Maruti to have high number of new model launches this FY

first_imgCountry’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India will have a “high number of new model launches” in this fiscal, including a compact sport utility vehicle, as it looks to consolidate its leadership position.The company, which will have a new manufacturing plant in Gujarat where its parent Suzuki Motor Corp will invest, said Centre alone cannot realize the dream of the country becoming a global manufacturing hub and states would have to play an important role.”2015-16 will see a high number of new model launches. Suzuki Japan and our engineers here have been jointly working on new model development, and the results are before all to see,” Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chairman RC Bhargava said in his address to shareholders in the company’s Annual Report for 2014-15.The company has already launched its premium crossover model S-Cross this week, while a new premium compact car is also around this festive season.”Sometime in the future, we will launch a Compact SUV which will raise our presence in the UV segment by a quantum leap,” MSI Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said.Although the details of the compact SUV hasn’t been shared, the company said, “Soon, we will also introduce the Compact SUV, the concept of which was presented as XA-Alpha. This will help us cater to an emerging class of customers who prefer SUV appeal while staying compact.”Bhargava said, in 2014-15, after three years of stagnation, the company “grew 11.1 per cent (in sales), even though the rest of the passenger vehicle industry actually declined 1.3 per cent”.advertisement”Our market share, at the end of the financial year was 45 per cent and we have so far further improved this to 46.8 per cent. This has been achieved due to successful new model launches, and the efforts by all our employees in production, sales and service, supply chain, engineering, quality and other functions,” he added.For 2014-15 fiscal, the company had posted its highest ever annual sales at 12,92,415 units, up 11.9 per cent, from 11,55,041 units in 2013-14. The previous high was in 2010-11, when the company had sold 12,71,005 units.The company’s domestic sales during the last fiscal stood at 11,70,702 units, up 11.1 per cent, from 10,53,689 units in 2013-14 fiscal.On the Make in India campaign, Bhargava said, “The task of making India a globally competitive manufacturing hub cannot be completed in a short time or by the central government alone and states also need to play a major role.”He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given priority to manufacturing in his development strategy and many changes have been made in rules and regulations so as to make it easier to do business.last_img read more

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund cruise into last-16, Juventus held by Lyon

first_imgNeeding a win at Legia Warsaw to advance, Real Madrid squandered a 2-0 lead and allowed the Polish side to earn its first point of the campaign in what became a highly embarrassing 3-3 draw for the Spanish powerhouse.But while Zinedine Zidane’s team struggled, Borussia Dortmund had no such trouble and advanced to the knockout stages with two games to spare after a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon. It joins Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and five-time winner Bayern Munich, which all qualified on Tuesday.Zidane said he wasn’t surprised by a result that saw his team slip to second place in Group F, two points behind Dortmund.”It was a strange match, it didn’t go the way we wanted it to,” the Madrid manager said. “We lacked a bit of everything. Above all, when you score two goals we dropped our intensity, and when you do that they can score. Now we are going to forget this game.”Polish supporters didn’t have a chance to celebrate at Wojska Polskiego Stadium, as the doors had been closed to the public by UEFA as a penalty for fans’ racist behavior and the fireworks thrown during a previous loss to Dortmund.Coming off a hat trick in the Spanish league, Cristiano Ronaldo finished empty-handed and remains two goals short of scoring his 100th goal in European competition.Leicester dropped its first points in its first foray into the Champions League and needs to wait for another round of matches to seal a place in the last 16.advertisementHere’s a look at what happened in the Champions League on Wednesday in detail:GROUP E(AP Photo)In a tightly contested group, Monaco took a big step toward qualifying with a 3-0 win over CSKA Moscow and Bayer Leverkusen claimed its first victory of the campaign at the expense of Tottenham.Monaco is now top of the group with eight points, two more than Leverkusen. Tottenham is another two points behind.Valere Germain took advantage of some hapless goalkeeping from Igor Akinfeev to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Radamel Falcao added Monaco’s second from Benjamin Mendy’s cross in the 29th and then used some neat footwork to make it 3-0 in the 41st.A record Tottenham attendance of 85,512 at its temporary Wembley Stadium home saw Kevin Kampl score in the 65th minute with a deflected shot for a 1-0 win which lifted Leverkusen into second place.GROUP F(AP Photo)Madrid looked set to romp to another big win after Gareth Bale netted an amazing opener from distance in the first minute before then setting up Benzema to make it 2-0.But Madrid’s slack defense – and over-confidence – let Legia rally in stunning fashion to take the lead. Vadis Odjidja and Miroslav Radovic struck from long range before Thibault Moulin also scored from outside the area in the 83rd.Madrid was facing a humiliating defeat until Mateo Kovacic fired in from near the edge of the box to at least rescue a point.Dortmund left its top striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang watching from the stands as his backup, Adrian Ramos, scored the only goal in the 12th minute of a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said Gabon striker Aubameyang was left out for “internal reasons.”The German side is atop the standings on 10 points, with Madrid trailing by two points and Sporting five further back.GROUP G(Reuters Photo)Following three straight wins, Leicester was held to a scoreless draw at FC Copenhagen and must now wait for a home game against a Brugge side that lost 1-0 at FC Porto for another chance to advance.Leicester dominates the group with 10 points, followed by Porto with seven, while Copenhagen is in third spot with five points.Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel dived to his right to claw away a downward header from Andreas Cornelius in injury time to earn the draw.Andre Silva headed home for Porto in the 37th minute at the Estadio do Dragao to end a winless drought at home in European competitions. The ball deflected off the shoulder of Brugge midfielder Tomas Pina before going into the top corner by the far post. It was Silva’s fourth goal in his last four matches with Porto.The result eliminated Brugge, which is yet to win a point after four matches.GROUP H(Reuters Photo)Sevilla moved closer to the knockout stages after easing to a 4-0 win over a Dinamo Zagreb side that played the entire second half with 10 men. Dinamo defender Petar Stojanovic received a red card just before the break with the score at 1-0.advertisementSevilla dominated throughout the match at its Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with goals from Luciano Vietto, Sergio Escudero, Steven N’Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder putting the result beyond doubt.Sevilla, which had won the Europa League for the previous three seasons, leads Group H with 10 points. Dinamo was left with zero points.Juventus has eight points after drawing 1-1 with Lyon, which has four.The Italian hosts missed the chance to ensure qualification with a victory.Gonzalo Higuain netted a penalty in the 13th minute but missed an open goal shortly before halftime. Juventus looked on course for the win but Corentin Tolisso leveled six minutes from time.last_img read more

Land Rover to launch all new Range Rover Velar in India this year

first_imgLand Rover recently unveiled the all new Range Rover Velar to the world ahead of its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7. Now, according to reports, Land Rover will launch the new Range Rover Velar in India by July-August in India. The New Velar will be placed between the Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Sport in the global market and India. The new Velar is the fourth addition to the Range Rover family.Design:An upright, bold front graphic and long bonnet set the tone for Velar’s exterior design language. The form of the dominant, proud grille is further emphasised by slender full-LED headlights which deliver an emphatic slim-line visual signature. The front bumper’s pronounced air inlets and subtle skid plate hint at both the Velar’s performance and its class-leading all-terrain capability.Range Rover VelarThe fast windscreen angle intersects powerfully with the front axle line and flows into the Range Rover floating roof design, which can be specified in either body colour or Narvik Black contrast finishes. Fixed and sliding panoramic roof options highlight the Velar’s exceptional interior space by allowing natural light to flood in.Engine:The new Range Rover Velar will come in both petrol and diesel engine with 3 petrol variants and 2 diesel variants. The Velar comes with a 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol engine that churns out peak power of 147 bhp and peak torque of 430NM, while a larger engine will churn out 3.0-litre, 4-cylinder, petrol engine will produce maximum power output at 296BHP and maximum torque of 700NM. Both the engines will come mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox.  advertisementRange Rover VelarOn the other hand, the 2.0-litre diesel engine will come with a peak output of 236BHP and 500NM and a 3.0 litre diesel engine that produces 295BHP of power and 700NM of torque.Features:Inside, the new Velar comes with a fully engaged new Touch Pro Duo infotainment system that features two 10-inch high-definition touchscreen. The top end variant of the Velar gets full extended leather interior trim, Windsor leather seats in Light Oyster or Ebony, 1,600W Meridian Signature Sound System, Matrix-Laser LED headlights and 22-inch split-spoke wheels with diamond-turned finish.Range Rover VelarDimensions:The new Range Rover Velar comes with a wheelbase of 2,874mm and measures 4,803mm in length, 1,903mm in width and 1,665mm in height.Range Rover VelarCompetition:The new Range Rover Velar, when launched, will rival the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Volvo XC60 in India.Range Rover VelarPrice:We expect the all new Range Rover to come for a price tag of Rs 40 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 42 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ: Land Rover unveils India-bound Range Rover VelarALSO READ: Is the Range Rover Velar truly new?ALSO READ: Land Rover to unveil all new Range Rover Velar on March 1last_img read more

Trent Boult, Ross Taylor still working towards third Test vs South Africa

first_imgIt was still too early to tell whether pace bowler Trent Boult and Ross Taylor would return to New Zealand’s side for the vital third Test against South Africa in Hamilton, batting coach Craig McMillan said on Sunday.Boult (upper leg) and Taylor (calf) were injured in the drawn first test in Dunedin and missed the eight-wicket second Test defeat to the Proteas at the Basin Reserve, which ended inside three days on Saturday. (Also read: 2nd Test: Keshav Maharaj’s 6/40 gives South Africa eight-wicket victory vs New Zealand)The 27-year-old Boult had said during the match that he had been close to being available for the game and McMillan added on Sunday that the left-armer had been bowling in the nets.Like Boult, Taylor will join the squad in Hamilton but McMillan said it was still too early to know whether the experienced batsman would be available for a test New Zealand must win to level the three-match series.”You can’t take players into a test against South Africa who aren’t fully fit,” McMillan said.”I haven’t spoken to him for a couple of days but I’m sure he is keen. He loves playing there and he’s done well in recent times.”Taylor’s potential return would solidify a New Zealand batting lineup which was humbled by South Africa in the second Test.South Africa’s left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj took a career-best 6/40 in the second innings despite the ball not turning appreciably on what was a good batting wicket.Pundits criticised some of the selection decisions, particularly going in with only two frontline seamers and trying to bolster the batting with all-rounders Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme.advertisementThe pair scored a combined total of 23 runs in Wellington and took only four wickets between them, even if de Grandhomme’s 3/52 in the first innings had helped reduce South Africa to 94/6.Opener Tom Latham is also woefully out of form, having scored 10, 8 and 6 in the two tests against the Proteas after notching scores of 7, 0, 0, 2 and 0 in the five one-day matches he played against Australia and South Africa last month.McMillan, however, said there were unlikely to be any changes to the squad for the final test, which starts at Seddon Park on Saturday.”We’ve got the best players in New Zealand in the squad,” McMillan said. “They certainly showed in Dunedin that they are good enough to play well and compete.”Yesterday they didn’t stand up. Yesterday was a terrible day. To lose within three days is unacceptable and the group is hurting and disappointed.”last_img read more

Live Mailbag Thursday: Porter, Cunningham Preview TCU

first_imgIf 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! We are trying to make a habit of doing these live mailbags on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. It’s a nice sort of lead in to Friday and the weekend, and we’ve had a blast doing them.One suggestion we got from a reader named James from Chicago is that we start posting a few hours early so people could get questions in via the comments section down there ?.I thought that was a really good idea so here we are. We will collect questions from here as well as the live stream on Facebook when you guys tune in. You can tweet them at us as well if you want.So that’s all. The live stream will be embedded in this post starting at 2 p.m. You can watch there. You can watch here. And we’ll turn it into a podcast later on this afternoon.Hit us with your questions below.last_img read more

Top SEC Assistant Coach Reportedly Makes Decision On Future

first_imgA general view of Texas A&M's football stadium.COLLEGE STATION, TX – SEPTEMBER 12: General view of fans watch the play in the first half between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Ball State Cardinals at Kyle Field on September 12, 2015 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Texas A&M appears to be getting some good news today. Defensive coordinator Mike Elko is staying in College Station.Elko had reportedly been a candidate for the Temple head coaching vacancy. However, he is staying put, according to multiple reports.Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was first with the news.Source: Mike Elko will return to Texas A&M as defensive coordinator.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 12, 2018The 41-year-old Elko is regarded as one of the top defensive coordinators in the country, so this is big news for the Aggies.Elko arrived at A&M this year after a one-year stint at Notre Dame. He helped the Fighting Irish make massive improvements on defense in 2017, as the program bounced back from a 4-8 campaign in 2016 by winning 10 games.Elko has also been the defensive coordinator at Bowling Green and Wake Forest.Texas A&M went 8-4 in the regular season, earning a trip to the Gator Bowl. They will play NC State at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on December 31.Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.last_img read more

Hudson Shipping Hires Dianas Panamax

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the M/V Thetis.The gross charter rate for the 2004-built ship is USD 10,650 per day for a period of minimum fourteen to maximum seventeen months.The charter is expected to commence tomorrow, the company said.As informed, the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 4.47 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 73,583 dwt Panamax was chartered to Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited at a gross charter rate of USD 8,350 per day.Upon completion of the previously announced sales of two Panamax dry bulk vessels, Triton and Alcyon, Diana Shipping’s fleet will comprise 48 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet, including Triton and Alcyon, is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.23 years.last_img read more

Sherbrooke Village Offers Summer Learning Camps

first_imgSongwriting, photography and painting camps, along with the Hands on History program at Sherbrooke Village Museum, will provide great learning experiences for people of all ages this summer. “Sherbrooke Village is steeped in history and has some very picturesque grounds, so combining arts-related camps with the museum atmosphere is a win-win for students and history buffs,” said Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. The Road to Stanfest Songwriting Camp takes place June 25 to 28. Produced in partnership with the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, this sixth annual camp will feature Clary Croft, Sherbrooke resident and historian, Charlie A’Court, winner of the 2009 Nova Scotia Top Entertainer award, Chuck Brodsky, musical storyteller, Michael Johnson, diverse and veteran musician and vocalist-pianist Doris Mason, winner of the 2010 Women of Excellence Award. Students participating in the camp will compete for special on-stage performance spots at Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso from June 29 to July 1. Wally Hayes will host photography workshops at the museum July 21 and 22 and Oct. 1 to 4. Mr. Hayes has been involved with photography for over 50 years and in the last half of his career, worked with Nova Scotia Tourism to build a stunning collection of scenic images and videos of Nova Scotia. Mr. Hayes will guide participants in the basic and intermediate elements of digital photography. Susan Paterson will lead a watercolour painting camp from Aug. 13 to 16. Ms. Paterson has exhibited her work for over 30 years in galleries across Canada and her work remains an integral part of fine art collections in Canada, United States, England and Japan. Ms. Paterson has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Mount Allison University and has studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She is a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. The Hands on History program allows participants to take a step back in time. In July and August, people of all ages can take part in a one day, two day or two night sessions and explore hands-on activities while dressed in period costume. “We would like to recognize the support of Communities, Culture and Heritage, the Municipality of St. Mary’s and Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores for our summer camps,” said Lynn Hayne, the village’s manager of Development and Promotions. “Programming and instruction for the camps have also been enhanced through the support of the SOCAN Foundation and ExxonMobil.” For more information or to register for the camps please contact Ms. Hayne at haynelm@gov.ns.ca, visit the museum website http://sherbrookevillage.ca or call toll-free 1-888-743-7845.last_img read more

Woman at centre of brain death court fight dies family says

first_imgTORONTO — A family that went to court to keep their daughter on life support after she was declared brain dead says the Toronto-area woman’s heart stopped beating on Monday, rendering her dead in their view.Taquisha McKitty was 27 when doctors declared her “dead by neurological criteria” in September 2017 following a drug overdose that left her unconscious on a Brampton, Ont., sidewalk.McKitty’s family turned to the courts to prevent doctors from taking her off life support, saying the fact that her heart was still beating meant she was still alive according to the terms of her religious faith.An Ontario court ruled against her family over the summer, a decision her relatives were in the process of appealing.A lawyer representing her family issued a statement on Monday afternoon saying McKitty’s heart had stopped beating earlier in the day.In the statement, McKitty’s father thanked the public for their support of the family during their court battle.“This courageous lady and her family have pursued a tireless fight for respect for religious liberty and equality and respect for her devout Christian beliefs that recognize death as cardiorespiratory and not neurological death,” lawyer Hugh Scher said in the statement. “Her heart stopped beating earlier this morning resulting in her biological death.”The McKitty family saga began shortly after her overdose, which left her clinically brain-dead. Her family’s opposition to the finding, and fight to keep her on life support, stemmed from a contention that McKitty’s Christian faith defines death as the cessation of heartbeat, not of brain function.Citing charter protections, they argued doctors should make accommodations for religious beliefs in making a determination of death, and obtained an injunction to keep her on a respirator while the case was before the courts.An Ontario Superior Court judge ruled against them over the summer, saying the charter did not apply to McKitty because the document only protects “persons” and McKitty, because she was clinically brain dead, was not legally a “person.”The judge also said in her ruling that death could not, in Ontario, be subject to a person’s wishes or beliefs because that could lead to “an unacceptable level of medical, legal and societal uncertainty” and cause potential adverse effects on the health-care and organ donation system.The family appealed the ruling, arguing earlier this month that determining and certifying death is a delegated state function, and therefore subject to scrutiny under the charter.Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Arif Virani Preserving and protecting endangered Indigenous languages

first_imgAPTN Face To Face Nearly, three-quarters of all Indigenous languages are endangered in Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to preserve, protect and revitalize Indigenous languages.Member of Parliament Arif Virani has been tasked with ensuring that happens.As the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Virani is currently taking part in meetings with Indigenous languages practitioners, experts and community members as he works to help implement the Indigenous Languages Act.last_img read more

Majority of WestJet Encore pilots sign union membership cards association says

first_imgOTTAWA – An “overwhelming” majority of pilots with WestJet’s Encore regional service have signed union membership cards, the Air Line Pilots Association said Wednesday.The Canada Industrial Relations Board will conduct an investigation over the coming weeks to determine the authenticity of the unionization application filed by the association, said ALPA.Approval will mark the first steps in negotiating a legally binding collective agreement for the nearly 500 Encore pilots.ALPA Canada president Capt. Can Adamus said the Encore pilots will add their voices to the thousands of union-represented airline pilots in Canada.The association is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 58,000 pilots at 33 airlines in Canada and the United States, including Air Transat, Bearskin, Canadian North, Jazz Aviation and WestJet.In May, WestJet’s (TSX:WJA) 1,400 pilots voted by 62 per cent to have ALPA represent them in a union.The Canadian Union of Public Employees is working to unionize cabin crews at Encore and WestJet.Unifor, the United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have launched union drives for other WestJet employees.The grassroots WestJet Professional Flight Attendants Association, which has been campaigning to unionize flight attendants for years, said in early September that it was ending its efforts with the increasing pressure from CUPE’s drive.WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said the airline has not been served with the formal application. She had previously said the Calgary-based carrier was working to inform employees of the facts around unions, and continues to believe employees and leadership work best together using the company’s existing model.last_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse falls to Hofstra in defensive battle

OSU junior attacker J.T. Blubaugh (9) during a game against Detroit on Feb. 13 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Credit: Miles McQuinn | Lantern PhotographerThe offense came a little too late for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team on Saturday, as the Buckeyes fell to No. 13 Hofstra by a score of 8-5.After a defensive struggle throughout the first three quarters, the OSU offense came alive in the fourth with three goals. However, the Pride matched them goal for goal in the period, handing the Scarlet and Gray their second loss of the season to bring their record to 5-2.The Buckeyes’ only two goals in the first three periods came from freshman attacker Jack Jasinski in the first quarter on an assist from junior attacker Austin Shanks and senior attacker Ryan Hunter in the second quarter on an assist from Jasinski.OSU was only able to attempt 10 shots in the first two quarters combined. Although the Buckeyes were able to match that number in the third quarter alone, they were unable to find the back of the net in the period.Much of that was because of the play of Hofstra goalie Jack Concannon. The sophomore, who came into Saturday’s game ranked fifth in the nation with a save percentage of 62.8 percent, had 14 saves on the day and stifled the OSU offense for much of the game.The play of the defense was a bright spot for the Buckeyes.Hofstra senior attacker and 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year Sam Llinares was held scoreless on the day on four shot attempts. OSU senior defenseman Robby Haus was able to limit Llinares’ impact on the game, usually with the help of a double team.Though Llinares was held in check, Hofstra junior attacker Josh Byrne scored two goals to bring his team-high number of goals on the year to 16. Junior midfielder Brian von Bargen scored three goals and senior midfielder Korey Hendrickson added two more, in large part due to the increased attention paid to Llinares and Byrne.Hunter added his second goal of the game for OSU with 11:06 left in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 6-4, but a pair of Hofstra goals sealed the game for the Pride.OSU is set to get a chance to bounce back on Tuesday after a few days’ rest, but things don’t appear to get any easier. The Buckeyes are slated to play the No. 6 Towson Tigers at Ohio Stadium at 7 p.m., before traveling to Colorado to take on the No. 2 Denver Pioneers on March 12. read more

Ohio State track sends 19 to NCAA Championships

Nineteen of Ohio State’s top track and field athletes will participate in the NCAA’s highest level of competition this season, the NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Eighteen of these 19 OSU athletes earned their berth in the national meet at the NCAA East Prelims, which were held Thursday through Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. In order to qualify for the national championships, an athlete or relay team had to finish in the top 12 in preliminary competition. On the men’s side, six individuals and one relay team earned top-12 finishes, while five individuals and two relay teams qualified from the women’s team. Senior sprinter Christina Manning will lead the OSU women into nationals. She was the lone winner among OSU athletes at the prelims, with a time of 12.78 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. That time is good enough for Manning to hold the No. 1 seed going into the national championship meet. Coach Karen Dennis said Manning “has an excellent shot” to win the national title in the 100-meter hurdles. Manning is also a member of the 4×100-meter relay team, which finished second in prelims with a time of 43.98 seconds. That team also consists of junior Christienne Linton, freshman Aisha Cavin and sophomore Chesna Sykes. Cavin also qualified as a member of the 4×400-meter relay team, which ran a time of 3:33.41 to finish third at prelims. The 4×400-meter relay team also includes junior Nyjah Cousar, senior Jackie Dim and senior Shaniqua McGinnis. Cousar and McGinnis also qualified as individuals. Cousar placed 10th in the 400-meter hurdles (58.19 seconds) while McGinnis finished 12th in the 400-meter dash (52.78 seconds). The OSU women also doubled up with qualifiers in the hammer throw. Junior Alexis Thomas, who went into the meet as the No.1 seed in the hammer throw after setting the OSU school record and Big Ten Outdoor Championship meet record with her throw of 64.62 meters, finished sixth with a throw of 60.43 meters at prelims. Senior Maggie Mullen earned the 12th and final qualifying spot with a throw of 57.91 meters. Dennis said she believes her qualifying athletes can place high enough to score points in the national championship meet, but that competing at the elite level comes down to motivation. “It’s about who wants it the most, and who’s willing to fight for it for it the most,” Dennis said. “We have to be real scrappy.” Among the OSU men, senior long jumper Mike Hartfield was the first Buckeye to qualify in Jacksonville, earning a sixth-place finish with a jump of 7.62 meters on Thursday. On Friday, the Buckeyes doubled up with earning berths in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with redshirt junior Cory Leslie and senior Adam Green both qualifying with respective times of 8:41.95 and 8:43.96. “Cory Leslie is probably in a great spot to really make an impact on the national championship meet,” said interim head coach Ed Beathea. Freshman Antonio Blanks will compete in two events at nationals. He qualified in the 400-meter hurdles with a third-place finish in a time of 50.19 seconds. He is also on the 4×400-meter relay team that finished seventh with 3:06.08, along with juniors Korbin Smith and Marvel Brooks and senior Thomas Murdaugh. Murdaugh, who finished 15th at nationals last year in the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.02 seconds, failed to qualify individually this year, finishing 25th at prelims with a time of 48.40 seconds. Murdaugh said he has battled groin and hip injuries throughout his senior season, and was unable to run as fast as he did last year. “Not making it in the 400 was definitely a disappointment,” Murdaugh said. Other men’s qualifiers are senior Matt DeChant in shot put (18.89 meters) and sophomore Demoye Bogle in the 110-meter hurdles (13.81 seconds). Redshirt junior Heath Nickles will also compete at national championships in the decathlon. The decathlon is not contested at prelims, but with one of the top 24 decathlon scores in the nation, Nickles goes into nationals as the No.12 seed. The 2012 NCAA Division I Track and Field Outdoor Championships will be held June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. read more

OED adds babymoon and helicopter parenting to the dictionary after consulting Mumsnet

first_imgThe origins of “mansplain” can be traced back to a post on social media site LiveJournal in August 2008, in which a woman sarcastically thanks a man for “mansplaining” to her. Ransomware is also among the new additions – less than a year since the NHS was one of a number of global institutions to fall victim to the WannaCry cyber attack that was carried out with the use of malicious software.In May 2017 virus – blamed on North Korea – locked up computers and demanded a sum of money to release the files, causing massive disruption.Among the more recently-coined entries in this cohort is “mommy blogger”, which dates from around 2005 and denotes a parent who writes online about child and family-related issues.  The language of modern parenting can be a minefield.But those baffled by Mumsnet lingo will now find it easier to decipher as words including “babymoon”, “helicopter parenting” and “too posh to push” have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.The OED consulted the parenting website for ideas on its new additions, and came up with more than 100 baby-related words to be added to the list. It said the new additions “reflect not only medical advances, but also developments in how we think about children and view their place in our society”. Other new additions introduce a host of initialisms and acronyms mostly used online, including “TTC”, meaning “trying to conceive”, “BFN” or “big fat negative” on a pregnancy test, and VBAC, meaning “vaginal birth after a caesarean”. Fi Mooring, a senior editor with the OED, said: “These words reflect personal experiences but many of them also resonate much more widely, even with people who are not parents. “The distinctive lexicon of parenting maps a whole range of human experience, from immense joy to immeasurable sorrow and, considering its relevance to so much of the population it seemed an underrepresented category of vocabulary in the Dictionary.” Non-parenting words have also been added, including “mansplain”, where man explains something to a woman in a condescending manner, and “snowflake”, which has been in use since the early 1980s, when it meant a unique or special child, but has come to be a derogatory term for young people who are perceived to be sensitive or intolerant of difference. center_img 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.last_img read more

National Gallery £36m painting went on display in womens prison

The painting on display in HMP Send Justice Minister Edward Argar said: “We are committed to reducing reoffending and supporting rehabilitation. The arts can play a huge role in achieving these goals.“I fully support this initiative by the National Gallery to deliver workshops and bring important artwork inside the prison gates for all to see.”The painting was bought by the National Gallery in 2018 and was its first acquisition of a work by a female artist in nearly 30 years.Hannah Rothschild, who in 2015 became the first woman to chair the National Gallery Board of Trustees, said at the time that it was part of the Gallery’s “long-held dream” to increase its collection of paintings by important women artists. The painting on display in HMP SendCredit:The National Gallery The artwork was previously exhibited at a Pocklington GPs surgeryCredit:Charlotte Graham The National Gallery has also donated several books on art subjects, including the Baroque and self portraiture, to help develop the art reference collection of HMP Send Library. A £3.6 million painting has been exhibited in a women’s prison as part of a nationwide tour.A rare self portrait by the celebrated artist of Italian Baroque, Artemisia Gentileschi, went on display at HMP Send, a female prison in Surrey, from Monday 20 May to Wednesday 22 May.The 17th-century painting, titled Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria, was recently acquired by the National Gallery and is the first painting from a national collection to go on display in a prison.HMP Send is the painting’s latest venue in a nationwide tour that has seen it visit a Yorkshire GP surgery, a Newcastle high school and Glasgow Women’s Library.In December last year, the National Gallery announced that the painting would be taken to “unusual and unexpected venues” around the country as a “Christmas present for the nation”. The artwork was previously exhibited at a Pocklington GPs surgery Artemisia’s final visit will be a stop on the E17 Art Trail as part of its Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 celebrations.Whilst on display in HMP Send, the National Gallery delivered three workshops for up to thirty women prisoners – including learning about the painting and the artist.Director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi said: “It is unprecedented for the National Gallery to take a great painting into a prison but this tour is turning out to be exceptional in many ways.” 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

New team for NSW Australian Hellenic Council

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Hellenic Council of NSW has announced its new leadership team for 2011. The new Secretariat was elected from amongst the representatives of the major community organisations in attendance. This year’s AHC Coordinators will include George Vellis from the PanEpirotan Association of NSW, John Petropoulos from the Peloponnesian Confederation of NSW, and Petros Kalligas from the Greek Australian Conservative Coalition. The secretary will be Mary Giannisis from the Patmian Association of NSW, while the Assistant Secretary will be Kathy Kouvas from the Greek Australian Professionals Association. Yiannis Kallimanis, of Order of AHEPA, will take on the role of treasurer with Lambros Papadopoulos from the Greek Sub-Branch RSL as assistant treasurer. The Media, Policy and Research representative will be Dr Panayiotis Diamadis from the Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association while Harry Danalis from the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW will be the AHC’s Legal Counsel. Friends of the AHC Sub-Committee will be Tina Delakakis from the Samian Association of NSW and Mr Pavlos Theodorakopoulos from the Helmos Association of NSW. 2011 promises to be a very busy year for the AHC in NSW, with the awards dinner on Friday March 18 to honour the service of Australian Hellenes and philhellenes. To mark the 70th anniversary of the 1941 Greek Campaign, the Council is preparing a number of activities including an 18-month calendar of images from the days Australians and Hellenes fought together against the Nazis and their collaborators.last_img read more

PS4 Finally Gets External HDD Support With Upcoming Firmware Update

first_img Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHere’s an Hour of Incomprehensible ‘Death Stranding’ Gameplay Stay on target The hard drives of both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro can be swapped out for ones with more storage space. However, those who play regularly on PS4 will find that even having an HDD of 2 terabytes (the most a PS4 can be upgraded to) isn’t enough for all of their games and apps. Up until now, the system(s) haven’t had external HDD support, but that will soon change thanks to an upcoming firmware update.When update 4.50 (code named Sasuke) launches, PS4 and PS4 Pro users will be able to use any external USB 3.0 HDD to store games and apps. Hard drives up to 8tb in size will be supported. Users will be able to download and install applications directly to an external drive. The saved content can be managed via the settings menu. Apps saved in an external HDD will show up in the Content Launcher of the Home Screen, making it easy for folks to keep track of what apps they recently launched.For PS4 users like myself, this is a godsend. I recently purchased a 2tb HDD for my PS4 Pro, but I know that I will fill it up by the end of the year. Being able to use an external HDD that can have 8tb of store space means that I and other PS4 gamers shouldn’t have to worry about space for a long time.In addition to external HDD support, update 4.50 will give players the ability to set custom wallpapers — a feature that was oddly missing from the PS4. The update will also overhaul the PS4’s Quick Menu, simplify the Notifications app, allow users to post directly to the Activity Feed, and add 3D Blu-Ray support for PlayStation VR. You can read more details over on the PlayStation Blog.A release date for firmware update 4.50 hasn’t been announced yet. Those who signed up for the firmware’s beta will get an early look at the new features starting today.last_img read more

Man charged in alleged armed robberies with juveniles

first_imgMan charged in alleged armed robberies with juveniles SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 18-year-old accused along with three teenage boys of carrying out a spree of armed muggings in City Heights and North Park was charged today with nine counts of robbery.Spring Valley resident Ernesto Lamarquez is accused in eight separate crimes involving nine alleged victims spanning the week of April 17-24. Four of the robberies occurred within the span of 90 minutes early Wednesday morning, the day the suspects were arrested.Lamarquez and the three juveniles — ages 15, 16, and 17 — are accused of using replica firearms to intimidate and pistol-whip the victims, according to Deputy District Attorney James Koerber, who alleged that Lamarquez admitting purchasing the fake guns for the group.Lamarquez, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, pleaded not guilty at his Friday afternoon arraignment and is slated to return to court May 16 for a readiness conference. His co-defendants, whose names are being withheld due to their age, were arraigned in San Diego juvenile court Friday morning.The final four robberies took place between 12:45 and 2 a.m. Wednesday, after which all four suspects were arrested in a vehicle that officers located in an alley near the 2700 block of Fairmount Avenue, SDPD Lt. Steve Shebloski said.The suspects are believed to be involved in a number of additional cases in San Diego, National City and Spring Valley, which are still under investigation, Koerber said.The San Diego Police Department previously stated there were also cases being investigated in La Mesa and Chula Vista.Anyone with information regarding the robbery spree was asked to call Detective Sgt. Don Williams at 619-516-3006 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. KUSI Newsroom, April 26, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 26, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

USSEC Achieves Foreign Ag Service Highly Effective Rating

first_imgU.S. Soybean Export Council’s (USSEC) CEO Jim Sutter announced Friday that the organization achieved the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) rating “highly effective.”USSEC’s rating is based on its processes, including its Unified Export Strategy (UES), which the organization has worked hard to continuously improve.Sutter stated that USSEC received higher FY16 allocations from both the Foreign Market Development (FMD) and Market Access Program (MAP).Sutter added the achievement is impressive not only because they received more money, but there was more competition for the money.The American Soybean Association (ASA) is a cooperator with FAS for USSEC, and applauded the highly effective rating and the work of the soybean family this week.“We are pleased that our international marketing program has reached this highest level of effectiveness as measured by FAS,” said ASA Secretary Ron Moore, who serves as chair of the Trade Policy and International Affairs Committee. “The entire soy family – USSEC, USB, and ASA – have been working to continuously improve our international marketing efforts, coordination, strategies, evaluation, and success stories. This recognition by FAS recognizes the effectiveness of our marketing efforts as well as the wise investment of both taxpayer funding from FAS and checkoff resources from farmers.”last_img read more

John Lewis Partnership to award a 3 bonus

first_imgRetailer John Lewis Partnership is to pay all its employees across John Lewis and Waitrose a bonus worth 3% of their salary for 2018-2019, totalling £44.7 million.The bonuses have been awarded after the organisation announced its profit before tax, bonuses and exceptional payments of £160 million in the year ending 26 January 2019. These figures were published as part of John Lewis Partnership’s un-audited results report, prior to the release of its Annual reports and accounts 2019, which will be published in April 2019.In 2017-2018, John Lewis Partnership employees were given a 5% bonus, amounting to £74 million overall. This year’s lower bonus award has been designed to ensure financial security while still sharing business success with staff.Sir Charlie Mayfield, partner and chairman at John Lewis Partnership, said: “The board has awarded a bonus at 3%. This enables us to continue debt reduction, maintain our level of investment and retain solid cash reserves to cope with the continuing uncertainty facing consumers and the economy. We expect 2019 trading conditions to remain challenging, but are confident in our strategic direction and customer offer across both brands.”In the year up to 26 January 2019, John Lewis Partnership increased the hourly rate of base pay for non-management staff to £9.16 an hour. The organisation predicts this will increase further, by around 4.5%, following its April 2019 pay review. For 2018-2019, the total paid in pay provision was £30.3 million.Over the course of the last year, John Lewis Partnership has also reviewed its employee dining provisions, including the food and drink served in dining rooms, to align with its aim to be the healthiest UK employer. Furthermore, it has invested in leadership development for more than 250 of its most senior leaders and expanded its apprenticeship programme; more than 900 apprentices have been enrolled across areas such as retail, vehicle maintenance, hospitality, HR, project management and finance.The business has also launched a network of wellbeing champions, which now has more than 430 members across 130 locations. John Lewis Partnership further reports that employees have accessed the available mental and physical health support, saving more than 60,000 working days across the year.Mayfield added: “Part of our strategy [is] to build up our cash reserves as a defence against uncertainty in the economy and to enable us to maintain annual investment at £400 million to £500 million per year. We have also made significant investment in our [employees] during the year, particularly leadership development, apprenticeships and pay, with our average hourly rate for non-management [employees] rising to £9.16, 17% above the national living wage.”Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “A bonus of 3% for John Lewis [employees] is hardly cause for celebration, but given current trading conditions, it’s better than a poke in the eye. Indeed, there had been some speculation that no bonuses might be awarded this year, so staff can breathe a small sigh of relief.”last_img read more