Ebola virus outbreak in central DR Congo claims 160 lives – UN

At least 160 people have died in an outbreak of the highly lethal haemorrhagic Ebola virus in the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, announcing that it is rushing medical and supplies to the region to try to contain the disease.Laboratory analysis conducted in Gabon and the United States on samples taken from cases in the outbreak have confirmed the presence of the Ebola virus, which causes death in 50 to 90 per cent of cases.WHO said some of the samples also show the presence of Shigella dysentery, which is complicating the treatment of victims, who are concentrated in the Mweka and Lwebo areas of DRC’s Kasai Occidental province. It is not clear yet how many deaths were caused by Ebola given the apparent simultaneous outbreak of the diseases.So far there have been 372 confirmed cases and 166 deaths, according to WHO, while Radio Okapi – which is part-operated by the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC (MONUC) – reported today that there have been 168 deaths.DRC health ministry officials are leading the response to the outbreak, but WHO said it was providing staff, supplies and equipment to the areas affected and it was also mobilizing a team of national and international experts to implement strategies to try to limit the size of the outbreak.The Ebola virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons or animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, monkeys and antelopes, and it has an incubation period of two to 21 days.Health-care workers have frequently been infected while treating sufferers because of the lack of adequate infection control precautions in affected countries in Central Africa. Burial ceremonies also can play a role in transmitting the virus when mourners have direct contact with the body of the deceased person.Sufferers can experience fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headaches and sore throats, as well as vomiting, diarrhoea, rashes and impaired kidney and liver function. In the most severe cases, the virus can lead to both external and internal bleeding.WHO said there is no indication yet of any need to impose trade or travel restrictions with the DRC as a result of the outbreak. 11 September 2007At least 160 people have died in an outbreak of the highly lethal haemorrhagic Ebola virus in the centre of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, announcing that it is rushing medical and supplies to the region to try to contain the disease. read more

UN agency and Saudi Government to build homes for Palestinians in Hebron

Saudi Arabia will donate $6.3 million to finance the construction of 100 housing units in the West Bank city of Hebron as part of a project being carried out by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).The new homes will be allocated to underprivileged or widowed women, the agency said in a press release. The two-year project, which is part of UN-HABITAT’s Special Human Settlements Programme, will be carried out in cooperation with the Palestinian National Authority and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). UN-HABITAT and the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People are expected to sign an agreement shortly formalizing the arrangement. read more

Probe into Israeli killing of UN monitors unable to determine why appeals

The Board, appointed by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as standard procedure in such circumstances, noted that the Israeli authorities accepted full responsibility for the attack on the UN post at Khiyam and apologized for what they say was an “operational level” mistake, the spokesman added in a statement.But he added: “The Board did not have access to operational or tactical level IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) commanders involved in the incident, and was therefore unable to determine why the attacks on the UN position were not halted despite repeated demarches to the Israeli authorities from UN personnel, both in the field and at Headquarters.” Immediately after the attack with a 500-kilogram, precision-guided aerial bomb on 25 July, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressed “deep sorrow.”On the day that the four observers – from Austria, Canada, China and Finland – were killed, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said 21 strikes were made within 300 metres of the patrol base, with the UN protesting each one to the IDF. UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown also made several calls to Israel’s UN mission.After UNIFIL headquarters lost contact with the base, it coordinated safe passage for two armoured personnel carriers which pushed through and discovered the shelter collapsed and the four observers dead. Despite repeated requests to the IDF to desist, firing was maintained during the rescue operation and continued to strike near UNIFIL positions, UN officials said at the time.The Security Council called on Israel to conduct a comprehensive inquiry and Mr. Annan suggested a joint UN-Israeli investigation.Today’s statement said the Board’s report concluded that all standard UN operating procedures had been followed and there was no additional action UN personnel could have taken that would have avoided the outcome.Mr. Annan once again paid tribute to the four who gave their lives in the cause of peace and reiterated his heartfelt condolences to their families. read more

Agrium says its on track to beat previous guidance for fourthquarter earnings

CALGARY – Fertilizer giant Agrium Inc., under pressure from its largest shareholder to split the company in two, is raising its earnings guidance as both its North American retail and wholesale divisions delivered better-than-expected results.The company, which reports in U.S. dollars, said it earned slightly more than $2 per share during the last three months of 2012, up from its previously expected range of between $1.50 to $1.90.Its shares rose more than three per cent, or $3.39, to $114.04 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday, topping a 52-week high of $111.48 set Wednesday.“The increase in our estimated financial results is due to a very strong finish to the fall application season in our North American retail operations, supported by an extended fall season in the U.S. and continued strength in grain and oilseed prices,” CEO Mike Wilson said in a release.“Going forward, continued strength in crop prices and low global grain inventories are anticipated to support a strong spring application season in 2013.”Agrium’s revised guidance comes as New York-based investment fund Jana Partners LLC campaigns to win support from other shareholders for major changes at the company.On Wednesday it said it was meeting with Canadian Agrium investors to detail the concerns it has with the company and how it intends to remedy them.Jana wants Agrium to concentrate on its wholesale fertilizer business and spin off its retail division, which operates in Canada, the United States, Argentina and Australia.It has welcomed recent moves by Agrium to buy back $900 million in stock, double its dividend and disclose more information about its retail business, but Jana also wants Agrium to lower costs, allocate capital more effectively and improve corporate governance.Agrium’s management has been resisting the split idea, saying it would expose shareholders to too much risk.In its updated guidance Thursday, the company said the retail business is expected to generate about $120 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in the fourth quarter, resulting in a record $950 million of EBITDA for the division in 2012.Wholesale EBITDA is expected to exceed $500 million during the fourth quarter and $1.9 billion for the full year — better than expected.Agrium said its full fourth-quarter financial statements and audited annual financial results, plus a more detailed review of operations and an updated outlook, will be provided on Feb. 22. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 24, 2013 11:17 am MDT Agrium says it’s on track to beat previous guidance for fourth-quarter earnings read more

Fiat reaches agreement with union fund to acquire Chrysler stake for 365

DETROIT – Italian automaker Fiat SpA announced that it reached an agreement to acquire the remaining shares of Chrysler for $3.65 billion in payments to a union-controlled trust fund.Fiat already owns 58.5 per cent of Chrysler’s shares, with the remaining 41.5 per cent held by a United Auto Workers union trust fund that pays health care bills for retirees.Under the deal announced Wednesday, Fiat will make an initial payment of $1.9 billion to the fund, plus an additional $1.75 billion upon closing the deal.Chrysler will also make additional payments totalling $700 million to the fund as part of an agreement with the UAW. The deal is expected to close on or before Jan. 20, according to a statement from Chrysler.Sergio Marchionne, CEO of both Fiat and Chrysler, has long sought to acquire the union’s shares in order to combine the two companies.“The unified ownership structure will now allow us to fully execute our vision of creating a global automaker that is truly unique in terms of mix of experience, perspective and know-how, a solid and open organization,” Marchionne said in a statement issued by Turin, Italy-based Fiat.The deal eliminates the need for an initial public offering of the union fund’s stake, which analysts had previously valued at $5.6 billion.Fiat went to court last year seeking a judgment on the price, but the trial date was set for next September.Marchionne can’t spend Chrysler’s cash on Fiat’s operations unless the companies merge. In recent months he made it clear that he preferred to settle the dispute without an IPO, but filed the paperwork for the offering in September at the trust’s request.Chrysler’s profits have helped prop up Fiat on the balance sheet as the Italian automaker struggles in a down European market.The Auburn Hills, Michigan, automaker earned $464 million in the third quarter on U.S. sales of the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee, its ninth-straight profitable quarter. The results boosted Fiat, which earned $260 million in the quarter. Without Chrysler’s contribution, Fiat would have lost $340 million. Fiat reaches agreement with union fund to acquire Chrysler stake for $3.65 billion by The Associated Press Posted Jan 1, 2014 11:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

SMMT welcomes £20m employer ownership skills fund for auto suppliers

The Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, has today announced a new £20m opportunity to help automotive supply chain businesses develop their workforce skills to maximise growth opportunities.The £20 million fund for skills-based projects, which would be match-funded by the successful employers, is part of government’s Employer Ownership Initiative.Automotive component manufacturers and companies providing manufacturing services can apply for up to 50% co-funding for training designed to raise capabilities. The aim is to help UK-based suppliers take advantage of the £3 billion worth of opportunities identified by the Automotive Council in a recent survey of the sector.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said, “Investing in skills is fundamental to the future growth of the UK automotive sector. This £20m fund to help supply chain businesses develop their workforce is a very welcome initiative which we hope will encourage further investment in training. There is a range of opportunities for UK suppliers as domestic vehicle manufacturers look to increase local content. We would encourage every automotive component manufacturer, or manufacturing service provider, to consider how they could utilise this Fund to improve skill levels still further.”The first round of projects can be submitted by businesses from 6 May via the .GOV website.SMMT will be hosting a webinar to promote the supply chain skills fund. This will take place on 14 May at 11.00am – space is limited, so reserve your place now by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Niagaras manufacturing sector still going strong says Brock NCO research

For those in Niagara who continue to mourn the decline of the region’s traditional manufacturing sector, Sean Calcott and Charles Conteh have some good news.True, the sector is very different than it was 20 or 30 years ago and it has seen some tough times, says Conteh, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock University and Director of the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO). “But the general trend is that manufacturing has been very resilient, has stayed in the region and, in fact, has seen an upswing since 2012, so there’s a bit of a wind in our sails,” he says. Conteh is co-author of the NCO’s latest policy brief, “Shifting Gears: Examining the recent upswing of Niagara’s manufacturing sector.” Graduate student and policy brief co-author Sean Calcott joined panelists Mishka Balson, of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, Dolores Fabiano, of the South Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and Blake Landry, of Niagara Region, at a release event for the Niagara Community Observatory’s latest brief.In their brief, Conteh and co-author Calcott, a recent master’s graduate in the Department of Political Science, examine Niagara’s recent economic history with fresh eyes, avoiding comparisons to the region of long ago.“The strength of manufacturing in Niagara is not as visible to the naked eye as when large plants and factories were prominent in the sector,” says Calcott. “There is a multitude of small firms making diverse products that account for the bulk of the job growth in this sector.”In the past six years, Niagara’s manufacturing sector has continued to be a main driver of job growth and economic development, says the brief.It notes that, as of 2016, 243 manufacturing firms in Niagara exported goods totalling about $3.7 billion. Machinery, boilers, mechanical appliances, engines and parts accounted for about one-third of this total, with nickel, plastics, railway and tramway vehicles, parts and accessories also being significant exports. Across the sector, manufacturing employment increased by 2,075 jobs between 2012 and 2018.The largest increases are in plastics and rubber products manufacturing (70 per cent), beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (44 per cent), chemical manufacturing (40 per cent) and transportation equipment manufacturing (23 per cent).Niagara has moved away from the “large branch-plant model” typical of the previous century, with manufacturing jobs being concentrated in small-to-medium size firms (SMEs) with fewer than 500 employees, says the brief.“SMEs present advantages over larger enterprises because their smaller footprint enables more risk-taking and innovation than firms which have invested greater resources into an established business model,” says the brief, adding that they can “adapt more quickly to changing market conditions.”The brief points out one dark lining in an otherwise silver cloud: wages today are generally lower than they were in the manufacturing sector of the past.“The middle-tier of manufacturing jobs are being displaced by lower-paying positions, while higher-paying managerial and supervisory positions are stable,” says the brief.To address this challenge, the brief recommends building upon the tremendous strides in education and skills training being offered in the region’s post-secondary institutions that would see “more investment in specialized industrial skills in targeted labour-intensive manufacturing sectors.” The authors urge Niagara to align itself with the economies of Hamilton, the GTA and Buffalo. “This means building an integrated system of design and production nodes in a distributed network of interlocking supplier and customer firm relationships that spans the QEW industrial corridor and extends to the Buffalo market.”It also calls for small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, university and college researchers, economic development officials and others to come together to identify Niagara’s existing strengths and map out strategies to attract investment and build skills training. Conteh says the take-away message from the NCO’s latest research is that Niagara’s manufacturing sector still forms the bedrock of the economy despite earlier upheavals, and has a bright future. He says that when they started the research, he already had an “indication” of something positive happening, “but the compelling data gave us evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt that Niagara is resilient and has the adaptive capacity to weather storms.” read more

For sale vintage car one careful ownerthe Queen

Malcolm Barber, co-chairman of Bonhams, said only “very very rarely would cars like this come onto the open market”, saying he could not think of another like it in his career of more than 30 years.“It’s a jewel in the collection”, he said of the Phantom IV. “Rolls-Royce motor cars have been present at countless historic events in recent British history, and the Heritage Fleet encapsulates the most significant models produced by the marque.” The Queen visits Darlington in her Golden Jubilee yearCredit:Tim Rooke Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland Credit:AFP The Rolls Royce Phantom IV As the cliche of car sales goes, it is already quite the offer: a rare vintage Rolls Royce, one careful owner.Factor in the enormous windows for maximum visibility, a pennant holder and room for coat of arms of the door, then it is a vehicle that could only be fit for a Queen.A 1950 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV State Landaulette, one of only 18 ever made and used by the Royal Household for more than 40 years, is to be sold at auction for up to £2 million.Used by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh from the late 1950s, it has been seen and photographed on key occasions across four decades, as well as being used on royal tours around the world.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Modifications to the car give a clear insight into life in the Royal family, with high seats and large windows to allow the public to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she was driven past. Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland  The Queen visits Darlington in her Golden Jubilee year The Queen It will be sold with an estimate of £1,000,000 to £1,500,000. A 1979 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine loaned to the Royal family will be sold for £400,000-600,000, while a 1985 Rolls-Royce ‘Centenary’ Silver Spur Saloon, the 100,000 the car built by the company, will be offered for £80,000-100,000.The latter was used by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, “on occasion”, Bonhams said. The QueenCredit:PA The sale will also include number plates described as the “holy grail of registrations for any true Rolls-Royce enthusiast”: RR1 and RRM1. The Rolls Royce Phantom IV The Phantom IV will be offered for sale by Bonhams as part of a collection of eight “highly important” Rolls-Royce motors, at the Goodwood Revival Sale on September 8.The collection includes several cars used by members of the Royal family, including the late Diana, Princess of Wales.One, a 1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V ‘High Roof’ State Limousine, was used to drive the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for state occasions, and is currently on display on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. The car is nearly identical to the vehicle used to transport Meghan Markle to Windsor Castle for her May wedding to Prince Harry. That car, used by Ms Markle and her mother Doria as they travelled from their hotel to St George’s Chapel, was another of the 18 models built only for heads of state and the most notable of public figures. Built with a tough perspex panel at the back for extra visibility and light, it has a blue light above the windshield for emergencies, an early version of air con and power-operated windows.Unlike a similar model of car once owned by Princess Margaret, its official description does not include a built-in bar for entertaining. 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. read more

Queen St David St to become oneways to facilitate repairs to

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPF issues traffic advisory for Mash 2018February 21, 2018In “latest news”20km/h speed limit at construction zones along Sheriff – MandelaFebruary 28, 2019In “latest news”URGENT TRAFFIC ADVISORYMay 8, 2017In “latest news” Works related to the project being undertaken (DPI image)The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force, is advising the general public that from Monday 28, to Friday 1, 6:30hrs to 9:30hrs, Queen Street (from Kitty Public Road to David Street) and David Street (from Alexander Street to Vlissengen Road) will become one-ways with two lanes heading south and west respectively.During this period, traffic heading north along Queen Street from David Street will be prohibited. Additionally, traffic heading east along David Street from Vlissengen Road will also be prohibited.This new traffic management plan is to facilitate the repairs to culverts at Vlissengen Road and Carifesta Avenue and to allow a better flow of traffic during peak hours.According to the Department of Public Information, while the works had been slated to commence on Wednesday, the commencement was delayed in order to allow the contractor to better mobilise and to also erect detour signs at the identified alternative routes of Sheriff Street; Church Road; Earl’s Avenue; Pere Street; and Queen Street.Works are instead scheduled to commence from tomorrow, Saturday August 26. read more

This Australian ad has a chilling message for kids who bunk off

first_imgAN AUSTRALIAN NON-PROFIT has come up with a novel way of dissuading teens from going on the bunk.They have produced this graphic video to warn students of the dangers of “slacking off”.The Learn for Life Foundation ad starts as a typically glorious Aussie day. Unfortunately, it takes a turn for the surreal, and graphic.Warning: this video contains graphic imagery(henryandaaron/YouTube)One of the makers of the ad, Henry Inglis said that the online-only ad is proving popular.“People seem to really like it. It has that WTF factor. People online are saying things like ‘What did I just watch?’” he told the Herald Sun.Read: Intense fans are offering kidneys and wives for Garth Brooks ticketsRead: Old Spice demonstrates how to ‘win’ a baby for your woman in new adlast_img read more

EU approval of CAP reform leaves farmers in shock

first_imgMEPS IN THE European Parliament in Strasbourg voted yesterday to approve a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with a large majority voting in favour of the draft mandate to change the way in which direct payments to farmers are distributed.The draft mandate on the future direct payments was approved in parliament by 427 votes to 224 with 32 abstentions. Parliament backed Commission plans to cap direct payments to any one farm at €300,000, and substantially reduce payments to those receiving more than €150,000.Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, JJ Gallagher of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) said that farmers are “very worried” about the impact this will have on their livelihoods.“They’re looking on in shock at this stage because they put a lot of faith in the minister,” he said. “It’s difficult for them, especially when they see just how far they can fall and for some of them the payments count for more than 100 per cent of their intake.”“We lost very few jobs in farming due to the downturn – it fared very well – and to see that happen is very frightening,” he added.Gallagher said that farming is keeping rural villages alive and these changes could have serious consequences on local economies.“There’s a chance that there will be a fierce reduction in the suckler cow herd as well, coming at a time when food scarcity is coming to fruition and it could have an impact on the export economy,” he said. “It would be a shame to see it damaged in that way so we’re depending on Minister Coveney to represent our interests”.Yesterday, in an interview with TheJournal.ie in Strasbourg, Fianna Fáil MEP Liam Aylward, who is a member of the European Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, said the decision for the move to an area-based payment has already been made.He said that the vote yesterday was just the beginning of the process and the important question is how long Ireland will be given to make the adjustments.Aylward mirrored the IFA’s concerns that the changes could see significant amounts of money being taken away from productive farmers. However he said that with its report, the committee is trying to “give flexibility to member states to apply best the rules that have been put down”.While the way in which payments are to be distributed will be changed under the new policy, no member states’ farmers should receive less than 65 per cent of the EU average.Young farmers will a 25 per cent top-up payments for a maximum of 100 hectares and member states could also use more money to support small farmers.The final shape of the new EU farm policy will be decided by the European Parliament, EU farm ministers and the European Commission, in three-way negotiations which should begin in late March or early April.IN PICTURES: Farmers protest against CAP reforms>Read: Farmers to stage protest during visit by EU agriculture commissioner>last_img read more

Road test 2011 Chevy Volt

first_imgChevy’s 2011 Volt is available for pre-order today and will be launching some time before the year is out. Thanks to the upcoming launch the auto manufacturer was having event in Manhattan and I got a chance to take the Volt out for a spin. The ride was only about 20 minutes and not more than a few miles but here are my initial impressions.Just to get you up to speed, the Volt is an electric vehicle, but more specifically it’s as a plug-in hybrid. (I’ll be using the term “hybrid” at least, there is some debate over the proper terminology.) This means that the car’s battery can be charged using a standard household 120V outlet. An 8-10 hour charge will allow the car to run for about 40 miles, and that’s without using a single drop of gasoline. If you happen to have a 220V outlet the charge time will be more like 4 hours. Either way you will be able to charge your car and drive another 40 miles for “less than the price of a cup of coffee”. Of course the range depends on conditions, so might might be less if you, say, are running the AC or have a lot of hills to climb.Most commutes are less than 40 miles (Chevy says the average American driver’s commute is 33 miles) so the limited battery time shouldn’t be a problem. When the batteries are getting towards empty the car gets its power from the gas engine to get you the rest of the way.It’s hard to get a feel for a car, especially one made for efficiency, in a 20 minute drive around Manhattan on a weekday, but that’s what was available. Despite the short amount of time I spent with the Volt and the fact that I don’t drive much any more, I enjoyed it.  It’s a cool car (for a Chevy compact) with some thoughtful design points. It’s not a luxury automobile and it’s on the small side for my taste, but I really appreciated the technology that was put into this ride.The exterior of the car, as you can see above, is nice enough but it’s not a reason to buy it. It has a somewhat flashy design but I think it looks sharp enough, almost like an Integra. The design gives you some hints that the car is new and tech-focused, but people will be happy that it doesn’t scream “Only efficiency nuts and tree huggers would drive this!”And the answer to everyone’s question: The charger is on the driver side, behind and above the left wheel. It uses a standard SAE J1772 plug, which is bigger than what you plug your toaster in with but the concept is the same.The size is definitely compact so it’ll be easy to park, but don’t think about cramming more than four people into it–there are bucket seats in the back. The car’s battery runs down the middle of the cabin so it wouldn’t have been possible to put a third seat in the back. The interior is small as well, but not cramped, so four people should be comforable so long as the people in the back aren’t too tall.When I sat down to drive, saw the touch-sensitive controls on the dashboard, the two large LCD panels, and noticed that the car was powered on with a big blue power button (when the key was anywhere inside the cabin) I was ready to start geeking out. But I never got to geek nirvana–sure, the car has cool things going on inside, and the displays offer a lot more information than a convention dashboard, but everything was done in moderation.The designers made sure that people are not hit with too many charts and graphs, and that the focus stays on the road (or at least the built-in camera in your rear bumper then you are backing up). Most of the tech toys are hidden away, with the USB port and iPod cord in the arm rest and the sat nav hidden until you specifically pull it up. There is no real-time mileage number (this would been hard with a battery) and no mention of the 30GB of music storage on-board. So the tech is there but it’s not too in your face (even though the dash does look like it’s from the future).Above you can see one of the main infographics that appear on the center display. It shows where the car’s power is coming from and moving towards at any moment. So when you are using the battery it flows from the battery (center) to the engine. When you are breaking it goes from the wheels to the battery thanks to the Volt’s regenerative braking. If you are using gas, it’ll show that as well.The other important piece of information is right front of the driver along with the speed and other vitals. This is a ball in the center of two parellel lines (basically forming an H). When driving normally the ball will be in center, meaning you have maximum efficiency. Accelerate too fast and it will move up, brake too hard (so that regen braking isn’t working) and it will move down. If you want to maximum your mileage, you’ll learn to keep that ball in the middle.The Volt drives well for what it is. It’s not a fast car, but when you drive it you don’t feel like you’re moving along at 250mpg (which sounds like it would painfully slow and boring). The limited handling I did (four right turns and a lane change) all felt fine enough, and the car felt like a new, $40K car should. I did make sure to move from Normal to Sports mode for the last part of the drive. At that time the Volt actually felt rather peppy and all of a sudden it was more torque-y and fun to drive. My fun was heavily moderated by the midtown traffic, but the thing I noticed was that I enjoyed driving this more than the last Prius I sat in.Sadly I didn’t get enough drive time to see anything about the mileage or battery life. When I got in the car it estimated it had about 16 miles left to go on battery power and when I got out it had a few miles less. We did the whole drive without needing any gas.Not exactly the best circumstances for testing out a high-efficiency hybrid automobile, but I’m glad to have had the chance. The Volt is looking like a interesting car–not exactly something I would consider or recommend (except to a small number of people with a specific commuting routine) but I like where GM/Chevy is headed. The plug-in hybrid is a really interesting concept that will be a very feasible option to anyone with a garage in the near future. I think GM has their work cut out for them–prices need to drop, range needs to increase, and acceptance needs to grow–but this is an early step down an exciting path.Sold yet? The 2011 Volt will sell for about $41,000, but that’s before the $7500 tax credit. After the credit and taxes you should be able to leave the lot with one of these for about $35,000.chevy_volt_priuschevy_volt_priuschevy_volt_geek_16chevy_volt_geek_15chevy_volt_geek_14chevy_volt_geek_13chevy_volt_geek_12chevy_volt_geek_11chevy_volt_geek_10chevy_volt_geek_09chevy_volt_geek_08chevy_volt_geek_07chevy_volt_geek_06chevy_volt_geek_05chevy_volt_geek_04chevy_volt_geek_03chevy_volt_geek_02chevy_volt_geek_01last_img read more

Bungie releases classic Marathon for free on the App Store

first_imgBungie, best known for the Halo series, has released an iPad port of its old cult-classic Mac shooter Marathon on the App Store. Better yet, it’s free.The project was started by a single fan coder, Daniel Blezek. The game has been open source for some time, so it was up to him to adapt controls to the touch screen (see screenshot above) and otherwise make the code run on iOS. It was widely expected that the project would be “foxed,” but in a typically Bungie move, the company embraced Blezek’s effort.AdChoices广告There have been some interesting monetization choices made. The game is on a free-to-play model, with a high-resolution texture pack available as a $3.99 in-app purchase and “Master Chief Mode” for 99¢, which is essentially a cheat menu allowing the player to unlock all weapons, infinite ammo, invincibility, instant shields, level select, and save game anywhere.The game is an old FPS, for better and worse. The story is told via computer terminals spread around the game, and the game doesn’t exactly have the accessibility that modern iPad games do. Some puzzles are confusing by modern standards, and there’s also some platforming segments not generally seen in future Bungie FPS games like Halo. Controls use one virtual joystick for movement and swipes on the screen to look around. Firing can be done by virtual buttons or tapping anywhere on the screen, giving the player a slight degree of flexibility in their shooting adventures.This release contains the original game, which includes 27 levels. It’s widely expected that the game’s two original sequels will also appear on the App Store in some fashion in the future.In another typically Bungie touch, no detail has been spared from thought. The game’s release date is “Bungie Day,” or July 7th, to signify the company’s famous obsession with the luckiest number.Read more on TouchArcadelast_img read more

There was just blood everywhere I wouldnt wish it on my worst

first_img Share Tweet Email By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe 47,688 Views https://the42.ie/4607636 Friday 26 Apr 2019, 3:23 PM Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:center_img Short URL 3 Comments Apr 26th 2019, 10:13 AM ‘There was just blood everywhere… I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy’ Greg O’Shea has overcome injury and disappointment with Munster to become an Ireland 7s star. O’Shea has joined Rugby Players Ireland’s executive board. Source: James Crombie/INPHOO’Shea studied law in the University of Limerick during his time in Munster’s academy and he remains diligent in pursuing further education alongside his rugby commitments. “The plan is to become a solicitor once I retire. That’s the big plan, but I’ll do it in little steps!”He’s going to have “a crack off” his FE1s in October, with Rugby Players Ireland helping him to find balance between rugby and study. Indeed, he has just become part of RPI’s executive board, understanding the value of the organisation.O’Shea is a Shannon RFC man through and through. His grandfather, Bill, and father, Niall – as well as several uncles – are club diehards, while his first cousin, former Ireland U20 flanker Kelvin Brown, is playing with nine-time AIL winners.O’Shea wasn’t involved this season due to his sevens commitments but it pained him to see Shannon relegated from Division 1A.The Limerick man was a hot prospect in sprinting as a youth. Both his parents sprinted for Ireland, so the genes were strong. O’Shea finished sixth in the 100 metres at the 2011 European Youth Olympics when he was 16. There was consideration of pursuing athletics but rugby felt like “a better career prospect” and O’Shea went on to win a Munster Schools Senior Cup with Crescent College Comprehensive in 2013 – having won two Junior Cups with the school – helping him to earn a place in the province’s academy straight out of school. O’Shea, left, sprinting at the All-Ireland Schools Championships in 2011. Source: James CrombieDespite the athletics background, O’Shea says he isn’t one of the pace men now in sevens.“I haven’t sprinted time-wise since I was 16 but I feel stronger. I’m a different athlete. In 15s, it was like ‘he’s the fast guy’ but in sevens, I’m more middle of the ground.“Compared to the likes of Terry Kennedy and Jordan Conroy and other guys on the Series, they just have stupid speed. These guys are some of the fastest I’ve ever seen, they’re crazy athletes.”Having played for Ireland at U18, U19 and U20 levels, O’Shea has loved being back in the green jersey in sevens.He initially struggled with injuries in the seven-player code due to the volume of high-intensity running involved in the training and missed out on selection for the Hong Kong Qualifier tournament last year.Earlier this month, however, O’Shea was a key man as Ireland earned their spot on the Series, scoring four tries in the tournament – including one in the final victory over hosts Hong Kong.Next up for Ireland are two legs of this season’s Series – London on 25-26 May and Paris on 1-2 June – as the invitational team before the first leg of the Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series later in June.The biggest focus, however, is potential 2020 Olympics qualification at the European qualifying tournament in France on 13-14 July, where the winning team secures a spot in Tokyo. If Ireland don’t win outright but finish second or third, they will have one final shot at Olympics qualification at a repechage tournament in 2020, but the fact that they definitely have the Series to look forward to next season means exciting times are ahead.“The thing with the sevens is that it’s 10 destinations around the world,” says O’Shea. “We’re obviously not going to be there on holiday or to have a party but you get time off, you can’t be training the whole time, and you get to see these places.“In Paris, you see the Eiffel Tower; in Hong Kong, you see Victoria Peak. It’s amazing and we also have such a tight group of players. “Sevens is now giving a pathway for younger lads coming out of school. Not everyone can get into an academy or a sub-academy. It’s essentially another way, have a crack off the sevens and it’s really enjoyable.”Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: A RUPTURED ACHILLES tendon? Most of us know of that injury, particularly given a few high-profile examples in rugby in recent times.But a lacerated Achilles tendon? Even more horrific.When Ireland 7s international Greg O’Shea looked down at his leg after falling off a bicycle in Montauk, New York in 2015, he initially wasn’t sure what had happened.But he knew it was bad.“I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy, it’s terrible,” says the 24-year-old, who helped Ireland to secure a place on the World Rugby Sevens Series for next season.  O’Shea in action for Ireland 7s in Hong Kong earlier this month. Source: Yu Chun Christopher Wong/INPHOAt the time, O’Shea was in his third year with the Munster academy – usually, players only stay in academies for three years – and he could have been forgiven for thinking that his rugby career was over.“It was insane,” says O’Shea of the injury. “It’s not like rupturing it. When you rupture it, you blow the fibres and then they eventually grow back in together. But I actually fell off the bike and kicked the cog of it, which is the disk, you can see it there… the scar.”O’Shea’s scar is an impressive one, showing the combined after-effects of the laceration and the surgery that followed. “It was just like getting a knife and cutting your Achilles. There was just blood everywhere and I went to put my foot on the ground and your leg doesn’t work without your Achilles, so your foot just flops.”Shannon RFC man O’Shea, who was visiting an ex-girlfriend when the injury occurred, rang home to tell Munster the bad news as soon as he could. A flight back to Ireland, an operation at the Santry Sports Clinic performed by the highly-regarded Johnny McKenna. O’Shea was told he wouldn’t be right for a year.To his surprise, Munster handed O’Shea – predominantly a wing in 15s rugby – another chance by extending his academy contract for a year.“They stepped up and said, ‘We really like you as a player and we’re going to give you another year,’ which, hand on my heart, was so nice of them. They could have easily told me I wasn’t getting a contract.” O’Shea, left, won the B&I Cup with Munster in 2017. Source: James Crombie/INPHOO’Shea got back on the pitch six months after his injury but he didn’t feel right until a year had passed, the power in his leg not returning initially.For a man who was an international sprinter in his teens, it was mentally difficult to feel like his body wasn’t working for him. O’Shea admits it was a tough period that took a lot out of his family too.But he eventually found his fitness and power, doing his best to convince Munster to bring him into their senior set-up. It wasn’t to be. O’Shea has no hard feelings towards the province, understanding that the back three competition ahead of him – Simon Zebo, Keith Earls, Darren Sweetnam, Alex Wootton and Ronan O’Mahony, among others – was severe.“Munster stuck their neck out for me when I got injured, gave me another year and backed me as a player,” he says.“They’re all great people down there and I’m still in contact with loads of them. The back threes at the time when I was looking for a development or senior contract were insane.“There were just too many there and unfortunately I couldn’t make the cut.”But as one door closed, another opened for O’Shea. The IRFU reached out to him about joining their sevens programme and he jumped at the chance.“They stepped up, said they wanted me and I committed to them. It’s not breaking the bank with sevens but it’s enough to keep going and it’s paid off.”last_img read more

Hon Halifa Sallah Engages In His Constituency

first_imgBy Kemeseng SannehHon. Halifa Sallah National Assembly Member for Serekunda on Thursday 9 August, 2018 continued to distribute dust bins, wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes and brooms for the Serekunda Constituency. This he said is geared towards the proper management of waste in the Serrekunda-Brikama garage and the main entrance to Brikama-Serekunda garage junction.This is a continuation of Hon. Sallah’s last month initiative on the distribution of waste management items to his community.However during the distribution Hon. Sallah hired a group of youths to clear waste indiscriminately dumped in one of the streets few metres away from the taxi park. He furthermore tasked the same group to fill in the potholes around the entrance of the car park with three fully loaded trucks of broken bricks, tiles and sawdust.All these tasks were accomplished and Hon. Sallah promised to continue to embark on similar activities today Friday 10 August, 2018.Donated dustbinsIt could be recalled that on a rainy day on 19th July, 2018 when he toured the Serekunda Constituency to see the condition of the market, drainage and road, Hon. Halifa Sallah has purchase dust bins for the community and urged for proper management of the waste and the road by the municipality and the NRA. The council and NRA have all started repairing the dilapidated road around the Serekunda Garage and the drainage in the market.last_img read more

Islamic preacher Zakir Naik sorry to Malaysians for race

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR: A controversial Indian Islamic preacher apologised Tuesday for making comments about race in multi-ethnic Malaysia which sparked calls for his expulsion, a day after being questioned by police. Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an “inside job”, left India in 2016 and moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us He is wanted in India for inciting extremism and money laundering, and New Delhi last year reportedly asked Malaysia to extradite him — a request that was rejected. Calls have escalated for Naik to be kicked out after he said Hindus in Malaysia have “100 times” more rights than India’s Muslim minority, and suggested Chinese Malaysians should be expelled before he was. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us He was questioned by police for 10 hours Monday on suspicion of committing an intentional insult aimed at provoking a breach of the peace. On Tuesday, Naik said in a statement his detractors had taken his remarks out of context and added “strange fabrications”. But he went on: “It was never my intention to upset any individual or community. Advertise With Us “It is against the basic tenets of Islam, and I would like to convey my heartfelt apologies for this misunderstanding.” Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said Naik crossed the line and several cabinet ministers have called for him to be kicked out, while police have banned him from giving public talks anywhere in Malaysia, state news agency Bernama reported. The government has in the past appeared reluctant to move against Naik for fear it could upset some Muslims and provide ammunition to political opponents. About 60 per cent of Malaysia’s 32 million inhabitants are Muslim and the country is also home to substantial ethnic Indian and Chinese communities. In a July 2008 broadcast Naik — who founded the popular Peace TV channel — suggested that Al-Qaeda was not responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. “Even a fool will know that this was an inside job,” he said in the video, claiming then-President George W.Bush was behind the plot.last_img read more

Man Charged with Threatening to Lynch Local NAACP President

first_imgThe Associated PressA 75-year-old Florida man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly threatening to lynch the president of a local NAACP.Ronald Wadford was arrested Aug. 9 on two counts of aggravated stalking as a hate crime. Gainesville Police say he threatened to hang Evelyn Foxx who is the president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter.75-year-old Ronald Wadford (l) was arrested Aug. 9 for threatening to hang Evelyn Foxx (r), president of the Alachua County NAACP chapter. (Courtesy and Facebook Photos)Police say Wadford called Foxx six times in November 2016, saying he was with the Ku Klux Klan and was going to her house to lynch her.The Ocala Star-Banner reports she left the state to stay with family for weeks and eventually the country because she was afraid to go home.She went to Wadford’s first appearance in court Aug. 10 and says she’d like to ask him why and also tell him she loves him even though she said she could see bigotry in his eyes.last_img read more

Cosplay Gallery New York Comic Con 2017 Part 2

first_img The beginning of October brings pumpkin spice everything, Halloween décor, and New York Comic Con. This past week, New York Comic Con greeted the nerd masses from all over the world at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center from October 5th through October 8th. As East Coast’s answer to San Diego Comic Con and the largest convention in North America, the crowds of enthusiastic fans were in full effect. Whether they were there to meet their favorite artists and celebrities, pick up some convention exclusives, or dress up as their favorite fictional characters (or all of the above!).Despite the muggy autumn weather in New York and the cramped conditions of a convention center that’s currently in the process of expanding, nearly 200,000 attendees congregated to partake in the spectacle that is New York Comic Con. Since this year’s show featured the relocation of Artist Alley to a smaller ballroom and various events/panels taking place off-site, the lobby and the primary exhibit halls actually ended up being the breeziest and most bearable areas to wander. This year’s show also included a SyFy fan lounge, a quiet room, and an artist alley lounge, in case you wanted to take a break from the crowded crowds in a slightly-less-crowded-but-still-kind-of-crowded area. One of my favorite things about New York Comic Con is witnessing the pure dedication and artistry of con-goers dressed up in some of the most clever, creative, and often unwieldy costumes, regardless of the massive crowds. From My Hero Academia to Twin Peaks to New Gods, cosplayers proudly wore their hearts on their sleeves as they portrayed their fandom faves throughout the convention. Luckily, I was able to capture some of New York Comic Con’s finest in cosplay craftsmanship – check out some of the amazing cosplayers I met last week!All photos by Betty Felon.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 1 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Fannie Mae Announces Leadership Changes

first_img September 20, 2018 508 Views in News Share Fannie Mae 2018-09-20 Seth Welborncenter_img Fannie Mae,Fannie Mae Announces Leadership Changes Fannie Mae recently announced that Manuel “Manolo” Sánchez Rodríguez has been elected to the Board of Directors. Mr. Sánchez served as Chairman and CEO of Compass Bank, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., and is a banking, financial services, and technology expert. He joins a broadly experienced and diversely skilled Board that is focused on the company’s continued stability and mission to provide access to safe, affordable mortgage financing in the United States.“We are extremely pleased to welcome Manolo to the Fannie Mae Board of Directors,” said Egbert L.J. Perry, Chairman of the Board. “We will benefit greatly from his vast banking and financial services experience, technology innovation track record, and deep business strategy expertise.”“Manolo is another strong addition to our exceptional Board of Directors,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, CEO. “His extensive banking experience, financial services and technology expertise, and strong leadership qualities are a great complement to those of his peers on the Board. He will help guide us as we continue to deliver against our strategy, improve as a company, and look for ways to provide our customers the innovative tools and solutions they need to address the needs of both today’s and tomorrow’s homebuyers and renters.”Mr. Sánchez has been appointed to the Strategic Initiatives & Technology Committee and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.This news comes as Fannie Mae announces the departure of Brian Brooks, EVP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Brooks will be leaving Fannie Mae on September 21, 2018 to join Coinbase, a digital currency exchange, as the company’s Chief Legal Officer.“We are extremely grateful for Brian’s four years of strong leadership, insightful counsel, and critical contributions to Fannie Mae’s transformation, and we wish he were staying,” said Timothy J. Mayopoulos, CEO, Fannie Mae. “This is a loss for Fannie Mae, but also a great opportunity for Brian to pursue his longstanding interest in financial technologies and the FinTech community.  Fortunately, our company’s bench of legal talent is strong and deep. Stephen McElhennon will serve as interim leader of our legal functions while Fannie Mae conducts a search for a permanent replacement.”last_img read more

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