England’s Golden Boot winner Rhian Brewster said the maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup win will be etched in his memory forever.”The fact remains that we believed in ourselves firmly and could achieve the target. We will play the game for many years now and will never forget this moment,” said Brewster who scored England’s first goal after Spain’s Sergio Gomez had given them a 2-0 lead inside the first 31 minutes.Brewster echoed his coach Steve Cooper, saying they were never under pressure even after being 2-0 in the dumps.”Yes, we did not panic at the half time. We were confident of coming back even though we were 0-2 down. The first goal was extremely important for us,” said the top-scorer of the tournament who got the Golden Boot for his eight goals.Cooper had also asserted that they never panicked.”It’s easy to say this now. I really did not think there was real panic. We should have scored in the first minute was it? We the ones who took the initiative… we pressed a lot higher and played forward a lot more,” Cooper said.
Samsung is expected to launch some new A series smartphones at an event in Bangkok today. Rumours and leaks suggest that the company may most likely launch the long-time rumoured Galaxy A90 with sliding flip pop-up camera setup. One of the few phones that Samsung is also expected to launch at today’s A Galaxy Event is the Galaxy A80. This is what the rumours suggest. However, some rumours say that Galaxy A90 may actually be the Galaxy A80, which is also possible considering both the Galaxy A series phones are said to sport flip camera setup.Notably, Samsung is yet to officially reveal the details of these new A series phones. With just a few hours to go for the (possible) launch, the Galaxy A80 has been spotted on Geekbench benchmarking site. The benchmark listing reveals some key specs of the Galaxy A80.The Geekbench listing suggests that the Galaxy A80 will come with model number Galaxy SM-A805F. It also reveals that the Galaxy A80 will be powered by SM 6150 which is said to be the successor to the Snapdragon 675 processor. The listing noted that the Galaxy A80 will come with an 8GB RAM variant. It may be possible that the 8GB RAM is one of the few models. This means there could be some other models too. Samsung is yet to officially reveal details about the Galaxy A80.The benchmarking listing also reveals the display and camera details of the Galaxy A80. It suggests that the Samsung phone will come packed with a 6.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED display with no notch. So, considering there will no notch on the phone Samsung can opt for pop-up style camera similar to the Vivo V15 series and Oppo F11 Pro. Also, now that the phone will not have any notch we expect the side bezels to be much slimmer when compared to past A series phones.advertisementAs for the cameras, the Galaxy A80 is tipped to come with a slider which will house three rotating cameras which can also be used to click selfies. In addition to key specs, the Geekbench listing also reveals the single core and multi-core score. In single-core the Samsung Galaxy A80 manages to score 2,488 points while in multi-core the phone scores 6,732 points.ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 tipped to launch next month, may come to India at the same timeALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A90 expected to launch today at A Galaxy Event: What we know so far and how to watchALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB RAM, 128GB storage model goes on sale in India for first time read more
Delhi Capitals have enough reason to feel happy with their campaign so far in the Indian Premier League. After a long journey in the league phase, comprising 14 matches, the team can look back at its results and reflect on the positives.Yet, it does not mean the hard work is over for Delhi. On Saturday, against Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals planned well and also executed it to a nicety to tie on points with Chennai Super Kings. However, CSK have one more match to go.Sport is all about how one can do even better, and if that be the case, Delhi could have pressed hard on the accelerator so that their net run rate would have improved.Quite a number of teams have been hit by the departure of their foreign players. A team like Rajasthan Royals looked like a fish out of the water and have struggled. Luckily for Delhi, the team has been playing to potential.With Kagiso Rabadda flying back home, it was left to the other Delhi Capitals bowlers to take charge. Sure enough, the tried and tested ones came good on Saturday as Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra bowled their hearts out to frustrate Rajasthan, who opted to bat first.In reply, early dismissals did not help Delhi and if they were planning to step up their net run rate, it did not happen. These days, when teams plan their run chase or set targets with a lot of tact, Delhi could have attempted to seal victory in 10 overs.advertisementAs that did not happen, they will now wait for the result of Sunday’s match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders to see where they finish in the points table. Mumbai will be going flat out to win and if that happens, they will climb to the second spot on better run rate.Sport does not guarantee certainties and Delhi Capitals fans will have to patiently wait from here on to see what happens to their favourite side.To be sure, the format of the IPL is so demanding, just doing well in the league phase is not enough. In a way, it’s like what a shooting competition is these days at the highest international level where the marksman aims to do well in the qualification stage and then go for the jugular in the final.Whether Delhi makes it to the qualifiers or eliminator will become clear in a day, but either way, they cannot breathe freely. In the past, when this side was known as Delhi Daredevils, it was subjected to plenty of criticism and ridicule.The team name has changed and so have the personnel but for fans, it’s their favourite side. Till now, what one has seen is an amalgam for the Delhi side. No team can rely on just one or two superstars through the league and final stages of the IPL.Delhi has been well served by the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. Rishabh Pant has matured like wine and even on Saturday, he showed that when he gets going, it’s not going to be easy to stop him. Two weeks ago, the same Pant was perhaps a bit morose as he had not been picked for the World Cup in England.Mentors like Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, who have helped in moulding the Delhi side, would have definitely spoken to Pant and boosted his morale. There is no doubt the boy’s future is promising and any talk of his glove work being inferior can be trashed. After all, he has not become India’s Test wicket-keeper just by chance.With the league phase of the IPL winding down, fans have got their money’s worth. As a brand, the IPL has again soared and nobody has complained about too much slam-bang-thud cricket. As the first sporting league in the country with plenty of excitement, nobody has got bored of it.The T20 format tests players and the leadership of the team thoroughly. A big team like Royal Challengers Bangalore paid the price for relying too much on superstars. In contrast, Delhi Capitals, who had to rebuild from scratch, have achieved creditable results.The next set of matches after the league phase will be even more competitive. Hopefully, Delhi Capitals change of script in 2019 can be talked about even more.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant breaks Virender Sehwag record for Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | Delhi Capitals star Rishabh Pant surpasses Kumar Sangakkara to set new IPL recordadvertisement read more
Juventus Dybala goal will help rebuild confidence – Allegri Gill Clark 07:48 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Juventus Paulo Dybala Juventus v Genoa Genoa Coppa Italia =The Argentine scored one and set up Gonzalo Higuain against Genoa and his coach is hopeful he is getting back to his best Paulo Dybala’s goal in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Genoa in the Coppa Italia will do his confidence the world of good, but the Argentina forward never lost his way insists Massimiliano Allegri.Dybala was benched for Juve’s matches against Inter and Bologna, but was restored to the starting XI on Wednesday and responded with a goal, and an assist for Gonzalo Higuain.Head coach Allegri had called on Dybala, who has 12 Serie A goals this season, to produce more when speaking before the game, and believes he will flourish after rediscovering the goalscoring touch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Dybala put in a good performance, as did the whole team. We all want Dybala to get back to being Dybala, as he’s an extraordinary player. He needed a good performance, but above all a goal, as it can help him find some calm and confidence, but it’s not as if he ever truly lost his way,” he told Rai Sport.”Dybala just has to focus on doing the simple things. He doesn’t need to prove himself in every single game, as that only increases the pressure. He should play as he did tonight.“I was satisfied with the overall performance, as we covered the pitch well and allowed Genoa nothing. “Obviously, when Dybala is the centre-forward, then the box must be filled with runs from the wingers and midfielders. It’s something we can test out but, in order for it to work, we need the wide men to constantly push forward.”However, despite the victory Allegri was not completely satisfied with his team’s performance and admitted he had become frustrated with some of their defensive mistakes.”I was angry because we gave the ball away three or four times coming out of defence,” he added. “If in doubt, kick it away.”We’ve got two days to prepare for Roma, we’ll see how the players who are carrying injuries are doing. It’s a head-to-head clash and Roma still have a game in hand, so they could potentially be right up there with us.”Juventus welcome Roma to Turin on Saturday, with the Giallorossi just three points behind Allegri’s side in Serie A having played a game less. read more
Next Indo-Asian News Service ManchesterSeptember 17, 2019UPDATED: September 17, 2019 23:32 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSThe Sun had published an article which contained details of Stokes’ family’s tragic pastStokes called the article immoral, contemptuous and heartless in the message he posted on social mediaSporting fraternity has come out in full support for Stokes and slammed the controversial news articleEngland and Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford on Tuesday came out in support of the country’s cricketer Ben Stokes after an English daily published details about his personal life and family, which the star all-rounder termed as “utterly disgusting” and the “lowest form of journalism”.”Disappointing to see this. Ben Stokes has been huge for sport this summer. He and his family deserve better,” United and England striker Rashford said in a tweet.Stokes said the newspaper article deals with “deeply personal and traumatic events” that affected his New Zealand-based family more than 30 years ago. In a statement on Twitter, Stokes alleged the report had “serious inaccuracies which has compounded the damage caused”.Disappointing to see this.@benstokes38 has been huge for sport this summer. He and his family deserve better. https://t.co/KsBHXLGTXpMarcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 17, 2019″The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular,” he said. The Durham and England all-rounder added: “To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of — in particular — my parents is utterly disgusting. It is hard to find words that adequately describe such low and despicable behaviour, disguised as journalism.””I cannot conceive of anything more immoral, heartless or contemptuous to the feelings and circumstances of my family.”Stokes was England’s World Cup hero and also scored an incredible 135 not out in the third Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley last month to help his side draw the series 2-2.advertisementHe added: “I am aware that my public profile brings with it consequences for me that I accept entirely. But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own.””For more than three decades, my family has worked hard to deal with the private trauma inevitably associated with these events and has taken great care to keep private what were deeply personal and traumatic events.”pic.twitter.com/ojjjvstZI2Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019″On Saturday the Sun sent a ‘reporter’ to my parents’ home in New Zealand to question them, out of the blue, on this incredibly upsetting topic. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Sun thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page. This is the lowest form of journalism, focused only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order.”Also Read | Joe Root, Michael Vaughan come out in support of Ben Stokes over controversial articleAlso Read | Ben Stokes slams English daily for publishing sensitive information about his familyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Marcus Rashford Ben Stokes and his family deserve better: Manchester United star Marcus RashfordA news article published by an English daily has revealed full details of his family’s tragic past which Ben Stokes has never mentioned in public.advertisement read more
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has condemned the attacks in Clarendon in which it’s been reported that two children and two women were killed. Story Highlights Miss Grange said the victims were in her prayers and has mandated the Bureau of Gender Affairs to work with other state agencies in providing support to those affected by the attacks. “We can end the violence,” said Minister Grange adding that “it requires all of us to end the violence; we have to say what we know and help to convict the perpetrators. We have to become informers. We cannot stay silent.” The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has condemned the attacks in Clarendon in which it’s been reported that two children and two women were killed.Minister Grange said that there could be “no justification for the cold, calculated and despicable attacks” which took place within a 24-hour period in the communities of Race Course and Farm.Miss Grange said the victims were in her prayers and has mandated the Bureau of Gender Affairs to work with other state agencies in providing support to those affected by the attacks.Referring to data released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force just this week showing that more than 900 murders had been committed in Jamaica this year up to August 12, the Minister urged the communities and anyone with information about the attacks to “work with the police to find the perpetrators and put them away because no one will be safe as long as the killers are free.”“We can end the violence,” said Minister Grange adding that “it requires all of us to end the violence; we have to say what we know and help to convict the perpetrators. We have to become informers. We cannot stay silent.” read more
Kolkata: The results of Madhyamik Examination conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education will be declared on Tuesday. Board president Kalyanmoy Ganguly will announce the results through a press conference at 9 am and it will be made available on websites from 10 am. The merit list of the top ten rankers will also be released.The websites on which the results will be made available are www.wbbse.org, http://wbresults.nic.in, www.exametc.com, http://abpananda.abplive.in, www.indiaresults.com, www.results.shiksha, www.schools9.com, www.vidyavision.com, www.jagranjosh.com and www.newsnation.in The examination for 2019 had begun on February 12 and more than 10 lakh students had appeared for the same. Students will be able to collect their marksheets and certificates from their respective schools on Tuesday itself. A total of 6,03,311 girls had enrolled to sit for the examination, which was 13.3 percent more than the number of male candidates that stood at 4,61,669. The maximum number of candidates came from North 24-Parganas at 98,702, while the minimum number was from Kalimpong at 3,619. It was for the first time this year that sealed packets of the question papers were opened in the examination hall by the invigilator and distributed immediately among the students. The decision came in the wake of charges of opening the seal of question papers much before the scheduled time by the headmaster of Maynaguri Subhasnagar High School Haridayal Roy, during last year’s examination. Roy had allegedly made question papers of more than one subject available to the topper of the school. The headmaster has since been suspended and disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against him. However, this year’s Madhyamik examination had seen question papers of a number of subjects circulating on WhatsApp, soon after the commencement of the examination. read more
Rabat – Al Akhawayn Space for Children with Autism, a Moroccan association based in Rabat, is holding a campaign starting March 31 to spread awareness about autism in the country.The campaign will last for multiple days and include several awareness programs and sports activities, such as small marathons, for children with autism and their families. Al Akhawayn hopes it will help parents connect with their children and learn more about what they can do to help them overcome their challenges. The campaign, at the same time, aims to inspire other associations and NGOs into action and into joining in spreading autism awareness.Established in 2011, Al Akhawayn Space for Children with Autism supports families and their children with autism by providing educational programs and a space for the children to help them socialize and communicate in a safe environment.Read Also: French NGO Raises Autism Awareness with World Premiere White PaperMore autism-friendly events, more awarenessThe association is not the only initiator in raising autism awareness. On the World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, the Moroccan National Library in Rabat will also host a conference featuring several professors, researchers, psychologists, and health experts in the field of autism.The conference seeks to discuss issues such as schooling for children with autism in Morocco.It will present the latest developments in autism research and a report on the situation of autism in Morocco, discuss health coverage for autism, and organize awareness workshops for the parents of children with autism.The event will also provide psychological counseling for the parents to help ease their parental stress, given the impact of autism on the lives of parents.On April 4, the event will hold entertainment programs for the participants and their children with autism.Read Also: ‘Don’t Forget Me’ Film Reminds Morocco of its Children with AutismA ray of hopeDespite the lack of research and medical training for autism in Morocco, the country is taking steps to bridge the knowledge gap.In January, the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy (FMPC) in Casablanca inaugurated the first university degree focused on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Morocco and the rest of the Maghreb.Students pursuing the degree will receive three years of training on autism approaches and interventions to improve the lives of people on the spectrum. The training program seeks to produce 20 qualified professionals each year.The autism education degree program will also support families in difficult conditions to better care for their children with autism.The degree was created in partnership with the Mohammed VI National Center for People with Special Needs, the Orange Foundation in Morocco and France, and Belgium’s SUSA Foundation caring for children with autism.Read Also: Major 10-Year Study Affirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism read more
21 September 2010Voicing his concerns about the recent rise in tensions and rhetoric in Lebanon, the United Nations envoy there stressed that any differences must be resolved through dialogue. Tensions had escalated in recent weeks following armed clashes in late August between Shi’a and Sunni Muslim groups in the capital, Beirut.UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams discussed the situation during separate meetings today with Foreign Minister Ali Shami and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. “The United Nations continues to believe that any differences should be resolved through calm and rational dialogue between all sides, and through the work of Lebanon’s state institutions,” he said following his meeting with Mr. Shami.He added that all Lebanese must work to safeguard these institutions, which are the pillars of the stability of any country, including Lebanon.The meetings also focused on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah that erupted in 2006.Mr. Williams also met today with President Michel Sleiman ahead of his trip to New York to attend the annual UN General Assembly, and noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is looking forward to meeting with the President and Foreign Minister to discuss resolution 1701 and other relevant issues. read more
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a meeting between Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and a Myanmar Government minister, and urged the Government to consider release of political prisoners, according to a statement issued by a spokesperson. “The Secretary-General welcomes the meeting today in Yangon between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Minister for Social Welfare U Aung Kyi,” it said. “He notes that the parties have expressed satisfaction at their positive talks and their intention to cooperate further on matters beneficial to the people of Myanmar.”“In line with the international community’s expectations and Myanmar’s national interest, the Secretary-General hopes such efforts will continue with a view to building mutual understanding through genuine dialogue. He also calls upon the Government of Myanmar to consider early action on the release of political prisoners in that country,” it said. Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar, visited the country earlier in the year, spoke with Government officials, met with Ms. Suu Kyi and reported to the security council that although he welcomed some recent releases of political prisoners, he “reiterated the UN’s call for the urgent release of all political prisoners,” a UN spokesperson said at the time.While the initial sentence reductions and resulting release of some political prisoners is a small step in the right direction, it has been short of expectation and is insufficient, he said.Last month Ms. Suu Kyi called on the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) to expand its activities in Myanmar and help promote social justice there.In a video message to the International Labour Conference of the ILO in Geneva she said: “In its attempt to eliminate forced labour and the recruitment of child soldiers, the ILO has inevitably been drawn into work related to rule of law, prisoners of conscience and freedom of association.”Ms. Suu Kyi, an opposition leader put under house arrest for almost 15 years, was released on 13 November last year. 25 July 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed a meeting between Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi and a Myanmar Government minister, and urged the Government to consider release of political prisoners, according to a statement issued by a spokesperson. read more
Hamilton Police want to hear from witnesses to Friday night’s deadly stabbings at Barton and Mary Sts.The male victim has been identified as Richard Doucette, 28, of Hamilton. The autopsy confirmed the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.The 39 year old female victim remains in hosptial and is listed as critical but stable condition.A man was last seen running north on Mary St fleeing the scene.He is being described as white, 5’10” to 6 feet tall, 150 to 170 pounds, 30 to 35 years old, with dark brown or black short hair that is neatly kept, wearing blue jeans, a light-coloured shirt and a black leather coat.Anyone with information please contact Hamilton Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
The possibility of tolls on some Hamilton highways will be raised at today’s city council meeting.Councillor Sam Merulla wants staff to look at the impact and cost of applying a toll to both the Red Hill Valley Parkway and the Lincoln Alexander Parkway.Merulla says his motion will only target out-of-town trucks that use the two highways as short-cuts.He says his proposal wouldn’t apply to personal vehicles or trucks operated by local businesses.
by Mike Tarasko Posted Oct 14, 2015 7:10 am MDT Calgary housing prices stand firm despite economy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Despite the economic downturn, and fewer sales, homes continue to maintain their value here in Calgary.Those are the findings of the latest Royal LePage House Price Survey.It says the median aggregate price of a home rose 0.8 per cent in the third quarter on a year-over-year basis to $465,374Broken down further, two-storey homes rose to a median of just over $522,052, while bungalows fell slightly, down 0.4 per cent to just under $451,937.The report says a lack of inventory has helped maintain prices despite a 40 per cent decrease in overall home sales.Nationally, home prices rose eight per cent in the third quarter of 2015, compared with the same time last year.
The draft Law on ‘Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations’ (NGOs) is scheduled to be examined by the Senate following its approval on Monday by the Cambodian National Assembly, according to a press release issued by Mr. Kiai, who is the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association.“Should the draft law be adopted, any group advocating for human rights, basic freedoms and good governance can be shut down and criminalized,” he said. “It will ultimately have a disastrous impact on Cambodian citizens’ democratic participation in furthering the development of their country.”“I urge the Senate to reject entirely the Bill as it falls significantly short of international human rights norms governing freedom of association, in particular Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Cambodia acceded in 1992,” Mr. Kiai said. Mr. Kiai’s present appeal has been endorsed by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom or opinion and expression, David Kaye. According to the press release, under the draft law, authorities will be able to de-register local and international associations and NGOs if they consider them as not “politically neutral” and similarly deny registration on the vague grounds that the purpose and goal of the associations or NGOs “endanger the security, stability and public order or jeopardize national security, national unity, culture, traditions, and customs of Cambodian national society.”And associations and NGOs operating without registration in Cambodia will face criminal liability, it said. “Equally troubling is the fact that there was no meaningful and transparent consultation with civil society throughout the drafting process,” Mr. Kiai said. “Despite repeated requests from a wide range of stakeholders, no draft was publicly released for several months until after the text was already approved by the Council of Ministers and submitted to the National Assembly.”He went on to reiterate his offer of assistance to the Government and legislature, made on numerous occasions, “to help ensure that the draft law complies with international human rights law.”“It is not too late to reverse the course of action,” said Mr. Kiai, who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as the first Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in May 2011. The special rapporteurs are experts in their field of human rights, independent from any government or organization, work on a voluntary basis, are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. read more
1. Government support has been a vital stimulator of demand for ultra low emission vehicles of all types. Since 2014, more than £500 million has been committed to the plug-in car grant incentive; vehicle charging infrastructure; the Go Ultra Low consumer information campaign, a joint-funded government-industry initiative (www.goultralow.com); and R&D, including a £1 billion 10-year funding programme for the development of next generation eco-efficient engines through the Advanced Propulsion Centre.2. The Future of Motoring Taxation report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) was commissioned by SMMT and published on 28 April, 2015.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2015 and The CEBR Future of Motoring Taxation Report are available to download here. UK average new car CO2 emissions fall to all-time low of 124.6g/km, beating EU target by 4.2%.Britain surges ahead in Europe, selling more plug-in cars than any other country.Record 68.6% of car buyers now paying zero first year tax, putting current regime under scrutiny.The UK has once again beaten CO2 emissions targets, with the average new car in 2014 posting CO2 emissions 4.2% below this year’s EU-wide target of 130g/km, according to a Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) report published today.The annual SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2015 reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions have fallen for the 17th consecutive year to an all-time low. In 2014, new cars averaged just 124.6g/km, beating last year’s record average by 2.9% and 2007 levels by almost a quarter (24%).The shift to more efficient diesel and petrol engines has been critical to this success, while significant growth of the alternatively fueled vehicles (AFV) market has also contributed. Sales of plug-in vehicles increased fourfold to 14,498 in 2014 and, for the first time, the UK surged ahead in Europe, registering more new plug-ins than any other country. By the end of the year, there were 52,000 AFVs, including hybrids, plug-ins and range extenders, on the road – a 58.1% increase on 2013.The New Car CO2 Report shows the huge impact the EU CO2 regulations, alongside significant UK government support1, are having on emissions from all types of cars. In 2014, more than two thirds of new cars (68.6%) met or fell under the 130g/km EU threshold, compared with just 0.9% in 2000, with buyers of these cars benefiting from the £0 first year Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rate.However, this tremendous success raises questions about the future shape of taxation and incentives in the UK; questions that will be a priority for the next government. Today, SMMT publishes a second report2 by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), which explores the challenges that must be met to sustain further long-term reductions in CO2, while also continuing to deliver sufficient revenue to government.With a strict new EU-wide CO2 target of 95g/km by 2020, much is at stake, and the CEBR report recommends a moderate and fair approach to reform to avoid undermining future uptake of the newest, cleanest cars. Demand for these vehicles must be maintained, alongside support for the development of the next generation of low carbon technology. SMMT is calling on the next government to work closely with industry when it reviews the motoring taxation regimes, to ensure balance, fairness and stability in the market, and to reflect industrial strategy ambitions.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The UK automotive sector has made enormous strides in cutting emissions across the board and should be proud of its achievements. However, there is a long way to go, and meeting ambitious targets in 2020 will require ongoing support and investment. Striking the delicate balance between influencing buying behaviour, encouraging investment and maintaining critical tax income will be a big challenge. SMMT is committed to working with the next government to make the changes now that will help the industry meet the even greater cuts in CO2 demanded in the future.” read more
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — John Hall and Noah Frederking scored back-to-back layups as Evansville regained control in the final 2:24 and defeated Wyoming 86-78 Wednesday night in the Missouri Valley/Mountain West challenge.Hall finished with a career-high 21 points and added 11 rebounds for his first double-double. Frederking added 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, Shamar Givance scored 12 and K.J. Riley 10 for the Purple Aces (3-3), who remain unbeaten at home this season.Justin James poured in 34 points on 11-for-24 shooting and added 11 of 14 at the free-throw line with 20 rebounds for the Cowboys (2-5). The double-double were career highs for points and boards.Wyoming trailed 33-24 at halftime but opened the second half with a takeaway and a quick score, catching up 45-44 in six minutes via a 20-12 run with James scoring seven. James scored on a jumper, lifting the Cowboys to a 73-72 lead with 2:37 left.Evansville coach Walter McCarty and Wyoming’s Allen Edwards were teammates at Kentucky.a????The Associated Press read more
… as project slated to conclude in October of 2018The Parliamentary Opposition on Wednesday criticized Government for the slow progress it has made with respect to the almost five years Amerindian Land Titling Project, with the Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Sydney Allicock confirming that only 26 per cent of the work was complete, even though the project is slated to conclude in October of 2018. File photo: Minister Sydney AllicockAccording to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member of Parliament, Pauline Sukhai, the slothful development of the initiative which has usurped a lump sum of money thus far, is “shameful.” As such, she expressed hope that “the Ministry, who is a partner to all the other units and commissions that have been working in support of processing and granting land and demarcating lands to indigenous people gets on board and be more efficient.”During the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee meeting on Natural Resources on Wednesday, Minister Allicock revealed that only 26 per cent of the project has been completed.“That would represent the 45 investigations that were done. The investigations completed for these communities that would now have to be demarcated,” he said. Moreover, the Minister said that while the project was slated to be completed this year, the work programme will require an additional decade before the work can be finalized. As such, he said “we are in discussion and we’re hoping that we can have another extension. We’d have to come up with some justifying facts to seek an extension.”Allicock also explained that thus far, only about 25 per cent of the total US$10M earmarked for the project has been utilized, while highlighting that the initiative has been facing severe challenges with regards to manpower. File photo: PPP/C Member of Parliament, Pauline SukhaiA total of US$7.4 million is still left on the project which commenced in 2013- under the PPP led Administration. Some four communities or villages are earmarked to be completed by the October of 2018.The Opposition maintains that the land titling process is now at a standstill, but the Minister said he begs to differ as the work requires time. Under the Allicock’s tenure as Minister however, not a single Amerindian village has received a title as yet. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOpposition raps Govt over delay in issuing Amerindian land titlesSeptember 1, 2018In “latest news”National Toshaos’ Council blasts Govt for broken promisesJuly 16, 2018In “Environment”House approves $2.2B for Ministry of Indigenous People’s AffairsDecember 12, 2017In “Local News” read more
When The Last of Us was shown on stage at E3 this year, it was clear that developer Naughty Dog was making a rather dark departure from their Indiana Jones-ish Uncharted series. Though violence is nothing new in games, something about the up-close brutality in The Last of Us made a number of critics and fans shiver. Since the game seemed to be focused on giving emotional weight to combat, I wondered whether players would be forced down that road, or have the option to turn away from it. At PAX 2012, Naughty Dog showed off a new live demonstration of the game, and I got my answer.The area demonstrate at PAX appeared to be nearly identical to the one in the E3 trailer, including the same group of scavenging enemies, but the way it played out couldn’t have been more different. Rather than beating, shooting, and burning his way through the hotel, the demo player took a stealthy approach. He distracted the first few enemies by tossing an empty bottle through a window, carefully timed his movements through the empty rooms to avoid being detected, and choked out the lone enemy guarding the exit — the same area in the E3 demo, but cleared without a single kill.Yet even though non-violence seems to be an option, The Last of Us makes it a difficult road to walk. Immediately after clearing the area from the E3 trailer, the player was spotted by another group of enemies and fell back on the old shooting and melee tactics. But the encounter showed off another interesting element of the AI. When only one scavenger was left, he fled into the building ahead, and the player found himself forced into a cat-and-mouse game with a single, desperate enemy.Now that we’ve seen the other side Naughty Dog’s latest game, I’ll be interested to see how players react to it when it releases next year. Will will players work harder to avoid violence due to the way The Last of Us presents it? And if they do, will stealthy players be able to complete the game without a single kill? read more
Friday 3 May 2019, 9:54 PM Short URL 48 Comments THE NUMBER OF people in Canada using cannabis for the first time has nearly doubled since the drug was legalised in October, a government study has said. The National Cannabis Survey, which covered the first quarter of this year and was released Thursday, found that 18% of Canadians aged 15 or older say they have tried marijuana, compared to 14% in the same period of last year, Statistics Canada reported.Some 646,000 said they have tried it for the first time, nearly twice as many as the 327,000 in the same stretch of last year. Those most likely to give it a go for the first time were men aged 45 to 64.“Some of these new cannabis consumers were first-time users, while others were former cannabis users who tried cannabis again post-legalisation,” Statistics Canada said.This increase will be closely monitored in the coming months, to determine whether it can be attributed to a short-term spike in interest in a newly-legal substance or is the beginning of a longer-term trend.Cannabis use is more common among men than women – 22% versus 13% – and it is more popular among younger people. Nearly one in three of those who say they use cannabis is 15 to 24 years of age.“Daily or almost daily cannabis use remains unchanged, while weekly and occasional use increases,” the report also stated.Concerns One of the goals of this pet project of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to wipe out illicit drug dealing. And initial figures suggest success: their share of total marijuana sales seems to be dropping.“Fewer users reported obtaining cannabis from illegal sources (such as a dealer) in the first three months of 2019 (38%) compared with the first quarter of 2018 (51%),” the study said. 17,699 Views Share46 Tweet Email1 May 3rd 2019, 9:54 PM By AFP Daily or almost daily cannabis use remains unchanged, while weekly and occasional use increases.As 2018 began, only cannabis for medicinal purposes was legal. That has been the case since 2001 in Canada but sales for this purpose are minuscule.One of the worries prompted by the legalisation for recreational purposes was that more people would drive while stoned.The study found that the percentage of those polled who reported driving a car less than two hours after smoking cannabis is stable at 15%.Around 20% of those who said they drove after consuming cannabis said they had also taken alcohol. That’s about 123,000 people or three per cent of marijuana users with a valid driver’s license.“Consuming both substances is considered to be a particularly risky combination while operating a motor vehicle,” the study noted.Canada’s legalisation of cannabis for recreational purposes made it the second in the world to do so, after Uruguay.© AFP 2019 Image: Shutterstock/613rd420th https://jrnl.ie/4619572 First-time cannabis users on the rise in Canada since legalisation Those most likely to give it a go for the first time were men aged 45 to 64. Image: Shutterstock/613rd420th Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article read more