By Mike CollettUEFA chief Michel Platini opened the door to an expanded Euro 2016, with more finalists than ever, but in one of the great ironies of modern European football he will be absent when delegates descend on Paris next week.Platini is serving a 90-day provisional suspension from football, imposed by FIFA’s ethics committee concerning an alleged payment authorised by the president of world football’s governing body, Sepp Blatter, who is also banned.So when the coaches from the 24 finalists arrive under heavy security following last month’s Paris attacks for the draw in the French capital , Platini will probably be watching events unfold on television instead of being there.The 60-year-old Frenchman, synonymous with his country’s Euro ‘84 triumph on home soil as a player and chief organiser of the 1998 World Cup which ended in French glory in Paris, was widely criticised when UEFA expanded the finals from “the perfect number” of 16 to 24 teams six years ago.Many berated him for reducing the qualifiers to a run-in for the major nations, but that is not how it turned out. The Netherlands, World Cup semi-finalists last year, failed to qualify after losing home and away to Iceland in their group.“The decision to expand was taken in the interest of promoting and developing football across Europe,” Platini, the head of European football’s ruling body, told Reuters in June.“We have been delighted with the positive impact the new format has had across the continent.“We have seen extremely competitive groups with several teams fighting for qualification, a high quality of football played and great enthusiasm in several nations who have never or rarely qualified for a major tournament,” he added.“The qualifiers have been a success so far and we are sure the final tournament in France next year will be the most competitive to date.”Among those who have reached the finals are first time qualifiers Albania and Iceland, Wales – back in a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup – Northern Ireland and Hungary, who both last appeared in a major tournament at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.Apart from the Dutch, the usual heavyweights are in place with holders Spain seeking a record third straight title.Hosts France, designated in position A1 in the draw, will open the tournament at Saint-Denis on June 10, before playing in Marseilles five days later and in Lille on June 19. If they win Group A their round of 16 match will be in Lyon on June 26.With France already allocated A1, there are five other top seeds with Spain, world champions Germany, highly-fancied Belgium, England, the only team to win all of their ten qualifiers, and Portugal among the elite group.There are some dangerous floaters in Pot 2 with Italy, Russia and the newly-invigorated Austria, the teams to avoid.The 24 teams will be split into six groups of four with the top two in each section and the four best third-placed teams advancing to the last 16, leaving eight teams eliminated after the group stage. The final will be in Paris on July 10.
Jonas struck with a stoppage-time header to end 90 minutes of frustration for Benfica as they beat an ultra-cautious Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 at home in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.Nicolas Gaitan floated a free kick into the area and the Brazilian rose to break the deadlock. Zenit defender Domenico Criscito had been sent off for a second yellow card for the foul which led to the free kick.The first half had been an unsightly slog with 16 fouls, seven offsides and four bookings.Benfica came to life in the second half but still struggled to create chances against a tightly-packed, well-drilled Zenit, who were playing their first competitive match since December 9.
John McGinn continued his international goal-scoring streak as Scotland won 2-1 in Cyprus.The Aston Villa midfielder netted the winner in the 53rd minute with a first-time finish to make it five goals from his last five games for his country.Scotland were ahead for the vast majority of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Nicosia after Ryan Christie’s superb opener.But George Efrem might have had another goal to add to his equalising volley after an early strike appeared to bounce behind the line having struck the underside of the crossbar.Steve Clarke’s side leapfrogged Cyprus into third place in Group I of the European Championship qualifiers and will seal that position if they draw at home to Kazakhstan on Tuesday. However, Clarke will be desperate for another win to build momentum for the play-offs in March.The manager handed Motherwell centre-back Declan Gallagher his first Scotland cap and gave a competitive debut to Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack, while Steven Naismith captained the team on his 50th international.Cyprus would have sealed a historic best third-place finish if they had won and they came extremely close to a fifth-minute opener.Scotland’s reprieve came after Christie lost a challenge in the middle of the park. Pieros Sotiriou threaded the ball through to Efrem and the former Rangers and Dundee player turned Scott McKenna before firing a shot off the underside of the bar. There were strong appeals for a goal but – with no goalline technology – the Austrian officials played on.Scotland scored after a good spell of possession. McGinn turned and fed Christie on the right flank and the Celtic playmaker was allowed to cut inside before curling into the top corner from 20 yards.Clarke’s men were by no means in control and McGinn and Gallagher, twice, made important aerial challenges to stop the Cypriots getting headers on target, while David Marshall parried a 20-yard strike from Sotiriou.But the visitors had chances to take a bigger lead into the break. Christie saw a 20-yard effort saved after a counter and McKenna’s free header bounced into the goalkeeper’s hands off McGinn from one of a series of corners.McGinn later won the ball off goalkeeper Urko Pardo but could not find Naismith and Liam Palmer came close from 25 yards.Efrem got his goal two minutes after half-time when Grigoris Kastanos swung in a dangerous free-kick from the right, Gallagher headed the ball away and Efrem was in yards of space to volley into the top corner from 15 yards.It was the fifth set-piece goal Scotland had conceded in four matches, although Cyprus have been prolific from dead balls throughout their campaign – 10 of their 14 goals have come from set-plays.Scotland regained the lead inside six minutes when McGinn got in front of his man to sweep home Greg Taylor’s cross from eight yards.Naismith was replaced by Oli McBurnie just after the hour mark having appeared to strain his leg, although he ultimately walked off without too much difficulty.Cyprus pushed for an equaliser and came close when Ioannis Costi headed just wide after running on to a cross.Scotland’s best chance to give themselves a cushion disappeared when McGinn over-hit a pass to McBurnie and they found themselves under pressure in the closing stages. Fotis Papoulis blasted over from 12 yards and Kastanos came close from a free-kick.
Ilkay Gundogan believes there isn’t a club on earth more exciting to be involved with than Manchester City right now.Gundogan has joined Pep Guardiola’s revolution after making a £24million switch from Borussia Dortmund this summer and clearly has no regrets.The club limped into fourth place last season, but have much higher hopes for the forthcoming term and the 25-year-old is thrilled at the prospect of working with Guardiola and his new team-mates.Gundogan said: “Right now, maybe I am in the most exciting place on earth for football.“For me there is no better coach to work with than Pep Guardiola. Even the players who don’t like him say it and the best example is Ibrahimovic,” says Gundogan.“I read in his book that he doesn’t like him, but he says he is the best coach he ever worked with. This is really special to read, but he is being honest.“It is the same thing I heard from the players at Bayern Munich. They told me he can improve everyone. That is what is possible.”He added: “He (Guardiola) didn’t work for any club, but the best clubs in Europe. He he has a lot of experience and knows exactly what he has to do and which player has to play where. I think I will enjoy it.“I saw the way his teams played at Barcelona and at Bayern Munich. I played against them quite a few times. I know the kind of football he wants to see.“We spoke two or three times on the phone and we met once to talk about football and how he wants to play, and about me of course. It was really nice to meet him – a big honour.” Gundogan is thrilled to have joined Manchester City 1
“It sounds like a wonderful idea and would mutually benefit the city and our kids,” she said. “I applaud the city’s willingness to venture into that area.” Although Hayakawa does not want to be a politician, he thought students should have the opportunity to learn how city government works, first-hand. “I was just very curious and wondering how they create laws and make decisions,” he said. “That’s why I started e-mailing City Hall.” The initial responses to Hayakawa’s inquiries were not encouraging. “I hit a brick wall, and I don’t like hitting brick walls,” he said. “I like finding ways around them.” Hayakawa decided the best way to bring his idea to city leaders was to prepare a speech and deliver it in person at a City Council meeting. Council members “were very impressed with Mathew’s presentation,” Thorstenson said. Soon afterward, Hayakawa was working out the details of his internship, which he started last Tuesday. So far he has had an enriching experience, he said. “It’s been great,” he said. “They put me in the Redevelopment Agency, so I’ve been working with them.” Hayakawa said that he also will be doing a ride-along with the Whittier Police Department soon. “Every task I’ve been doing, there’s something to learn from it,” he said. “Each task and each decision-making process is very tedious and requires a lot of information. There’s a whole process for putting up a stop sign, for example. It’s very interesting. Long, but interesting.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – La Serna High School senior Mathew Hayakawa wanted to learn how his city works – and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. After nearly a year of trying, he has finally succeeded in starting his own Whittier City Hall internship. Hayakawa wants more students to participate in the program, but for now it’s just him. “I wanted an internship for high schoolers within Whittier Union High School District who are very ambitious and eager to learn about the political process and interested in becoming politicians,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said that Hayakawa is the city’s pilot intern. “We don’t have a set internship program, and this is the first time we’ve ever taken one on,” she said. “The council was very impressed with his initiative. He wanted to be the pilot person.” Mendez said that the city would like to take on more students, but, because of its small size, it would be limited in the number it could accommodate. “We couldn’t take 20 or 30, but we could accommodate a few,” she said. Whittier Union district superintendent Sandra Thorstenson says she is all for it.
Beginning at Beverly Boulevard and running along Pioneer Boulevard, the Greenway Trail turns east across the “Five Points” intersection, then follows Lambert Avenue to where it ends at Mills. Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said the city has always intended for the trail to connect to a larger network of pedestrian pathways. “The city is interested in this kind of connectivity,” Mendez said. “We’ve always had a vision to not just stop at Mills, but to continue on through La Habra and maybe Brea. It’s a great recreational amenity and holds the potential for a transportation route for people.” La Habra was originally part of the negotiations with Union Pacific, but the city had to drop out last year due to funding problems. Mendez said La Habra officials hope to re-join the efforts at some point in the future. According to staff reports, attorneys from the law firm Miller, Owen & Trost, which is handling the negotiations with Union Pacific, believe the railroad lacks motivation to move forward on extensions without “significant concessions in price and conditions.” WHITTIER – City officials took a step this week toward extending the Greenway Trail an extra 2.5 miles to the border of La Habra. City Council members Tuesday night approved $20,000 for legal fees to negotiate with Union Pacific Railroad officials the lease of an additional stretch of railroad right-of-way, from Mills Avenue to Valley Home Avenue at the Whittier/La Habra border. The money will come from a state fund created in 1990 for local programs aimed at reducing air pollution. Motorists pay $4 into the fund when they register their vehicles. Work has been under way for months now on the 5-mile, $8.5million hiking and biking trail through Whittier. It is being built atop abandoned railroad tracks the city bought from Union Pacific in 2001. The $20,000 will cover the estimated cost of the negotiations and an appraisal of the land – a process the law firm believes could take up to two years to complete. “I think Union Pacific is receptive in that they’re willing to look at our appraisal,” Mendez said. “Plus, we’re using the same attorney that helped us purchase the abandoned track from them. We believe there’s enough interest there.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Photo: Boeing Boeing’s latest versions of the 737 have been dealt a new blow with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency banning all flights within, to or from Europe but US authorities have hit back.The Europeans say say further action may be necessary to ensure the continued airworthiness of the B737 MAX 8 and MAX 9.EASA justified its decision by saying it was taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of passengers in the wake of the tragedy involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, which slammed into the ground on Sunday with 157 people on board.With Gulf airlines also grounding the MAX aircraft, the US and Canada are now the only countries still flying substantial numbers of the planes.But Boeing said it had full confidence in the planes and there was no basis to issue further guidance at this stage.And the US Federal Aviation Administration reiterated its view that there was so far no evidence to warrant grounding e planes.“The FAA continues to review extensively all available data and aggregate safety performance from operators and pilots of the Boeing 737 MAX,” it said.“Thus far, our review shows no systematic performance issues and provides no basis to order grounding the aircraft.“Nor have other civil aviation authorities provided data to us that would warrant action.“In the course of our urgent review of data on the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash, if any issues affecting the continued airworthiness of the aircraft are identified, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.”EASA published an airworthiness directive (AD) suspending all operations of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft in Europe.It also suspended commercial flights performed by third country operators of the planes “into, within or out of the EU”.The move comes after the number of countries banning the plane expanded Tuesday to include Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Holland, Germany, Iceland, France and the UK.In its AD, The EU noted that a previous crash involving Lion Air in October had prompted the US Federal Aviation Administration to issue an emergency directive, later replaced by a final rule, requiring certain changes to the aircraft manual regarding runaway horizontal stabilizer trim limitations and procedures.“ Since that action, another fatal accident occurred,’’ it said.“ At this early stage of the related investigation, it cannot be excluded that similar causes may have contributed to both events.”The FAA issued a notice to the international aviation community Tuesday outlining what it and Boeing have been doing in recent months to address some of the issues that arose from the Lion Air crash but EASA said further action may be necessary.“Based on all available information, EASA considers that further actions may be necessary to ensure the continued airworthiness of the two affected models,’’ it said.“For the reasons described above, pending the availability of more information, EASA has decided to suspend all flight operations of the two affected models.”There is still no hard evidence of a link between the incidents in Ethiopia and Indonesia but the industry and media have been spooked by similarities between the two.Ethiopian airline chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam told CNN’s Richard Quest that the pilots of ET302 told air traffic control they were having flight control problems before the crash.He said the pilots were aware of the AD issued after the Lion Air crash in October and had additional training.He also revealed the flight data and cockpit voice recorders were being sent overseas to be read but did not specify where.GebreMariam said he believed the similarities between the Lion Air and Ethiopian crash were “substantial” given that both incidents featured brand new airplanes of the same model and both flights lasted for just minutes.The FAA has not banned the plane at this stage and US carriers, which operate 74 of the global fleet of 383 MAX aircraft, are still flying it.The crisis hit Boeing’s share price again seeing it close down more than 6 percent Tuesday after dropping more than 5 percent on Monday.It has even attracted the attention of US President Donald Trump who expressed the opinion that planes are becoming too complex to fly.“Pilots are no longer needed but rather computer scientists from MIT,” he said. “I see all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further when often old and old and simpler is far better.”The tweet prompted a phone call from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg who reiterated the company’s position that the MAX aircraft is safe.Boeing’s statement said safety was its number one priority and it had “full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX”.“We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets.“We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets.“The United States Federal Aviation Administration is not mandating any further action at this time, and based on the information currently available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”The FAA said in a Continued Airworthiness Notification to the International Community issued Monday that it did not have information that would prompt it to draw conclusions or take action but it would do so if it identified a safety issue.It has been working with Boeing for some time on changes arising from the Lion Air crash and expects to issue an airworthiness directive about flight control enhancements no later than April.Boeing said the changes included updates to MCAS, pilot displays, operations manuals and crew training.READ: Ethiopian Flight recorders found as more 737 MAX 8s groundedBut it said it was important to note the FAA was not mandating any further action at this time and the actions in its earlier AD continued to be appropriate.It said a flight control law known as MCAS that is part of the debate on the 737 MAX was put through flight testing as part of the certification process and does not control the aircraft in normal flight, only abnormal situations.Its flight crew operations manual already outlined a procedure to safely handle “the unlikely event of erroneous data coming from an angle of attack sensor,” it said.
5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle… Related Posts Tags:#Autonomous car#GM#Google#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#Self-Driving#sensors#Uber#Vision Systems Intelligence IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… David Curry For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… The autonomous car industry is quickly becoming one of the most valuable emerging technology markets, but it will be hard, if not impossible, for manufacturers of hardware and software to reach a global audience without extensive partnerships.That’s according to research firm Vision Systems Intelligence, which says that manufacturers will have to build relations with chip, sensor, mapping, and development tool firms to make its autonomous car functional on all fronts.See Also: Rolls-Royce unveils an autonomous car for the 1%“No one company owns all the expertise necessary to build an autonomous vehicle. From low-level component suppliers to modules or systems, each domain is a highly complex field in itself,” say Phil Magney, founder and principal of Vision Systems Intelligence.In the infographic above, Vision Systems Intelligence shows the various sectors of the autonomous car market. What it doesn’t show is the partnerships already established, like Google and Uber’s mapping partnership on Android, or General Motors acquisition of Cruise Automation for $1 billion and $500 million partnership with Lyft.Other partnerships between ‘autonomous solution’ firms and suppliers are most likely active, though we doubt many are disclosed.It is interesting to see what blocks companies are active in. Intel is apparently active in processing, connectivity, and security/safety, while Nvidia works on autonomous solutions, processing, and algorithms. Google is only active in autonomous solutions and mapping according to the infographic, though we suspect the search giant is working on its own development tools and sensors for the autonomous car prototype.Partnerships are always important for emerging technologies to gain traction, but the autonomous car market will require a vast amount of interoperability between software, hardware, and services, similar to the smartphone or computer but on a larger scale.Some manufacturers are showing a willingness to work together, Fiat Chrysler was reportedly in talks with Uber and Amazon, on top of its Google deal and General Motors has once again hinted at a possible partnership with Google.
Diabetic patients are advised to choose high-fiber,Diabetic patients are advised to choose high-fiber, slow-release carbohydrates in their diet. Carbohydrates have a big impact on the persons blood sugar levels.Nadda has been vocal about the issue since he was a Rajya Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh. Back in 2013, he had written to the then railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal seeking provision of special meals for travellers suffering from diabetes or cardio-vascular disease (CVD).He raised the issue through a question in the Rajya Sabha in August.Presently, passengers while travelling on trains having catering services are provided with options of a non-vegetarian or a vegetarian meal.With over 60 million Indians being affected by diabetes, the Indian Medical Association had earlier said the need of the hour is to reduce consumption of high-trans fat and sugar laden products.They had also appealed to the present government to consider implementing a sugar taxation policy like the one in Mexico. PTI TDS ISH
Brazil is one of the most biologically diverse countries in the world. What is less known is that the country is the fourth largest industrial roundwood (timber left as logs, not sawn into planks) and wood pulp producer and ninth largest paper producer in the world. Brazil’s forest sector contributed 5 percent to the national gross domestic product in 2012. Brazil’s forests are not only home to communities and a haven for biodiversity, they are also part of the country’s economic backbone.Brazil’s government has made impressive progress towards balancing forest protection and production. In 2012, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon dropped to its lowest rate in more than two decades. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research has pioneered the use of satellite data to prevent illegal logging. And the forest sector uses the Forest Source Document system (Documento de Origem Florestal, DOF), a sophisticated electronic system to track the wood flow throughout the supply chain.Despite these positive steps, illegal logging and associated trade in the Amazon continues. Beyond the negative social and environmental impacts, illegal logging poses a serious problem for businesses producing legal wood products. With a price difference of up to 40 percent, legal wood simply cannot compete with cheaper illegal wood.To reduce illegal logging and support the legal actors in the forest sector, Brazil must strengthen its forest control systems and policies.The root of the problemThe problem of illegal logging in Brazil is complex. Illegal logging often reflects deeper unresolved governance issues such as contradicting public policies, land tenure issues and corruption. In Brazil’s case, a combination of well-intended but flawed policies and control systems contribute to market conditions that, in fact, favor illegal logging. Some of the issues include:Abuse of the Forest Source Document system (DOF): The DOF tracks and cross checks timber harvested from a forest operation against the volume of timber approved by the government under the forest management plan. As loggers extract timber, the DOF deducts the volume as “timber credits” from the authorized amount. Unfortunately, illegal “ghost businesses” will sometimes use false forest management plans and false timber credits to legalize illegal woods. This is done through false forest management plans and false timber credits, crediting wood to the incorrect management plan, or overusing approved management plans.Lack of transparency and coordination: Law enforcement in the forest sector is divided between the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), the Brazilian Forest Service, the state environment agencies, and the Office of the Federal Prosecutor. Communication and coordination is not always optimal, and often the DOFs (controlled by the States) are not compatible to track the wood as the wood moves from state to state.Bureaucratic bottlenecks: Today, Brazilian timber businesses must comply with a multitude of rules that vary depending on the forest property, forest type and form of operation. Obtaining a license can sometimes take over a year. These rules constrict business development and provide opportunities for abuse and corruption.High taxes: The tax system favors small businesses by offering them lower rates. These tax policies discourage operators from consolidating or formalizing their business operations and spur illegal logging. The results of these policies are a high number of small operations, with high degree of informality, and low capacity to operate as business (see the forthcoming “Roundtable on Sustainable Tropical Timber”, from FGV, 2013).In the current system, businesses that play by the rules are at a disadvantage. Competition with cheaper illegal wood and compliance with higher taxes and cumbersome bureaucratic procedures hurts the growth of the legitimate operations. These issues need to be addressed to favor legal businesses and allow them to compete in domestic and international markets that are increasingly demanding wood products of legal origin through policy instruments such as the State of Sao Paulo’s public procurement policy (Cadmadeira), the U.S. Lacey Act, the European Timber Regulation and the Australian Illegal Logging Prohibition.Over the past year, private actors and civil society organizations in Brazil have begun a conversation about common problems and possible solutions to the illegal logging challenge. Earlier this year, the group Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (with support from Rede Amigos da Amazônia), WWF-Brasil and Traffic launched a series of roundtables to facilitate a multi-stakeholder process that seeks to encourage legality. Earlier this week, the second roundtable took place to develop a set of solutions to propose to the government. To support these efforts, the Forest Legality Alliance is hosting an event to discuss the international and domestic demands for forest products, and how new technologies can help improve wood supply chain systems in Brazil and other Amazon-basin countries.The success of this process will depend on the forest sector articulating solutions with a united voice. With sufficient cooperation and improved policies, Brazil could truly become a leader in the legal and sustainable trade in forest products.For more details on the roundtables, click here.