replied : “I would never claim this. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”And on whether he had worked out the mystery of true love since he had solved the mystery of life, Professor Hawking said: “Thankfully, this is beyond human reasoning. And should remain so.” Prof Stephen Hawking said he had seen a seismic change in women’s rights Credit:AFP “He doesn’t come across as a strong leader, and he allowed the media to portray him as a left-wing extremist, which he’s not. It’s no good having the right principles if you never get in power. But I will continue to vote Labour, it’s the party that matters.”
The Moto X was long anticipated as the first true Motorola phone to come after their acquisition by Google. Geeks impatiently awaited what was thought to be the next pseudo-Nexus phone, a model that embodied the latest and greatest technologies. While the result shocked them, with its only dual-core processor and only 720p screen, this is actually one of the best Android phones you can buy today. And with today’s deal, Verizon customers can get it for 30% off.The Moto X doesn’t have a giant super-high-resolution screen or blazing octa-core processor. Instead, it works well, better than most other Android phones on the market today. It’s 4.7-inch 720p screen and uniquely shaped chassis fit comfortably in your hand. It’s extremely fast and responsive in day-to-day usage, with no lag or hiccups.The software is where the Moto X really stands out. It senses when you are moving the phone and flashes up your notifications automatically. It’s always listening for your voice commands. You can access the camera with a hand movement, no buttons needed. All of this is possible thanks to a unique processor and screen combination that enables these features while offering up to 24 hours of battery life (supposing you sleep for part of that time period).AT&T customers may have had a week head start on Verizon, but Big Red customers can get it now for only $139.99 with free shipping, with a 2-year contract. If you value functionality more than having the latest specs, the Moto X is the logical choice and at a killer price. Need more convincing? Check out our review.Motorola Moto X smartphone [Verizon] for $139.99 + free shipping (reg. $199.99 | use coupon VERIZON30)Our other top deals:Dell Inspiron 17 17.3-inch Core i3 laptop for $399.99 + free shipping (reg. $519.99)Limited quantity: Microsoft Surface Windows RT Tablet 32GB with touch cover (mfr. refurb) for $199 + free shipping (reg. $449 | 64GB also available)
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek islands of Santorini and Crete have made it into the list of the world’s top 25 tourism destinations with the best hotels, compiled by Agoda.com.Santorini secured seventh place and Crete 12th in the global rankings of the leading online travel agency in Asia.The survey was published in Singapore after collecting some 7 million comments from users.The top destination in this respect is Cape Town in South Africa, which scored 8.43 out of 10. Santorini and Crete were graded 8.14 and 8.07 respectively.Source: Kathimerini
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on target Apple chief Tim Cook finally shed some light on the company’s secretive car project.During an interview with Bloomberg Television, he clarified that “what we’re focusing on [is] autonomous systems.”That is to say, Cupertino isn’t putting all of its eggs into the self-driving-vehicle basket. Rather, it is addressing a more generalized issue—which just happens to also cover self-driving vehicles.“We sort of see it as the mother of all AI projects,” Cook said, adding that this is “probably one of the most difficult AI projects.”Reports of an Apple car have been kicking around for some time; from securing auto-themed domain names to poaching Tesla execs, it’s clear the company is at least exploring the idea.But Cook never formally acknowledged work on a vehicle—autonomous, electric, or otherwise. And by last fall, it looked like the prospect of an Apple iCar was in the rearview mirror when Cupertino cut hundreds of jobs from its autonomous vehicle team.The tech titan, instead, turned its focus toward creating software so it can potentially partner with existing automakers.Based on what little Cook revealed to Bloomberg, Apple appears to be right on track with Project Titan, moving forward with its “autonomous systems.”“Autonomy is something that’s incredibly exciting for us,” Cook told Bloomberg. “We’ll see where it takes us.”In April, the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued Apple an autonomous vehicle test permit for three 2015 Lexus RX450h cars (the same as Google) and six drivers.The CEO, meanwhile, remained mum on future products, but added that autonomy is “a core technology that we view as very important.”There is plenty of competition in this space: Not only is rival Google testing its own self-driving vehicles, but manufacturers like Volvo, Ford, Toyota, GM, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler, and Tesla, among others, have jumped on the autonomous bandwagon.
NEW YORK — ABC canceled its hit reboot of “Roseanne” on Tuesday following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet that referred to former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said the comment “is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.” Barr had apologized and deleted her Monday-night tweet, calling it a “bad joke,” but the damage had already been done.Barr was also dumped by her talent agency, ICM Partners.The revival of the comedy was a surprise smash for ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., and was counted on to lead the network’s fortunes next season. Its first new episode in March was seen by more than 25 million people, with delayed viewing counted in, numbers that are increasingly rare in network television. ABC expected advertisers to pay millions of dollars for the chance to be seen during commercial breaks on television’s most popular comedy after “The Big Bang Theory.”And it was all killed in a 53-character tweet.One of the few network shows about a working-class family, “Roseanne” attracted considerable attention upon its return when Barr’s character supported President Donald Trump. That made the show popular with conservative viewers, and Trump himself suggested the character’s backing had a lot to do with the show’s success.Barr herself has a history of diving into political conspiracy theories on her Twitter feed, and she ended her Memorial Day weekend with a series of statements. She criticized Democratic financier George Soros and tweeted that Chelsea Clinton was “Chelsea Soros Clinton,” implying she was married to a nephew of Soros. Clinton herself corrected Barr online. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted two of Barr’s statements about Soros, although not the remark about Jarrett.
o What: “Re-Imagining the Mall Library,” a transition to a “library connection” format.o When: 7 p.m. Wednesday.o Where: Second floor, Westfield Vancouver mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive.o Information: Online.Members of the public are invited to discuss the conversion of the Vancouver Mall Community Library into a facility that will reopen in the spring as The Mall Library Connection.The mall transition is part of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s new approach to naming and operating 15 sites in three counties.Library officials will provide information and take input at a “Re-Imagining the Mall Library” public event, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 in a storefront meeting space on the second level of the mall, between Macy’s and Champs Sports.The remodeled facility is expected to open in March or April near its current location on the mall’s second level, adjacent to J.C. Penney.The Mall Library Connection represents a shift in the way the district is naming its sites according to their service levels.• Vancouver Community Library (for example): Staffed all the time; full array of services; broad collection.• The Mall Library Connection: Selected array of services; targeted collection. The mall site will be staffed all the time, said spokeswoman Sue Vanlaanen, but if the district opens other “library connection” facilities, those sites might have “most of the time” staffing.No other connection sites are under discussion, but it could be a way to introduce service to an area, Vanlaanen said.• Yacolt Library Express: Primarily self-service but may be staffed some of the time; limited services; limited collection. The Yacolt facility is scheduled to open in September, as is Green Mountain Library Express at Green Mountain School.
Evidence has suggested that increased use of e-cigarette can dramatically decrease cigarette smoking among youth and young adults, the researchers said, adding that vaping is likely to provide positive health benefits that outweigh the harm. “E-cigarettes can provide the potential to reduce harm and also improve the public health if used as an alternative to cigarette smoking,” said lead author David Levy, Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, these e-cigarettes can also increase the harm if people become smokers as a direct consequence of first trying e-cigarettes, the researchers warned.The “recent claims by some scientists that e-cigarettes are likely to act as a gateway to the use of tobacco products are overstated,” Levy added. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently banned the use of e-cigarettes by youth younger than 18, said the paper published in the journal ‘Nicotine & Tobacco Research’.”We want to discourage use of all nicotine and cigarette products,” Levy said, supporting the move.Despite the estimates of an overall public health benefit from e-cigarettes, use of these products in youths needs to be continuously monitored, since use patterns are likely to change as the product and awareness about the product changes, the researchers concluded.