In a huge blow to Team India’s chances, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was on Thursday ruled out of the second Test at Nottingham. Zaheer, who missed most of the Lord’s Test, was yet to recover from the hamstring injury and would be cooling his heels at Nottingham. The left arm seamer could manage to bowl only 13 overs in the Lord’s debacle before pulling out due to an hamstring pull and the team management has decided against risking a far from fit Zaheer for the crucial second Test. Zaheer was India’s hero during the famous win at Trent Bridge, which helped India seal the Test series in 2007 and his absence is set to hurt India’s chances as they aim for a series levelling win. Kerala Express S. Sreesanth was likely to replace the injured Zaheer in India’s playing eleven for the 2nd test. Meanwhile, opener Gautam Gambhir was also doubtful for the second test following elbow injury at Lord’s. The final decision was likely to be taken on Friday morning, before the Test begins.
Kontron is now providing the Kontron COMe-bCL6 Computer-on-Module in the COM Express basic Type 6 form factor (125×95 mm) equipped with Intel 9th Gen processors. With up to four memory sockets it enables a maximum memory expansion of up to 128GB. The COMe-bCL6 offers highest industrial quality and flexible application possibilities.The COMe-bCL6 is available in different processor versions. All versions can be equipped with up to 128GB non-ECC/ECC DDR4 memory. The Intel Optane system accelerator ensures fast data transfer from and to high-capacity mass storage devices. NVMe SSD also supports what is currently the fastest storage technology in a very compact package. Thanks to USB 3.1 support with up to 10Gbps and USB Type-C support, twice the bandwidth (compared to USB 3.0) can be achieved for fast data transfers.The COMe-bCL6 is ideally suited as a powerful successor for existing solutions, as it takes over their pin out and feature implementation. Typical applications include communication, digital signage, professional gaming and entertainment, medical imaging, surveillance and security, industrial edge or server applications, as well as industrial plant, machine and robot control, both at shop floor level and from the control room. The rugged variants of the COMe-bCL6 meet the particular demands of the defense, transportation and avionics sectors by offering an extended feature set and industrial temperature range from -40 to +85°C. With the processors of the 9th Gen Intel offers 25W CPUs for the first time.The COMe-bCL6 supports the Kontron APPROTECT security solution based on Wibu-Systems CodeMeter. In addition, Kontron APPROTECT Licensing enables the realization of new business models such as pay-per-use or time-based test versions.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: new Intel Smart Display Module Large with latest Intel Core processorNext Employing energy harvesting in wearable medical device designs
Manuel Pellegrini steered West Ham to a 10th-placed finish in the 2018-19 Premier League and bid farewell to players Samir Nasri, Andy Carroll and Adrian this summer.The Hammers have already completed the signing of Roberto Jimenez from Espanyol ahead of another busy season at London Stadium.West Ham kick-off their campaign by welcoming the defending champions and Pellegrini’s former club, Manchester City, to the capital. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They then travel to Brighton for their first away fixture the following week.The Irons round out the campaign with a visit to Manchester United and a home clash with Aston Villa on the final weekend.West Ham’s full 2019-20 Premier League fixture list can be found below.West Ham Premier League 2019-20 fixtures Date Time Match 10/08/2019 12:30 West Ham United v Manchester City 17/08/2019 15:00 Brighton v West Ham United 24/08/2019 15:00 Watford v West Ham United 31/08/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Norwich City 14/09/2019 15:00 Aston Villa v West Ham United 21/09/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Manchester United 28/09/2019 15:00 A.F.C. Bournemouth v West Ham United 05/10/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Crystal Palace 19/10/2019 15:00 Everton v West Ham United 26/10/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Sheffield United 02/11/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Newcastle United 09/11/2019 15:00 Burnley v West Ham United 23/11/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur 30/11/2019 15:00 Chelsea v West Ham United 03/12/2019 19:45 Wolverhampton v West Ham United 07/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Arsenal 14/12/2019 15:00 Southampton v West Ham United 21/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Liverpool 26/12/2019 15:00 Crystal Palace v West Ham United 28/12/2019 15:00 West Ham United v Leicester City 01/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v A.F.C. Bournemouth 11/01/2020 15:00 Sheffield United v West Ham United 18/01/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Everton 21/01/2020 19:45 Leicester City v West Ham United 01/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Brighton 08/02/2020 15:00 Manchester City v West Ham United 22/02/2020 15:00 Liverpool v West Ham United 29/02/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Southampton 07/03/2020 15:00 Arsenal v West Ham United 14/03/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Wolverhampton 21/03/2020 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United 04/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Chelsea 11/04/2020 15:00 Newcastle United v West Ham United 18/04/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Burnley 25/04/2020 15:00 Norwich City v West Ham United 02/05/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Watford 09/05/2020 15:00 Manchester United v West Ham United 17/05/2020 15:00 West Ham United v Aston Villa Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
This week I’m in Napa driving some 2014 Volkswagens. Volkswagen, without anything really new to show off, flew a few of us down to drive its entire 2014 model year lineup. This included, as you might expect, the Jetta, the Passat, the Beetle, and the Touareg.As I wandered through the lot full of silver, navy blue, and beige German eco sedans, something caught my eye tucked away in the back. As I got closer I realized VW had snuck in a very rare beast indeed: the 2013 Scirocco R.While I came there to drive the U.S.-bound fleet, I was immediately attracted to the bright blue wedge of German pride, taken in by its streamlined bodylines and gaping front air intakes. I was determined to drive it.This, the third-gen Scirocco was unveiled in 2008 and is based on the – now – old PQ35 platform shared with the current Beetle, the Eos, and the Mk5 Golf. This was a fine platform but certainly getting on in years. On the interior, the Scirocco has room for four passengers with a little room left in the backend for a bag or two. If you’ve never heard of this Scirocco R, don’t feel bad. We didn’t get it here in the States.Remember, though. This isn’t the standard run of the mill Scirocco. No, this is the R. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine making 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The R is the most powerful Scirocco ever built.Yes, saying the words “fastest Scirocco ever” is a fun, spine tingling concept, sure. But considering the last one went out of production in 1992, it’s not much of an achievement.Then take into consideration other “R” models we’ve seen in the U.S. The first R32 – the intellectual predecessor to the current R models – was a kick. The second was less fun. And now the current Golf R is pretty darn disappointing. It has a good amount of horsepower at 256 but its permanent all-wheel drive system sucks a lot of power. The manual gearbox is loose and imprecise. And the suspension is squishy and uninspiring.Even though I very much wanted to drive the Scirocco R, I – before even climbing behind the wheel – I felt the Scirocco R had the odds stacked against it. I was very, very wrong.The Scirocco R fires up with a loud roar. Not loud enough to wake the neighbors but loud enough to get your heart pounding a little harder. Then you put the suspension in sport mode, drop the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission into Sport and take off. 60 mph is achieved in 5.5 seconds and 100 mph is reached in 14 seconds.Straight on acceleration will push you back into your seat and let off only for a millisecond between shifts of the the seven-speed transmission as hits the next gear. Cornering, though, is where the Scirocco really shines. You can go into corners far, far faster than you’d ever feel comfortable in any other front-wheel drive competitor.Under steer – the feeling you get in front-wheel drive cars when you turn the wheel, punch the gas, and the car still goes straight – is virtually non-existent on the Scirocco. How is this possible? Well, the Scirocco has been fitted with a locking front differential. So all those ponies get pushed to the road with great conviction. This allows you to immediately lose yourself in the growl of the engine, the feeling of the well-weighted steering, and the open road.If the Scirocco R were to come to the U.S. it’d be priced around $38,000, which isn’t bad considering the car is more fun than most any car under $56,000. Don’t get too excited, though. We won’t get it. Back in 2006, Volkswagen decided the U.S. market wasn’t right for the Scirocco and therefore didn’t design it to meet U.S. safety standards. Even though VW would like to bring it Stateside now, it can’t.The next-gen Scirocco, though, will be coming late next year based upon the mk7 Golf. And that one very well could be crossing the pond… The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing 5 Ways to Rent an RV for Your Next Road Trip 1. Volkswagen Scirocco R 2. Volkswagen Scirocco R 3. Volkswagen Scirocco R 4. Volkswagen Scirocco R 5. Volkswagen Scirocco R What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66
zoom Liner schedule reliability fell to its worst level in 12 months in February when the average on-time performance slipped by 7 percentage points to 62.7%, according to Drewry’s Carrier Performance Insight. The on-time average is reported to have fallen in each of the previous five months and is now at its lowest point since the US West Coast labour dispute-affected February 2015 when the average was 55.2%.On top of the worsening on-time average, the deviation from the expected time of arrival stretched out to 1.2 days in February, from 0.9 days in January. MOL finished on top with an average on-time performance of 73.6% Only two of the 10 trades covered were able to improve their on-time average in February versus January; the Transatlantic trade got over the weather-affected issues from the start of the year to register a 19.6 point rise to 60.8%, putting it back close to its 2015 average, while the Europe-South America trade gained 4 points to 89.1%, Drewry’s data shows.For the third straight month, the same carriers occupied the top three spots in February, although such was the overall deterioration that they didn’t require such high on-time averages to do so.Japanese carrier MOL finished on top yet again with an average on-time performance of 73.6%, well down on its leading score of 82.7% from January. Wan Hai took second place with 71.4%, down from 79.5%, while in third place Maersk Line had an on-time average of 70.1%, down from 77.0%, Drewry said.Only MSC and Zim made marginal improvements on their January performance and the widespread malaise saw the spread from the most to least reliable carriers narrow to 18 points.“A raft of missed sailings to coincide with Chinese New Year and the subsequent operational adjustments will have contributed to the weaker performance,” said Simon Heaney, senior manager of supply chain research at Drewry.“Worryingly, it seems that reliability is indeed now on a prolonged downwards trend although the severity witnessed in February was probably exaggerated by the effects of Chinese New Year. We expect March to show a small month-on-month improvement but for on-time averages over the coming months to remain below the series-high performances of the second-half of 2015,” added Heaney.
zoom Prompted by a sluggish offshore oil and gas industry, the Oslo-listed ship owner Deep Sea Supply PLC has decided to look for profits elsewhere as it entered into an agreement with Norwegian seafood company Marine Harvest to establish a 50/50 owned aquaculture shipping joint venture.According to the companies, the JV would build, own and operate aquaculture vessels, as “there is significant room for efficiency improvements across the value chain in aquaculture shipping, ranging from reduction in newbuilding cost to more cost-efficient operations.”The JV expects to enter into contracts for the construction of aquaculture vessels which would be chartered by Marine Harvest upon delivery.Current discussions indicate a substantial reduction in newbuilding cost compared to solutions provided by alternative aquaculture providers, the companies said. The JV entity, which will be Marine Harvest’s preferred provider of aquaculture vessels, would also compete for external contracts.The joint venture would enter into management agreements with Deep Sea Supply covering all necessary management services for the JV, including technical management, ship management and other corporate services.“The JV will explore any opportunity that may improve building cost or operating cost, including taking advantage of the current imbalance in the offshore service vessel market through potentially convert surplus offshore vessels into aquaculture vessels if project economics are favourable,” Marine Harvest said.Through the joint venture, Marine Harvest, which today charters 44 vessels with a combined cost of approximately EUR 100 million per year, aims to reduce costs related to vessel services.
The province signed a memorandum of understanding today, June 10,reaffirming its 10 year partnership with Nova Scotia’s regionalDevelopment Authorities (RDAs). Premier John Hamm and Economic Development Minister Ernest Fagejoined Nova Scotia Association of Regional DevelopmentAuthorities president Frank Anderson at a signing ceremony atProvince House. “Two years ago we cemented our support for the RDAs with a multi-year investment,” said Premier Hamm. “Today we take this workingrelationship to the next level and put our commitment in writing,because we know the value of supporting economic growth at thecommunity level.” The memorandum formally recognizes the relationship between theprovince and the association and includes the objectives andphilosophy shared in their approach to community development. “The province is proud to partner with the regional developmentauthorities,” said Mr. Fage. “This memorandum of understandingsymbolizes our appreciation for the vital role they play insupporting our economic growth strategy — Opportunities forProsperity.” The Nova Scotia Association of Regional Development Authoritiesis the umbrella organization for Nova Scotia’s 13 RDAs. The RDAsplay a role that is recognized as unique in Canada, with corefunding provided by all three levels of government. “This next step in our partnership holds the promise of moreeconomic and social benefits for Nova Scotians,” said Mr.Anderson. “A formalized relationship will add to our ability toleverage other sources of funding to facilitate community andeconomic development.” June 2004 marks the 10th anniversary of the RDAs in Nova Scotia.Key accomplishments include attracting people and investment torural Nova Scotia through programs like the successful TruroTulip Festival, the Retirement Cape Breton Program that brought500 Cape Bretoners back home to retire, and the Business BuildersProgram in Guysborough County that has helped about 40 studentbusinesses annually. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Province Signs Memorandum With RegionalDevelopment Group
Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Beginning Saturday, June 2nd and running until October 8th, the ROM debuts “Transforming Fashion” – a collaborative exhibit between Dutch designer Iris an Herpen and Canadian architect Philip Beesley. It is the only Canadian stop, and the last on the two year tour. A favourite of icons like Beyonce and Lady Gaga, Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed dresses were named one of the 50 Best Inventions by TIME in 2011. If you watched any of the 2018 Met Gala’s red carpet coverage, you might recognize her work donning Solange Knowles. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Iris has been described by those who critique her work as “futuristic” or resembling something that would come out of a science fiction novel. But as StyleZeitgeist Creative Director Eugene Rabkin describes, in her work there is science but no fiction. She draws inspiration from nature, and the creativity of artists and architects, “Everything that I make is here and now.” says Iris, “I’m inspired by impossibility around me but nothing I make is impossible. I’m connected more to today than the future and I hope it inspires people to think of today as a different world.” The exhibition will showcase one-of-a-kind pieces from 15 of her collections spanning 2008 to 2015. She’s celebrated by creatives across all industries for her multi-disciplinary approach to fashion and collaboration to create new techniques and materials for her designs.
London: Urine testing may be as effective as the smear test at preventing cervical cancer and could significantly increase participation rates for screening, a study has found. The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, found that urine testing was just as good as the cervical smear at picking up high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer. Researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK said a urine test could help increase the numbers of women who are screened for cervical cancer. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportUrine testing could have a role in the developing world, where cervical cancer is up to 15 times more common and smear testing largely non-existent. Around one in 20 women show abnormal changes which might go on to become cancer and are referred for colposcopy, where the cervix is examined under magnification, allowing abnormal areas to be seen, sampled and treated, before they ever cause cancer, researchers said. According to the team, cervical smear samples, self-collected vaginal samples and urine samples are all effective at picking up high risk HPV infection. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsCervical cancer is most common in women aged 30 to 35 years. However, the precancerous stage is detectable in the 5-10 years before this, when up to a third of women fail to attend for their smear test. “We’re really very excited by this study, which we think has the potential to significantly increase participation rates for cervical cancer screening in a key demographic group,” said Emma Crosbie, who led the study.
The Square, located in Samarkand, reflects Uzbek cultural traditions and is known for its unique example of architecture and urban development. It was included in the World Heritage List of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001. According to UNESCO, the Square – built 600 years ago – played a significant role in the development of Islamic architecture over the entire region, from the Mediterranean to the Indian subcontinent.
However, the scheme has been challenged by several parents, who claim that the ambassadors threaten to breach privacy laws and increase the likelihood of confrontation between school staff and parents.Dave Blackwell, Canvey borough councillor, said that the schools involved should proceed with “extreme caution”, adding that the new staffing roles threatened to engender “friction” between the differing parties.“What I want to know is who these people knocking on the doors are going to be,” he added.”I would advise the schools to proceed with extreme caution over this, because it could lead to friction. My first reaction is that if someone were to knock on my door and ask where my child was, I would wonder what it had to do with them.”Further information on the ambassadors is yet to be announced. However, Canvey Schools Partnership confirmed yesterday that applicants for the roles are undergoing DBS checks. Should the scheme prove effective, more schools in the area will be invited to take part.Stephen Durkin, headmaster at Castle View, which is leading the scheme, said he hoped the steps would be seen as “positive and proactive” among parents.It comes less than a year after the school introduced a new behavioural scheme for pupils, which allowed those who had behaved well to leave school 10 minutes earlier than their naughtier counterparts. Details of the initiative, which is to begin next month, were released to parents in a recent school letter, which warns that parents will receive “warning” cards following a truancy visit.“After Easter, the Canvey Schools Partnership will be sending Attendance Ambassadors to the homes of any children whose parents have not notified us of a reason for their absence or who have been absent for several days,” the letter reads.”Following this visit you will receive a warning card and be asked for reasons why your child is not at school and you will be encouraged to send them in at the earliest convenience.” Four schools in Essex will employ full-time truancy detectives in order to track down children believed to be absconding from school, it was announced yesterday.Under the proposals, the schools will hire two full-time “attendance ambassadors” responsible for following up cases of truancy, with the new enforcers given licence to visit the homes of parents whose children are suspected of truancy.An academy, two primaries and a junior school in Canvey Island have signed up to the trial scheme, which headteachers argue will help improve school attendance.Sharon Parsons, leader of the Canvey Schools Partnership, said the new positions would reinforce the “value of attendance” in the minds of parents – some of whom can now expect a knock on the door should their child fail to be accounted for during registration.“It’s not just about tackling truancy – it’s about attendance generally,” she added.”Attendance is an issue at almost every school. You’re lucky if you’re a school without attendance issues. It’s about trying to make all parents see the value of attendance.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
… when he returns from ‘special leave’President David Granger on Wednesday told media operatives that when Top Cop, Seelall Persaud returns from his leave in January, his fate will be decided.Police Commissioner, Seelall PersaudThis announcement comes on the heels of the Police Commissioner being sent on “special leave” on November 24, 2017- the day he was slated to return to his duties following four months annual leave.Persaud received a very short letter from Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan stating that “it is the considered opinion of the Administration that you [Persaud] should be and you are hereby directed to proceed on special leave with effect from November 24, 2017 until further notice.”Earlier today, Granger said “all we did was insisted the leave that is due to Persaud be enjoyed rather than have it pieced-meal. We said let him take his leave and at the end of that we will decide how we go forward.”The President also maintained that there was nothing “abnormal” about the Commissioner being sent on additional leave, highlighting that “we said that public servants must enjoy their leave when it is due and this encourages the development of a good career system which the subordinates are allowed to act.”“From the time the Coalition got into office, we made it clear that we did not support the practice in the past for public officers to accumulate huge amounts of leave and then sometimes request payment in lieu of leave…Right now there is nothing abnormal or irregular about Mr Seelall Persaud going on leave. The leave is due to him, he is not being sent on administrative leave. The leave is due to him and he should enjoy it,” Granger said.On March 29, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour Nizam Khan offered him $7M to assassinate President Granger. He said that the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he approached Khan to borrow $6M to purchase a property.Following the allegation, President Granger ordered an inquiry into the Police’s investigation of the allegation. Upon concluding the investigations, Commissioner Paul Slowe submitted a report to President Granger.Slowe had recommended the firing of substantive Police Commissioner, Persaud.Persaud is reportedly a close friend of the brother of Nizam Khan- the accused. The CoI also found that the Police Force deliberately failed to conduct a diligent investigation into the allegation.The COI also recommended sanctions and removal of other senior ranks.The Police Commissioner joined the GPF on October 15, 1989. He was confirmed Police Commissioner in March, 2015 by then President, Donald Ramotar.He is slated to retire five months from now when he turns 55-year-old. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGranting of firearm licences a customary practice for outgoing Commissioners- PersaudFebruary 28, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop delivers last address at annual Police Officers’ ConferenceFebruary 15, 2018In “Crime”Persaud resumes as Top Cop today until he retires – RamjattanJanuary 22, 2018In “Crime”
Hexagon Mining has released a significant upgrade to MineSight Schedule Optimizer, (MSSO) a product for short, medium, and long-term planning. MineSight is Hexagon Mining’s comprehensive modelling and mine planning software platform. The versatile MSSO determines the most productive cut mining sequence to achieve the highest project profitability, and then generates practical schedules. Version 9 of MSSO simplifies planning by introducing a streamlined workflow for project set-up. It includes the ability to select MineSight Reserve logic, import mining cuts from MineSight 3D or MineSight Planner, add haul route details, and import and sequence destination geometry.These features – many of them developed in response to client requests – allow you to accurately simulate your mine environment more closely to reality, and produce better, more accurate results.Version 9 lets you select solid or polygonal cut geometry, or create the cuts in the MineSight 3D viewer, when creating a mining area in MSSO. Create smaller cuts simultaneously during the cut import process, by selecting MineSight’s Autoslicer Tool. Once cuts are imported into MSSO, and the reserve logic is specified, tons and grade information is calculated and stored inside the MSSO configuration file.Additional improvements include faster multi-period scheduling, allowing you to obtain a solution more quickly; plus the ability to calculate cycle times with a smoother, more focused workflow.Create mining cuts using MineSight Planner is also popular because it allows you to target and immediately report tonnes and grades using customisable reporting. MineSight Planner, which calculates reserves and generates plans, offers a centralized, controllable location to house cuts and share among users.Hexagon Mining has also released Point Cloud Data, one of several new features in the 2015 Update DVD for clients using its MineSight mine planning products. Point Cloud Data allows you to import and display hundreds of millions of points, and view the result in RGB colour or gray scale. Using the recent addition of xViewer, which is able to load and display data simultaneously, you can display hundreds of millions of point data quickly and effortlessly alongside other MineSight data. The recently released Point Cloud Mesher allows you to generate surfaces and solids directly from Point Cloud Data.The picture shows an example of an open pit coloured by elevation, courtesy of Fugro Spatial Solutions“The sky’s the limit for displaying Point Cloud Data,” says EVP Technology and Innovation, Glenn Wylde. “You can use RGB values to display an impressive amount of detail captured from any of your scanning technology. “It’s another example of how we’re leveraging Hexagon technology to connect the real world with the digital world, bringing mining customers closer to reality.”To handle calculations for block models, surface models, and gridded seam models, the new Model Calculation Tool is also on the DVD, delivering multiple model access, test runs (without saving to the model), and detail reporting.
Marian Harkin Independent 12%.Thomas Byrne – Fianna Fáil 9%Pat The Cope Gallagher – Fianna Fáil 8%Jim Higgins – Fine Gael 7%Lorraine Higgins – Labour 5% Rónán Mullen – Independent 5% Mark Dearey – Green Party 1% Ben Gilroy – Direct Democracy Ireland 1% TJ Fay – Independent 0%Mark Fitzsimons – Independent 0%Cordelia Nic Fhearraigh – Independent 0%.What matters to the constituents of the Midlands North-West? The campaign has been dominated by water charges as well as fracking and wind turbines in some areas.With the countdown on until Friday’s elections, RTÉ kicked off with the first of its debates on Sunday evening.It’s no surprise that water dominated the debate, as in some parts of the constituency people might well end up paying for undrinkable water.Lorraine Higgins said Labour had got fairness out of the water deal, while independent candidate TJ Fay said that people are “stressed out” over the water charges.Other candidates were also vocal about their criticism of the setting up of Irish Water.European candidates for Midlands North-West were not overly impressed with the format with a number of independent candidates criticising saying it gives an unfair advantage to party members and sitting MEPs.RTÉBoth Luke Ming Flanagan and Rónán Mullen voiced their concerns live during the debate – probably one of the only times they both sang off the same hymn sheet. The day after the debate, they were still not impressed with the national broadcaster. Relatively unknown nationally, Sinn Féin’s candidate Matt Carthy is snapping at the heels of Luke Ming Flanagan. Sitting in third place in the polls, he said running for Europe was not something he have envisaged. At 36 years old, he says he hopes he can bring a much-needed sense of youth to the European Parliament.On the other scale of the age spectrum, independent candidate T.J. Fay, is the oldest candidate running in the election, aged 72.Speaking on the RTÉ Prime Time debate, independent candidate Mark Fitzsimon said: “We’ve had Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, Labour and Greens. They all failed, try something new, vote independent for change.”The candidate also took his protests to new levels when he was dragged out of studio during the ad break on RTÉ’s Prime Time debate.Second favourite in the polls, Luke Ming Flanagan, has been vocal throughout the campaign about the retention of the A&E at Navan Hospital, turf cutters as well as water charges. Source: FacebookLorraine Higgins also took a pop at the independent TD, branding him a “turkey”: Higgins told TheJournal.ie, she was not singling Flanagan out. She described the posts as just “a bit of tongue-in-cheek for the week that’s in it”.Other candidates running in the constituency are Direct Democracy Ireland’s Ben Gilroy and independents Cordelia Nic Fhearraigh, Marian Harkin and candidate Rónán Mullen, who is appealing to voters with this: Source: Stev Kelly/YouTubeRead: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Ireland SouthRead: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in DublinRead all our Election 2014 coverage here > Just viewed @RTE_PrimeTime from last night on RTE player. Edited version of 2nd debate while all of the 1st debate is shown. #RTECensorship— Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (@lukeming) May 19, 2014 Electing @lukeming to the European Parliament is as useful as sending Dustin the Turkey to the Eurovision! pic.twitter.com/mFmtgSHodr— Lorraine Higgins (@LorHiggins) May 7, 2014 With local candidate @BenDoyleFF in Seán’s Barbers, Prosperous, county Kildare #EP2014 #ep14 pic.twitter.com/lJj3JkBMeL— Thomas Byrne TD – Meath East (@ThomasByrneTD) May 16, 2014 Source: Sen Lorraine Higgins/Twitter Source: Luke Ming Flanagan/Twitter THE MIDLAND’S NORTH-WEST is Ireland’s largest constituency in the European Elections sprawling across fifteen counties.There are just four seats for the taking with 14 people throwing their hat in the ring for a seat at Europe.How are things shaping up?Last weekend’s Behaviour and Attitudes poll for The Sunday Times shows MEP Mairead McGuinness comfortably in first place at 21 per cent, followed by Luke Ming Flanagan at 17 per cent while Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy is in third place on 14 per cent.The other candidates are all running relatively close together: It’s notable that while Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness is topping the polls, their other candidate Jim Higgins is languishing at the bottom – meaning that Fine Gael won’t be getting two seats in this constituency.The recent polls suggest that Labour are facing a Euro wipeout and this is pretty apparent in the Midlands North-West constituency with Lorraine Higgins at the bottom rung of the ladder.Fianna Fáil must be quietly confident as they are running two party members in the constituency. Here they are having a nice stroll with their leader at the launch of their campaign:http://vine.co/v/MraXpHWuH9iSeven-time junior minister and currently in his third stint as an MEP, it’s fair to say that Pat The Cope Gallagher has seen his fair share of political battles. He was out canvassing at the weekend before the election – and he even got a helping hand from former Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Source: Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher/FacebookHe obviously doesn’t think that having the Taoiseach that reigned over the banking collapse is a hindrance to his campaign, telling TheJournal.ie in an interview:I think that anger that was there is not there to the same extent.“I think people are recognising that Fianna Fáil was trying to balance growth between rural and urban areas and that is not the agenda of this Fine Gael government.”Meanwhile, Meath-based senator, Thomas Byrne, who missed out on being elected to the Dáil in the Meath East by-election last year, is also running in the constituency.Thomas Byrne admitted to TheJournal.ie, that there are concerns in the party about its poll ratings, but said he believes Fianna Fáil is the only party which has a chance of taking two seats in the constituency. Other than that, all seems to be going smoothly, even getting a chance to get a haircut on the campaign trail. Source: Thomas Byrne/Twitter
Miralem Pjanic says Juventus want to “win everything” this season, and speaks about playing with Cristiano Ronaldo.Pjanic scored a fantastic volley against Lazio at the weekend, and he spoke to the Juventus’ official tv. Football Italia reports.“It wasn’t a simple goal,” Pjanic said.“The ball was high, but I managed to put it where I wanted. You need to have coordination, even if technique is important.“I’ve improved a lot compared to recent years, that’s what I wanted to do and I’ve succeeded.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I want to keep winning and bring home even more important trophies. We have big objectives, Juventus want to win everything.“We have to be united and do our best. Right now we’re just thinking about winning, but soon we’ll be back to having fun on the pitch too.”Pjanic being a free-kick specialist faces more competition this season with the arrival of new signing Cristiano Ronaldo.“Paulo Dybala and I used to have free-kick competitions, now Cristiano Ronaldo has been added and he kicks them very well.“Ronaldo will give us so much, we’re happy that he’s here. In recent years he’s proved he’s the best in the world.”
Three farmers are teaming up to answer questions about modern agriculture this week as the American Soybean Association (ASA) presents #AsktheFarmer on Wednesday, Oct. 12 live on Twitter.You can tweet questions to ASA (@ASA_Soybeans) beginning at 8 a.m. CT and Kyle Bridgeforth (@Kylebridge ), Brad Kremer (@kremer_brad ) and Jenny Rohrich (@PrairieCA) will chime in with answers throughout the day.Please spread the word, invite your friends and feel free to join in the conversation!Kyle Bridgeforth, Bridgeforth Farms, Tanner, Ala.—Kyle Bridgeforth is a fifth generation farmer from Tanner, Ala. He farms with his dad, uncle, brother and cousin on Bridgeforth Farms, where they grow double-crop wheat and soybeans, but also corn, canola, cotton and grain sorghum. Kyle graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in international studies: business and economics. He’s participated in the ASA DuPont Young Leaders Program and the USB See For Yourself Program. With the ASA, he’s lobbied on behalf on the soybean industry and in 2014 gave a speech on his experience during the USB See For Yourself Program. Every other year, his operation hosts a Field Day, in conjunction with the National Black Growers Council, where they invite members of the community to learn about the latest agricultural programs and technology. Kyle is most passionate about minority and underrepresented farmers, global food security, young farmers and community awareness.Brad Kremer, Hillcrest Family Farms, Pittsville, Wis.—Brad and his wife Nicole operate a family farm consisting of 1,200 acres of soybeans and 1,800 acres of corn, wheat and alfalfa. They also own a 400 animal dairy and a facility where they dry and store grain. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Brad was recently elected president of the Wisconsin Soybean Association. Brad actively looks for opportunities to tell the story of agriculture, whether on a plane or Facebook. He’s also especially fond of youth outreach.Jenny Rohrich, Rohrich Farms & Prairie Californian, Ashley, N.D.—Jenny Rohrich’s family farm consists of 1,000 acres of soybeans and 3,000 acres of other crops including corn, sunflowers and wheat. The Rohrich’s farm with Jenny’s father-in-law, brother- in-law and occasionally their 88 year old grandfather. Jenny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and was a speaker at the AgChat Foundation. She is extremely active on social media, operating both her farm page, Rohrich Farms, and a personal page, Prairie Californian. Her primary method of advocating for agriculture is through her blog PrairieCalifornian.com, which has 12K average monthly page views. Jenny is passionate about connecting with people outside of agriculture, helping them to feel comfortable and confident about what farmers do.
Vancouver police released a photo Sunday of a person they say was involved in an armed robbery over the weekend.Police are searching for the suspects in two armed robberies that took place within about an hour of each other early Saturday morning in Vancouver, according to the Vancouver Police Department.In the first of the two armed robberies, a man was walking near East 30th Street and V Street at 3:41 a.m., when police say a light-green sedan stopped him. Four male teenagers got out of the car and demanded the man’s wallet and money. One of the suspects stood behind the man and fired a handgun into the air.The man gave up his wallet, and the suspects were last seen driving west on East 32nd Street. Police, who found a bullet casing at the scene, say there may have been a fifth person driving the car.In the second armed robbery, police say a white male robbed a convenience store clerk with a chrome pistol at 4:57 a.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 5600 block of East Fourth Plain Boulevard. He was one of four “unidentified males” in the convenience store, according to police. As the robber removed money from the cash register, he fired one round into the floor behind the counter.After the robbery, a witness told police that four people got into a light-green vehicle parked near a fence north of the 7-Eleven. Police found another bullet casing at the scene of the second robbery and have video surveillance footage of two people in the 7-Eleven.
Over a third (36%) of 51-60 year olds have no pension provision, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).Its survey of 2,010 employees also revealed that around a third (30%) of respondents are not sure if their pension savings are enough to retire on.The study also found:66% of respondents aged 20-24 have no pension plans.Around a quarter (24%) of respondents believe they are too young to be thinking about their pension.Over half (55%) think saving through payroll would be a good idea.Lindsay Melvin, chief executive officer of the CIPP, said: “In these uncertain economic times we would hope most people are thinking about their future, but these results show over a third of those towards the end of their working lives are not planning financially for their retirement and some are not even sure they will have enough to live on.“It is clear to see the nation has a long way to go, but we must also consider the vital role employers play. By educating and offering solutions, such as saving through credit unions and paying into a pension via your payroll, employers can help their workforce become more financially savvy.“These problems will not disappear overnight, but if boardrooms take notice of this warning we can all help tackle this ‘sleeping giant’ of a problem.”
But traveling during the holidays doesn’t have to turn you into the Grinch. If you plan to venture out of the Kenai Peninsula visit 511.alaska.gov prior to embarking on the roadways to check road conditions and possible delays. With temperatures expected to remain below freezing through Christmas Day, Alaskan travelers are urged to prepare a simple winter safety kit for holiday road trips. AAA said in a report, that roughly 107.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during December 23 through January 1, a 3.1 percent increase from a year earlier and the most ever recorded. Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation says driving conditions for travelers heading to Anchorage from the Peninsula this holiday weekend are a little “rough” after the recent heavy snowfall:“It’s pretty tough travel, there is a lot of snow and blowing snow. I would really encourage people to check 511 before they go. We are looking at a window of now snow which is great, but there is forecast for more snow in the upcoming days, and we will keep at it.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享“Home for the Holidays” is a familiar jingle during December. But for a growing segment of Kenai Peninsula residents, Christmas time has become a popular time to travel.
2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend Hey, neat, more pictures of the new Land Rover Defender Share your voice 13 Photos SUVs Future Cars 0 More From Roadshow Land Rover Preview • 2020 Range Rover Evoque first drive: Stylish SUV packs X-ray vision Tags Review • 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance Enlarge ImageWhole cities would have rebelled had the Defender lost any of its harsh, rectilinear design. Land Rover Whether you knew about it or not, Monday marked World Land Rover Day, and to celebrate the occasion, Land Rover saw fit to bring us an update on the development of the next-generation Land Rover Defender.Land Rover announced this week that its fleet of prototype Defenders has driven 1.2 million kilometers (about 745,000 miles) over the course of its development testing. It’s been to the desert, it’s been to the Arctic and it’s been up in the thin mountain air as Land Rover’s engineers prepare the Defender for its debut, which is rumored to happen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.But before that happens, Land Rover has a special task for its blocky ute. The automaker will partner with Tusk Trust to put the prototype to use at the Borana Conservancy, a rhino sanctuary in Nigeria. On this 35,000-acre reserve, the Defender will be put to work, carrying supplies, fording rivers and towing whatever it needs to. After all, the Defender is supposed to be a rugged, capable utility vehicle, so why not make sure it is?Land Rover first teased the new Defender back in December. It took a few more days before Land Rover made the best kind of announcement possible: A declaration that the Defender would once again be offered for sale in the US. When it goes on sale in 2020, it’ll be the first Defender to grace these amber waves of grain in more than 20 years.Everything we know about the new Defender thus far is limited to its aesthetics. It’s boxy, it’s foxy and it’s likely to carry much of the same tech found in other Land Rover vehicles, like the new Discovery or the refreshed Range Rover. As for the powertrain, considering Jaguar Land Rover has a number of engines at its disposal from I4s to V8s, it’s anybody’s guess, but given how Land Rover is touting the car’s capability, it’s probably packing one of the beefier options. We’ll find out in just a few months. Land Rover 2018 Range Rover Velar: Effortless SUV elegance on- and off-road More about 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Post a comment 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque review: Style, now with more substance