Indian-American Brothers Seek To Use Artificial Intelligence To Help India’s Poorest

first_imgAs debate swirls on whether artificial intelligence will be a boon or a curse for humanity, two Indian-American entrepreneur brothers are out to ensure the emerging technologies don’t just benefit the richest in society.Romesh and Sunil Wadhwani this week launched what is billed as the world’s first nonprofit institute dedicated to putting AI to work improving lives of poor farmers, rural health care workers or teachers in communities with scant resources.“AI will go where AI will go; it is difficult to predict where,” Sunil Wadhwani said of the conflicting views on the emergence of computers more brilliant than their human creators.Read it at NDTV Related Itemslast_img

Soccer stars who won millions of hearts this World Cup

first_imgClick here to EnlargeInconspicuous names that played their way out of the long shadows cast by the likes of Lionel Messi,Neymar, Thomas Muller and into the hearts of millions.,Click here to EnlargeInconspicuous names that played their way out of the long shadows cast by the likes of Lionel Messi,Neymar, Thomas Muller and into the hearts of millions.last_img

United States eager for Winter Games despite Los Angeles 2028 commitment

first_imgU.S. Olympic officials are eager to see the Winter Games return to the country in 2026 or 2030 even though doing so would create challenges for Los Angeles as it prepares to host the Summer Games in 2028.Leaders of L.A.’s bid committee have said hosting a Winter Games in the years surrounding 2028 could hurt their ability to sell corporate partnerships and infringe on its exclusive rights to use the Olympic rings in its marketing.”During my comments at the Assembly I put a stake in the ground and said we are interested in hosting the Winter Games,” USOC Chairman Larry Probst told reporters following a meeting of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado.”Ideally that’s probably 2030 so there is no confusion with the preparations for 2028.”Probst said there was the possibility the International Olympic Committee (IOC) might award 2026 and 2030 Winter Games simultaneously, as it did this year where Paris won the 2024 Summer Games while L.A. landed the 2028 event.”If the IOC considers the possibility of a dual award of 2026 and 2030, we certainly want to be in that conversation. We want to be at the table for that discussion,” he said.USOC would need to identify a city by next March if it decided to bid for the 2026 Games, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said.Salt Lake City was the last U.S. city to host the Winter Games in 2002 and is expected to be in the running for any future events.last_img read more

Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against Neymar

first_imgNike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarSportswear manufacturing giant, Nike has said it is concerned over allegations of rape against Neymar and that it will closely monitor the situation before taking a call. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has denied the rape allegationadvertisement Next Reuters BrasiliaJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 11:03 IST Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against Neymar.(Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNike issued a statement the day after a woman accused Neymar of rapeNeymar’s lawyer Fernandes said her client was innocent of the allegation made against himNeymar’s press representative declined to comment on his sponsorshipNike Inc is “very concerned” about a rape accusation against Brazilian soccer star Neymar, the world’s largest sportswear maker said on Thursday, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.Nike issued a statement a day after a woman said in an interview with Brazilian SBT TV that Neymar had raped her in a Paris hotel last month. Neymar denied the allegation in an Instagram post and has said the woman was trying to extort him.The lawyer for Neymar’s accuser did not respond to questions from Reuters.”We are very concerned by the recent allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said when asked about the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club soccer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.A press representative for Neymar declined to comment on his sponsorships.Neymar’s lawyer Mayra Fernandes, speaking to journalists in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, did not address his sponsorship deals. She said her client was innocent of the allegation made against him.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.U.S. press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA , which featured Neymar in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, said it was a sponsor of the national team but not individual players. A press representative declined to comment on the accusation against Neymar.advertisementMcDonald’s Corp and Procter & Gamble Co’s Gillette brand, which both featured Neymar prominently in ad campaigns last year, said they had no current contract with him.POLICE REPORTA police report seen by Reuters showed that a woman had accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation. According to the police report, she told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room, the report said.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.That led police in Rio de Janeiro to open an investigation into whether Neymar had committed a crime by posting those intimate pictures online.Neymar’s lawyer Fernandes said that Neymar had already spoken with police investigating the cybercrime, but had not yet arranged a time to go to Sao Paulo to speak with police about the rape accusation, but was committed to doing so.On Wednesday night the woman, Najila de Souza, gave her first on-camera interview since her accusation became public.”I was a victim of rape,” de Souza told SBT TV.Some of Neymar’s teammates have come out in support of him, but national team coach Tite told journalists on Monday that he did not want to pass judgment on the matter.The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday that Neymar would be dropped from the Brazil team for the Copa America because of an ankle injury suffered in a friendly match against Qatar.Also Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also Read | Neymar ruled out of Copa America with ankle ligament injuryAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Nike IncFollow NeymarFollow rape accusationFollow Neymar rape accusationlast_img read more

MS Dhoni unavailable for selection until November

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 20:16 IST Former India captain MS Dhoni (File Photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni had last played for India when the Men in Blue lost to New Zealand in semifinal of World CupHis break would effectively be nearly six months longDhoni will miss out on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the home T20I series against Bangladesh as wellMahendra Singh Dhoni will not be available for selection until November this year, according to the Mumbai Mirror.The former India captain had previously missed the West Indies tour after taking a break of two months which also meant that he missed the ongoing home series against South Africa. The extension of the break means that he will miss out on the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the home T20I series against Bangladesh as well.This means that Dhoni would be available to play for India only in December when the West Indies tour the country for three T20Is and as many ODIs. The series is scheduled to start on December 6.Dhoni had last played for India on July 10 when the Men in Blue lost to New Zealand in the semifinal of the ODI World Cup in England. His break would effectively be nearly six months long.This comes at a time when there has been speculation over the 37-year-old’s future in the team, especially with the team management grooming 21-year-old Rishabh Pant as his replacement behind the stumps ahead of next year’s World T20.Recently, rumours about Dhoni announcing his retirement were doing the rounds after captain Virat Kohli tweeted a pic of him and Dhoni during a match with the caption: “A game I can never forget. Special night. This man, made me run like in a fitness test.”When Kohli was asked about it in a press conference ahead of India’s first T20I against South Africa in Dharamsala, the skipper said that he had nothing on his mind when he posted the tweet.advertisement”I was sitting at home and I normally put out a photograph and it became a news item. I think it was a lesson for me, that the way I think, the whole world does not think that way. There was nothing in the farthest stretch of my imagination (that it could be taken as retirement tribute) while putting that picture out on social media,” he said.Also Read | No way to handle a young human resource: Gautam Gambhir slams team management for treatment of Rishabh PantAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Former India captain MS Dhoni unavailable for selection until NovemberHaving taken a break from cricket after India’s last match of the World Cup 2019, legendary wicketkeeper MS Dhoni is all set to extend his leave till the end of November 2019.advertisementlast_img read more

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines Sees a Sensational Start to 2019

first_img15th January 2019 – Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is celebrating a sensational start to 2019, with three million-Pound sales days in one week, marking the best start to January in Fred. Olsen’s history! Justin Stanton, Sales and Marketing Director for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “We are delighted that there is such high demand for our unique style of cruising. Customers are clearly recognising the value of our attractive ‘Cruise Sale’ offers, with almost everything included in the price. “With strong bookings for both 2019 and 2020, we are anticipating a very successful year for our smaller, friendlier ocean and river cruise ships.” Fred. Olsen launched its popular ‘Cruise Sale’ on 5th December 2018, and has so far booked over 5,000 guests onto the 150+ cruise holidays promoted in the campaign. Fred. Olsen’s ‘Cruise Sale’ is offering guests a range of tempting booking incentives:– ‘FREE Drinks & Tips’ on both ocean and river cruises– Plus ‘FREE Cashback’ of up to £200 per cabin on over 20 ocean cruises– ‘Three cruises for the price of two’, where guests get the lowest-priced sailing FREE–  Dedicated solo offers, with no single supplement on selected rooms and cruises in 2019/20 The five top-sellers in Fred. Olsen’s ‘Cruise Sale’ so far are:– Balmoral’s 11-night L1903 ‘Spain, Portugal & Madeira’ cruise, ex Southampton on 22nd March 2019– Black Watch’s eight-night ‘Isles of Scotland’ cruise, ex Liverpool on 20th June 2019– Balmoral’s seven-night L1916 ‘The Best of the Fjords in Seven Nights’ cruise, ex Edinburgh (Rosyth) on 25th July 2019– Balmoral’s 15-night L1933 ‘Canaries Christmas & Funchal Fireworks’ cruise, ex Southampton on 22nd December 2019– Balmoral’s 11-night ‘Wintertime Norway’ cruise, ex Newcastle on 18th March 2020 Fred. Olsen is renowned for its innovative itineraries, and is proud to have been crowned ‘Best for Itineraries’ by Cruise Critic experts in the prestigious ‘UK Editors’ Picks Awards’ – for a record four years in a row. For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, visit the website at http://www.fredolsencruises.com/agent or call the Trade Support Teamlast_img read more

Argus: Bigger Suez Does Not Guarantee Increased Traffic

first_imgzoom It is yet unclear whether the New Suez Canal will spur more traffic or better accommodate the major rise in throughput since 2011 as macroeconomic factors and toll levels may be far more influential in determining future shipment volumes than the introduction of two-way traffic, according to trade analyst Argus.The New Suez Canal, scheduled for official opening on August 6, has taken the four double zones and six by-pass sections and joined them together to create a new channel, allowing ships to travel in both directions, with the aim of decreasing transit waiting time, reducing congestion and allowing more vessels to transit each day.The USD 8. billion project should reduce vessel waiting times to three hours from up to 11 as well as allow two-way traffic in the canal, but has not raised the maximum passable tonnage.The freight market is underwhelmed by the expansion, emphasising that maximum ship size will not increase and arguing that journey times will not, in fact, significantly shorten, Argus reported one freight analyst as saying. A hike in rates would push more traffic to take the Cape route, particularly given the weakness of bunker prices, Argus claims.Secretary-general of the International Chamber of Shipping Peter Hinchliffe, while noting the canal authority’s analysis that ship numbers will rise further with the expansion, is cautious, saying “I expect experience will tell over time as to by how much numbers will increase and [the expansion’s] impact.”Crude traders are not expecting any changes to the regional market stemming from the expansion of the Suez Canal. Currently, fully-laden VLCC tankers are unable to sail through the canal, and must part-discharge cargoes at Ain Sukhna to go through the Sumed pipeline to Sidi Kerir, reloading at the Mediterranean terminal. The expansion will not allow VLCC tankers to sail through fully laden, so oil companies will have to continue using Sumed to transport cargoes larger than 1mn bl from the Red Sea into the Mediterranean and beyond. They say delays passing through the Canal are not an issue for them.The naphtha market has never been restricted by the limitations of the Suez Canal, Argus says, because of the size of vessels employed, and participants expect trade flows to remain the same. But there are concerns that transit fees may rise, with a knock-on effect on naphtha traffic. Jet fuel traders are similarly unmoved, saying increased flows are unlikely. Suez is not a bottleneck for jet fuel traffic, cargoes being limited by the availability of product.LPG flows are also unlikely to be affected. Currently, very little passes through the Suez Canal, since that route saves US cargoes only a day or two compared with the Cape, and eastbound shipments from North West Europe are now very uncommon. And, with the expansion of the Panama Canal, charterers looking to save time and money going to Asia Pacific will use that route instead, according to Argus.The Suez Canal Authority says vessels with a draught of up to 66ft (20.1m) will be able to use the new waterway, and LNG carriers over 100,000m³ have roughly the same draught of 12.5m (41ft). But LNG Q-Max and Q-Flex carriers will be still be unable to use the expanded Suez Canal because of lock size, rather than vessel draught. And LNG shipbrokers add that the expansion will have a limited impact on transit of LNG carriers smaller than Q-Flex.last_img read more

Free Winter Sportfishing Weekend on Feb 2021

first_imgNova Scotia anglers can take part in winter sportfishing opportunities without a licence during the annual winter weekend on Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21. “We are pleased to offer anglers an opportunity to fish on a number of our lakes and rivers during the winter,” said Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “Fishing is an activity that promotes family togetherness and healthy, outdoor living. Winter sportfishing has always been a popular activity in Nova Scotia and we hope this licence-free weekend will attract more anglers to the sport.” Residents and non-residents can fish for rainbow trout, white and yellow perch, and chain pickerel in a number of lakes and rivers in 17 of the province’s 18 counties. Although a licence is not required, all bag limits and other regulations apply. The winter sportfishing season opened Jan. 1 and closes March 31. “In addition to being a healthy outdoor activity, winter fishing offers some excellent opportunities for both experienced and beginner anglers,” said Mr. Belliveau. “Winter angling offers a unique outdoor experience, but we want to ensure everyone enjoys it safely. I encourage all anglers to use caution during the winter sportfishing weekend.” For more information, visit www.gov.ns.ca/fish/sportfishing/angling/winterangling.shtml .last_img read more

Bluenose II Table On Public Display

first_imgA one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted piece of Canadian history is on display at Lunenburg’s Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic. The crew table for the restored Bluenose II, donated after the recent Council of the Federation summer meeting in Nova Scotia, is open to public view in the museum’s Bluenose exhibit in the second floor gallery. It will eventually be installed in the vessel’s foc’sle as part of its restoration and was built using wood, stone and mineral donated from every province and territory. “Bluenose II is a Canadian icon and the crew table reflects its place in our national identity by incorporating elements from every part of the country,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal to a piece of Nova Scotia’s heritage that continues to inspire pride in our innovative spirit.” The table was built by Colin O’Toole of Covey Island Boatworks, one of three companies in the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance that is rebuilding Bluenose II for the province. The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic interprets the Bluenose legacy as part of its mandate to tell the story of Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage. “The story of Bluenose is the story of who we are as a province,” said museum curator Ralph Getson. “It speaks to our resilience in the face of challenge and our proud history of competing for success on the world stage.” More information about the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic is available by calling 1-866-579-4909.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Companies Seek Growth at Ocean Tech Conference

first_imgSix companies from Nova Scotia’s emerging ocean technology industry are connecting with opportunities in Asia at the Oceanology International China 2014 conference in Shanghai. Premier Stephen McNeil led Nova Scotia’s trade delegation at the conference today, Sept. 4, as part of a Canadian pavilion at the event. “Nova Scotia businesses active in ocean technology have a lot to offer China’s growing marine and offshore industries,” said Premier McNeil. “I’m pleased to provide government’s support to them as they pursue growth opportunities in this important market that can lead to jobs and prosperity for Nova Scotians.” Nova Scotia is home to 200 ocean technology companies and 60 high-technology innovators. “Ocean technology presents Nova Scotia businesses with a tremendous opportunity to expand through trade with overseas markets like China,” said Premier McNeil. “Many of our companies are already creating some of the industry’s most sophisticated products and services. By making connections and building partnerships, we can help our businesses grow, and drive our economy forward.” Nova Scotia’s delegation includes companies involved in communications and data collection, navigation equipment, satellite and ocean sensors, and servicing offshore exploration businesses. Nova Scotia participants are: GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. of Dartmouth Hawboldt Industries Ltd. of Chester JouBeh Technologies of Dartmouth Metocean Data Systems of Dartmouth Satlantic of Halifax Xeos Technologies Inc. of Dartmouth “The ocean research side of our business has experienced a great deal of growth over the past five years,” said Paul Phillips, general sales manager for Hawboldt Industries. “From the small rural community of Chester we are delivering complex solutions to the world, and adding to our workforce which now stands at 58. “The Chinese market has played a key role in our growth with five significant orders as China continues to renew and expand its fleet of research vessels. The Oceanology International China show in Shanghai is an ideal way to stay in contact with our customer base here, and to increase our presence in this market.” China is the world’s second-largest economy and Nova Scotia’s second-largest trading partner, after the United States. In 2013, the province exported nearly $200 million in merchandise to the Chinese market in areas as diverse as forestry, seafood, biotechnology, educational services, and information and communication technologies. For more information about Oceanology International China 2014, visit www.oceanologyinternational.com . The premier’s stop at Oceanology International China 2014 is part of his visit to southeast Asia to enhance trade links and investment opportunities in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Mehbooba Mufti could be questioned in JKPCC works allotment scam

first_imgSrinagar: After senior People’s Democratic Party leader and former Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar was questioned in a multi-crore works allotment scam, sources here said sleuths of the state crime branch could now question PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Crime Branch officials investigating the allotment scam had questioned Akhtar at his high security Gupkar Road residence two days back. The investigation pertained to allotment of construction works worth crores of rupees to favourites of the PDP leadership when Akhtar, as chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), allegedly influenced officials of the corporation to allot works without following any tendering process, top sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The questioning of the former minister also concerned the appointment of a managing director of the corporation by the then minister,” they said. When asked whether the ambit of the questioning process in this case was being extended to include former Chief Minister Mufti, sources told IANS, “Yes, Ms Mufti could be the next to be questioned by investigators in this case”. Akhtar has said he had full faith in the fairness of the judiciary and as such he has nothing to fear.last_img read more

7 gold biscuits seized at IGI

first_imgNew Delhi: CISF arrested a passenger with 7 gold biscuits weighing around 820 grams from IGI Airport, New Delhi. An AI SATS staff was also nabbed in this regard. On July 3 at 11 pm, CISF surveillance and intelligence staff at international arrival piers of Terminal 3, IGI Airport observed suspicious movements of a passenger and an AI SATS staff identified as Dharamveer Dauchania near washroom of de-boarding gate No. 10. The passenger was later identified as Main lal Meena, who had arrived from Dammam by Air India flight at Terminal-3. They were kept under physical & electronic surveillance and it was observed that both of them were continuously in contact over mobile phone. The AI SATS staff was intercepted and physical search was carried out. 3 gold biscuits were recovered from him. Subsequently, the passenger was intercepted and the matter was informed to Customs/AIU officials. The passenger was taken to Customs office and on searching, 4 gold biscuits were also recovered from him. Later AI SATS staff and the passenger with seven (7) gold biscuits worth approximately Rs 29 lakhs were handed over to Customs.last_img read more

Stars Lend Their Artistic Talents to Londons Paddington Trail

first_imgToday VisitLondon.com, the NSPCC and STUDIOCANAL announced the first of the internationally renowned celebrities, designers and artists signed up to THE PADDINGTON TRAIL.Paddington Shakesbear by Michael Sheen, Paddington Bear by Michael Bond, Paddingtonscape by Hannah Warren and Paddington Sparkles by Frankie Bridge.Credit/Copyright: Joe PeplerThe list includes stars of the Paddington film Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, Hollywood actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Sheen and Emma Watson, stars of the music world Nick Mason and Frankie Bridge, globally renowned photographer Rankin, leading fashion designers Christopher Kane, Lulu Guinness and Matthew Williamson, multi-talented artists Tom Phillips and Hannah Warren and world-famous ex-footballer, David Beckham.Actor Hugh Bonneville, who stars in the forthcoming Paddington film, which opens around the world this Christmas, is amongst the designers and comments: “Paddington is an explorer – this trail is a wonderful way of bringing this to life and I hope it makes people look at London with fresh eyes. I am delighted to have been asked to design one of the bears and have created an ode to Paddington’s favourite preserve. I can’t wait for people to see it.”The star-studded Paddington design team also includes former Royal Ballet principal dancer Darcey Bussell, explorer and survival expert Bear Grylls, the Chelsea football team, the England rugby union team and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.The first of the designs were also revealed today: ‘Paddington Bear’ by Michael Bond, ‘Paddington Shakesbear’ by Michael Sheen, ‘Paddington Sparkles’ by Frankie Bridge and ‘Paddingtonscape’ by artist, Hannah Warren.These adventurous designers are working on some of the 50 Paddington Bear statues, which will be placed across the capital ahead of the global release of PADDINGTON. The trail will take in museums, parks, shops and landmarks, all with a colourful, Paddington-inspired flavour. London is Paddington’s favourite city: full of adventure and opportunities to explore the art, culture, innovation and entertainment that are so prominent in the capital.Visitors will be able to follow in the furry footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer, visiting locations across the capital. Key cultural and landmark hotspots featured in the Trail are The Royal Opera House, Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood and, of course, Paddington Station with the trail ending in Selfridges, from 4 November – 30 December 2014.Selfridges is the Trail’s retail partner and will be selling a selection of statue miniatures from a dedicated Paddington concept store to raise funds for the NSPCC.London based design company 3DEye is helping to create the three foot six inch tall statues, all of which will be auctioned to raise money for charity partners including the NSPCC; a charity whose work is all about protecting vulnerable children and making them safe through its services including ChildLine.To find out more about The Paddington Trail, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Another record month as new car registrations soar in July

Year to date registrations are up 5.2 per cent, to 1,442,188 units Private buyers accounted for 81,551 registrations last month compared to 67,493 in July 2000. Registrations by private buyers soared 20.8 per cent last month Full year registrations hit 2,300,944 units in 1989, the highest on record. Commenting on the news, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘What these figures tell us is that confidence is king when it comes to buying a new car. And clearly 10 months of growth in the new car market speaks volumes. It tells us that buyers are confident that their local franchised dealer offers the best deal on price, specification, finance and aftersales care.’ Notes to editors Total registrations by private buyers from January to July reached 699,380 units in 2001, up 19 per cent on the 587,381 units for the first seven months of 2000. SMMT has revised its full year forecast upwards from 2.25 to 2.3 million units November 2000, December 2000, March 2001, June 2001 and July 2001 have all seen record numbers of new car registrations. New car registrations rose by 11.6 per cent in July to 173,160 units July was the 10th consecutive month of growth in the new car marke Another record month as new car registrations soar in July July 2001 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing the SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by the SMMT. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State baseball needs mindset to win in UCF Tournament

Then-sophomore pitcher John Kuchno (45) throws the ball during a game against Northwestern May 6, 2012, at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorEven though Columbus is currently experiencing some of its warmest temperatures this winter, the Ohio State baseball team isn’t quite tepid enough.A week after splitting a four-game tournament slate in Florida, OSU (2-2, 0-0) looks to bounce back as it returns to the Sunshine State this weekend for its second tournament in as many weeks.The Buckeyes are set to be a part of the UCF Tournament in Orlando, playing host Central Florida Friday, The Citadel Saturday and Oklahoma Sunday.Redshirt-junior pitcher and first baseman Josh Dezse said it is important OSU has a productive week of practice and rolls into this weekend with a mindset to win.“They are going to be three great teams. These are teams we can’t take lightly. Any games we can’t take lightly if we want those 40 wins to get into the national tournament at the end of the year,” Dezse said. “We’re going to go down, we’re going to play Buckeye baseball like we know how to play, and hopefully the outcome is in our favor.”Even though Central Florida has a reputation for a being a strong ball club — one that has made it to the NCAA Tournament two of the last three years — junior outfielder Pat Porter said OSU should be in the thick of it Friday.“It should be a good game. I hear they have some pretty good guys and they’re a pretty solid team,” Porter said. “I think we’re a really solid team too though and we can definitely hang with them.”Senior pitcher Greg Greve and junior pitcher Ryan Riga look to set the tone for the Buckeyes in Orlando as the top two starting pitchers in OSU’s rotation.Riga, who led the Buckeyes to a 1-0 win over Auburn Feb. 15 with six shutout innings was named Big Ten co-Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.“Riga was just on point against Auburn. We couldn’t ask him to throw a better game than that. It was very impressive,” Dezse said.Junior pitcher and closer Trace Dempsey said the Buckeyes have to work on slowing down the game and other fundamentals this week in practice.“We got exposed in a couple areas of the game. It showed there is always stuff to improve on,” Dempsey said. “We’re going to work on that this week here at practice, get a good week of practice in and head down to Orlando.”Scoring no runs in the first or second innings of their first four games, the Buckeyes are aiming to get baserunners on early in Orlando, Porter said.“We talked about how important each pitch of the game is and how important getting the first batter on base is,” Porter said.Dempsey added that even if the Buckeyes do get behind early, they have the ability to compete in any situation.“We can play from behind and we can come out hot early — we can play all facets of the game,” Dempsey said.After missing all of last season with a stress reaction in his back, Dezse said he was relieved to get a hit in the Buckeyes’ first game of the season against Connecticut last weekend.“It was really nice because I know I was stressing just a little bit. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the field and getting that (hit) out of the way really loosened me up,” Dezse said.With the first weekend behind them and the season underway, all that matters for OSU moving forward is getting victories, Dezse said.“Obviously, we started out hot with two wins and we played OK, but then OK wasn’t to our expectation,” Dezse said. “We expected to play a little bit better than that. What we take away is we have some things to work on.”First pitch between OSU and Central Florida is set for 7:05 p.m. Friday. read more

Football Conley considers himself a top cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft

Former OSU cornerback Gareon Conley speaks with the media on March 5 at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — If you ask Gareon Conley, he could be the 2017 NFL Draft’s top cornerback. Although the hype around OSU’s secondary has been centered around Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, Conley’s combine numbers just might show why teams should not forget how good he is.Conley came into the 2016-17 season as the top cornerback for Ohio State after Eli Apple left the Buckeyes and was selected in the first round by the New York Giants. While Conley might have been listed as the No. 1 corner, his teammate Marshon Lattimore stole the show, and is now considered to be the best cornerback in this draft.While Conley is pleased with seeing his teammates receive recognition for his ability, he could easily be considered as the top player at the position himself. He said he feels the wide range of skills he brings — from press-man coverage to playing nickel — separate him from the group.“I feel like all the corners here obviously have talent, or we wouldn’t be here,” Conley said. “So I set myself apart mentally, with my mental toughness and being able to handle adversity on the field and snapping clear. I feel like that sets me apart.”Conley’s athleticism has put him on numerous team’s radars, but hasn’t quite put him ahead of his teammates. Sometimes the secondary player’s fans forget from OSU in 2016-17, Conley still feels he is right up there with both Lattimore and Hooker.“I don’t feel forgotten about,” Conley said. “I embrace everything that I get, and I take advantage of everything that I’ve been given. And I congratulate them for everything they’re getting too.”Finishing his college career with 91 total tackles, 15 passes defended and six interceptions, Conley has the stats to show he can be productive. However, the biggest questions moving ahead are whether Conley can play tight with NFL-level receivers.Even with that question mark, Conley possesses the kind of speed that can close gaps quickly.“I plan on running a 4.4,” he said. “I’m trying to get a 4.3.”Former Buckeyes Curtis Samuel busted off a 4.31 40-yard dash in his two attempts at the combine, and while Conley might not be that fast, he could potentially get under a 4.4.The secondary class for this year’s NFL Draft is especially deep, and could cause Conley to slip slightly. After being projected as a potential first-rounder early this season, he has since slipped down draft boards, and could find himself picked in the second round.Regardless, Conley said he is going to continue to fight.“I think about it, but I use it as motivation,” he said.Conley will be hearing his name called early in the draft, but will likely see multiple cornerbacks — including Lattimore — selected before him. And as always, Conley will stand by his fellow Buckeyes, and accept what is placed before him, which might be a product of his time in Columbus.“All the experiences on and off the field at Ohio State have made me a better man.” read more

Breast cancer helplines overwhelmed amid calls for health chief to quit over

Brian Gough and his wife Trixie. Trixie was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer after finding a small lump in her breast in late 2010 and died in 2015. Now, Brian has questioned if she was one of the women who could have been saved or lived longer. PHE and the NHS are working round-the-clock to offer advice and ensure that every person affected will be offered appropriate follow-up. Arrangements have been put in place to ensure those affected can access services appropriately, and that those already in the system will not have their care disrupted.” Show more Laura Preston, from legal firm Slater Gordon, said the numbers who could seek compensation were “huge”.The lawyer said the new scandal could result in the biggest legal action against the NHS ever mounted.But Ms Preston, who was  deputy lead solicitor fighting for compensation for victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson said that unless a bespoke scheme was set up for victims, they could be left fighting for years.“It could be absolutely massive but something that may take a very long time depending on how pragmatic the Government wants to be,” she said. Jeremy Hunt has held furious meetings with the agency chief, demanding to know how the failures took so long to be detected.As pressure mounted, Mr Selbie on Thursday night issued a statement, offering a “heartfelt and unreserved” apology on behalf of PHE and NHS breast screening services.And legal experts warned that victims of the scandal could face a long battle to secure compensation – with many likely to die before receiving any payout.   Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt makes his statement to MPs in the House of Commons on WednesdayCredit:PA “I think Mr Selbie should consider his position very carefully, he should resign,” she said.   Around 140,000 women who missed scans have since died, with estimates that up to 270 deaths were caused by the absence of checks.Health officials have now embarked on efforts to contact around 300,000 women in their 70s, but have said it could take up to a month to send all the letters out, and six months for those who want mammograms to undergo them. The error affected 450,000 womenCredit:Rui Vieira/PA The NHS breast cancer screening scandal last night became a growing fiasco, with victims calling for the resignation of the man in charge.Helplines were overwhelmed with calls within hours of opening, while warning letters to alert women they had missed checks were sent to the wrong patients.Public Health England (PHE) is attempting to contact around 300,000 women who were denied screening checks they should have been offered over the last decade.But as the first warning letters arrived on Thursday, recipients included cancer sufferers who had never been excluded from the programme – raising concerns about whether those who missed checks will be reached.Victims of the scandal called for the resignation of Duncan Selbie, the head of Public Health England (PHE), who has remained out of public view since the blunders emerged on Wednesday. Patricia Minchin should have been offered a mammogram in 2013. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015Credit:Tom Pilston for The Telegraph Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons They criticised the career NHS manager for being slow to apologise to women affected by the scandal, including those whose lives it may cost.Helplines set up by PHE received 8,000 calls on Thursday, with cancer sufferers saying it had taken them more than an hour to get through.Meanwhile bereaved relatives said they were told by call-handlers to put a complaint in writing. The debacle has increased pressure on Mr Selbie, the head of PHE, who was already facing questions about how “administrative incompetence” meant blunders went undetected for years. Ministers have said cancer sufferers may be able to secure payment if they can prove harm was caused by delays in diagnosis. But they have failed to announce any kind of fast-track scheme which would automate compensation for those who were denied a check and went on to develop cancer.The problems began with an error made to computer programmes in 2009, which meant around 450,000 women aged between 68 and 71 were not invited for mammograms.An independent inquiry is to examine how it was that PHE, which took responsibility for the programme in 2013, failed to detect the problems – even as screening rates fell to the lowest rates in a decade. Cancer sufferer Helen Jarvis, 72, was among those attempting to contact PHE’s helplines on Thursday, eventually getting through after an hour of trying.The retired NHS therapist, from Newport Pagnell, has recently begun treatment for cancer, after finding a lump in her breast, and has since learned she is among hundreds of thousands of women who were never offered the scan which could have saved them.And Lee Towsey, from Brighton said he was told to send a complaint in writing when he called the helpline to ask whether his mother – who died of breast cancer in 2012 – was among those affected by the failings.“All I was told by the guy was ‘yes she was probably one of those women’, and the phone went dead,” he said.PHE last night said it had twice increased capacity in order to cope with demand yesterday, and would bring in extra call handlers today.And in a statement released on Thursday night, Mr Selbie said: “On behalf of PHE and NHS breast screening services, our apology is heartfelt and unreserved. Brian Gough and his wife Trixie The error affected 450,000 women She said: “I saw the letter and was just confused in honesty, I’m going to call them because I think this whole disgraceful error will have caused enough people anxiety and upset, but to now be sending letters to the wrong people, what is going on?”Describing the chaos as “disgraceful,” she called for the resignation of PHE’s chief executive, saying he should “have a conscience” over the failings by his agency. Diane Loxam, 71, from Lancaster, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, after having a mammogram the year before, following a screening invitation.Yet she is among those who received a warning letter from PHE on Thursday saying she had been affected by the blundersThe grandmother-of-three said she was left “anxious and confused” – and concerned about whether the failed targeting of the letters meant women who needed to be recalled were missing out. Patricia Minchin has breast cancer and didn't get the screening “The numbers we are talking about are huge.“It would be a tragedy if these victims don’t get some reassurance that this is going to be dealt with quickly.”Without a bespoke scheme, individuals would need to try to prove that their harm was caused by the delay in diagnosis  -something the solicitor said is notoriously difficult. read more

Fortescue named Metals Company of the Year at Platts Global Metals Awards

first_imgFortescue Metals Group has been awarded the esteemed ‘Metals Company of the Year’ for all-round excellence at the S&P Global Platts, Global Metals Awards, as well as ‘Industry Leadership Award – Raw Materials and Mining’.Accepting the awards at a ceremony in London last week, Chief Executive Officer Nev Power said, “It is an honour to accept these prestigious Awards which recognise the hard work and determination of everyone at Fortescue. Our team has delivered outstanding results across all of our operations, including improved safety performance, consistent production, sustained productivity and efficiency gains and disciplined capital management.”“I am extremely proud of what Fortescue has achieved and of our commitment to ensuring the development and growth of our business benefits our local communities through training, employment and business development opportunities.”“I would like to thank each and everyone one of our great Fortescue family for their passion, innovative ideas and dedication to our vision of being the world’s safest, lowest cost, most profitable iron ore producer,” Power said.last_img read more

Ministerial merrygoround Heres who might move where in the big Cabinet reshuffle

first_imgTHE CABINET RESHUFFLE is imminent and the permutations are wide and varied with speculation hitting fever pitch in recent days.With the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the newly-appointed Tánaiste Joan Burton meeting today the reshuffle of ministers is one of the big items on the agenda.As we examined earlier there is a lot to consider and plenty of names being considered. Here’s a quick run down of government departments and what could happen.Staying putFinanceMichael Noonan (Fine Gael) – Safe as houses.Public Expenditure and ReformBrendan Howlin (Labour) – Has already been assured he will remain in post.Social Protection Joan Burton (Labour) – She can stay if she wants to.JusticeFrances Fitzgerald (Fine Gael) – Only in the door.ChildrenCharlie Flanagan (Fine Gael) – Ditto.Changes on the wayHealthIncumbent: James Reilly (Fine Gael) – Budget overruns and various controversies mean he is seen as the most under threat but Kenny may yet spring a surprise and keep him.Frontrunners to replace him: Ministers Richard Bruton or Leo Varadkar (both Fine Gael)EducationIncumbent: Ruairí Quinn (Labour) but he has already said he’ll step down.Frontrunners: Expected to stay in Labour with junior ministers Kathleen Lynch, Alan Kelly and Seán Sherlock in the running.JobsIncumbent: Richard Bruton (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Bruton could remain in place or else if Labour gets it, its deputy leader Alan Kelly is the favouriteAgricultureIncumbent: Simon Coveney (Fine Gael) is doing relatively well and is not believed to be keen on moving.Frontrunners: If Coveney does move then chief whip and junior defence minister Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael) is the favourite.Arts, Heritage and the GaeltachtIncumbent: Jimmy Deenihan (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Its expected that Deenihan will be demoted with Arts seen as a safe haven for James Reilly if he is. Labour could also push to hold a portfolio that was once famously Michael D Higgins’.Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Incumbent: Pat Rabbitte (Labour)Frontrunners: Rabbitte is likely to be dropped. No clear frontrunner but if it remains in Labour then possibly one of the new intake like Sherlock, Alex White or Lynch.DefenceIncumbent: Minister of State Paul Kehoe (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Kehoe is likely to remain in situ as a Minister of State.Environment, Community and Local Government Incumbent: Phil Hogan (Fine Gael) is almost certainly on his way to Brussels and the European Commission job.Frontrunners: If he doesn’t get Health then Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael) could be moved here.Foreign Affairs and TradeIncumbent: Eamon Gilmore (Labour) will almost certainly be moved to the backbenches if not Europe.Frontrunners: Simon Coveney (Fine Gael) is being tipped to move here.TransportIncumbent: Leo Varadkar (Fine Gael)Frontrunners: Could be James Reilly if he is moved out of Health. Junior Minister Paschal Donohoe (Fine Gael) is also in the running.More: Here are the 9 things you need to know about the imminent Cabinet reshufflelast_img read more