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U.S. Women Upend Sweden, 6-1

first_imgSOCHI, Russia — Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne and Brianna Decker each had a goal and two assists to help the United States beat Sweden 6-1 Feb. 17 to earn a spot in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics.Jesse Vetter needed just eight saves to help the Americans clinch no worse than a silver medal. The U.S. has medaled in every Winter Games since women’s hockey was added in 1998, and just once — with a loss to Sweden in the 2006 semifinals — failed to reach the Olympic championship game.The United States will play the winner of the late semifinal between Canada and Switzerland for the gold medal. A victory by Canada would set up a rematch of the 1998, 2002 and ’10 finals.The U.S. won the gold medal in Nagano then took silver in Salt Lake City and Vancouver. Canada also won a game in the preliminary round 3-2.Anna Borgqvist scored on a deflected shot past Vetter with just under seven minutes remaining to spoil the shutout.The U.S. outshot Sweden 70-9. Valentina Wallner made 42 saves for Sweden before she was pulled with 7:29 left in the second period. Kim Martin Hasson, the first woman to play goal in five Olympics, stopped 22 of 23 shots the rest of the way.Alex Carpenter and Kacey Bellamy scored in a span of 66 seconds in the first period, and Amanda Kessel gave the Americans a 3-0 lead before Sweden got off its first shot. The U.S. outshot Sweden 29-1 in the first period.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Top-Seeded Tsitsipas Reaches Open 13 Final, Faces Kukushkin

first_imgMARSEILLE, France (AP) — Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas remains on course for his first title of the year after beating David Goffin 7-6 (1), 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Open 13 final.He next plays Mikhail Kukushkin after the 31-year-old Kazakh beat French wildcard entry Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-4.The 20-year-old Tsitsipas became the youngest Grand Slam semifinalist since 2007 when the big-serving Greek reached the last four of the Australian Open earlier this year, getting the better of 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer along the way.“Titles mean a lot,” said Tsitsipas, whose only previous title was on indoor hard courts last year in Stockholm. “(Titles) won’t come to you. You have to work hard to get them.”Humbert had nine aces but dropped his serve three times while Kukushkin conceded his once.Kukushkin is through to his fourth career final, but his only win was nine years ago on indoor hard courts at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia.“It is a big stage in my career,” said the 50th-ranked Kukushkin. “I am going to play against a very difficult opponent and he is going to be the favorite.”Tsitsipas won their only previous meeting, on outdoor hard courts in Dubai last year.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Injured Josh Hazlewood ruled out of Sri Lanka Tests, Jhye Richardson named replacement

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the Test series against Sri Lanka due to a back injury, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday.Jhye Richardson, uncapped at Test level, has been called into the squad in place of Hazlewood, who has taken 164 wickets in 44 Tests.”Josh has reported some back soreness over the last few days and scans have revealed a very early stage stress fracture in the same lower back area as his previous injury from last summer,” CA physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.Beakley added that the player was expected to be fit for the World Cup in England later this year.”He will now begin a rehabilitation programme and we are confident he will be available for selection ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the UK later this year.”Hazlewood had missed Australia’s two-Test series against Pakistan in the UAE in September with a similar injury.Richardson, 22, has played seven one-day and seven Twenty20 internationals.”Jhye has had an impressive first half in his Sheffield Shield season and no-one could deny he has now continued that form in ODI matches for Australia,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.Australia’s Test squad is due to meet up in Brisbane on Saturday evening, ahead of the first day-night Test against Sri Lanka at the Gabba starting on Thursday.last_img read more

Doesn’t bother me: Steve Smith on ‘cheat’ chants in World Cup warm-up vs England

first_imgAustralia batsman Steve Smith played down the hostile reception he had received as he walked out to bat during their 1st World Cup 2019 warm-up match against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Saturday.Steve Smith was booed by the Rose Bowl crowd and there were chants of “cheat, cheat, cheat” as he made his way out to the middle in the 17th over of Australia’s innings. Earlier, opener David Warner was booed by the England crowd who witnessed both the batsmen take the attack to the English bowlers.Both Smith and Warner had served bans over their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal from last year. Nonetheless, the two Australian batsmen are back in the limited-overs squads after some impressive performances in the T20 leagues across the globe.While Warner made a 55-ball 43, Smith showcased why he is rated one of the best batsmen going around with a delightful hundred (116 from 102 balls). Smith’s masterclass helped Australia post 297 and eventually clinch a 12-run win over England.Stressing he is considering all the boos as white noise, Steve Smith said: “I heard a few things as I went out to bat. But it doesn’t get to me. I was just trying to keep my head down and move straight ahead and just do my job and fortunately today, I was able to score a few runs for the team.”More importantly, I was able to spend some time in the middle before the World Cup.”It doesn’t bother me. I focus on my job. Support of teammates up in the balcony. I know I’ve got the support of my teammates. If I can make them proud and Australians proud then that’s my goal.advertisement”I just blank it out. They call it white noise. When I am out there I pay no attention to the crowd and just move on with playing the game.””Genius what a player!”Steve Smith starred with the bat for Australia with a brilliant century in their #CWC19 warm-up match against England and his former skipper was full of praise for him! World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 25, 2019’Everyone is entitled to their opinion’Smith also added that he has not been subjected to abuse from the general public ever since arriving in the United Kingdom for the World Cup.”No, it’s been really good I haven’t copped any which is really nice. I guess everyone is entitled their opinion and how they want to treat people, but it is water off a duck’s back. I’ll just do my own thing and just keep working hard to play hard.”Smith paced his innings wonderfully well and played some delightful strokes in his inimitable style. While he stepped out and played inside-out shots against Moeen Ali, he wasn’t reluctant to power the ball over the boundary ropes against pace bowlers.’Nice to spend a bit out of time out in the middle’Smith though is not becoming complacent but hopes to strike form during the World Cup. Australia begin their campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 before which they play their 2nd warm-up match against Sri Lanka on May 27.”I was actually a little bit disappointed with my one-day form probably the last 18 months – take out the last 12 – so it was nice to spend a bit of time out in the middle today and the practice games that we’ve had so far I have felt really good. Everything is going well and I’m looking forward to the first game coming now,” Smith added.”I’m not reading too much into it, they’re just practice games at the moment, hopefully, I can keep this form for the real stuff and we’ll make a judgment then. I am feeling good, I’m feeling calm at the crease and hitting the right balls I want to the boundary.”Also Read | Warm-up win over India means little for World Cup, says Ross TaylorAlso Read | Nothing to worry about: Ravindra Jadeja on India’s batting woes after loss to NZAlso See:last_img read more

ESPN Computer’s Prediction For West Virginia-Texas Game

first_imgAn exterior view of the Texas Longhorns stadium.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 6: A general view of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium before the BYU Cougars play the Texas Longhorns on September 6, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)Texas (6-2) hosts West Virginia (6-1) this weekend in what will likely be an elimination game from the Big 12 title, let alone the College Football Playoffs.With no unbeaten teams remaining in the Big 12 Conference, it is increasingly unlikely that any team will represent the conference in the College Football Playoffs.The Longhorns’ two losses have likely ended their playoff hopes, but a win would guarantee the team finishes with a winning record in the regular season for the first time since 2013.West Virginia have yet to win a Big 12 title, and would be all but eliminated from the game with a loss. But a Mountaineers’ win would show that the team has what it takes to win the title as they get to the hardest stretch of their schedule.ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the game.ESPN’s computer model believes that this game is basically a toss up, but has Texas winning. The computer model gives the Longhorns a 50.9 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.The two teams are nearly equal historically, with Texas owning a 4-3 edge and having won last year’s matchup.Whoever wins this game will likely be able to coast to a spot in the Big 12 championship game – which at this point would probably feature Oklahoma.The game will be played at 3:30 p.m. EST on FOX.last_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Conserve Water

first_imgJamaicans have been urged to conserve water, in light of the drought conditions currently being experienced throughout the island.This call came from Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, as he addressed the opening of the Ministry’s two-day exposition, held on the lawns of Devon House, St. Andrew, on March 22.“It is incumbent on each of us to play our own part and become more proactive in reducing our water footprint by conserving on our use of water and preserving our fresh water sources. This is especially true given the drought we are now experiencing across much of the island,” he emphasised. Water conservation, he said, is now even more critical based on the fact that the island is “due for longer dry periods in the years ahead”, according to research done at the University of the West Indies on the local impacts of climate change.“This means it cannot be business as usual. Dwindling inflows into our dams and reservoirs will require a collaborative and inclusive approach to ensure the sustainability of our water resources,” he said. To this end, the Minister said it will be necessary to diversify the means of harvesting water which, among other things, should include: rainwater harvesting for use in homes and small businesses; recycling wastewater for industry, agriculture and domestic use; preserving watersheds and groundwater sources by replenishing and replanting the forest cover; and keeping groundwater sources pollution free.Highlighting specific strategies being put in place by the administration to address the dry period, Minister Pickersgill said a Drought Management Committee has been mandated to draft a comprehensive disaster management policy, which will set out a medium to long term strategy to mitigate the effects of drought on the island. “A six month consultancy is being offered to draft the policy,” he said.The Minister pointed out that since March of last year, 21 Rapid Response trucks have been repaired, “and all but three have been deployed to service the communities that are thirsting for water. We are working to have the full complement of 50 available to service affected communities by the next significant drought period next year.”In the meantime, Minister Pickersgill assured that the Governmment is working to increase the supply of water to consumers islandwide under various projects, and spending hundreds of millions of dollars on projects to increase the availability of potable water from 73 per cent to 85 per cent by 2017.“It is well known that water touches every aspect of our existence, and is an essential component if we are to live healthy, dignified lives. Access to potable water is essential for building healthy, robust, and dynamic communities and by extension, a vibrant and productive nation,” he said.Staged under the theme: ‘Partnering for Sustainable Development’, the exposition sought to highlight the work of the Ministry, its agencies, partners and stakeholders, particularly in the area of water and meteorology. The event also highlighted activities marking World Water Day observed on March 22 and World Meteorological Day on March 23.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

AntMan and the Wasp actress Evangeline Lilly is in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Hollywood actress Evangeline Lilly, who is popular as the “wasp” from the “Avengers” series, is in India and is currently enjoying her stay in the national capital. Lilly has already visited the Humayun’s Tomb, Agrasen ki Baoli and other locales, as is evident from a number of posts on her Instagram. The actress, who is popular for portraying the role of Wasp in films like “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Avengers: Endgame”, took to her Instagram on Sunday and shared a string of photographs of her touring the city. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka In the first image, Lilly is as at the Agrasen ki Baoli. She is seen sitting on the flight of stairs leading down into the step well and captioned it: “Who are you solitary woman? Delhi, New Delhi.” The 39-year-old actress also shared a boomerang video of herself on her Instagram stories and captioned it: “#Fluffitup. Night out in Delhi”. Lilly is also known for her roles as Connie James in “The Hurt Locker”, Bailey Tallet in “Real Steel”, Tauriel in “The Hobbit” film series.last_img read more

Proposed Conservative parental tax credit would cost 600M or more PBO

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s proposed tax credit for parents would cost the federal government over $600 million dollars in lost revenues in the first year — and this could go even higher, says a new report by the federal budget watchdog.The parliamentary budget office report released Thursday said Bill C-394, which would offer a tax credit for those on parental leave, would result in foregone revenues of $607.6 million in 2018-19.As a non-refundable tax credit, not all families would be able to claim the total amount in the first year. This means a further $261 million would likely be added to the costs of the measure in future years, PBO calculations found.Scheer tabled his private member’s bill in February, promoting it as a way to help parents offset taxes owing on their maternity and parental leave.It is, so far, one of the few concrete policy proposals he has put forward publicly since becoming Conservative leader.“When parents go on EI parental or maternity leave, they sacrifice up to 45 per cent of their salary,” Scheer said during second reading of his bill two weeks ago. “After making that sacrifice, they have to pay tax on the benefits they receive. With tax being withheld from every cheque, it means that families with a parent on leave see their take-home benefits cut down and many get hit with an extra tax bill afterwards when they file their income taxes.”The parliamentary budget office delved into the projected costs of the credit, using employment insurance claim data.The tax credit, as proposed, would allow parents on maternity or parental leave to reduce their taxes by 15 per cent.Quebec residents receiving benefits under that province’s separate provincial parental insurance plan would also be eligible for a tax credit for an equivalent amount.The total cost for 2018-19 of $607.6 million would rise incrementally each year for the next five years, the PBO found.Additional costs for families who do not claim their full amounts would result in additional costs of $261 million the first year, which could also rise incrementally, or could get even larger in a single year, then drop in subsequent years, depending on how many people claim it.The report also measured how the tax credit could impact the Trudeau government’s new EI parental sharing benefit that will offer more weeks of parental leave for families where both parents take time off to care for a newborn.Scheer’s parental tax credit would increase the cost of this measure by another $24.1 million, the reported estimated.An official with Scheer’s office says internal cost estimates for the tax credit came in at about $900 million a year, which falls in line with the budget watchdog’s findings.It appears unlikely Scheer’s tax credit will be adopted. During debate on the bill last month, Liberal and NDP MPs poked holes in the policy, saying it doesn’t address the real needs of parents.“The tax proposal being presented here would not do half of what it promises it would do,” said Liberal MP Adam Vaughan.“It certainly would have very little impact on the most vulnerable families in this country and it would not provide a firm or comprehensive tradeoff that would allow our government to support it.”NDP MP Niki Ashton said she felt the spirit of the bill may be honourable, but since many Canadians are not eligible for parental leave in the first place, many would not benefit.“We want to be clear that the NDP supports the idea that we need to invest in Canadian families and in new parents, but we disagree with the proposal that has been put forward by the Conservative leader — a proposal that will increase inequality as it will do nothing to help lower-income families.”last_img read more

India may witness longer slowdown as oil imports, consumption decline

first_imgNew Delhi: In a sign that slowdown in the Indian economy may be long drawn, a government report has projected a modest 3.5 per cent growth in oil imports this year. Considering that India imports more than 80 per cent of its oil requirements, slow growth in imports signals tepid demand and consumption. According to Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC), country’s oil imports is projected to rise to 233 million tonnes (mt) in FY 20 against 227 mt in FY19, a growth of mere 6 mt. While slower growth in oil imports is good news for exchequer in terms of keeping the high oil bill under check, it also signals that less crude will be processed by Indian refineries as there would be less consumption of products such as petrol, diesel and ATF, indicating pressure points in the economy. After showing improvement in early part of 2018, Indian economy has again showed signs of a slowdown in the third quarter of FY19 registering a GDP growth of 6.6 per cent. This has led to overall growth projection for FY19 being downgraded to 7 per cent from earlier 7.2 per cent. International agencies have also brought down growth projections for FY20 to 7.3 per cent level. “While lower oil import growth cuts India’s oil import bill and helps it manage the current account deficit (CAD), this would be a factor of prevailing oil prices. If crude prices jump following tension in the Gulf, a cut is supplies from Iran and Venezuela and production slowdown by OPEC countries, it could add further pressure to a slowing economy,” said a former member (energy) Planning Commission, asking not to be named. Against projected crude oil import of 233 mt, the country’s import bill is expected to settle just around $113 billion in FY20. This is growth of a mere $ 1 billion over oil import bill of $ 112 billion in FY19. But the projection by PPAC is based on average price of Indian basket crude oil at $ 66 per barrel and average exchange rate for Rs 71 per dollar. Crude has remained above this level for most parts of current fiscal and is expected to settle well over average of $ 70 a barrel in FY20. This could disturb the initial calculations done by PPAC. Apart from crude, petroleum product imports (largely comprising petrol and diesel) have also remained tepid. Product import has, in fact, fallen to 32.5 mt in FY19 as against 35.5 mt in FY18. Also, worrisome is petroleum product exports, which have fallen to 61.1 mt in FY19 from a high of 66.8 mt reached in FY18. With a surplus refining capacity, India is a net exporter of petroleum products. But with international markets also witnessing a slowdown, product exports have been hit. In terms of petroleum product’s share in country’s overall exports, the number, however, has improved marginally from 11.5 per cent in FY18 to 11.6 per cent in FY19. The dependency of imported crude (on consumption basis), on the other hand, has increased from 82.9 per cent in FY18 to 83.7 per cent in FY19, meaning we are producing less oil and depending more on imports to meet domestic requirements. This dependency has consistently increased in all five years of the Modi government. Crude production in India has stagnated around 35 mt for past decade. In FY19, domestic crude production has dropped to 34.2 mt from 35.7 mt in the previous year. Despite best efforts of the government, domestic oil production has not increased. Government has now pinned hope on its new Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP) that institutes an open acreage policy to see more investment in the country’s exploration, thereby increasing the production in the coming years.last_img read more

Activists’ lawyers: Sheriff should defend anti-protest laws

BISMARCK, N.D. — Attorneys for oil pipeline opponents are fighting a South Dakota sheriff’s attempt to be dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit challenging new state laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline.Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom should remain a defendant in the suit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union because he will be enforcing law that amounts to an unconstitutional infringement on free speech, an attorney for the plaintiffs argued in a Tuesday court filing.The Republican-backed legislation passed in March allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in “riot boosting,” which is defined in part as encouraging violence during a riot.Supporters of the legislation sought to head off protests of the Keystone XL like those mounted against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017. North Dakota spent $38 million on policing those protests, which resulted in 761 arrests over a six-month span.The ACLU is suing South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg and Thom in federal court on behalf of activists. An attorney for Thom last month asked that the sheriff be dismissed from the lawsuit, saying he must enforce state laws but isn’t responsible for defending them. Attorney Rebeca L. Mann also argued that Pennington County shouldn’t have to defend state laws that it doesn’t have the power to change.Plaintiffs’ attorney Brendan Johnson countered in Tuesday’s court filing that “each time Thom makes a choice about the laws’ meaning, as the highest official in the county for that action, he is doing so as a policymaker for Pennington County.”Johnson also argued that Thom must use his own discretion when enforcing the law, making him an “appropriate defendant.”Pennington County is one of eight South Dakota counties along the route of TC Energy’s planned Keystone XL pipeline to move Canadian crude through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with lines to Gulf Coast refineries. The $8 billion project has the backing of President Donald Trump but is being fought in the courts by opponents.The ACLU of South Dakota, North Dakota and Wyoming said it named Thom as a defendant in the lawsuit because he’s sheriff in the county in which the activists are working. Plaintiffs include the Rapid City-based NDN Collective non-profit, which advocates for indigenous peoples and climate change awareness.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter: Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

President says unity Government cannot be toppled

President Maithripala Sirisena says the unity Government cannot be toppled.The President was speaking at an event held at the BMICH today to mark the second anniversary since he took office. He said the international community had extended support to the Government after it took office in 2015.Sirisena also slammed the protests staged in Hambantota yesterday and told Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to move the proposed industrial zone from Hambantota to Polonnaruwa if the people of Hambantota do not want the industrial zone in the area. The President noted the support he received from the United National Party (UNP) to win the 2015 January 8 election. “No one can topple this Government,” he said. He said the country can move forward as a Nation and he invited all political parties and individuals to support the policies of his Government.The President said the Government was able to remove the pressure faced by the country at the UN Human Rights Council. read more

Snowden slams Hong Kong for rejecting Lankan refugees

The refugees’ lawyer, Robert Tibbo has called the decision by Hong Kong authorities “completely unreasonable”, and said he had less than two weeks to submit appeals before the families were deported. But the family of four, a mother and her daughter and a single man saw their protection claims rejected Monday by the city’s immigration authorities, which said there were “no substantial grounds” for believing they would be at risk if they went home. “Someone in the Hong Kong government has decided that they want to make these families disappear immediately, no matter the cost,” Snowden added in the video in which he spoke against a plain white background.He has been living in exile in Russia since the summer of 2013. Russia’s immigration service in January extended Snowden’s residency permit to 2020.After leaving his initial Hong Kong hotel bolthole for fear of being discovered, he went underground, fed and looked after by the refugees for around two weeks. Their stories only emerged late last year. They have spent years hoping the Hong Kong Government would recognise their cases and save them from being sent back to their home countries where they say they were persecuted. Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden hit back at the Hong Kong Government Thursday for rejecting the protection bids of a group of Sri Lankan refugees who sheltered him while he was hiding out in the city, the AFP news agency reported.The impoverished Philippine and Sri Lankan refugees helped the former National Security Agency contractor evade authorities in 2013 by hiding him in their cramped homes after he initiated one of the largest data leaks in US history. “These are good people that were driven from their homes by torture, rape, abuse, blackmail and war, circumstances that are really difficult for us to imagine,” Snowden said in a video released Thursday.“Now what they’re facing is a transparent injustice from the very people that they asked to protect them,” he said. He said there was a risk his clients could be detained and their children placed in government custody.Hong Kong is not a signatory to the UN’s refugee convention and does not grant asylum.However, it is bound by the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Uncat) and considers claims for protection based on those grounds. One of the refugees, Vanessa Rodel from the Philippines, who lives in Hong Kong with her five-year-old daughter, broke down over the news of the decision.Another of the refugees, Ajith Pushpakumara from Sri Lanka, told AFP the government had “taken his whole life”.Lawyers for the Snowden refugees have separately lodged an asylum petition with the Canadian government and are calling for to be expedited. (Colombo Gazette) read more

GM to add or keep 7000 US jobs make 1B factory investment

by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 8:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors plans to invest $1 billion in U.S. factories and add thousands of new white-collar jobs, measures that have been in the works for years but were announced Tuesday after criticism from President-elect Donald Trump.In all, the Detroit automaker said it will create or keep 7,000 jobs in the next few years, including about 2,000 at factories. Another 5,000 new positions will be created at its auto financing arm and to develop advanced technology, electric and autonomous vehicles and information technology.Trump has demanded the auto industry build more cars in the U.S. GM said these latest actions have been in the works since well before the election, although spokesman Patrick Morrissey acknowledged it’s a good time to announce new jobs in the U.S. Trump will be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president Friday.“There’s no question there is an emphasis on job creation in the U.S. right now,” he said. “This is good timing for us to share what we are doing.”Morrissey said most of the new positions would be in Michigan, with exact locations to be revealed at a later date. The long-planned new white-collar jobs will come in the next two or three years.GM said the factory investment will create or keep around 1,500 jobs at unspecified factories. In addition, 450 new pickup truck axle-making jobs that will be moved to Michigan from Mexico. GM also said an unidentified company that will make parts for the next-generation pickups will move 100 jobs from Mexico to Michigan.Trump has attacked GM and other automakers for building vehicles in Mexico and shipping them to the U.S. He has threatened to impose a 35 per cent border tax on automotive imports from Mexico.Ford Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. LLC have also recently announced large investments in their U.S. operations and the creation of new jobs. It’s a pattern of auto companies making routine jobs announcements to head off criticism from Trump, who made keeping U.S. factory jobs a key element of his campaign.“General Motors’ announcement today is mostly theatre to play in the news cycle created by President-elect Trump’s tweets,” said Michelle Krebs, an auto industry analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “These investments and hiring plans have long been in the works.”Still, Trump claimed credit for bringing auto jobs on Twitter Tuesday morning. “With all of the jobs I am bringing back into the U.S. (even before taking office), with all of the new auto plants coming back into our country … I believe the people are seeing ‘big stuff,’” he wrote.His tweet was only partially true. No automaker has announced plans to build a new U.S. factory in recent years, but jobs have been added at existing plants.On the eve of the Detroit auto show last week, GM CEO Mary Barra said the company has no plans to change where it produces small cars in light of Trump’s threats. Trump threatened GM with a tax for importing some Chevrolet Cruze hatchback compact cars from Mexico. Most Cruzes sold in the U.S. are sedans built in Ohio.GM said it has invested more than $21 billion in the U.S. and created 25,000 jobs, including 19,000 white-collar and 6,000 blue-collar positions since it left bankruptcy protection in 2009.Earlier Tuesday, Hyundai said it will significantly increase its investment in the U.S. while Trump is president and is considering building a new U.S. factory. It didn’t provide further details and denied that political pressure was behind the company’s announcement of a $3.1 billion U.S. investment plan by 2021.Earlier this month, Ford announced it had scrapped plans to build a new $1.6 billion small-car factory in Mexico while Fiat Chrysler announced a $1 billion investment plan in its two U.S. factories.Although Ford announced plans for 700 new jobs in Michigan, it still plans to build the compact Ford Focus in Mexico, but at an existing factory. Jobs at the plant that now builds the Focus in suburban Detroit will remain because the plant will build a new SUV and small pickup truck.Fiat Chrysler’s job announcements were part of a plan announced last year to get out of the small and midsize car business and shift production to trucks and SUVs, including a new Jeep pickup.Nearly all automakers build small cars in Mexico to take advantage of its lower wages to offset lower prices and profit margins on the cars. A trader passes the post that handles General Motors on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. GM confirmed the company will make a $1 billion investment in its factories that will create or keep around 1,500 jobs. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) GM to add or keep 7,000 US jobs, make $1B factory investment read more

Ohio State shells out 8M to play nonB1G teams

By the end of Ohio State football’s 2013 non-conference schedule, OSU will have paid non-Big Ten visitors more than $8.1 million in guaranteed money for playing at Ohio Stadium during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. That’s several million dollars more than several Big Ten teams paid non-conference visitors during the same period. It’s almost $1 million more than Alabama, the reigning national champion, paid during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Still, the athletic department and a sports economist agree that more than $8.1 million in guaranteed money is typical. Recipients of the more than $8.1 million to be paid by OSU include Akron, Toledo, Colorado, Miami (Ohio), Central Florida, California and Alabama-Birmingham. The Buckeyes football team went 7-0 in those contests. Vanderbilt, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Buffalo will be paid for playing at Ohio Stadium in 2013. It might sound like a lot, but the money OSU is dishing out to its non-conference foes is standard, said OSU associate athletic director for finance Pete Hagan. Due to the size of Ohio Stadium, which typically seats more than its listed capacity of 102,329, OSU is able to pay more to visiting non-conference teams, Hagan said. He added that OSU’s contracts with non-Big Ten teams are still competitive with the rest of the league. “We make more money off of a home football game, therefore we can pay someone a little bit higher for a one-time appearance in Columbus … because of the size of our stadium,” Hagan said. “If you contacted a lot of the other Big Ten schools, they’re paying very similar guarantees to non-conference schools … Most of (the contracts) are pretty standard as far as the flat guarantee, the number of tickets we make available for them to purchase. There really isn’t much difference from contract to contract.” OSU paid nearly $2.3 million to Akron and Colorado during the 2011 season. The amount of guaranteed money paid to Toledo was not available, said OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email to The Lantern. For its recently completed slate of non-conference home games in 2012, OSU’s four opponents netted a total of $2.8 million, Emig said in an email. Next season, OSU will pay Vanderbilt, FAMU and Buffalo, paying a total of nearly $3.1 million. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist and professor at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., said the amount OSU has paid during the three-year period is a lot of money but is typical in modern college athletics. “Ohio State only has so many games it can play in the Big Ten,” Zimbalist said. “It needs to have out-of-conference games at the beginning of the season. At the beginning of the season, it wants to have games against weaker opponents so it can get itself in condition. So these are all factors that go into those fees. “Again, I think for any of the automatic (Bowl Championship Series) qualifier conferences, ($8 million) over three years might be on the upper end, but it’s certainly within the normal range.” Normal happens to be more than No. 1-ranked Alabama football paid to its visitors during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Alabama paid nearly $4.2 million to its non-Southeastern Conference opponents during the two-year period to the nearly $5.1 million OSU paid out to non-conference opponents during the same period. The range within the Big Ten varies widely – OSU’s Saturday opponent, Nebraska, will pay almost $4 million to its non-conference opponents during the three-year span from 2011 through 2013, which began with its inaugural season in the conference. Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium (capacity of more than 81,000) in Lincoln, will host nine non-Big Ten teams during the three-year period. Beyond Nebraska, analysis of three additional Big Ten programs – Iowa, Illinois and Purdue – during the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons shows payouts that fall several million dollars short of OSU’s. Iowa will pay the nine teams visiting a total of more than $5.4 million while Illinois will pay a total of more than $5.2 million to its 10 non-Big Ten opponents. Purdue will pay a total of almost $4.4 million to its nine opponents. All other Big Ten schools did not respond to The Lantern‘s record requests for football contracts for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. Respective Big Ten respondents also each have smaller stadiums than the Buckeyes’, and OSU’s senior associate athletic director Ben Jay said teams with smaller stadiums simply can’t pay as much. Money paid to non-conference opponents is based on a team’s on-field history, Jay said, as well past contract guarantees. “It’s going to vary even within the Big Ten. Those folks in the Big Ten who have smaller stadiums … certainly can’t pay the kind of big guarantees and get the kind of opponents that we can,” Jay said. “We’re still kind of trying to stay within … what we envision as the reasonable range to pay for certain opponents.” read more

Model risks death with stunt atop 1000ft high building

(NEW YORK POST) A Russian stunner who pulled off a death-defying stunt is catching heat from her fans who say that being a daredevil is not model behaviour.Viktoria Odintsova posed for photos dangling from the edge of the 73-story, 1,000-foot-tall Cayan Tower in Dubai, which was considered the world’s tallest building in 2013.In another shot, the 22-year-old brunette beauty — clad in a T-shirt, shorts and no safety harness — also leaned backwards into the open air, her sneakers on the edge of a beam, as an assistant holds her.“I still can’t believe I did it. Every time I watch the video my palms go sweaty,” she wrote in an Instagram post that teased the dramatic trick, which was posted in full Jan. 26 on YouTube.But some of her more than 3 million followers weren’t sky-high with approval. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related“Thought provoking” death penalty abolition confab begins todayNovember 24, 2015In “Politics”Two more maternal deaths reported, investigation launchedNovember 29, 2013In “Crime”Divisive drug cytotec approved for use only by medical practionsers- CMONovember 19, 2016In “Health” read more

Leyshon Resources focusses on the potential of mining coal to satisfy Chinese

first_imgLeyshon Resources is of the view that with the escalating demand for all types of coal within China over the next ten years, high quality coal assets located close to infrastructure and within transport distance to market will become increasing valuable. Its broad strategy is to target and acquire high quality coal assets located in western China, southern Mongolia and Indonesia. As part of this strategy Leyshon has made applications for a large area of exploration licenses in the Gobi Altai region of southwest Mongolia. The licences totalling an area of 2,664 km2 which Leyshon’s geologists consider to be highly prospective for high quality coals including hard coking and semi-soft coking coals as well as high energy thermal coals.The licences lie between 35 to 100 km from a recently re-established Mongolia/China border crossing at Laoyemiao, giving direct access to the rapidly expanding major steel producing centres of northern China.Leyshon is also actively reviewing large-scale thermal coal projects in Western China and seaborne thermal coal projects in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.The Chinese Ministry of Railways is constructing dedicated coal freight lines with a design capacity of 800 Mt/y to haul coal from the west to the demand centres of southern China. China is also making major investments in Indonesian seaborne coal capacity.The company expects that the western Chinese Province of Xinjiang and Indonesia will be the two main sources of coal to meet China’s future demand increases.Leyshon has just completed its readmission to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange. As part of its readmission to AIM, it has placed 30,435,130 new ordinary fully paid ordinary shares at A$0.23 and raised approximately A$7 million before costs.The shares have been placed with a number of high profile institutional investors who are supportive of the company’s business plans. The placees include IDG-Accel China Growth Fund II L.P. and its affiliated entity, as managed by IDG Capital Partners, which now becomes a major shareholder holding approximately 8% of the Company.IDG Capital Partners is a China-focused investment firm with over $2.5 billion capital under management. It is one of the earliest foreign investment funds to enter the Chinese market since 1992 and has successfully invested in the industry of consumer, services, TMT, education, healthcare, new energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.IDG Capital Partners invests in high quality companies with long-term growth potential. It shares its in-depth understanding of the China market with investee companies. In addition to providing funding, it works closely with management and industry leaders to achieve the growth objectives of its investee companies.Managing Director Paul Atherley commented: “We have been working closely with the IDG team in Beijing for some time now and welcome them on board as a major shareholder. IDG has an impressive track record of investment in China and we look forward to their support in implementing our business plans.”last_img read more

Leapfrog Geo 30 launched incorporating stratigraphic modelling

first_imgARANZ Geo Ltd, developer of the Leapfrog® 3D geological modelling software, has announced the release of Leapfrog Geo 3.0. The release “enables users to get more from their valuable data, and allows more control of the modelling process. Major advances include a powerful drillhole correlation tool that gives a ‘Leapfrog take’ on rapidly visualising and comprehending drillhole data and improved stratigraphic modelling.”Shaun Maloney, CEO of ARANZ Geo says: “Leapfrog Geo 3.0 gives an even better modelling experience by enabling more to be completed within Leapfrog’s 3D environment. This saves time, reduces error and also saves our customers investing in often expensive third-party software.” Maloney says all ARANZ Geo solutions are designed to harness information to extract value, bring meaning and reduce risk.“We make it our business to listen to our customers and solve their problems. Leapfrog continues to set the standard in geological modelling as we take an innovative market led approach to development,” he says. “We’ve already delivered market leading grade shells, vein systems, and now we’ve improved stratigraphic modelling.” Leapfrog Geo 3.0 includes a powerful drillhole correlation tool that allows users to quickly visualise and compare lithology, assay and geophysical intervals and identify correlations.An easy-to-use workflow introduces an interpretation table that allows users to adjust interval boundaries and re-assign intervals. The new tool is fully dynamic and any changes made to interpretations flow through to dependent models. The workflow also allows users to stay in Leapfrog rather than breaking away to other third-party software, which decreases complexity and cost.ARANZ Geo says it worked closely with the Australian iron ore industry to understand the challenges associated with modelling layered deposits that incorporate shared structure, lateral continuity and folding. As a result Leapfrog Geo 3.0 includes features that deliver significantly more structural control, such as the offset meshes tool.last_img read more

CEO of Irish Waters parent company to step down

first_imgCEO of Irish Water’s parent company to step down Michael McNicholas will leave his job next May. Michael has played a key role in the establishment of Ervia and has led the company through its complex and demanding evolution from its origins as Bord Gáis Éireann.“The decision to leave Ervia has not been an easy one,” said McNicholas himself.While my time at the company has been very challenging it has also been very rewarding. 15,566 Views I have had the privilege of working with exceptional people who have given everything they can to make this company successful.McNicholas added that while there are “many reasons to stay”, his reasons for leaving are “purely personal”.“There are other opportunities I wish to explore in my career and personal life and this decision affords me the time and space to do this,” he added.Ervia says it will now begin the process of finding McNicholas’ successor.Read: Women have caught up with men’s drinking habitsRead: Donald Trump launches nightly Facebook show to get around mainstream media ‘filter’ Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 3:11 PM Short URL Michael McNicholas Source: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ieCHIEF EXECUTIVE OF Ervia (the parent company of water utility Irish Water) Michael McNicholas is to step down from his role.He will leave the job next May, which will mark his fourth year in the role.Ervia is the company responsible for Ireland’s gas and water infrastructure.“While we respect Michael’s decision, we very much regret losing someone of his calibre from our organisation,” Ervia chairman Tony Keohane said in statement. Share116 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan 49 Comments Oct 25th 2016, 3:11 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Smart Bandages Monitor Wounds Deliver Drug Treatments

first_img An apple a day keeps the doctor away. But so could this smart bandage, developed by engineers at Tufts University.The prototype is designed to remotely monitor chronic wounds and deliver drug treatments.Still in its early stages, the research—published in the journal Small—describes the importance of flexible electronics in the team’s effort to transform bandaging from a passive to active treatment to “address a persistent and difficult medical challenge,” according to a Tufts press release.Chronic skin wounds caused by burns, diabetes, and other conditions can restrict natural regeneration, often leading to infection or amputation.Nearly 15 percent of Medicare beneficiaries require treatment for at least one type of chronic wound or infection, the University reported, citing research published in Value in Health. Add that up, and taxpayers are footing an estimated $28 billion annual bill.These new lab-tested bandages—which deliver treatments in response to embedded sensors—are ideal for patients with limited mobility.(via Tufts University)“We’ve been able to take a new approach to bandages because of the emergence of flexible electronics,” co-study author Sameer Sonkusale, a professor at Tufts University’s School of Engineering, said in a statement.“In fact, flexible electronics have made many wearable medical devices possible, but bandages have changed little since the beginnings of medicine,” he continued. “We are simply applying modern technology to an ancient art in the hopes of improving outcomes for an intractable problem.”This isn’t exactly the first attempt at a so-called “smart bandage”: Scientists have been tinkering with the technology for nearly a decade, testing color-changing plasters, 3D-printed dressings, fish-skin covering, and a bandage that rips bacteria right out of your wound, like one of those nose strips.In 2015, researchers at the University of Bath created a Band-Aid that uses gel-like material to help detect infection; last year, Swansea University’s Institute of Life Sciences designed a 5G-powered compress that detects how a wound is healing—and communicates with doctors.Tufts University’s smart bandage was created with pH and temperature sensors and antibiotic drug delivery.“[It’s] really a prototype for a wide range of possibilities,” Sonkusale said. “One can imagine embedding other sensing components, drugs, and growth factors that treat different conditions in response to different healing markers.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Bioinspired Bandage Reacts to Body Heat, Accelerates HealingLight-Sensitive Adhesive Tech Could Revolutionize Band-Aids Stay on targetlast_img read more