November 16

Oklahoma State Ranks Near Bottom of FBS in Total Rushing

first_imgThrough 2 games against lesser competition, Oklahoma State’s running game, at least statistically, is significantly worse than where the Pokes finished last season.There could be several major reasons for the decline in total rushing, the most obvious being that Oklahoma State has been rotating running backs more than my wife rotates outfits in the morning. The second, and perhaps the biggest contributing factor, is the game plan against FCS and MAC competition is likely prepared so as not to ‘show all their cards’ before conference play.But the trend is certainly concerning. OSU finished 99th in total rushing in 2015 with 136.6 yards per game, averaging 3.5 yards per carry and showing signs of promise and improvement as the season progressed.And this season, the yards per carry has actually improved, sitting at 3.58 yards per carry. However they are currently averaged just at 127 total rushing yards per game, meaning that although they’re getting more yards out of their backs on a per carry basis, but they’re actually going to their backs less, which puts them at 116th in the FBS in total rushing.“I think we were a little better last game, but we abandoned the run a little too quickly,” Gundy said in his coaches show this week.The competition in Pitt is a cut above last week in Central Michigan, with Pitt’s rushing defense allowing an average of 148.5 yards per game in two wins this season — 4.35 yards per carry.With the running game seemingly improved despite OSU going away from it last game, I expect they’ll try and find their stride early in the game to catch their rhythm. I’ll be looking for both Chris Carson and Justice Hill to get their carries early and often in today’s contest. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

November 16

Chelsea team news & likely line-up

first_imgChelsea Chelsea Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Crystal Palace Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Antonio Conte & Alvaro Morata Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Crystal Palace Morata Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon Chelsea are heading to a London derby after the international break as they travel to bottom of the table Crystal Palace on Saturday. Palace haven’t scored a goal yet this season and have zero points on the board with Roy Hodgson hoping to end their dismal run of bad form this season. Chelsea, Arsenal & Fulham all win: 7/2 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Antonio Conte’s side have picked up a number injuries lately and were recently well beaten by Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. However, it is still a huge ask for Palace to come away from this match against the Premier League champions with any points.  CHELSEA INJURIESAlvaro Morata is almost certain to miss out against Palace on Saturday as he recovers from a hamstring injury. The striker is in contention to make the weekday fixture against AS Roma but his condition is being continually monitored. N’Golo Kante has torn a muscle in his thigh which will see him out for a number of weeks as the Blues face being without a player who has been ever-present for over a year. Danny Drinkwater is still doubtful, although he is nearing full recovery from a calf injury. Chelsea have otherwise come out of the international break unscathed.Baba Rahman remains at Stamford Bridge but isn’t part of the club’s Premier League or European squad due to a knee injury. He is expected to return in late October or early November. N'Golo Kante FranceCHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Chelsea have no suspensions for the match against Palace as David Luiz returns from a three match ban after getting sent off against Arsenal a month ago. He also suffered a fractured wrist during that match against the Gunners but has continued full training and can play through the injury for his side’s upcoming matches. Chelsea-Palace GFXPOTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP David Luiz is likely to return for Andreas Christensen who has been deputising in his absence. Michy Batshuayi will likely come in for Morata but Chelsea could also opt to use Eden Hazard in a central role with Willian and Pedro accompanying him. Cesc Fabregas and Tiemoue Bakayoko will likely start in place of Kante, who faces a rare spell on the sidelines. Conte faces a selection dilemma in defence but he will most likely choose the experienced trio of Gary Cahill, Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta. Chelsea’s 3-4-3 remains the club’s primary formation after Conte won the title with the system last season. They have also lined up in the 3-5-2 formation against the likes of Man City, Atletico Madrid and Tottenham.Chelsea line upCRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS Crystal Palace haven’t scored in the league yet this season and their woes could continue with their only two strikers in Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham out injured. Bakary Sako is typically a midfielder but he will likely continue to play up front and he’s the only player to score for Palace this season after netting in the cup. Wilfred Zaha remains injured and unlikely to play, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is unavailable due to the terms of his loan move from Chelsea. James Tomkins and Scott Dann missed out Palace’s last match which saw the side lose 4-0 to Manchester United; both could be in line to return for the Champions’ visit. HD Christian Benteke Crystal Palace Premier LeagueBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Chelsea (421) have won more points in Premier League London derbies than any other side in the competition’s history (P232 W119 D64 L49). Crystal Palace are currently on the second longest run in minutes without scoring from the start of the season in Football League history (630 minutes) – only Halifax Town in the fourth tier in 1990-91 (730 minutes) had a longer wait to score. Crystal Palace could become the first team in Football League history to lose nine consecutive games without scoring – on only three other occasions have a team lost eight games in a row without scoring and only once in the top-flight (Sunderland between November 1976 and January 1977). Chelsea have failed to score in two of their last three Premier League matches under Antonio Conte, as many as in their previous 36. The Blues only failed to score in three of their 38 PL games last season and have already drawn a blank in two of their seven so far this term. Roy Hodgson could become only the second permanent manager to lose his first four Premier League games in charge of a side without scoring a single goal after his predecessor Frank De Boer. Prior to this season, no permanent Premier League manager had lost their first four without scoring at a club. TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match isn’t being televised live in the UK. The kick off is at 15:00 BST on Saturday. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

November 16

‘King of Paris’ Neymar risks a PSG rebellion

first_imgTransfers How ‘King of Paris’ Neymar risks causing a PSG player rebellion Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 17:40 10/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(59) Neymar graphic Getty composite Transfers Anderlecht PSG v Anderlecht PSG UEFA Champions League Neymar Opinion The egotistical behaviour of the world’s most expensive player has become a concern in Paris and has not gone down well with some of his team-mates Paris Saint-Germain may be soaring at the top of Ligue 1 and cruising through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, having easily dispatched Bayern Munich, Anderlecht and Celtic to date, but all is not what it seems at Parc des Princes.Behind closed doors, there are problems and at the centre of the tempest is the world’s most expensive player.PSG 3/1 to net 22+ in CL group stage Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar, signed from Barcelona when the French giants triggered his €222 million release clause in the summer, is the centrepiece of the capital side’s latest attempt to finally claim the Champions League. On the field, there have apparently been few issues with his integration into the squad. He has scored 10 times in 11 outings, becoming the superstar leader that PSG hoped he would prove, living up to his billing as the third best player in the world – an accolade given to him at the Best FIFA Awards in last week. But while his performances have not been affected by the pressure of being the most expensive player of all time, in the dressing room, some of his team-mates have been far less enthused by the Brazilian’s aloof attitude.Former PSG sporting director Leonardo described the 25-year-old as “charismatic and impertinent” in Le Journal Du Dimanche and sent a warning to both the forward and the club.Neymar PSG“He can never feel bigger than the institution,” he said. “Never, even if he’s the best in the world. PSG must be more important than Neymar, it’s essential. Otherwise, we won’t see the best Neymar.”The trouble is, Neymar does feel bigger than PSG, having been promised kingly status when he arrived. Only once has this truly manifested itself on the field, yet when it did, the world’s attention was caught.PSG were scoreless in a Ligue 1 match against Lyon when Dani Alves pinched the ball from Edinson Cavani as he lined up to take a free-kick, instead presenting it to Neymar. When the Uruguayan wrestled a penalty away from his team-mate subsequently, it left Neymar stunned.Given the hype surrounding Neymar’s arrival in Paris this summer, it was little surprise that images of the incidents went viral, generating a kind of hype that the club did not want.In an attempt to defuse the situation, Cavani was reportedly offered €1m by the club to allow Neymar to take all the penalties. He flatly refused. Neymar was further incensed. As a veteran of four years at PSG and a vice-captain of the squad, Cavani is a highly respected figure in the dressing room and the way in which he was treated by Neymar did not go down well, particularly among a string of fringe players whose game time has been cut by the Selecao striker’s arrival.Alves did his best to make amends for the incident by organising a dinner for the entire squad yet, as El Pais reported, the atmosphere was like “a funeral”.This very public challenge of Neymar’s status as king of the club continues to resonate in the dressing room today.Neymar PSGOn the training ground, the player’s attitude has been questionable. Last week, for example, he spent much of one session simply trying to nutmeg his opponents while he also disrupted running drills.The cause of his discontent may be generated by Neymar believing he deserves more respect from the squad than he has received. Both the fans and club are treating him in the lavish manner he expects, but that is not the case with his team-mates.He arrived at PSG to be worshipped in the way that Lionel Messi is at Barcelona, but he has discovered that simply being the most expensive player in the world does not earn respect among a tight-knit squad.“Neymar grew up in Barcelona with Messi as a role model in the last four seasons,” a source close to the dressing room told Le Parisien . “So he thinks it’s normal to have the same rights now he’s in Paris. He’s forgotten the team has a history without him.”When, for example, Thiago Motta and Thiago Silva tried to talk him down from his pedestal, El Pais reports that he acted with “a distracted air”. His attitude towards coach Unai Emery is little better. In a report from Le Parisien last week, it was revealed the former Sevilla coach has no control over the Brazilian, who is said to pay little attention to what the boss tells him. Meanwhile, the club, who need him as their spearhead on the field and in the media, have been forced to indulge him, heightening tensions and simply feeding the monster. Neymar PSGWhen PSG signed Neymar and were threatened by Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions from UEFA, they were ready for a summer fire-sale. The agents of many members of the squad were contacted and asked if their clients would be willing to consider transfers. Only Blaise Matuidi, who was hurt by the actions of the club, did so, leaving for Juventus.Now the club had played their hand, they had to backtrack significantly to welcome the likes of Angel Di Maria, Thomas Meunier and Julian Draxler back into the squad.When some of these players saw Neymar’s behaviour, they were left to question why PSG were so ready to dump them for someone so content to act as a brat. As a result, his relationship with a number of members of the squad has been described by close sources as strained to say the least.He is, therefore, at a key turning point in his career. Does he change his behaviour to become the best player in the world or is he content to keep behaving as if he is superior to everyone else at the club?Neymar’s answer will be vital for his own future, but also that of PSG.last_img read more

October 24

Back-to-School Hotlines

first_img There are six regional offices situated across the island to provide information and services The Ministry of Education is advising members of the public that there are six regional offices situated across the island to provide information and services.Schools or members of the public facing any major challenges during the back-to-school period and beyond should seek assistance from the regional offices using the following telephone hotlines:Region 1 –Kingston and St. Andrew: 948-9388Region 2- Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary: 993-5586Region 3- Trelawny and St. Ann: 917-7849Region 4- St. James, Hanover and Westmoreland: 979 8590Region 5- St. Elizabeth and Manchester: 625-7859Region 6- Clarendon and St. Catherine: 745-1153, 983-1654-5 Story Highlights Contact: Sheryl Bromfield (Mrs.)Public Relations & Communications OfficerTelephone: 612-5712 / 279-8990Email: sheryl.bromfield@moey.gov.jmcenter_img Seek assistance from the regional offices using the following telephone hotlines For schools or members of the public facing any major challenges during the back-to-school period last_img read more

October 13

Province creates advisory team to assist bidding for second Amazon HQ

first_imgCALGARY – The Alberta government is stepping in to help Edmonton and Calgary bid for retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.Premier Rachel Notley says the team will assist the cities to make the best bids while selling the assets the province has to offer.She says Alberta needs to highlight its low tax regime, young workforce, and network of post-secondary institutions.Notley would not say if Alberta would offer specific financial incentives or loan guarantees to convince the online retailer to set up in the province.She says the overriding goal of any proposition is value for Alberta and for the province’s economy.Seattle-based Amazon is taking applications until Oct. 19 and will make a decision next year.last_img

October 8

Sandvine accepts Francisco Partners takeover bid plan to combine with Procera

WATERLOO, Ont. — Sandvine Corp. (TSX:SVC) has switched allegiance to a new takeover offer worth $562 million, about 16.5 per cent more than its original suitor was going to pay before a rival came forward late last month.Francisco Partners is offering $4.40 per share cash for Sandvine and intends to combine the Waterloo, Ont.-based company with Procera Networks, Inc. of Fremont, Calif.Both Sandvine and Procera provide technology used by communications networks to manage costs and subscribers.A special meeting of Sandvine shareholders that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed to an undetermined date.The bidding for Sandvine began in May when it accepted a friendly offer of $3.80 per share from an affiliate of Vector Capital.Vector matched its rival’s original bid of $4.15 per share, announced June 27, but didn’t move again after Franciso hiked its offer to $4.40 on July 7.Sandvine announced Monday that it has ended the relationship with Vector and paid it about $16.9 million as part of their initial arrangement.Francisco Partners plans for Procera CEO Lyndon Cantor and Procera chief financial officer Richard Deggs to lead the combined company, which will retain the Sandvine name.“Sandvine has done a tremendous job becoming a leader in its market,” Cantor said in a statement.Dave Caputo, Sandvine’s president and chief executive officer, will join the combined company’s board of directors and become its non-executive chairman. read more

October 6

Setbacks seen in Bougainville peace process Security Council told

In his briefing to the Council, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Kieran Prendergast said that the peace process and weapons collection programme in Bougainville had been delayed and that the momentum for arms disposal had slowed down.The setbacks in the weapons containment could be explained by well-intended efforts to address the impatience of ex-combatants, he said, noting that there had been problems relating to the disbursement of funds intended for them, which had led some of them to refuse to participate in the arms disposal programme.There had also been a deliberate campaign of misrepresentation by some leaders regarding implementation of the peace process, Mr. Prendergast added. However, ex-combatant leaders had responded to those challenges, and on 30 October they had adopted decisions to make containers more secure and to place weapons collection back on track.Mr. Prendergast said the UN Political Office in Bougainville (UNPOB) had reported that the credibility of the weapons disposal was at stake if the 24 December deadline was not met. Even if that target was met, the Office must still verify the process, which was unlikely to be completed by the 31 December expiration of its mandate. As a consequence, the Secretary-General had written to the Council requesting an extension of UNPOB’s mandate for a year, as had the Government of Papua New Guinea.Representatives from all 15 Council members took part in the ensuing discussion, as did those from Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, whose envoy, Robert Aisi, said progress had been made in three main areas of the 2001 Bougainville Peace Agreement: peace reconciliation, arms disposal and unprecedented constitutional reforms.Mr. Aisi confirmed that the first and second stages of arms collection were near completion, and only the third stage remained. Requesting a one-year extension of the UNPOB mandate that would enable the Office to finish its work, he said the Government was confident and optimistic that the mandate, albeit somewhat slowed, would be fulfilled under the proposed timetable, if not earlier. Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Michael Somare, had reaffirmed that during his 18 October meeting in New York with Mr. Annan. read more

October 6

Oil prices finish higher after pushpull of bad economic news hopes of

by News Staff Posted Sep 10, 2012 4:32 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil finished slightly higher Monday after a push-pull between bad economic news and expectations that central banks will intervene to boost growth.Data released Monday showed China’s imports shrank unexpectedly in August. China’s president warned of a further slowdown and at one point drove benchmark oil fell by US$1 per barrel. But the hope of stimulus action by the Federal Reserve on Thursday served as a safety netBenchmark crude ended up 12 cents to $96.54 in New York. The price remains in a virtual stall — oil has traded between $94 per barrel and $97 per barrel for nearly a month.China’s oil imports fell about 13 per cent in August from a year ago, according to Barclays. Factory output is now at a three-year low. A second report showed China’s auto sales growth tumbled to below four per cent last month, from 11 per cent in July and 15 per cent in June.It’s troubling news from the world’s second-largest economy, especially when growth in the world’s No. 1 economy — the U.S. — has also slowed.On Friday, the U.S. government reported the economy added a weaker-than-expected 96,000 jobs last month, increasing the likelihood of another round of stimulus from the Fed.At least one analyst thinks the bad economic news will eventually weigh on oil. Raymond James’ J. Marshall Adkins expects oil prices to “dramatically deteriorate” as a dull global economy and rising U.S. supplies lead to an oil glut.Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, gained 56 cents to finish at $114.81 per barrel in London.The average price at the pump in the U.S. held steady the past week after rising sharply because of Hurricane Isaac. The U.S. average for gasoline is at $3.83 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. That’s still up about 14 cents from a month ago.In Canada, the price at the pump averaged C$1.302 per litre, up from $1.28 a month ago, according to price-watching website GasBuddy.com.Other futures prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange:— Wholesale gasoline rose less than a penny to US$3.024 a gallon.— Heating oil finished up 1.8 cents at $3.17 a gallon.— Natural gas rose 13 cents to end at $2.81 per 1,000 cubic feet.___(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) Oil prices finish higher after push-pull of bad economic news, hopes of stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

October 2

UN chief welcomes release of arrested leaders in Cameroon

“The Secretary-General hopes that this positive step will lead to a further lowering of tensions and strengthened political dialogue,” said Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement issued overnight. “The Secretary-General encourages the Cameroonian authorities to pursue their efforts to address the grievances of the Anglophone community and promote measures of national reconciliation in order to find a durable solution to the crisis,” Mr. Dujarric added. The Secretary-General also reiterated the UN’s readiness to continue to support such efforts, the Spokesman said.According to media reports, President Paul Biya has ordered the release of the leaders who were arrested late last year and accused of inciting violence during the protests in the North West and South West regions. They pleaded not guilty to the charges which included complicity in hostility against the homeland, secession, and campaigning for federalism. read more

September 24

Superior releases new belt scale for which it claims great accuracy

first_imgSuperior Industries, a manufacturer of conveying equipment and conveyor components, has a brand new conveyor belt scale. Designed to produce precision measurements, the new scale is available in two different models. The WB model has an accuracy rating of 1.0% (+/- 0.5%). With independent weigh bridge brackets, it accommodates multiple belt widths and is designed for material handling up to 2,000 t/h. With an accuracy rating of 0.5% (+/- 0.25%), the HD model is built with a continuous weigh bridge for increased accuracy and structural integrity. It is manufactured to manage up to 2,000 t/h and beyond.The new belt scale is built with two, independent load cells. Superior says because the two load cell readings are displayed separately on the diagnostics screen, identifying malfunctions is made easier for the user.In addition, Superior’s belt scale packages are available with one of two integrator models, both built with easy to operate touch screen menus, diagnostic screens that show load cell outputs independently and recalls up to eight previous scale totals. An optional speed sensor easily mounts to most conveyor frames and adjusts to applicable belt widths.last_img read more

September 21

Kimisis Opera

first_imgThis March, a ritual speaks directly to everyone raised within a religious belief system. This performance can be categorised as a non-literal, contemporary, secular work of art. Kimisis, which means ‘falling asleep’, is an alternative opera, written and directed by Konstantin Koukias, commemorating the ‘falling asleep’ or the death and assumption of Mary, Mother of Christ, to Heaven. Following the traditions of the Greek Orthodox Church, Koukias translates this religious occasion into a contemporary experience, mixing Byzantine and Christian Arabic music with electronic sounds; while soprano Irene Sarrinikolaou, singing in Ecclesiastical Greek, performs on a pilates trapeze machine. IHOS productions blend voice, dance and sound with installation art and digital technology. Kimisis exemplifies the brilliant originality for which IHOS is internationally renowned. There are only 32 tickets available per performance at $20 and under. For more information email irenesarris@hotmail.com or phone 0422 834 654. Where: At the Verge Gallery, Jane Foss Russell Building, City Road, Sydney University 2006 (adjacent to the Wentworth Building), Sydney When: 25-28 March 2015 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 19

Countys only ice rink to close in August

first_imgAfter 20 years in operation, Clark County’s only ice rink is closing this summer.Mountain View Ice Arena recently posted a letter on its Facebook page, alerting people to the closure and thanking them for their business. All passes and punch cards will expire on Aug. 31, the last day people can skate.The east Vancouver ice rink is owned by Portland-based City Bible Church, which in 2016 signaled that it would remodel the building and open an elementary school.City Bible purchased the building at 14313 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. in 2006 and converted one portion into a church. The Vancouver church campus is one of four in the Portland metro area. City Bible could not be reached for comment before press time Thursday.“Please understand that this is an extremely difficult decision” for City Bible Church and that “they have been nothing but kind and generous” since taking over ownership of the rink, the letter from Mountain View Ice Arena said.Bob Knoerl, who’s been manager of the ice rink since 2008, said that about a year ago the church had floated Aug. 31 as the ice rink’s final day, and then that date was recently finalized. He said that particular date was chosen so City Bible has a year to build the school.last_img read more

September 17

Power outage row – Patients say backup failed Hospital says it worked

first_img Related Items:cheshire hall hospital, fortis tci, power outage, takara bain Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Aug 2015 – The TCI Hospitals late yesterday issued statement to explain the power outage at the medical facility in Providenciales, but it did not pacify those who say the back-up generators did not come on for hours. Public Relations executive, Takara Bain said: “The Hospital’s back-up systems ensured that there was no failure or reduction in the performance of critical Hospital equipment and the welfare and safety of patients was never in jeopardy.” Magnetic Media reported that the Cheshire Hall Medical Center lost electricity around 6:03am due to a FortisTCI power failure, and that the contingency for electricity kicked in, but residents wrote to us to say that is not true. Mainly we heard from dialysis patients and friends, who said they waited and waited for hours and no electricity ever came on. Ms. Bain said power was restored at 8:22am by Fortis, and following that, “all the hospital’s systems were then subjected to internal checks to ensure that they had not been adversely affected by the interruption in supply.” Nonetheless, residents were adamant that there was no restoration of power internally at the hospital site; we have asked the TCI Hospitals to explain themselves in the wake of this further backlash from the general public. As soon as we get it, we will convey how the hospitals, which receives nearly $4 million dollars per month from TCIG explains this contentious and if true, potentially dangerous predicament. Digicel & NBA team up again, 60 TCI children to benefit Recommended for you FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieveslast_img read more

September 5

Tesla cuts China car prices amid trade war

first_imgTesla production unit in Fremont, California [Representational Image]Reuters/Stephen LamTesla Inc (TSLA.O) is cutting the price of its Model X and Model S cars in China, the U.S. firm said on Thursday, in a shift in strategy that will see it take more of a hit from tariffs linked to a biting trade war between China and the United States.The electric carmaker, led by billionaire CEO Elon Musk, said it will cut prices of the two models by 12-26 percent to make the cars more “affordable” in the world’s top auto market, where sales of so-called new-energy vehicles are rising fast.The move comes amid severe trade tensions between China and the United States, which has seen extra tariffs slapped on U.S. imports into the country, including automobiles, hurting Tesla which imports all the cars it currently sells in the market.”We are absorbing a significant part of the tariff to help make our cars more affordable for customers in China,” Tesla said in a statement sent to Reuters.The move marks a shift from July when Tesla was one of the first U.S. carmakers to raise prices in the market in response to tariffs. The firm hiked prices then on its Model X and S cars by about 20 percent.Tesla warned last month it was facing major problems with selling cars in China due to new tariffs that would force it to accelerate investment in its first overseas Gigafactory in Shanghai.The carmaker last month secured the site for the facility, which will help it avoid steep import tariffs.The firm, which recently launched pre-sales of its new Model 3 car in China, added in its statement that the car’s price tag would start from 540,000 yuan ($77,928.83) for a dual motor all-wheel drive version, and 595,000 yuan for a performance version.Before the price hike in July, Tesla had lowered prices on its models in China in May, after Beijing had said it would cut import tariffs for all auto imports.-Reuterslast_img read more

September 3

China welcomes attacks against Rohingya Muslims

first_imgChinese foreign minister Wang Yi addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, US, 21 September 21, 2017. Photo: ReutersChina’s foreign minister Wang Yi said China welcomes the measures taken by Myanmar’s government to alleviate the situation in Rakhine state.Wang made the comments in New York on Thursday on during a meeting on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly with Myanmar officials, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.More than 400,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled from Rakhine across the border to Bangladesh following a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar’s army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces. U.N. officials have described Myanmar’s strategy as “ethnic cleansing”.last_img

September 3

Buses to ply on 22 Dhaka routes under 6 companies says Khokon

first_imgDhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon speaks at a meeting at the Nagar Bhaban on Wednesday, 10 April, 2019. Photo: UNB/ courtesyDhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) mayor Sayeed Khokon on Wednesday said buses in capital Dhaka and adjoining areas will run on 22 routes under six companies, apparently to bring discipline on roads, reports UNB. He came up with the announcement at a briefing after a meeting at the Nagar Bhaban. The DSCC mayor said the six companies will operate their buses using as many colours — pink, orange, green, purple, maroon and blue. “We want to pay highest respects to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by bringing back safety and discipline on roads within 2020 when his birth centenary will be celebrated,” he said. Khokon expressed the hope that it will be possible to bring back discipline on roads by this time. He also said a feasibility study will be carried out to introduce circular bus service on Jatrabari-Sadarghat route. Principal coordinator (SDG affairs) of the prime minister’s office Abul Kalam Azad, local government division secretary Shafiqul Islam, road transport and highways division secretary Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh road transport corporation chairman Farid Uddin, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority chairman Moshiur Rahman and leaders of transport associations attended the meeting.last_img read more

September 2

Martin Luther King Jr Tackled Many Issues In His Lifetime Where Are

first_img Share AP Photo/FileIn this March 10, 1965 file photo, demonstrators, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., stream over an Alabama River bridge at the city limits of Selma, Ala., during a voter rights march. King’s participation in the 54-mile (87-kilometer) march from Selma, Ala., to the state capital of Montgomery elevated awareness about the troubles blacks faced in registering to vote.The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for many issues throughout his life as a minister and the leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaking out against various barriers holding back blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Native Americans. Fifty years after his assassination, some of these barriers have fallen — but others remain.Here is a look at five civil rights issues King addressed during his lifetime and where they stand now:1) Segregation:Four days after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, King exhorted a crowd at the Holt Street Baptist Church to launch a bus boycott. “Now let us go out to stick together and stay with this thing until the end,” he told the thousands gathered at the church that day in 1955.A federal court ended racial segregation on Montgomery public buses, elevating King into the national spotlight. Years later, he stood behind President Lyndon Johnson at the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned segregation in public places and employment discrimination on the basis of race or national origin.Still, King’s legacy concerning desegregation remains mixed, according to Gordon Mantler, a professor at George Washington University.“Yes, the traditional spaces like lunch counters and restrooms were integrated,” Mantler said. “But some lunch counters were shut down and public pools became private.”And while schools became largely integrated in the 1980s, many have re-segregated. In 1988, for example, about 44 percent of black students went to majority-white schools nationally. Only 20 percent of black students do so today, according to a study examining the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.The Kerner Report came from a commission created by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 to examine the causes of urban riots in the 1960s. It blamed them largely on poverty, joblessness and tension with police and minority communities.2) Voting:King’s participation in the 54-mile (87-kilometer) march from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery elevated awareness about the troubles blacks faced in registering to vote.President Johnson addressed a special session of Congress after marchers were attacked by white mobs and police, successfully urging lawmakers to pass the Voting Rights Act.Here, Mantler said King achieved a lasting effect. By the 1970s and 1980s, the American South had elected thousands of blacks to various offices, compared to almost none in the 1950s.Black and Latino coalitions sprouted in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Houston to elect people of color to local and federal offices — and eventually aided in electing the nation’s first black president.3) Poverty:King was assassinated in Memphis while coming to the aid of striking sanitation workers. He also was in the midst of organizing the Poor People’s March on Washington, a campaign that sought to highlight the economic and human rights of poor citizens of all ethnic backgrounds struggling with poverty.Former U.S. Sen. Fred Harris of Oklahoma, the last surviving member of the Kerner Commission, said the fight to reduce poverty remains one of King’s most significant unfinished works.“There are far more people who are poor now than was true 50 years ago,” Harris said. “Inequality of income is worse.”The percentage of people living in deep poverty — less than half of the federal poverty level — has increased since 1975, according to a study marking the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Report. About 46 percent of people living in poverty in 2016 were classified as living in deep poverty — 16 percentage points higher than in 1975.Rev. William J. Barber II, a Goldsboro, North Carolina, pastor who is leading a multi-ethnic “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival” later this year, said tackling poverty remains a moral obligation for the nation.“After 50 years, we still have work to do,” he said.4) Housing:During King’s lifetime, landlords could refuse to rent to blacks and Latinos, and racial covenants and redlining allowed people of color to be excluded from buying homes in certain neighborhoods.After King’s assassination, President Johnson asked Congress to pass the long-stalled Fair Housing Act, which banned refusing to rent or sell housing based on race, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.In the decades after the act’s passage, black homeownership rose by almost 6 percentage points. But those gains were wiped out from 2000 to 2015 when black homeownership fell 6 percentage points.Harris, the former senator, said blacks were disproportionately affected by the subprime loan crisis of the late 2000s, which contributed to the further racial and economic segregation of neighborhoods, especially in urban areas.5) War: “I oppose the war in Vietnam because I love America,” King told an audience at New York’s Riverside Church in 1967. “I speak out against this war, not in anger, but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and, above all, with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as the moral example of the world.”King had concluded that militarism, like poverty, was stalling the U.S. from living up to its ideals. And Mantler said King felt it ultimately could lead to fascism.Today, the U.S. remains involved in the war of Afghanistan, and maintains military bases around the world.Mantler said the nation did not heed King’s warning that war damages the nation’s moral authority. “Both parties fight to give more money to the Pentagon,” Mantler said. “It hasn’t changed.”And that support for militarism often comes at the expense of fighting poverty, he said.last_img read more

September 2

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit over Rape Kit Backlog

first_img Share gavelFederal Judge Vanessa Gilmore has dismissed a lawsuit against the City of Houston and several former mayors over a backlog of rape kits.Two men filed the lawsuit last year, naming Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, five former Houston mayors, current and former police chiefs, as well as the Houston Forensic Science Center, including its CEO.Judge Gilmore determined that the lawsuit was filed six years too late.The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated because DNA testing of evidence from their 2011 sexual assaults had not been conducted in a timely manner.Judge Gilmore found that the plaintiffs didn’t allege any violation of rights guaranteed by the Constitution and they didn’t raise any other legal grounds to hold the City of Houston —along with its current and former officials— responsible.Mayor Turner’s Office said in a statement the administration it is “pleased” with the dismissal.last_img read more

August 31

Choose the right saree fabric this summer

first_imgSaree experts suggest some summer-friendly saree fabrics:Malmal saris: They are mostly in demand and worn by women during summer as they are soft, light-weighted, and have a smooth texture.Viscose saris: The most important aspect of this fabric is that it can be easily dyed and it retains its colour for a longer duration. The texture of the fabric allows proper air passage because of the pores. Cotton saris: Breezy, light-weight and absorbent, they are perfect for the hot and sweaty days. They easily absorb the sweat from your body and help your skin breathe making you feel cool. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Linen saris: They are comfortable and have sweat-absorbing properties. The main benefit of wearing linen during summer is that it allows easy air flow. Chiffon saris: Chiffon is not only light-weight but also soft. The comfort you get with this fabric is totally worth the money. The next time the thought of ditching sarees for other attires come up in the mind, do consider the suggestions and go ahead freely falunting your pallu.last_img read more