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Deoria SP, former district police chief shunted out

first_imgThe Superintendent of Police of Deoria and the district’s former police chief were both shunted on Wednesday more than a week after two dozen girls were rescued from an illegally-run shelter home following allegations of mistreatment and sexual exploitation of inmates.The government, however, did not provide a reason for the decision.Prima facie, the government had found the local administration responsible for the incident and after removing the District Magistrate and three probation officers, has turned its radar on the police force.SP Deoria Rohan P. Kanay and DIG Basti Range Rakesh Shankar have both been attached to the Director General of Police headquarters.Mr. Kanay had raided the shelter home and recovered the girls after a minor girl, a native of Bettiah in Bihar, escaped from the shelter home and narrated her ordeal to the police. Mr. Shankar was the previous SP of Deoria under whose tenure Girija Tripathi, the supervisor of the shelter home, allegedly had a free hand in functioning even against adverse orders by the State government.Departmental actionThe two IPS officers could also face departmental action.Mr. Shankar also enjoyed proximity to Ms. Tripathi and her family and had appointed her as the main coordinator of a police project under which a compromise programme was held to sort out differences between quarrelling spouses.Ground reports by The Hindu suggest that despite orders by the State government to shut down the shelter home, the local police and administration continued to send inmates there, including minor girls, as recently as mid-July, and engaged the shelter home owner in official functions, including one for a mass marriage programme in February 2018.The shelter home was derecognised in June 2017 after the Central Bureau of Investigation found financial irregularities in a probe.Ashutosh Kumar has been appointed the new DIG of Basti Range while N. Kolanchi, SP Mahoba, is the new police chief of Deoria.While an SIT is probing the entire incident, a probe is also under way under ADG Gorakhpur to investigate the role of the police. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has recommended a CBI probe.last_img read more

Protests unnerve ‘Gaurav Yatra’ organisers

first_imgIncidents of protests against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in western Rajasthan’s Marwar region during the second phase of her ‘Gaurav Yatra’, which started on Friday, have unnerved the organisers of the march.Protesters showed black flags and threw stones during the rally at Pipar town, near Jodhpur, on Saturday night. While Ms. Raje and the ruling BJP leaders blamed the Congress for the attacks – Jodhpur is the home turf of AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot – the Congress refuted the charge and said violence was never a part of the party’s political culture. “The BJP is ignoring the ground reality of widespread resentment because of its anti-people policies,” Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said here on Sunday.Ms. Raje, travelling in the Jodhpur division, faced protests at three locations on Saturday.During a public meeting at Osian, supporters of Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal showed black flags to the Chief Minister. Outside the town, people from Rajput community blocked roads and tore down Ms. Raje’s posters.At Sekhala, people raised slogans against BJP MLA Babu Singh Rathore and demanded a change of the BJP candidate in the upcoming Assembly polls. A stone hurled at the yatra’s cavalcade broke the window panes of Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf’s car, though he escaped unhurt.Slogans raisedDuring Ms. Raje’s speech at Pipar on Saturday night, protesters raised slogans against the shifting of the Riyan Panchayat Samiti and reportedly threw stones at her bus, which has been modified as a “chariot” for the yatra. Ms. Raje abruptly ended her address, cancelled her night halt at Khejarla and left for Jaipur by a special plane from Jodhpur. The yatra has been suspended for three days and its itinerary has been revised to exclude Luni, Sardarpura, Soorsagar and Jodhpur Assembly constituencies in the district. Mr. Gehlot represents the Sardarpura constituency. Without naming Mr. Gehlot, Ms. Raje said that the protests had been organised to disrupt her yatra “at the behest of a senior Congress leader”. “I will not be cowed down by such acts. The people will teach a lesson to those who have not done anything for development of Rajasthan. The BJP will certainly return to power.” Refuting the charge, Mr. Gehlot said the protesters could have been the BJP’s own workers agitated over local issues. “Ms. Raje gets disturbed at the sight of black flags, which are a part of public life. Her Gaurav Yatra this time will turn out to be her ‘Vidai Yatra’ (farewell march),” he said.last_img read more

Sports Briefs: April 27, 2019

first_imgVictolero admits Magnolia got outworked in Game 6 loss: They wanted it more than us Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Malaya FC scores victory in Euro tourneyYouth club Malaya FC won one of its matches in the U16 level of the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) held recently in Spain’s Costa Brava region. Malaya FC, the only Southeast Asian team in the event, edged Barcelona’s Sant Ignasi, 2-1, then lost to Juventus Football Academy, 2-1. The team capped its stint on the receiving end of a 12-0 rout from the boys of eventual champion La Masia, FC Barcelona’s famed football academy. “Of course, we would have preferred a better result,” said Malaya FC secretary general Mark Duane Angos. “However, our primary goal in joining the MIC is for the boys to experience and be inspired by the level of football played by their peers in Europe.”ADVERTISEMENT Jendo applies for POC membershipThe Philippine Jendo Association (PJA) is applying for associate membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). According to its website, jendo “is a fast-rising traditional style of martial arts” utilizing bare hands and feet and the traditional Filipino stick and bladed weapons associated with arnis, pang-or, bangkaw, itak, bolo and punyal as a means to defend oneself. POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio has advised PJA to complete the requirements needed for a membership committee review. Any group contesting the legitimacy of PJA can present its objection with POC 15 days after this publication, according to PJA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka Ends Bianca Andreescu’s 16-match Winning Streak in China Open Quarters

first_img Ashleigh BartyBianca AndreescuCaroline Wozniackichina open First Published: October 4, 2019, 10:05 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Beijing: Naomi Osaka fought back from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu in a captivating first meeting Friday between two of the biggest young talents in tennis.The 21-year-old Japanese moved into the China Open semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in over two hours in Beijing. She now plays title-holder Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday in the last four.The first instalment in what should be the start of a long rivalry did not disappoint as Osaka brought the young Canadian’s run of 17 wins in a row to an end.What an amazing match! The first chapter of what will be a storied rivalry ends with a win for @naomi_Osaka_ over Andreescu, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4!#ChinaOpen#大坂なおみ pic.twitter.com/znSJFwgTkN— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2019 Fresh from stunning Serena Williams in the final of the US Open, the 19-year-old Andreescu surged into a 5-1 lead in the first set.But Osaka, the Australian Open champion and a former number one, powered back to make it 5-5.Only for Andreescu to break once more, before ramming home her advantage in a riveting first set.First set to this year’s @usopen champion!@bandreescu_ leads Osaka, 7-5!@chinaopen #chinaopen pic.twitter.com/upKLXxGPqz— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2019 Fourth-ranked Osaka, the Japanese who beat Williams to become the 2018 US Open champion, was soon under pressure in the second set.Sixth-ranked Andreescu went up 3-1, but Osaka then reeled off five games straight to level at one set each and go to a decider.Osaka nailed the third match point with an ace, her 11th of the match.Fancy footwork from @naomi_osaka_! 💃🏃🏽‍♀️⬆️@ChinaOpen #大坂なおみ pic.twitter.com/9mUgre0ivs— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2019 BARTY SETS UP SEMI-FINAL AGAINST BERTENSBeijing: World number one Ashleigh Barty said she produced some of her best tennis this year as she battled into the China Open semi-finals Friday with a gutsy victory over Petra Kvitova.The Australian came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and will play Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the last four in Beijing.”From my opinion, that was one of the highest-quality matches I played all year,” said the 23-year-old, the reigning French Open champion.”Petra always has a way of bringing out the best in me, she really does.”From both of us, I think the level was incredible.”Regardless of winning or losing, I think I’d be sitting here with the exact same perspective, kind of the same feeling of the match afterwards.”This was the sixth meeting between Barty and two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, with the former winning only one of her previous encounters against the Czech.Barty, who had strapping on her left calf, was under the cosh in the deciding set after seventh-ranked Kvitova broke her first service game.But Barty grabbed the break back and, with the clock ticking past two hours on court, broke Kvitova again for a decisive 5-3 lead.Bertens, eighth in the world, sealed her spot in the semi-finals with a two-set victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. last_img read more

Officer accuses general of sexual misconduct

first_imgWashington: A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that found insufficient evidence to charge him. The officer told The Associated Press that Gen. John Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his aides. She said that he tried to derail her military career after she rebuffed him. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The Air Force investigated the woman’s allegations, which she reported days after Hyten’s nomination was announced in April, and found there was insufficient evidence to charge the general or recommend any administrative punishment. The alleged victim remains in the military but has moved to a different job. “My life was ruined by this,” she told the AP. The woman asked to not be identified by name. The AP generally does not identify those who say they have been sexually assaulted. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang The accusations against Hyten come at a time when the Pentagon has had an unusual amount of turmoil in its senior ranks, with only an acting defense secretary for the past six months. One of President Donald Trump’s nominees for that position recently withdrew after details of his contentious divorce surfaced. On Sunday, an admiral selected to be the top Navy officer withdrew due to what officials said was an inappropriate professional relationship. It’s unclear when, or if, Hyten’s confirmation hearing will move forward. It has not been scheduled, despite the fact that the current vice chairman, Gen. Paul Selva, is scheduled to retire at the end of the month. Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Wednesday that Hyten’s nomination remains on course. “With more than 38 years of service to our nation, Gen. Hyten has proven himself to be a principled and dedicated patriot,” she said. A senior Air Force official said investigators went through 10,000 pages of documents, conducted interviews with as many as 50 people and pursued every lead, but did not uncover evidence to support the allegations. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters, added that they also found no evidence that the woman was lying. The official said Last month, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper asking why Hyten was not removed from his post amid the investigation. The letter, obtained by the AP, raised questions about whether he received special treatment. The woman making the allegations said she, too, wonders if Hyten received special treatment because of his rank, and she fears her honesty and motives will be questioned because of the circumstances and timing of her allegations. The woman began working for Hyten in November 2016. Though he is an Air Force general, she is in another military branch, which she asked the AP not to disclose. The officer said the unwanted sexual contact, kissing and hugging began in early 2017 and recurred several times throughout that year when she was working closely with Hyten. She said she repeatedly pushed him away and told him to stop. In December 2017, when they were in southern California for the annual Reagan National Defense Forum, Hyten came into her room wearing workout clothes and hugged her tightly and rubbed up against her, according to the woman. She said she told him to leave. Hyten then asked the woman if she was going to report him. She said she told him no. The woman said she didn’t report the incidents at the time in order to avoid embarrassment, and out of fear of retaliation. She was also thinking about retiring, and believed Hyten was as well, so she concluded that he would not pose a risk to any other service members. She later learned that she was under investigation by Strategic Command for what officials said was “toxic” leadership behavior. That allegation surprised her, she says, because Hyten was familiar with her leadership style and “encouraged” it. He had given her glowing performance reviews, some of which were reviewed by the AP. “I was not the most popular officer in the command. In fact, one could say I was not popular at all,” she said. “But I was very successful in turning around an organization.” In her interview with the AP, she showed copies of performance reviews from Hyten in which she was ranked as the top officer out of 71 on his staff. Hyten wrote that she had “unlimited potential to lead and serve with distinction as a multi-star” general. “Exceptionally competent and committed leader with the highest level of character,” Hyten wrote, adding that “her ethics are above reproach.” The investigators issued her a letter of reprimand for her leadership and she was removed from her job at Strategic Command. She submitted her retirement. But military officials in her branch of service determined her retirement was coerced and they rejected it. They then moved her to another senior job in the Washington area. As she moved into her position, the officer received another negative evaluation by Hyten, which she appealed. During the appeals process, Hyten was nominated for the vice chairman position.last_img read more

Morocco 21YearOld Arrested for Internet Blackmail

Casablanca – Is Oued Zem, a city in Khouribga Province, becoming the capital of digital blackmailing? A 21-year-old man recently appeared in the court of Appeal of Khouribga after being accused of blackmail and extortion via the internet, according to daily Assabah’s issue for the weekend. The suspect allegedly has used pornographic videos to blackmail his foreign victims who come from countries as diverse as Sweden, Iraq, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan. According to Assabah, the suspect was carrying a Smartphone when he was arrested. The content of the device allegedly unveiled his crimes. In it were found text messages exchanged with the victims.According to the suspect’s own testimony during police interrogations, he carefully chose his victims on the internet, especially on “hot chats” where he was pretending to be a sexy girl. He then incited his victims to undress and took the opportunity to film them.By doing so, the suspect managed to easily earn around MAD 60,000 ($7200) in a few weeks. In addition to his crimes on the internet, the suspect is also accused of corrupting a minor. what is more  alarming is that the arrested suspect is only one among innumerable young Moroccans who are currently engaging in similar criminal activities on the net. According to daily Al Akhbar, the Casablanca police went all the way to Oued Zem to arrest fourteen young people, aged 17-24 years old, who are involved in similar crimes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Attacker with Mental Disorders Flees After Stabbing Tetouan Traffic Cop

Rabat – A policeman on traffic duty was assaulted on Sunday evening in the northern city of Tetouan by an individual with a bladed weapon, according to a statement by the Moroccan national security agency.The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) announced that the policeman had been attacked while performing his duties on a public road by an individual suffering from mental disorders.According to the DSGN, the suspect attacked the policeman from behind, leading the officer to use his gun. The policeman fired at the attacker, who was wounded in his shoulder but managed to escape arrest. The policeman suffered a serious injury and was transferred to a city hospital. His condition has relatively improved, according to the statement.A police investigation under the supervision of the general public prosecutor’s department is underway to establish the circumstances of the incident. read more

GuineaBissau Ban urges leaders to demonstrate goodwill to resolve political crisis

“The Secretary-General shares the concern expressed by the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 17 December over the prolonged political and institutional crisis in Guinea-Bissau, which continues to negatively impact the people of the country,” read a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s office late yesterday.“He calls on Guinea-Bissau’s political leadership to demonstrate the requisite commitment and goodwill to reach a lasting political solution to the crisis in their country on the basis of the ECOWAS Roadmap and the Conakry Accord,” it added.According to the statement, the UN chief also took note of the ECOWAS Authority decision to proceed with the withdrawal of its mission in Guinea-Bissau (ECOMIB) in the first quarter of 2017.“He expresses the hope that such withdrawal will be contingent on the preconditions stipulated in the ECOWAS Roadmap and adequate consultation with international partners, including the UN,” the statement added. Mr. Ban also expressed his appreciation to the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, in particular the ECOWAS Mediator for Guinea-Bissau, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, and the Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia, for their continuing efforts aimed at ensuring the full implementation of the ECOWAS Roadmap and the Conakry Accord. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State loses to Illinois beats Northwestern in 30 sweep

Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate their final match point and victory against Maryland on Sept. 20. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Rebecca Farage | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team lost Friday night to Illinois (15-4, 6-2 Big Ten) in a 3-0 sweep, but bounced back Saturday by beating Northwestern (12-8, 2-6 Big Ten) in three straight sets.The Buckeyes moved to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.IllinoisAlthough the Buckeyes had a slow start to the weekend, senior outside hitter Ashley Wenz helped her team with 15 kills, 13 digs and two blocks on the night. Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer contributed 10 kills and freshman defensive specialist Hannah Gruensfelder was responsible for 15 digs.Freshman middle blocker Lauren Witte was the surprise of the evening. She delivered seven kills on 11 swings with a .455 hitting percentage, with only two errors. She also played a strong defense with three blocks.Ohio State began the opening set with a 12-10 lead against the Illini. After an 18-all tie, the Buckeyes took four straight to move into a 22-18 lead before Illinois recorded seven of the next eight points to take the set, 25-23.The dramatic conclusion to the first set carried over to the next as Ohio State trailed the entire way through and lost 25-19.Although they fell behind early on in the third, Schirmer notched two kills and an ace to tie the set at 18. Unfortunately for Ohio State, Illinois converted seven of the final nine points to complete the sweep, 25-20..NorthwesternOhio State was able to come back on Saturday night against Northwestern with a 3-0 win, outscoring the Wildcats by 29 points and restricting them to a .074 attacking percentage.The Buckeyes played a convincing match with nine blocks and a .308 hitting percentage. Once again, Wenz drove the team to victory with 11 kills and three blocks of her own. Junior setter Taylor Hughes led the team with five blocks, three aces, and recorded 29 assists.Ohio State began the game on a high note with a 12-4 lead in the first set. Northwestern bounced back with a 9-3 run, but the Buckeyes scored 10 consecutive points and won the set 25-13.The second was a bit of a toss-up between both teams, but the Buckeyes pulled away late with a 5-1 run, securing the 25-18 win with an ace from SchirmerOhio State maintained its steady pace in the third set and and got some help at the net from Hughes and Witte, who tallied back-to-back blocks. The Buckeyes built a 22-10 lead, but the Wildcats fought back with four straight points. The Buckeyes continued to deliver both offensively and defensively, taking the set 25-15.Ohio State will return to St. John Arena for a match against No. 6 Minnesota at 8 p.m. Wednesday. read more

CNRL oil sands truck automation pilot coming in 2019

first_imgThings continue to move fast in the world of autonomous trucks pilots and trials, with the oil sands a major interest area. Imperial Oil has already confirmed it is trialling a fleet of autonomous Caterpillar 797F trucks with seven set to be running by end 2018. And of course Suncor is doing a phased implementation of autonomous haulage systems (AHS), starting with the North Steepbank mine and followed by Fort Hills, with 150 autonomous trucks planned by 2023, including the 930E but also the new 980E.But next up with a trial will be CNRL in 2019. IM contacted the company which had this to say: “Canadian Natural continually evaluates a range of technologies to deliver productivity gains, cost reductions and environmental performance. To date, we have achieved significant efficiencies through continuous improvement of our operating practices. Among the technologies being evaluated is autonomous vehicles that has the potential to provide maximum equipment efficiencies and utilisation. Canadian Natural continues to build on research completed to date and we are planning to carry out a small pilot in our oil sands mining operations in 2019.” It is not yet clear if the trial will take place at the Albian Sands Jackpine or Muskeg River mines (CNRL 70%) or its 100% owned Horizon operations.last_img read more

Car Review Hyundai Elantra Gets HybridLike 40 mpg

first_imgThe just-released 2011 Hyundai Elantra gets 40 mpg highway without resorting to the complexity and cost of a hybrid drivetrain. It’s roomy, looks great, costs as little as $15,500, and is likely to spell trouble for the compact car segment-leaders Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Along with heavy doses of tech, there’s luxury. Name one other car in the compact segment that offers heated rear seatsLike a Sonata, Only Smaller (But Not That Small)The 2011 Elantra uses the same “fluidic sculpture” design as the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata (see review), which arrived early in 2010, and the upmarket Sonata hybrid (review) and Sonata 2.0T turbo (review) models shipped this fall. The superimposed image shows that they look remarkably alike, the difference being the Elantra at 178 inches is a foot shorter and $4,500 cheaper.  The Elantra’s roomy back seat is a match for most midsize sedans and so is the trunk. In fact, there’s enough interior room that the EPA classifies the Elantra as a midsize car.Elantra May Be Big Enough for Some Sonata ShoppersI could see customers coming to look at the Sonata and deciding the Elantra is big enough for their needs. Other automakers have lookalike cars, such as the BMW 7 Series and BMW 5 Series. In that case, if the customer decides to go with the smaller model, the dealer is looking at a bill of sale that’s $25,000 less. The confusion between the two models may be annoying to 7 Series owners because their neighbors aren’t sure at a glance whether he’s driving the really expensive car or just the expensive car. In Hyundai’s case with its less-established brand and a name that sounds a lot like “Honda,” having more cars that clearly look like Hyundais is good for the brand.Most All the Technology You Expect: iPod Adapter, Satellite Radio, Airbags, ESCThe Elantra comes standard with an iPod/MP3 player adapter, satellite radio, six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and standard four-wheel disc brakes. Hyundai took a step backward by not making Bluetooth standard on the Elantra as it did on the new Sonata, but Hyundai promises a January announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show that may resolve the issue.Navigation is optional, with a 7-inch touchscreen that is as big as comes in the compact car segment. If you don’t get navi, there’s a smaller monochromatic display at the top of the center stack. It’s the same navigation as the new Sonata, running off a 16-GB memory chip, and the screen is good on cloudy days, not so good in the sun, and if you’re wearing sunglasses, better turn up the volume on spoken directions. Navigation includes a backup camera.Keyless entry with pushbutton start is also available. There’s a second 12-volt socket on the passenger side of the center console. Hyundai doesn’t deserve too much credit for offering two power sockets as most everyone else should be dinged for offering just one even in compact cars.But No Blind Spot Detection or Lane Departure WarningHyundai’s array of safety technology does not include blind spot detection, which some midsize cars have, or lane departure warning. Nor is there parking sonar.  A backup camera (available) is good; camera and sonar are better. All are safety features you might expect as technology costs come down. The government last week said it wants backup cameras installed on all cars by 2014.How Hyundai Got the 2011 Elantra to 40 mpg: It Stars with the Engine The 2011 Elantra is rated at 29 mpg city, 40 mpg with the either the six-speed manual transmission or the Hyundai-engineered six-speed automatic. There’s a completely new Nu (Hyundai’s internal name) 1.8-liter, 148-hp, four-cylinder engine that is 74 pounds lighter than the predecessor Beta engine (2.0 liters, 121 hp, 34 mpg highway). That’s 17.7% better highway mileage.Hyundai offered this breakdown of how the new Elantra got its 17.7% incease. The engine efficiency accounts for almost half the savings, 7.4 percentage points of the 17.6% increase, or 2.5 mpg. Here’s Hyundai’s breakdown:Nu 1.8-liter engine vs. Beta 2.0-liter engine — +7.4 percentage points (2.5 mpg)6-speed automatic transmission vs. 4-speed AT — +4.1 points (1.4 mpg)Smart Alternator — +2.5 points (0.9 mpg)Low rolling resistance silica tires — +1.4 points (0.5 mpg)Weight savings — +1.8 points (0.6 mpg)0.28 coefficient of drag — +0.5 points (0.2 mpg)Total Fuel Savings — +17.7% vs. 2010 ElantraHow Soon Could the Elantra Meet 2025 (62 mpg) EPA Goals?Note the while the engine has variable valve timing, it does not have gasoline direct injection (GDI) where high-pressure fuel is sprayed directly into the combustion chambers. That’s good for several mpg on its own and suggests Hyundai could, with GDI and a couple other tweaks, produce a 45 mpg and possibly 50 mpg Elantra running on regular gasoline – no electric motors and hybrid battery pack, no diesel fuel.Were Hyundai to offer a hybrid version, it might within a couple years have an Elantra able to meet the EPA’s fuel economy goal of 47 to 62 mpg by 2025, the higher mpg number targeting automakers such as Hyundai with smaller-size vehicles.On the Road: Comfort and Room Over Sports-Car HandlingHere’s my impression after a day-long, 200-mile road trip. The car is fine for driving around town or on the highway. Four people and their luggage – lots of luggage – will ride comfortably. As with a lot of Hyundais, it’s a rider’s car more than a driver’s car. In other words, in a world of Lexuses and Audis, this feels more like a baby Lexus. Other notes:* Cockpit fit and finish are first-rate.* The steering wheel has nice thumb cutouts and the stitching (leather on the Limited moels) doesn’t dig into your fingers. The steering itself is okay but not with a lot of feeling.* The center stack controls are adequate. HVAC controls aren’t immediately obvious. I found them a bit dark and the lettering too small when wearing sunglasses. No problem for the core buyer, young adults looking for a great value, not so good for older buyers.* The steering buttons are complete but small, which is typical. If you want big, readable steering wheel buttons, buy a Cayenne.* The iPod interface worked well, as did music on a USB key. Working an iPod was harder with the smaller, non-navi LCD display (photo right).* Bluetooth worked well and it can stream audio.* A compact car should not, by rights, have this much back seat room (which may be why it’s classified as a midsize car). There are no air vents in back (not common on compact cars, but understand this is why cars such as the Elantra are so affordable).* The folding rear seat is a 60-40 split not one-piece, meaning you can carry three people and something from Home Depot.* The trunk is cavernous.Hyundai vs. the CompetitionHyundai sees its competition as the best-selling compacts, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, along with the Mazda3. Because of its interior volume, it’s also able to take on the Chevrolet Cruze, Nissan Sentra, and Ford Focus, all EPA-rated as mid-size cars. Against the competition, the Elantra has more power (Mazda3 matches it), more transmission gears (Cruze matches, Sentra has a CVT), the most trunk room, and only the Sentra has more passenger volume.The comparison against the Corolla and Civic are a bit unfair because both designs date to 2006 (so does the outgoing Elantra’s) and both should have new cars in 2011 as 2012 models. Hyundai was quicker with its model change: four years, four months from launch to launch.Limited Configurations Benefit Hyundai – But What About the Buyer?The 2011 Elantra comes in just seven buildable configurations (also eight paint colors and three seat colors). Hyundai says it’s to reduce confusion when configuring online and to increase the odds a dealer has in-stock the options the buyer wants. That’s certainly good for the dealer. But it also means if you want one option, such as the 360-watt premium audio, you’ve also got to take the navigation system and backup camera.If Hyundai were shipping Elantras all the way from the Ulsan, Korea factory -a couple weeks at sea – the limited configs would make sense. But they’re coming from Alabama and what it also means is that Hyundai so far isn’t interested in letting a buyer have too many choices. Compare that with BMW’s SUV plant in South Carolina; BMW encourages custom orders and builds, ships and delivers in less than a month.Should You Buy (or Lease)?Unless you’re looking for a driver-oriented car such as the Volkswagen Golf or Mazda3, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the leader of the pack among compacts and is more than competitive among midsize cars. Every Elantra model gets 40 mpg highway (some competitor cars have one or two 40 mpg special models). Because residual values will be much better for the 2011 Elantra (63% after three years instead of 48%, says Auto Lease Guide), leasing could be a good deal. Hyundai is promoting a three-year, $169 lease ($1,700 down) on the automatic transmission (and air-conditioned) GLS model.The lower-level GLS trim line will be the volume Elantra, starting at $15,500 (with freight) in a barebones configuration with steel wheels, a manual transmission, and air conditioning if you roll down the windows. The most popular model will be the automatic transmission GLS at $17,800 or the GLS Preferred $18,350 (Bluetooth, alloy wheels, steering wheel buttons). The navigation package version ($20,100, an extra $1,750) adds navigation, premium audio, and the backup camera. The base Limited ($20,700) goes beyond the top GLS with leather seating and steering wheel, power sunroof, and those front-rear heated seats. The Premium Package Limited ($22,700) has the navigation-audio-camera items plus the proximity key and pushbutton start.The Elantra, now No. 3 in compact car sales, may well outsell No. 1 Toyota Corolla and No. 2 Honda Civic in the next year until those two get their new, 2012 models to market.IN SHORTPRO: Good looks, roomy, great mpg, standard iPod adapter.CON: Uninspiring as a driver’s car, no standard Bluetooth (unlike Sonata), options only in options packs.BOTTOM LINE: With Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla slow to refresh, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the benchmark among compact and some mid-size cars. It looks good and every model gets 29 mpg city, 40 mpg highway.last_img read more

Dell Recycled 150 Million Pounds of EWaste Last Year

first_imgDell, one of the strongest advocates of safely discarding trashed electronics, said it helped dispose of more “e-waste” in fiscal year 2011 than any previous year.Its Dell Reconnect program, which allows consumers to drop off old computers at Goodwill locations around the country, collected 150 million pounds, or 75,000 tons, of electronic equipment over the last 12 months.The company says this puts it nicely on track for its ambitious goal of reaching a total of one billion pounds by 2014.Via MNNlast_img read more

Vous reprendrez bien un chocolat

first_imgVous reprendrez bien un chocolat ?Une étude qui a été menée à Pittsburgh, aux Etats-Unis, a démontré que les gens qui s’imaginent manger divers aliments sont ensuite moins attirés par eux.Le terme d’habituation est bien connu. Il résume le principe selon lequel un organisme, soumis à un stimulus régulier, finit par atténuer sa réponse à ce stimulus. L’université de Pittsburgh a ainsi testé ce principe sur des participants, soumis à divers produits alimentaires.Les chercheurs ont demandé à certains candidats de se visualiser mangeant du chocolat, diverses sucreries ou du fromage, d’autres devaient s’imaginer en consommer moins d’une et plus d’une autre, etc. Après ces exercices de visualisation, des saladiers remplis de ces divers aliments étaient proposés et les candidats pouvaient se servir comme ils le souhaitaient.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemble du chocolat observé de très, très près grâce à un microscopeIl ressort de cette étude que les participants ayant imaginé manger de grandes quantités de chocolat, de sucreries ou de fromage avaient une appétence moins importante pour ces divers aliments. Ainsi, la représentation répétée d’une image mentale aurait des répercussions différentes de la simple évocation de cette même image. Le principe de répétition diminue l’appétit quand l’évocation unique le stimule.Cette découverte devrait permettre, pour certaines personnes, de réduire leur consommation d’aliments jugés malsains et même aider à réduire tous types de comportements addictifs, aussi bien dans le domaine alimentaire que dans le cas du tabagisme ou des troubles compulsifs.Le 19 décembre 2010 à 11:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Health care workers’ safety increasingly at risk

first_imgShannon Sathre was supposed to have the day off, but a staff shortage and the prospect of time-and-a-half pay lured her from her couch into the intensive care unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Hours into that Dec. 20 overtime shift, one of Sathre’s patients lashed out, kicking the 49-year-old registered nurse multiple times in the chest, according to a Vancouver Police Department report. As other staff rushed into Room 5108 to help, the patient allegedly began swinging her arms and spitting at anyone who tried to restrain her.After the adrenaline wore off, Sathre realized how much pain she was in. Her chest was sore, the left side of her neck was tight and she developed a severe headache, according to the police report. Still, 45 minutes after the incident, Sathre returned to the room to continue caring for the 47-year-old woman who allegedly attacked her, according to the report.That violent encounter wasn’t the first for Sathre, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years, and it wasn’t the only workplace violence incident at the hospital last year. Sathre’s incident was one of 147 incidents reported to PeaceHealth Southwest administrators in 2017.Workplace violence isn’t unique to PeaceHealth Southwest; Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center recorded 91 incidents last year. And, at both hospitals, those only account for the incidents reported by staff. Hospital officials suspect the number of actual incidents of violence is greater.last_img read more

Phil Thompson reacts at Mourinhos comments about Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool legend Phil Thompson says Jose Mourinho’s claims that his former club are trying to buy the Premier League title are “outrageous”.During the summer transfer window, Liverpool spent £177million – shelling out £67m on Roma stopper Alisson, in addition to adding Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to their ranks.Mourinho said: “When I read sometimes and watch sometimes, it looks like we finished sixth or seventh (last season) and everybody did better than us. We finished second.“Liverpool are trying to win the title with their amazing investment. Chelsea have a fantastic squad, Manchester City have a fantastic squad too, Tottenham made an incredible investment by keeping their players, that’s the best investment you can make.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.When asked if Liverpool should be offended by Mourinho’s suggestion that Liverpool had sought to buy the title this summer, Thompson said on Soccer Saturday: “Pot and kettle? Oh my goodness.“You always buy what you can afford and it’s net spend at the end of the day. Our net spend compared to United’s net spend is massively different.“How can he say that? Is he just trying to wind people up because this is Jose? Liverpool trying to buy the title? Oh my goodness, I can accept that from some other clubs and managers, but not from Jose Mourinho.“Just because we’ve spent some money this summer? It was absolutely outrageous comments coming from Mourinho, whose bought titles everywhere he’s gone.”last_img read more

Possible governmentfunded health care for illegals

first_img May 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter AP, SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are considering proposals that would make the state the first in the nation to offer government-funded health care to adult immigrants living in the country illegally.Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed covering immigrants 19 to 25.A proposal in the state Senate would expand that coverage to include people 65 and older, while the Assembly is considering a bill that would extend benefits to all low-income immigrants 19 and older.California already covers immigrants 18 and younger regardless of their status.A final decision on wider coverage may come down to cost.Newsom estimates his plan covering young adults would cost $98 million a year. Legislative staffers estimate the Senate’s plan could cost $304 million and the Assembly proposal $3.2 billion annually.Newsom estimates California will have a $21.5 billion budget surplus. But he has urged lawmakers to constrain spending, warning the next recession could cost the state $70 billion in revenue. Possible government-funded health care for illegals Posted: May 20, 2019 AP last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Discusses Taxes Being Responsive To Constituents

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#11) Do you feel Massachusetts residents are over-taxed? How will you balance the need to provide government services to the taxpayers & fund the government with most taxpayers’ desire for no tax increases? Can you point to anywhere in the state budget where you believe there is waste, fraud or abuse? What will you do about it?Of course we are over-taxed? Dare ANY candidate say otherwise? “Taxachusetts” was a moniker our beloved Commonwealth well-earned. Balancing need with budget, while satisfying the taxpayers’ desire for no further tax increases comes from identifying waste, fraud, and abuse! For example, in 2017 alone more than $45,000,000 was recovered from fraudulent claims to MassHealth. That is more than $6.50 for every man, woman, and child living in Massachusetts. And that is just what was caught! Governor Charlie Baker is a former healthcare executive and in that same year of 2017, he worked to move 140,000 people ABOVE the federal poverty level into subsidized insurance programs within Massachusetts’s Health Connector — but his plan was rejected. MassHealth currently eats-up 40% of the state budget. Think about that. It comes in at around $16.6 billion dollars. Billion with a “b”! And Governor Baker’s common sense plan to move, but still subsidize, people’s insurance, people ABOVE the poverty level, was shut down. This is why we are taxed. Programs meant to help those most in need are expanded. Money meant to help those who are in dire circumstances is multiplied to aid those who could find other avenues. The expansion of government is always in inverse proportion to the expansion of a citizen’s wealth. Stop fraud, stop abuse, and stop those who see it as their job to stop the just and fair function of already generous public programs!#12) Former State Representative Jim Miceli was known through the district for his extraordinary constituent services. Do you pledge to provide a similar level of constituent services if elected? How will you be responsive to requests for help from residents of Wilmington and Tewksbury?As a Legislative Aide, one of my roles was to work directly on constituent issues. It was the main focus of my boss, Representative Will Crocker (R- 2nd Barnstable). When he took office, there was a significant opportunity for an increase in constituency work and therefore, with his determination, I was able to help tackle the unfortunately massive backlog of needed assistance.First and foremost, as a State Representative, your job should be to function as liaison between the constituent and the state bureaucracy. It is unfortunate that by the time folks reach out to their State Representative they have often run out of all other options and they feel lost within the system. Serving a Legislative Aide for a Cape Cod district, I immediately saw that there was a large population of seasonal workers who receive unemployment benefits throughout the winter months. This was often their financial lifeline through our harshest New England months. If they were unable to get through to the Unemployment Office, it could mean going weeks, and sometimes months, without receiving benefits. Very few folks I know could go two months without any income. When you are a State Representative, it means you get through to Unemployment immediately and can help remedy the issues at hand and deliver much needed relief. This is your job, helping your district in anyway you can is your ONLY job description.The work I am most proud of in my entire life was my constituency work as Legislative Aide for the 2nd Barnstable. Offering help and hope to people who felt they had none of either was overwhelming in its gravitas. I very much look forward to delivering hard work and solutions to the folks of the 19th Middlesex.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mike McCoy Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Taxes, Being Responsive To ConstituentsIn “Government”last_img read more

World Photography Day observed in Karimnagar

first_imgKarimnagar: A picture is worth a thousand words and a single picture can express innumerable feelings, observed Joint Collector GV Shyam Prasad Lal. He inaugurated a photo exhibition and blood donation camp organised by Karimnagar City Photo and Videographers Welfare Association on World Photography Day at Press Bhavan in Karimnagar on Monday.Speaking on the occasion, Joint Collector GV Shyam Prasad Lal said photo is one of a powerful medium, which can influence large number of people and can bring positive changes in the society. Photographs are the live witnesses of the past, which can be available now and in future also. With one photograph, both the government and society will respond immediately, he added. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us The people will capture their memorable moments in the form of photographs, when they visit beautiful places and temples. With the changes in the present world and technology available, lot of changes also occurred in the modern photography, he stated. Appreciating the organisers for showcasing the award winning photographs in the exhibition, the JC wished that world famous photographers must emerge from Karimnagar district and must achieve greater heights in their lives and conveyed wishes to all photographers. Deputy Director of Public Relation Department P Bhaskar, Singareni PRO Sampath Kumar, senior photographer Ram Mohan, Karimnagar City Photographers and Videographers Association members were present along with others.last_img read more

St Valentine Would Have Loved Neural NetworkGenerated Candy Hearts

first_img MIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven GarmentsResearchers Train AI To Feel Emotion, Too Even before I could read, I was handing out packs of Sweethearts—sugar candies printed with messages of romantic and platonic love—to classmates every Feb. 14.The chalky confections invite friends to “TEXT ME,” “FRIEND ME,” and “ADORE ME”; implore acquaintances to “BOOGIE” or “REACH 4 IT”; and let mates know that it’s “TRUE LOVE” and “ME & YOU.”This Valentine’s Day, research scientist Janelle Shane is giving those tired refrains an update, courtesy of her neural network.AdChoices广告“I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm,” she explained in a blog post. “The candy heart messages it produced… Well, you be the judge.”Some, Shane pointed out, could “pass for—and arguably improve upon” your garden variety aphorisms: “CUTE KISS,” “MY BEAR,” “LOVE BUN.” (Take note, Necco.)Others are “perhaps not quite as effective”: “SWEET PEAR,” “COOL CUD,” “FANCY MY HERO.”Choose carefully (via Janelle Shane)Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy. Sure, IBM’s Watson can destroy human Jeopardy contestants, and DeepMind’s Go-playing computer no longer needs human intervention to slay the game.But, as this experiment proves, there is still a ways to go before machines put greeting card writers out of work.Having started with a very small foundation of only 360 sayings, Shane bulked up her training data by adding “my favorite neural network-generated messages” to the original set, creating some 500 statements in total.“The first thing I noticed is the definite upswing in the number of messages involving bears,” she wrote in a follow-up blog. “I’m seeing worrying signs of a bear-based feedback loop that might lead to 100 percent bear content after a few more iterations of this.”It also offered a number of seemingly complimentary axioms, like “SWEET TANK,” “OOO,” “CUTEY LIDS,” “BEST MANE.” As well as these unintelligible options: “MAGE LOVE,” “SWEET BOG,” and “BEELT POSWRORD U?GHCLENCY U,” which, frankly, won’t even fit on a candy heart.Maybe stick with chocolate and flowers this year… (via Janelle Shane)If Necco ever wants to release a line of NSFW Sweethearts, Shane’s got a list of “not-so-PG” adage that would be perfect. (Fill out an online form to have them emailed to you.)These 21st-century maxims have come a long way since the New England Confectionery Company began printing sayings on its candy in 1866.Often used for weddings, the original sweets featured truisms like, “Married in pink, he will take a drink,” “Married in white, you have chosen right,” and “Married in satin, love will not be lasting.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more