10 Thoughts on Texas’ 36-30 Win Over Oklahoma State in Austin

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. BOX SCORETexas downed Oklahoma State in Austin for the first time since 2008 on Saturday evening in an uneven 36-30 game that started and ended with a Poke jolt. OSU struck first and last but struggled in the interim as missed opportunity after missed opportunity flew past them (we’ll get to those shortly).Spencer Sanders had a better game than his numbers would indicate. He was 19/32 for 268 yards and two picks, but he had 109 yards on the ground and a TD. Chuba Hubbard had 121 on the ground, but it came at the expense of 37 carries against Texas’ monstrous defensive front. Those two combined for 55 carries.On the flip side, Sam Ehlinger went 20/28 for 281, 4 TDs and a pick. He ran for 70 yards as well, including the late dagger on third and long with just over a minute left in the game. Keaontay Ingram had 114 on the ground on just 21 carries, and Devin Duvernay caught 12 of his 14 targets for 108 yards and a TD.Similar to OSU’s last few games in Austin, Saturday was often an amalgamation of miscues and electric plays. Unlike OSU’s last few games in Austin, the Pokes came out on the wrong end because they couldn’t capitalize when they had chances.Texas started the game down a couple of DBs as well as their best skill position player and they lost what seemed like two rows on the depth chart worth of defenders during the game, but OSU refused to open the game up and get into a shootout. As a result they took their first L since before Barack Obama was elected president of the United States.We’ll get to all of this shortly, but first a quick thanks to our friends at Thrive Landscape and Irrigation. They’ve been sponsoring the 10 Thoughts for two years now, and we finally have a fancy little logo for them at the top. If you live in Stillwater, check ’em out.Onto the 10 Thoughts.1. Missed OpportunitiesA non-exhaustive list of the myriad opportunities Oklahoma State had on Saturday to take control of this game (or at least play their way into it either early, late or in the middle).1. Drive No. 1 — Sanders threw a dime piece to Landon Wolf at the 4-yard-line, and OSU walked away with just three points. Foreshadowing.2. False Start — OSU had 2nd and 5 on Texas’ 12 on its first drive of the third quarter before getting called for a false start to make it 2nd and 10. They pick up 8 yards on the next two plays, which would have been good enough for a first down but instead had 4th and 2 and have to kick another FG.3. The Review — Spencer Sanders picks up a first down at UT’s 3-yard-line, but it’s called short. OSU goes for it on 4th and 1 and whiffs. No points.4. Pick-0 — Kolby Harvell-Peel picks Ehlinger and runs it back to Texas’ 33-yard-line. This drive somehow ends with an incomplete pass from Jake McClure to Jelani Woods. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯5. Pick No. 2 — OSU still has a ton of time left in the game, but Sanders gets hit and throws his second pick with 10 minutes left in the fourth.The rest of the game was a little distorted because Texas was trying to run the clock out and not totally attempting to score. So I think it’s unfair to say that OSU could have just kicked two of these FGs (from the 4-yard-line and on the fake) and say, See they could have been in overtime. But it’s not difficult to extract at least a few points from the five instances I noted above. On the flip side, they did take advantage of two badly fumbled punts from Texas. An aside: Does anyone in the Big 12 practice punt returns?Texas is fine. They’re good. They have good players, and Ehlinger can go a little bit. But OSU can go with them and is actually better than them at the skill positions. But you only get so many chances against good teams. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about OSU in the Gundy era it’s that they’re not good enough to overcome this many mistakes against a team they can’t move around in the trenches like Texas. Not many schools are. And it finally cost them in Austin.2. Sanders Can GoI wondered if Gundy would treat Sanders like a mom treats her first-born on his first trip to college. With tightly-clutched fists and one hand on the emergency brake. Thankfully he let him go a little bit, and after the wrong-foot seeds he tossed on the first drive, I was ready to build a mini Sanders statue next to wherever they put the Pickens and Big Sanders ones.Then he may have had the best run by a QB in Oklahoma State history late in the fourth. I’m sure Zac had some similar ones, but this had me reaching for the oxygen tank.Was he perfect? No. The game — as Gundy might say — still seems a little fast for him, but he’s got the goods. You can tell. It’s easy to see. He’s going to be so special over the next four years, and we’re going to look back at this game and laugh at how far he leaped over the next 45. It’s much easier to discern that in a loss at Texas than a big-stat win at Oregon State or Tulsa. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty hyped about the Spencer Sanders era.3. So Let Him Go …It seemed early on at least like OSU was intent on forcing Texas to run and Texas was intent on forcing OSU to pass. Texas obliged on offense and gave the rock to Ingram over and over again. They had no respect for the middle of the field, and that was the right call. OSU, on the other hand, ran it 55 (!) times with Chuba and Sanders.After the way he slung it on that first drive, I thought they should let No. 3 open up the field and save Chuba for the closing kick. Like how you run your best starting sprinter first in the 4×100 and then let the monster close.Instead, OSU seemed too insistent on getting the run game going even though Texas was begging to get beat deep. OSU eventually (sort of) adjusted, but it felt like a missed opportunity to find some offensive rhythm and led to this fairly unimpressive set of drives in the middle of the game.Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 11.06.46 PM.png4. All of the InjuriesA real, serious question here: Does Texas have a strength and conditioning coach? What in the world? Did they think this FBS season would be played as flag football? Do they lift weights? Why would they not pay Rob Glass $5 million to come do Rob Glass things? Actually, forget I mentioned this!There were certainly a few fakies mixed in there, but for the most part, the Horns’ ouchies seemed pretty real. You can add that as No. 6 on the list of opportunities OSU didn’t take advantage of.5. On that Fake FGI … kinda didn’t hate it. Your goal with a fake FG is to do it when nobody else watching the game thinks you’re going to do it. Down at Texas when you’re starving for points and just took a delay of game and seem like you have no idea what you’re doing could not be a more perfect time!Now listen, they executed it like me trying to run the option with my five-week-old daughter and her bottle of milk, but I still kind of enjoyed the situation.6. Tommy BoyIs there a college football coach more unlikable than Tom Herman? Is there a coach in any sport more unlikable? Is he the most unlikable coach — fictional or non-fictional — in sports history? He makes the Icelandic coach from Mighty Ducks look like Tony Dungy! My favorite of his two handfuls of antics on Saturday evening was going with the “Frank Beamer 0-0 tie” celebration on a third-down stop in the first half.What are you doing, Tom?Screen Shot 2019-09-21 at 7.38.19 PM.png7. Chess MatchI’m not steep in the Xs and Os game, but I thought both sides moved around their chess pieces a lot on Saturday. I’m not sure they always moved them to the right spot, but OSU used two of their most effective pass-catchers — Jelani and Tylan — in the run game quite a bit. Jelani was his usual DE-killing self, and I thought Tylan had a massively underrated game with his blocking alone.On the other side of the ball, when OSU started stacking the box a bit, Ehlinger tried to beat them deep and often succeeded. His arm strength was an eye-opener to me. He has the look of somebody who’s like a sixth-string shotputter on his high school track team, and yet he threw a couple of Chris Leakian balls on Saturday that had me like …8. O-Line DisappointmentI don’t know that Oregon State and Tulsa were a mirage, but the line was disappointing in this game. Maybe some of that is on Chuba. Maybe some of it is on the Cowboy Backs. Heck, maybe some of it is on the rhythm of playcalling. But they didn’t open things up for Chuba at all. He’s as fresh and as good as he’s going to be all year, and they couldn’t spring him. It’s been two steps forward, one step back for them so far this season.9. Middle of the FieldWe talked about this after the Tulsa game, but OSU again got exposed down the gut. They face a problem that most Big 12 teams face. You can push more guys into the box and into the middle, but then you’re naked on the outside. I actually thought they did a pretty good job (??) of mixing and matching this against Ehlinger and Ingram throughout the game. They gave up four TDs on long, big-time drives and one on a short field after what will eventually go down as the worst pass in the history of the Spencer Sanders era.Texas scored more against mighty LSU (38) than they did against Oklahoma State (36). OSU’s defense is never going to be what you (we) think it should be. They’re just not. Nobody in the Big 12 is. People talk about Iowa State’s defense in reverential terms, and a crappy Kansas State team put up 38 on them last season. It is what it is.As long as you can keep teams from finding a groove (Texas scored on consecutive drives just once) and create at least a few turnovers (OSU created three, albeit just one on defense), you’re going to be involved in every game you play.10. Big 12 OpenersOSU has now lost four straight Big 12 openers and six of their last eight. They don’t discriminate either. They’ve taken Ls against Texas, Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor and West Virginia in that span. They’ve been a world-beater in conference play following Big 12 openers, but the first one off the top hasn’t been pretty.The frustrating part here is that both the schedule and this Texas team opened up for them. Texas was asking to get beat late, and if not for Ehlinger’s will and OSU’s lack thereof, they might have.I have no idea where this OSU team will end up after 12 regular season games this year, but I think I’m actually more confident following Texas than I was before.After the most bizarre season in recent memory in 2018, OSU seems like it’s going to be back to generally what it’s been under Gundy: A quality team that beats worse teams and loses to better ones. The part I can’t help but leave this game wondering — just a little bit — is which category this Texas team should have fallen in.last_img read more

DFID’s Framework for Results

first_imgShare this: Posted on January 18, 2011August 18, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) recently launched their new “Framework for Results” for improving global reproductive, maternal and newborn health. You will find more information on their new strategy below. The Framework is the result of months of collaboration resulting in over 2,000 responses from 90 countries as part of the DFID’s “Choice for Women.”Framework for Results – The publication and supporting products can be found at www.dfid.gov.uk/rmnhPress release is available at: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/Press-releases/2010/Mitchell-sets-out-Britains-plan-to-tackle-malaria-and-save-lives-of-mothers-and-babies/News story available at: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/News-Stories/2010/Britains-plan-to-tackle-malaria-and-save-lives-of-mothers-and-babies/ ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Third International TVET Conference Slated for November 29 to December 1

first_img The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will host the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from November 29 to December 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay.The JCTE’s Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant and Conference Chair, Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, says the event will bring together individuals and organisations that are collaborating to develop the education sector.“It will explore the building of educational partnerships; strategic leadership for institutional growth development; and professional development in higher education”, she said.She was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Tuesday, October 24.The conference, which will also be supported by Delaware State University in the United States, will include concurrent sessions, workshops, exhibitions and panel discussions.Among the key events are a power breakfast, where heads of local and international companies will engage representatives from educational institutions in dialogue; and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding educators, the Tertiary Student of the Year and outstanding corporate local and international individuals who have made indelible contributions to education.“It is a leadership conference that will provide the platform for building awareness on the readiness, activities and international exposure and exchange of what is happening in education,” Mrs. Knight-Campbell said.Additionally, she said persons are being invited to present research papers at the conference that should be submitted to the JCTE by Thursday, November 9.The focus areas include developing partnerships for an integrated approach to internationalising tertiary education; enhancing career through networking industry certification and professional organisations; and financing tertiary education for growth and sustainability, both locally and internationally. For further information on registration for the conference, persons may email theJCTE at: jctesecretariat@gmail.com, and for the submission of research papers: jctepr@gmail.com. Persons may also call 632-4136, 616-7620 or visit www.ucj.org.jm. The Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, will host the third International Conference on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) from November 29 to December 1 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. Among the key events are a power breakfast, where heads of local and international companies will engage representatives from educational institutions in dialogue; and an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding educators, the Tertiary Student of the Year and outstanding corporate local and international individuals who have made indelible contributions to education. Story Highlights The JCTE’s Senior Marketing and Business Development Consultant and Conference Chair, Jacqueline Knight-Campbell, says the event will bring together individuals and organisations that are collaborating to develop the education sector. last_img read more

Swissco Eyes Entire Stake in VM Marine

first_imgzoom Singapore-headquartered Swissco Holdings Limited has, through its subsidiary Swissco International, entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) to buy the entire issued share capital of offshore vessel owner and operator VM Marine International Ltd. Swissco said that the company will now start discussions with VM Marine’s Director Melvin Rodrigues on the terms of the acquisition.VM Marine is the parent company of VM Offshore, VM Offshore India, VM Services and Savannah International Offshore, together called VM Group. The company also holds the entire stake of Chanella Offshore and Galileo Ship Management & Travel.Swissco said that the parties have still not signed any definitive agreements on the acquisition, adding that there is “no certainty or assurance that any definitive agreements will be entered into and that any transaction will result from these discussions”.Swissco owns a fleet of rigs, secured on long-term bareboat contracts to service oil and gas major players, as well as a fleet of offshore support vessels, tugs and barges. The company’s rigs and vessels are deployed across Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.last_img read more

Fair Drug Pricing Better for Nova Scotians OpEd

first_imgAs the Minister of Health and Wellness, I often hear from Nova Scotians about how important it is that they are able to afford the drugs they need. As you may be aware, government is making changes to the way prescription drugs are priced in Nova Scotia through the new Fair Drug Pricing Act. In Nova Scotia, we pay too much for prescription drugs. In fact, we pay more for generic drugs than many provinces in Canada and most countries in the world. That’s not fair to Nova Scotians. The cost of prescription drugs to taxpayers through the Pharmacare programs is also growing at an astounding rate. Government spending on drugs through Pharmacare has more than doubled in the past eight years and, last year alone, the total cost was $300 million. This cannot continue unchecked. A recent report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information is further evidence that Nova Scotians are paying too much. Nova Scotia spends $838 per capita on prescribed drugs, second only to Quebec at $882. The Canadian average is $765. Drug pricing needs to be changed for a number of very important reasons: so prescription drugs are affordable for Nova Scotians; so we, as a province, pay similar prices to those paid elsewhere; and so Pharmacare remains sustainable for the more than 200,000 Nova Scotians who count on it for help with drug costs, as well those who will need it in the future. Drug pricing is changing not just here in Nova Scotia, but across Canada. In fact, it started in 2006. In the fall, we gathered input on the best way to get fair drug prices for Nova Scotians who rely on Pharmacare, and taxpayers, while ensuring Nova Scotians continue to have access to pharmacists in their communities. We met with more than 100 representatives of close to 20 groups, including seniors, pharmacists, pharmacy owners, doctors and others. We received written input from 13 groups and written submissions from members of the public. That input was invaluable. Based on what we heard, we developed a plan which we believe will work best for our province. It is a balanced plan, designed to get better drug prices for Nova Scotians in a way that is fair to all. It includes setting a cap on the price of generic drugs, compared with the price of equivalent brand drugs. This will be phased in over a year to give pharmacies time to adjust. The price of generic drugs through Pharmacare will be 45 per cent of the price of equivalent brand drugs on July 1, 40 per cent on Jan. 1, 2012 and, finally, to 35 per cent on July 1, 2012. We value pharmacists. I know many Nova Scotians count on them for advice. I want to make sure their businesses remain viable as drug pricing in Canada is changing. We are working with the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia to have a new tariff agreement in place by July 1, when the first phase of these changes go into effect, that makes sure pharmacists are paid fairly. The agreement covers the cost of dispensing drugs and related services to people enrolled in Pharmacare. As a government, we support small businesses and recognize they are an important and vibrant part of our economy as well as communities throughout the province. Nova Scotians will benefit from these changes. We estimate Nova Scotians in Pharmacare will save about $1.6 million, including about $900,000 in savings for seniors, when the 35 per cent cap on the price of generic drugs is in place for a full year. More than 200,000 Nova Scotians in Pharmacare will pay less at the pharmacy counter for generic drugs. Fifty per cent of the 100,000 seniors enrolled in Seniors’ Pharmacare will spend less each year on generic drugs. The other 50 per cent, those who meet their yearly co-payment maximum of $382, will see the amount they pay spread out further throughout the year. Because of our work to date, premiums, co-payments and deductibles for the Pharmacare are staying the same this year, which, I am sure, is welcome news to many seniors. As a government, we are committed to making life better for Nova Scotians. Making prescription drugs more affordable is an important part of this. -30–last_img read more

Yediyurappa A CM for now or never again

first_imgBengaluru: The return of B.S. Yediyurappa for the fourth time as Karnatakas Chief Minister is a case of now or never again as his age is against him for the top post in troubled times. At 76 years, the never-say-die veteran politician is above the ’75 years age’ bar his party (Bharatiya Janata Party) has set for all its members against holding an executive post since the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah to national politics. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “In view of Yediyurappa’s singular contribution to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rise in the southern state and leading it to power for the fourth time in 12 years, an exception to the age bar was made to enable him to become chief minister in 14 months after he quit, when the party fell nine seats short of the 113-halfway mark for a simple majority in the 225-member Assembly,” a party official told IANS here on Saturday. A split verdict in the May 2018 Assembly elections threw up a hung House, without simple majority (113) for any party, as the BJP won 104 seats, Congress 80 and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) 37. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday In fairness, state Governor Vajubhai Vala gave Yediyurappa an opportunity to form the government on May 17, 2018 despite a fractured mandate because the BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats and asked him to prove majority within 15 days to survive and continue. But a midnight order by the Supreme Court to prove majority in 24 hours forced Yediyurappa to resign three days after being in office for the third time than face a humiliating defeat in the trial of strength on May 19, 2018 in the absence of the required numbers. Though the present situation is no better in the number game, Yediyurappa is upbeat on winning the trust vote this time on July 29, thanks to over a dozen Congress and JD-S rebel legislators who resigned affirming to abstain from the Assembly on Monday for allowing him to win the trust vote, albeit with a thin majority. Absence of 15 rebel lawmakers, two Congress MLAs as they are in hospitals, two Independents and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member from the Assembly, enabled the BJP to defeat the JD-S-Congress government on July 23 by six votes when former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy put his confidence motion to vote in a truncated 205-member Assembly. As the BJP’s mascot in South India where it has been striving to spread footprint over the last two decades, the phoenix-like rise of Yediyurappa to the top executive post from the ranks of being an ordinary activist in the right-wing Hindu organisation, the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS), has been anything but smooth, as controversies dogged him throughout his five-decade-old political career. When fortune favoured Yediyurappa to become the chief minister for the first time in October 2007 in the BJP-JD-S coalition government, he lasted in the elusive post for over a month as the regional party withdrew support, resulting in its fall in November 2007. Yediyurappa became chief minister for the second time after the BJP came to power for the first time in South India on its own in the May 2008 mid-term assembly election, riding on a sympathy wave over the JD-S betrayal. But his indictment by the state anti-graft watchdog (Lokayukta) in the multi-crore mining scam, however, forced Yediyurappa to resign three years later in July 2011, denying him a full (five-year) term in the office. The BJP’s hope of spreading its wings beyond Karnataka in South India suffered a blow when Yediyurappa left the party in December 2012 over differences with its then high command and floated a regional party – Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) – which not only split the votes in the May 2013 Assembly election, but also reduced the BJP’s strength in the lower House to 40. The return of Yediyurappa to the BJP in late 2013 revived its fortunes as the party won 18 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats from the state in the 2014 general elections under his leadership. He also won from the Shivamogga parliament constituency. On reprieve from courts in various cases related to freeing of lands from government control (denotification) and his alleged involvement in the mining scam that rocked the state from 2001-2010, Yediyurappa was made the party’s state unit president and the party declared him as its chief ministerial face ahead of the May 2018 Assembly elections. Born on February 27, 1943 in Mandya district, about 100km southwest of Bengaluru, Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa (B.S.Y.) is confident of proving majority this time and remaining in office for the next four years of the Assembly term. The seasoned politician won for the eighth time from the Shikaripura assembly segment in his home district of Shivamogga in the Malnad region, about 300km northwest of the state capital. After graduation in the early sixties, Yediyurappa joined the government service as a clerk in the state social welfare department but quit soon and started a small-time business to sell hardware at Shivamogga. His long-term association with the RSS and the Jan Sangh since boyhood instilled a sense of hard work and pride in him to do social work and he entered politics for public service, especially farmers, women and youth.last_img read more

Will appear before CBI on Aug 7 Derek OBrien

first_imgNew Delhi/Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O’Brien on Saturday said he has informed the CBI that he would appear before the agency, which has summoned him in the Saradha ponzi scheme case, after the Parliament session ends on August 7, and asserted that he would not be intimidated.The Rajya Sabha MP, who is also a spokesperson of West Bengal’s ruling party, was asked to appear before a CBI team in the first week of August, officials said Friday. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Earlier, when Parliament was in session I was served a notice. I immediately wrote to the CBI stating that since Parliament was in session I would appear on a date after the session has concluded,” O’Brien said in a statement. “However, a day before I was supposed to meet the CBI, they called and informed me that I am not required to meet them. I also sent them a letter reconfirming the same,” the Rajya Sabha member said. “Since February, I have not received any intimation from them. Now, during this Parliament session, I was served a notice asking me to appear before them on August 1. I have sent them a letter stating that I would meet them after this session is over on August 7,” O’Brien said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOfficials had Friday said the quizmaster-turned-politician may be questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) about some financial transactions in the bank accounts related to TMC mouthpiece ‘Jago Bangla’, of which he is the publisher. The CBI is investigating links of arrested Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohta to the promoters of Rose Valley, a company accused in the scam. Mohta had allegedly cut a deal of Rs 25 crore with the promoters of Rose Valley and a portion of this money is suspected to have been diverted in ‘Jago Bangla’ account. “Let me also add that I will not be intimidated. In February, I had agreed to appear before the CBI after the session was over, but the CBI chose not to meet me. This time too I am ready to meet them,” O’Brien said. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee alleged that the CBI was being used by the BJP to intimidate political opponents. “We won’t be intimidated by central agencies. The CBI and other agencies are being used to pursue political vendetta,” Chatterjee said. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh termed the allegations as baseless. “The TMC is the only party which alleges political vendetta if they are summoned by the CBI. But when leaders of other parties are summoned, they don’t make such allegations. Those who have looted public money need to answer to the public,” Ghosh said. The CBI may also question O’Brien regarding the sale of several paintings of party chief Mamata Banerjee which were purchased by owners of several ponzi scam companies allegedly at a huge price, the officials said.last_img read more

Hells Angels no longer vendors at Quebec agricultural fair management confirms

first_imgSAINT-HYACINTHE, Que. – The management of a Quebec agricultural fair is admitting it made a mistake in allowing a group associated with the Hells Angels to sell products at the site.Fair director Francois Brouillard says the “Support 81 Montreal” group has left the Saint-Hyacinthe exposition at the request of management.The number 81 refers to the position of the letters H and A in the alphabet.The group had been operating a kiosk that sold clothing and other merchandise, much of it in the motorcyle gang’s signature red and white.Brouillard had originally defended the group’s presence at the site and pointed out it wasn’t doing anything illegal.But he said Wednesday that management changed its mind after seeing the public’s reaction and realizing the extent of the vendors’ ties to the gang.He said the fair is acknowledging it made an error and doesn’t want to be associated with any group linked to criminal activity or violence.last_img read more

Sri Lanka assures no intention of fighting Turkey in tea sector

Sri Lanka has assured it has no intention of fighting Turkey in the tea sector.Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Ankara P.M. Amza says Turkey can become a tea hub between Europe and Asia with Colombo’s collaboration. Sri Lankan State Minister of International Trade Sujeewa Senasinghe paid an official visit to Turkey last week. During his meeting with Turkish Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci, Senasinghe expressed Sri Lanka’s willingness to cooperate over tea. “Turkey is also a tea-producing country and I am aware such a high tax is to protect the local Turkish tea industry. However, the Turkish production of tea, which is approximately 259,000 metric tons per year, is not sufficient for local consumption. So it needs to import,” Amza said.He underlined that Turkey was the number one tea-drinking country in the world with annual per capita consumption of 3.6 kilograms per person.Amza noted that representatives of the sector from both sides decided to hold a seminar to identify areas of cooperation that could benefit both countries. Amza said there were many other sectors in which Turkey and Sri Lanka could cooperate such as in jewelry, spices, and ship and yatch building.He added that the trade volume between the two countries was to be increased to $500 million by 2020, from the current level of nearly $200 million.Turkey’s exports to Sri Lanka totalled $51.6 million while imports stood at $105.1 million in 2016, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat). Tea, spices and coffee compose nearly 60 percent of Turkish imports from Sri Lanka, TurkStat data indicated. (Colombo Gazette) Amza said that blending Sri Lankan and Turkish tea would enhance Turkey’s production capacity thus making the country not only an importer but also an exporter of the product. “Our hope and desire is to collaborate [in the tea sector] rather than compete in order to achieve a mutually beneficial outcome,” Amza said in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency. “Sri Lanka is often misunderstood as a competitor to Turkey in the tea sector. I wish to reassure that we do not wish to find a solution that will affect the livelihood of 240,000 families engaged in Turkish tea industry,” Amza said.Pointing out that a 145 percent of tax levied on imported tea in Turkey was a challenge for Sri Lanka, Amza said the two countries could share their expertise, experience and know-how including the exchange of plants for lower taxes. read more

UN aviation agencys format for biometric passports enters into force

The 188 Contracting States of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have agreed that all must begin issuing ICAO-standard MRPs no later than 1 April 2010. Some 110 States currently do so.“Cooperation among all ICAO Contracting States in the implementation of this new standard is essential for meeting our global objectives, to minimize delays in border-crossing formalities and to safeguard international civil aviation operation against acts of unlawful interference,” ICAO Council President Assad Kotaite said as the standard became effective as of yesterday.Known as the ICAO Blueprint for the harmonized, worldwide integration of biometric identification in machine readable travel documents, the specifications include:• the face as the primary, mandatory biometric; iris or fingerprint as secondary and optional;• the contactless integrated circuit chip as the storage medium;• a logical data structure for programming the chip;• a modified public key infrastructure (PKI) scheme to secure the data against unauthorized alteration.Of the States already issuing ICAO-standard MRPs, more than 40 plan to upgrade to the biometrically-enabled version, or e-passport, by the end of 2006.ICAO has led the development of biometric-enhanced machine readable travel documents since 1997, in close collaboration with the air transport industry and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). read more

Alberta to consider mountaintop coal mine for company facing environmental probe

Alberta to consider mountaintop coal mine for company facing environmental probe by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 24, 2015 11:27 am MDT Last Updated Sep 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BLAIRMORE, Alta. – Alberta’s energy regulator is about to consider a plan for a large mountaintop coal mine at the same time it investigates the proponent for possibly fouling a crucial spawning stream for endangered trout.Benga Mining has begun the regulatory process for a mine that would see 12 square kilometres on the top of Grassy Mountain in southwestern Alberta near Blairmore turned into a terraced coal mine.The company — a wholly owned subsidiary of Australia-based Riversdale Resources — has not yet filed an environmental impact assessment for the proposal. It is being investigated for possible environmental infractions at another nearby project.“We are investigating the possible release of coal into Gold Creek,” said Tracie Moore of the Alberta Energy Regulator.The investigation began in July after a resident complained about a large pile of refuse from an earlier mine on Benga’s site collapsing into the creek after a heavy rainfall.In a letter to the Alberta Wilderness Association, Benga head Steve Mallyon suggested the company’s activities may have contributed to a earlier, similar release.“The excess fluid occurred as a result of this drill site intersecting an unusual amount of ground water that was higher than anticipated,” he wrote about a release in November 2014.Local investigators claim the release reached 12 kilometres downstream and entered the Crowsnest River.The river and Gold Creek are considered crucial habitat for native cutthroat trout, which federal scientists are recommending should receive Canada’s highest level of habitat protection.“Gold Creek is one of the few tributaries of the Crowsnest River that still contain pure-strain West Slope cutthroat trout,” said fisheries biologist Lorne Fitch. “If we ever get to the point where we are engaged in recovery efforts, these small remnants are going to be instrumental.”Slides such as the one at Gold Creek not only affect levels of potentially toxic minerals such as selenium, said Fitch, they make it impossible for fish to deposit their eggs into the streambed.That’s why putting a coal mine at the headwaters of those streams is a terrible idea, said Margo Pagonis, who owns land and a summer cabin adjacent to Benga’s property.“It’s going to destroy streams on both sides of that mountain,” she said. “This is mountaintop removal mining.”Mallyon said his company’s plans have little in common with American mines that have used that method.Instead of knocking off the mountaintop and dumping the rock in a valley, the mine would get at the coal by terracing its way up the slope, he said. Topsoil would be conserved, overburden safely stored and the land reclaimed as the miners went along, he promised.Mallyon points out Grassy Mountain has seen decades of coal mining with many piles of coal spoils and other impacts on its slopes. He said Benga’s $700-million proposal, which includes promises of cleanup and remediation, could provide an opportunity to restore it.“I don’t see a federal or provincial authority suddenly writing a cheque to rehabilitate a site that’s probably 1,200 hectares,” he said. “The only way to do that, in our view, is to develop a long-term sustainable mine plan.”The problem, said Brittany Verbeek of the Alberta Wilderness Association, is that endangered species don’t have a long term. This mine would last 25 years.“It’s such a long time for it to be disturbed. (Endangered species) don’t have that timeline to recover.”Mallyon said Benga plans to file an environmental impact assessment before the end of the year. The Grassy Mountain project is expected to come before regulatory hearings in 2016.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960 read more

Football Haskins remains on the outside looking in after Heisman Trophy ceremony

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) calls out a play in the first half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins seemed to do enough to win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback led the country with 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns. He was one of six players in college football to complete more than 70 percent of his pass attempts, and averaged 352.3 passing yards per game, No. 2 in the country. This was enough to earn him a trip to New York City as one of three Heisman finalists alongside Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray. But without a trip to the College Football Playoff in his future, Haskins will leave New York City without a trophy to bring home. Murray earned Oklahoma’s second straight Heisman Trophy after Baker Mayfield won it in 2017. Murray and Mayfield are the first duo from the same school to win in back-to-back seasons since 1974 and 1975 when Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won two straight Heisman trophies. Even with a statistical lead in many categories compared to both Murray and Tagovailoa, there was always one thing that kept Haskins on the outside looking in: the 49-20 loss to Purdue. This loss cost Ohio State its chance at a national championship, keeping the Buckeyes at No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings despite a dominant win against then-No. 4 Michigan and a decisive win against then-No. 21 Northwestern to secure their second consecutive Big Ten title. But as Ohio State left the field in West Lafayette, Indiana on Oct. 20, as his teammates walked to the locker room with their heads down after suffering their first loss of the season, Haskins realized he could not lead the offense by himself any longer. “I never thought I would have to throw 72 times to win the game,” Haskins said after the loss to Purdue. “But you gotta do what you gotta do to win and this ended today.”Haskins did everything he could to succeed in that game, completing 49 passes, 15 more completions than he had had in any other game this season, breaking a school record, for 470 yards, which at the time was also a school record. He broke his own record five games later with 499 yards against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Identity for the Ohio State offense was a struggle for this team all season. Coming off a season with the No. 1 running game in the Big Ten and with both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber returning, the expectation coming in was the run-heavy, pass-when-needed offense would return. But this did not match Haskins’ style, throwing for more than 400 yards in three straight weeks against Indiana and Minnesota before breaking the passing yards record against the Boilermakers. The Haskins-run offense really did not take shape until the end of the season, throwing for 895 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final two games of the season, what many considered as the coming out party for a quarterback who was fighting for a starting job back in April. Ohio State and Haskins are in a similar situation. The Purdue loss defined the season for both, keeping the Buckeyes out of both the Orange and the Cotton Bowl. The Purdue loss kept Haskins away from earning Ohio State’s first Heisman winner since Troy Smith in 2006, a year in which he threw for 2,542 passing yards with 30 touchdowns, numbers which Haskins surpassed easily. The Buckeyes were 12-0 when Smith was picked as the Heisman winner before losing to Florida in the National Championship.In recent years, there seems to be a game that defines the season for Ohio State, a single game that the Buckeyes wish they could have back. As Ohio State prepares for the Rose Bowl and Haskins leaves New York empty handed, something that a better performance from Ohio State in its one loss this season could have prevented. read more

Toledo welcomes European Nickel

first_imgThe Directors of Toledo Mining Corp report that the boards of Toledo and Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp have formally waived their direct and indirect pre-emption rights of first refusal with respect to the sale by Investika (now named Natasa Mining) of its 18.7% interest in Berong Nickel Corp (BNC) to European Nickel pursuant to the September 2004 BNC Shareholders’ Agreement and Clause 14.9 of the January 2005 BNC Venture Agreement. European Nickel hopes to conclude the transaction within two business days of June 27, subject now only to Investika shareholder approval of the transaction at a shareholder meeting to be held on that date. This paves the way for European Nickel to own an overall 19.3% interest in Toledo and an 18.7% direct interest in Berong Nickel Corp.The entry of European Nickel is seen as positive and is warmly welcomed by both Toledo and Atlas, and will enable Toledo to quickly leverage off its large laterite resource base (approximately 375 Mt at an estimated grade of 1.3% Ni) and accelerate the commercial development of one or more of the value added processing options currently under study. European Nickel has leading edge experience in heap leaching of laterite ores, whilst Toledo has undertaken extensive metallurgical testing and studies on agitation atmospheric leaching and high pressure acid leaching. Combined, these cover all the acid leaching technologies currently available for laterite nickel ores.Recognising the potential contribution of European Nickel to the commercial development of Toledo’s nickel resource, European Nickel has been invited to nominate two directors to the Toledo Board. Notwithstanding this invitation and the large shareholding of European Nickel, Toledo will continue to operate and function as an independent company to ensure the interests of all shareholders are maintained. Enhanced corporate governance, through the planned addition of new independent directors, and an independent Chairman, will also help considerably in this area. The current Chairman, Chris Kyriakou will resign and leave the Board on the successful conclusion of the transaction. Berong Nickel has been direct shipping laterite nickel ore to Australia and China for the past 15 months. In 2007, approximately 530,000 t (wet) of laterite ore at an average grade of 1.53% Ni were mined and shipped. In 2008, approximately 190,000 t (wet) of similar nickel grades have been shipped notwithstanding the very wet weather conditions during the first half of the year. Considerable efforts are being exerted to maximise production using the existing facilities already in place. Internal estimates suggest up to 1 Mt (wet) can be mined and hauled before the need to build the Dangla Road at which time production and hauling capacity could more than double.At the Ipilan Project, approximately 80,000 m of drilling and test pitting has been carried out over the last two years to establish the geological resource. Internal estimates suggest mineralization of over 100 Mt of laterite ore at an estimated grade of around 1.25% Ni. Snowden Mining Industry Consultants is currently preparing the JORC compliant report which should be ready for release in the third quarter.  Studies continue on the development of a ‘Direct Shipping Operation’ to complement the ore currently being shipped out from Berong. The Ipilan project is located on the east coast of Palawan and will therefore benefit from year round shipping.Strategically, the long term future of Toledo rests with value added processing where laterite ore is processed on site. To this end, considerable metallurgical test work has already been undertaken on representative ore samples from both Berong and Ipilan. All test work has been carried out in Perth by SGS-Lakefield Oretest under controlled conditions. The test work results from heap leaching, agitation atmospheric leaching, and high pressure acid leaching (HPAL) (including combinations of all three) formed the basis of the preliminary flow sheet designs and the ‘order of magnitude’ capital and operating cost estimates undertaken by SNC- Lavlin Australia for processing plants of 20,000 to 40,000 t/y nickel in mixed hydroxide product.The results of the metallurgical test work have been excellent with very high dissolution rates for both nickel and cobalt over short periods of time. As expected, results vary by technology-Heap Leaching: Ni and Co extraction greater than 75%Agitation Leaching: Ni and Co extraction of greater than 85%HPAL: Ni and Co extraction of greater than 95%European Nickel is proceeding rapidly with the test program on Berong ore at its test facility near Subic Bay in the Philippines. The results from this program will enable the company to make a decision on which process route is to be adopted.In addition to leaching, the company is also assessing the electric arc furnace process for treating laterite nickel ore in the Philippines. The electric arc furnace process is relatively low cost compared to the blast furnace process and can produce a higher grade ferro-nickel product (nickel pig iron), which is better accepted by the market place. Negotiations continue with several Chinese companies who are very keen on entering into a Joint Venture to develop a leach processing plant based on the large Ipilan resource already defined. An MOU is expected to be finalised early in the third quarter.George Bujtor, CEO of Toledo commented, “Toledo sees value added processing as the future of the company, with the direct shipping business viewed as a valuable adjunct. Whilst we have already undertaken considerable metallurgical test work on our own, the incorporation of process knowledge and understanding by European Nickel, subject to intellectual property rights, can only enhance the impressive results we have already achieved. The interest in Toledo shown by European Nickel is a compliment to the dedicated work undertaken by the whole team. I welcome European Nickel as a major shareholder of Toledo and look forward to working together on advancing our projects”last_img read more

Pick Szeged with 2 to Kiel

Hungarian vice-champions PICK Szeged celebrated another victory against German teams this season in the VELUX EHF Champions League. Juan Pastor boys won the first clash over THW Kiel 31:29 (17:15) in the quarter-final clash in front of over 4.000 domestic fans in Szeged.Dean Bombac (6) and his team-mates had furious start with +5 advantage (11:6), but Kiel found the rhytm and were in the game until the last minute… Pick SzegedTHW Kiel ← Previous Story PSG save hopes for Veszprem Arena Next Story → FC Barcelona celebrate fifth consecutive ASOBAL title! read more

Fujitsu shows how eye tracking might work on tablets and desktops

first_imgTouch interfaces have altered the way we use mobile devices, opened up tablets as an entire new class of device, and changed how we think about interacting with machines. So what’s the next big input revolution? One answer could be eye tracking technology, which lets users navigate a screen simply by looking around it. At this year’s CEATEC trade show in Japan, Fujitsu demonstrated a prototype tablet and desktop equipped with I Beam, a system that does eye tracking with remarkably little hardware.I Beam doesn’t require external equipment, like a headset, but instead uses merely an infrared LED and camera built directly into the display. When light from the LED bounces off of a user’s eyes, the camera picks up the corneal reflection and then image processing software calculates the viewing angle — it’s like they took the red eye effect from flash photos and made it useful.Fujitsu demoed the system with several applications, including a simple game, a web browser, an image gallery, an ebook reader, and Google Maps — so it’s clear they see a lot of potential uses for eye tracking in anything where users need to pan around.As with touch controls, implementing this tech into future computers and mobile devices would require UIs that are built for it and users who can adapt to the change. Some hands-on impressions of Fujitsu’s prototypes noted that holding your gaze on one place can be difficult, since glancing around a screen to take it in is now old habit.Despite what sounds like a low-cost and low-power implementation, I Beam is reported to be remarkably accurate, which is an encouraging sign for its future. I doubt eye-tracking will take over from touch controls, but as an option that can be toggled on or off it might have a future, especially for more relaxed, passive experiences like reading.via The Vergelast_img read more

Nissan is developing an AI to design its cars

first_imgCar designs have continued to morph over the years. We have distinctive lines and shapes from each manufacturer, set basic shapes dependent on the desired type of vehicle (sports, compact, people carrier, etc.), and then we have the demands of the car industry for ever-increasing levels of safety and efficiency.With that in mind, you can see how designing a new car or modifying an existing car can be tough, especially with consumers demanding ever-more features be packed in. So Nissan has an idea: they want to let an artificial intelligence design its cars instead. The idea is not as crazy as it initially sounds. Computers are much better at handling a lot of data and doing so with a very high level of precision beyond the capabilities of any human.So, for example, if a new safety standard appears that involves adding extra strength to a specific area of a vehicle, an AI will have all the dimensions on hand, will know what knock-on effects will happen, and can even intelligently redesign internal areas to make new things fit. And it can do all that probably in a few minutes if not seconds, spitting out a guide to the update when finished. A human designer? Days to achieve the same if I’m being kind.For now, Nissan is in the testing phase of using an AI as designer. They are going beyond just solving problems, though. Their prototype AI can recognize images and attempts to design cars based on them. It has already managed to create a design for a car not seen before, which is by no means perfect, but a strong start nonetheless.If the research continues to progress, we could one day see Nissan asking an AI designer to come up with designs for new editions of existing vehicle lines, or even brand new cars. And it would do that taking into account new safety specs, aerodynamics for fuel efficiency, regional variations for worldwide sales, and what the robots building the cars in a factory are capable of. Again, processes that would take a team of human designers days or weeks, but which an AI can do in the blink of an eye.Nissan already has a range of concept vehicle designs. Take a look at them as they may be some of the last humans have a hand in creating.last_img read more

Young badger rescued by animal services

first_img KUSI Newsroom, March 29, 2019 Young badger rescued by animal services Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption KUSI Newsroom Show Caption Hide Caption Updated: 6:32 PMcenter_img Show Caption Hide Caption Posted: March 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 123 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Department of Animal Services rescued a baby badger on Thursday in the Jewel Valley area of Boulevard.The person that called the Department told the responding officer that it had not really moved all day and the animal control officer found the young badger to be lethargic.The officer rescued the animal and transported it to the San Diego Humane Society’s Project Wildlife Center on Gaines Street.“In my thirty years with Animal Services here in San Diego County, this is the first badger that our Department has ever encountered” stated Dan DeSousa, Director of Animal Services.“We are thankful to have Project Wildlife here in our community to provide the needed care for these animals in their time of need” DeSousa added.The report this morning from Project Wildlife is that the badger is doing well and is feisty.According to Humane Society spokeswoman Dariel Walker, the badger is estimated to only be a few weeks old and weighs about two pounds.While badgers are native to San Diego County, Walker said it is “quite uncommon” for the Humane Society to care for a badger and couldn’t name a time it had happened before.“Several staff members said they have never seen a badger before,” Walker said.The Humane Society plans to keep the cub in its care for the time being to help improve his condition. Once he becomes older and larger, the Humane Society plans to transfer him to the Fund for Animals Wildlife Center in Ramona, which has more room to accommodate the badger as he grows.Eventually, he will be released into the wild when animal care staff at the Fund for Animals believe he can survive on his own. Show Caption Hide Caption last_img read more

Cruise Automation plans to double in size in 2019 report says

first_img 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff General Motors Self-driving cars,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 71 Photos null Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 81 Photos Car Industry 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Cruise is planning on doubling its staff by the end of 2019 in advance of launching a robotaxi service. Cruise Automation The GM-backed autonomous vehicle startup Cruise is getting ready to go on a hiring spree in the next year. A Reuters report published on Monday confirmed that the company plans to double in size by the end of 2019.Why such rapid expansion? Well, the company is pushing to get its self-driving taxi service up and running. To do that, it’s going to need a lot more people, mostly engineers according to Cruise spokesperson Ray Wert in a statement to Reuters.This is hardly the latest personnel shakeup at Cruise either. Former GM President Dan Ammann left his position at the General to head up things at Cruise, allowing former CEO Kyle Vogt to transition to president and chief technology officer.With this massive expansion on the horizon and GM money to back it, it will be interesting to see if Cruise can execute its taxi plan and move out of the shadow of other self-driving car companies like Waymo. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comment More From Roadshow 41 Photos 68 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 1 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animalcenter_img 52 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 0 More From Roadshow 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better General Motors Cruise AV is more than a Bolt without a steering wheel 10 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Self-driving cars 26 Photos Share your voice 69 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 18 Photos 49 Photos Car Industry Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Hindalco posts 3038 percent rise in Q2 net profit on higher production

first_imgAditya Birla Group’s flagship company Hindalco on Tuesday posted an increase of 30.38 percent in its net standalone profit at Rs.103 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, 2015.During the July-September period in 2014, the company reported a net profit of Rs.79 crore.On account of ramping up of production, the company’s net revenue from operations during the second quarter increased by 4.34 percent at Rs.8,925 crore as against Rs.8,554 crore in the same quarter of 2014-15.In a statement, the company said its operating results for the quarter were significantly impacted by the severe drop in London Metal Exchange prices and regional aluminium premium coupled with macro economic factors.During the quarter alumina production stood at 628 kt (kilo tonnes) which is 18 percent higher as compared to the second quarter of 2014-15.”The Mahan smelter in Madhya Pradesh achieved full ramp up during the quarter, while Aditya smelter in Odisha is under ramp up. Despite higher volumes, the EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of aluminium segment declined because of lower realisations and higher depreciation,” it said.In the copper production front, cathode production increased by four percent to 100 kt, while fertiliser production jumped by 18 percent to touch 87 kt.last_img read more