The ‘tiger’ has finally ‘bowed down’, says Opposition

first_imgThe ‘tiger’ has finally ‘bowed down’, the opposition parties said on Monday soon after the announcement of alliance between Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They also called it an opportunistic, unholy and unethical alliance made out of fear of losing the Lok Sabha polls. “Uddhav Thackeray has himself swallowed his pride by joining hands with a party whom he labelled with many names. It is the unethical alliance of a corrupt and a despondent. I stand with the honest Sena workers who stand firmly for the good of the country and the State. I am confident that these honest Sena workers will vote against Modi in coming elections,” said Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan.Changing coloursMr. Chavan said that both the parties, while fighting against each other, destroyed the State in the last four years. “Even a chameleon would feel ashamed in front of Uddhav Thackeray over his ability to change colors,” taunted Mr. Chavan.The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said it was the Sena which claimed that support won’t be given before temple is built in Ayodhya. They had also called chowkidar (Prime Minister) a thief. “The people have seen through the reality of these two parties. They both will be taught a lesson just like in 1998 when Congress-led front won 38 seats in Maharashtra,” said NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said that the BJP threatened Sena with the wrath of Enforcement Directorate and forced it to accept the alliance. “By forming an alliance with the BJP, Sena has once again showed that it has known nothing but dalali. BJP on the other hand too has lost its self-esteem as it had to bow down in front of the party which has been criticising it severely,” said Mr. Vikhe-Patil.last_img read more

Iranian Women Attend First Football Match in 40 Years

first_imgIranian women entered the country’s national stadium in Tehran on Thursday after being able to purchase tickets for a national team game for the first time in 40 years.Women have been banned from watching men’s games since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions. But under pressure from world governing body FIFA and women’s rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked around 3,000 tickets for them to Thursday’s World Cup Asian qualifier against Cambodia in the 78,000 capacity Azadi Stadium.The tickets are for a special women’s only section of the stadium, a decision that has been criticized by some campaigners who would prefer women to be able to attend with their male family members.Footage posted on social media showed women arriving at the stadium more than two hours before the scheduled kick-off time.The women waved flags and blew ‘vuvuzela’ horns while the rest of the stadium was still mostly empty.But while campaigners have welcomed the access granted for Thursday’s game, it is unclear if such scenes will become the norm in Iran.A report posted by the semi-official Fars news agency warned that women attending Thursday’s match could be exposed to foul language, drug use and even violence.”Now that the government has decided to let women into Azadi stadium … we must be hopeful that the spectators will try to respect Iranian women in order to change the public atmosphere of the stadium,” the report said.FIFA stepped up pressure on Iran to meet commitments allowing women to attend World Cup qualifiers following the death last month of Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire to protest against her arrest for trying to get into a match.Dubbed “Blue Girl” online for her favorite team Esteghlal’s colors, Khodayari had feared being jailed for six months by the Islamic Revolutionary Court for trying to enter a stadium dressed as a man.FIFA President Gianni Infantino has urged Iranian authorities to open up stadiums to women for all games, not just World Cup qualifiers.The sport’s governing body has sent officials to Tehran to monitor access for women at the match and said it will continue to press for their inclusion.”FIFA’s stance on the access of women to the stadiums in Iran has been firm and clear: women have to be allowed into football stadiums in Iran. For all football matches,” it said in a statement.”Further details on the next steps to be implemented to ensure the future access of women to the stadiums in Iran will follow once we have performed a thorough assessment of Thursday’s match based on the input provided by the FIFA delegation that is present in Tehran.” blue girlfootballiranmatch First Published: October 10, 2019, 6:31 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

WTA Finals: Ashleigh Barty, Belinda Bencic Advance to Semi-finals, Kiki Bertens Retires

first_imgShenzhen: World number one Ashleigh Barty and Belinda Bencic both advanced to the semi-finals after contrasting victories at the WTA Finals in China on Thursday.Barty progressed from the round-robin stage with a crushing 6-4, 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova in one hour and 28 minutes at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre. Bencic prevailed 7-5, 1-0 in 61 minutes after late replacement Kiki Bertens retired ill. Bertens received medical attention after the opening game of the second set, where her blood pressure and pulse were checked, before becoming the second player in the tournament to retire mid-match after Bianca Andreescu withdrew against Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday.The Dutchwoman had started well with her meaty groundstrokes overpowering Bencic but she was unable to close out the set on serve in the 10th game.Bencic made her pay and broke again in the 12th game to snatch the first set and shortly after registered her first victory over Bertens in an abbreviated fourth matchup between the pair..@BelindaBencic advances to the semifinals of the the Shiseido @WTAFinals Shenzhen after Bertens retires early amidst second set pic.twitter.com/9bCVtIXD1o— WTA (@WTA) October 31, 2019 Bencic will play defending champion Elina Svitolina in the semi-final on Saturday.”I’m really sorry for her,” Bencic said after the match. “It’s the end of the season, so everyone is exhausted.”Barty, who had already sealed the year-end No.1 ranking, rebounded after a three-set loss to Bertens on Tuesday. She will play the winner of tomorrow’s Purple Group match between Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and world number two Pliskova”I’m particularly happy with the way I was able to return tonight,” Barty said. “I think she was trying to take a little bit more of a risk. That kind of worked in my favour a bit.”👏👏 @ashbarty breezes through a second set to claim victory against Kvitova, 6-4, 6-2, advancing to the semifinals of the Shiseido @WTAFinals Shenzhen pic.twitter.com/UXaeGKozW8— WTA (@WTA) October 31, 2019 Kvitova had a scare in the third game of the first set but saved two break points to hold her serve, which was being targeted by an aggressive Barty.But the Australian’s consistency wore down an error-strewn Kvitova and she grabbed a decisive break in the fifth game.Barty had break points against her serve in the sixth and eighth games but withstood Kvitova’s attempts to get back into the first set.Kvitova, the oldest player in the draw, changed tactics early in the second set and attacked the net but the French Open champion had the answers to reach the semi-finals on her WTA Finals debut.For Kvitova, the 2011 WTA Finals champion, the loss marks a second straight winless campaign in her seventh appearance at the lucrative year-ender.”I just couldn’t find rhythm,” she said. “When it came to the deciding points, she always played better than me.” Ashleigh Bartybelinda bencickiki bertensPatra Kvitova First Published: October 31, 2019, 8:33 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Ex-sports marketing executive to plead guilty in FIFA bribe case

first_imgA former sports marketing executive who was arrested last year in a U.S. corruption probe involving soccer’s global governing body FIFA is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday, according to a court filing. (Latest Football stories)The plea by Aaron Davidson, who headed the Miami-based unit of Brazilian sports marketing firm Traffic Group, was disclosed in a scheduling order filed in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday.A lawyer for Davidson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Davidson was first charged in May 2015. He is one of 42 individuals and entities charged as part of a U.S. investigation that upended Zurich-based FIFA and the soccer world.Prosecutors have alleged the defendants engaged in schemes involving more than $200 million in bribes and kickbacks that were sought and received by soccer officials for marketing and broadcasting rights to tournaments and matches.Prosecutors accused Davidson of participating in schemes to bribe soccer officials to secure millions of dollars in sports marketing contracts for Traffic.In total, 17 people and two companies have pleaded guilty, including the owner of Traffic, Brazilian Jose Hawilla. Davidson had been among seven defendants who meanwhile were set to face trial in November 2017.Prosecutors are continuing to seek the extradition of some of the other foreign defendants.Earlier on Tuesday, an Argentine judge denied a U.S. request to extradite father-and-son sports marketing team Hugo and Mariano Jinkis and former regional soccer chief Eduardo Deluca.last_img read more

Michigan Football Lands Huge Recruiting News

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a roughing the kicker call against his team during the first quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Michigan’s football program has landed some big recruiting news amid its biggest week of the regular season.Jalen Perry, one of the top defensive backs in the 2019 class, has committed to the Wolverines.The four-star cornerback, ranked the No. 19 player at his position by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, chose Michigan over South Carolina, among other programs.Perry announced his decision on Twitter.Officially CO〽️〽️ITTED to Michigan! #GoBlue 〽️???? pic.twitter.com/Qfg37kQV0T— Jalen Perry (@JalenPerry03) November 19, 2018Perry is ranked the No. 171 overall recruit in the class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Michigan’s 2019 class is ranked the No. 9 class in the country.last_img read more

Redmi phone with pop-up camera teased again, may come with Snapdragon 855 chip

first_imgRedmi phone with pop-up camera teased again, may come with Snapdragon 855 chipA sample photo shot on the Mi 9 SE inadvertently reveals a Redmi phone with a pop-up selfie camera. The Redmi phone is also said to come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiApril 15, 2019UPDATED: April 16, 2019 11:59 IST HIGHLIGHTSA leaked Mi 9 SE sample photo reveals a mysterious phone with a pop-up camera.The purported Redmi phone could come with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.Xiaomi may announce the Redmi phone later this month.If you wish for it enough, you might just get what you want. For many weeks now, there have been rumours that Xiaomi is working on a Redmi phone with a pop-up selfie camera. A leaked image did the rounds earlier this month of a Redmi Pro 2 with a pop-up camera, which was quickly debunked and labeled fake. This week, yet another image has surfaced, which seems to show a glimpse of an unannounced Xiaomi phone with a pop-up camera.The leaked image, which has now been deleted, is actually a photo sample shot on the Mi 9 SE. The sample focuses on some bottles, but some keen-eyed observes notice a phone in the background with a visible camera cutout on the top left corner of the frame. This could very well be the Redmi phone that many have been expecting, but there is no way to confirm this as of now. We can also see a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the frame. With a pop-up selfie camera, the mysterious Redmi phone will likely sport a full-screen bezel-less and notch-less display. Rumours say this Redmi phone could launch later this month, but the company is yet to start teasing its launch. So far, Xiaomi has only confirmed the launch of a new Redmi Y-series phone, possibly called Redmi Y3, in India on April 24.Whether the leaked phone is called Redmi Pro 2 or something else altogether, it seems this is the phone that will get a flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset. Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing had said earlier this month that the company will launch a Snapdragon 855-powered Redmi phone. Xiaomi has never launched a Redmi phone with flagship specs, considering the Redmi brand has always been about offering affordable smartphones.advertisementIt will be interesting to see where Xiaomi will place the Snapdragon 855-powered Redmi phone since the company already has a Poco sub-brand to offer affordable flagship phones, while the high-end segment sees Xiaomi’s own Mi flagship phones.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Y3 listed on Amazon India, tipped to sport Redmi Note 7-like designGet 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 bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmilast_img read more

Le gouvernement provincial consulte la communauté artistique et culturelle

first_img Les renseignements sur le sondage pouvant être soumis en ligne, par la poste ou par télécopieur sont disponibles à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/tch/culture-consultation.asp. « Nous invitons les commentaires d’une vaste gamme d’intervenants du secteur des arts et de la culture qui représentent la diversité de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Un leadership sincère est seulement possible lorsque tous les points de vue sont considérés, » a dit M. Paris. Le sondage rempli doit être soumis en ligne, par la poste ou par télécopieur avant le mardi 12 octobre. Un rapport sommaire sera publié après le processus de consultation. Le gouvernement provincial souhaite obtenir des conseils et des commentaires du secteur des arts et de la culture sur le rôle que le gouvernement peut jouer pour mieux appuyer et favoriser les activités artistiques et culturelles. Le ministère du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine a embauché l’entreprise Horizons Community Development Associates Inc. de Wolfville pour effectuer la consultation. « Les arts et la culture contribuent aux communautés dynamiques et renforcent notre économie, améliorant ainsi la vie des familles néo-écossaises, » a dit Percy Paris, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. « Grâce à cette consultation, le gouvernement fait un premier pas vers le respect de son engagement visant à aborder la question de la gouvernance et du financement du secteur des arts et de la culture. J’encourage tout le monde du secteur à nous aider à déterminer quels seront les principes qui guideront l’investissement du public dans les arts et la culture afin d’assurer la croissance de l’économie de la création. » Le processus de consultation permettra à la communauté de partager son point de vue grâce à une série de rencontres publiques, un sondage qui peut être rempli en ligne ou envoyé par la poste ou par télécopieur, et des entrevues individuelles avec les intervenants clés qui représentent un échantillon du secteur. Les rencontres publiques auront lieu aux dates et aux endroits suivants : Lundi 27 septembre, Wolfville, Université Acadia, Clark Commons, 13 h 30 à 16 h Lundi 27 septembre, Yarmouth, salle Yarmouth, Grand Hotel, 417, rue Main, 19 h à 21 h 30 Mardi 28 septembre, Halifax, salle Cavalier, Citadel Halifax Hotel, 1960, rue Brunswick, 13 h 30 à 16 h Mardi 28 septembre, Dartmouth, salles Hawthorne et Sullivan, Holiday Inn Harbourview, 101 Wyse Road, 19 h à 21 h 30 Mercredi 29 septembre, Tantallon, salle polyvalente, St. Margaret’s Bay Centre, 12, boul. Westwood, 13 h 30 à 16 h Mercredi 29 septembre, rencontre en français par vidéoconférence à partir de tous les campus de l’Université Sainte-Anne, 19 h à 21 h 30 Jeudi 30 septembre, Truro, salle MacDonald AB, Best Western Glengarry, 150, rue Willow, 19 h à 21 h 30 Lundi 4 octobre, Antigonish, salles de conférence A et B, Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre, Université St. Francis Xavier, 1100, boul. Convocation, 19 h à 21 h 30 Mardi 5 octobre, Membertou, Kluscap C, Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50, rue Maillard, 19 h à 21 h 30 Mercredi 6 octobre, Liverpool, salle des Lions, 128, rue Gorham, 19 h à 21 h 30last_img read more

Head of Govt. to Represent King Mohammed VI in 26th Arab…

Sharm el-Sheikh – Head of government Abdelilah Benkirane arrived, on Friday in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, to represent King Mohammed VI in the 26th Arab Summit scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Benkirane was received at his arrival at the Sharm el-Sheikh international airport by Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab. The Arab Summit will discuss a number of hot issues on top of which the security challenge in the Arab World, the Palestinian issue, the situation in Yemen, Syria , and Libya, as well as a series of draft resolutions submitted by the council of the foreign ministers league and the economic and social council. read more

Better climate change data vital for financial institutions – UNbacked report

For the sector to manage climatic risks affecting their business portfolios and give the best possible advice to their customers, financial institutions need access to applied information such as climate change predictions, modelling, analysis, and interpretation, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said of Advancing adaptation through climate information services –Results of a global survey on the information requirements of the financial sector, the international survey of more than 60 institutions, which it compiled in cooperation with the Sustainable Business Institute of Germany.“To date the key role that financial institutions and other private sector decision-makers can play in increasing the climate resilience of economies and societies has been neglected at best,” the head of the UNEP Finance Initiative, Paul Clements-Hunt, said. “The rapid reduction in greenhouse gases and the adaptation to the unavoidable effects of global warming need to go hand-in-hand if we are to cope with the climate challenge.“This study is a first step in identifying what is needed so that financial institutions can start playing their important role in accelerating the shift to climate-resilient economies,” he added.Climate change forecasts and predictions of the resulting economic impacts will never be perfect and will inevitably feature some element of uncertainty, but the more information and expertise regarding climate change and its uncertainties that is available to financial institutions, the better these risks can be calculated, UNEP said in a news release. This will enable insurers, re-insurers, lenders, and asset managers to price and absorb these risks more effectively. “This can be crucial not only to the performance of individual businesses and financial institutions, but to the entire economic tissue of communities affected by climate change and the social well-being it underpins,” it added. “This study confirms that what private sector institutions need in order to become real ‘adaptation catalysts’ is objective and reliable information,” said Mark Fulton, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Climate Advisors and Co-Chair of the UNEP Finance Initiative’s Climate Change Working Group.“We need to work towards enhancing the access of private sector decision makers to climate information as well as, most importantly, improving the reliability and accuracy of our climate models and forecasts,” Mr. Fulton added.The study, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, noted that such information gaps can be closed by continued research towards more reliable climate modelling and forecasting, as well as enhanced translation of scientific knowledge and existing information into user-friendly information. Such efforts are likely to require more intensive collaboration between users and suppliers, public and private actors, scientists and decision makers. The UNEP Finance Initiative is a global partnership between UNEP and the financial sector, in which over 190 institutions, including banks, insurers and fund managers, work with UNEP to understand the impacts of environmental and social considerations on financial performance. 12 January 2011With insurers, lenders, asset managers and their customers increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change – and the risks likely to grow in the future – better access to relevant data is vital for the world’s financial institutions, according to a United Nations-backed study issued today. read more

Talkdesk Talks Innovation at Opentalk 2018

8×8 CCaaS: Now a Stand-alone Service Sheila McGee-Smith June 25, 2019 With this move, company signals it will no longer address contact center merely as a UC add-on. The company already has a growing AppConnect Innovation Ecosystem, which includes about 50 partners today and has been growing about 10% monthly. Talkdesk claimed that its customers use about three apps today on average. The dedication of $10 million should help Talkdesk rapidly accelerate its number of partners and give its customers a rich “app store” like experience that’s dedicated to contact center tools. Some current partners include:AutoReach – High volume power dialer for sales teamsCrankWheel – Screen sharing for inside sales repsPlayVox – Omnichannel quality assurance softwareSnapsolv – Customer messaging softwareSimpleEmotion – Emotion and speech analysisThe contact center industry has always depended on ecosystem partners, but they have been limited primarily to CRM vendors like Salesforce or customer service software such as Zendesk. However, customer service is changing, and that is, in turn, evolving the contact center. The ability to service customers in new and different ways with relevant data and insights keeps businesses one step ahead of the competition. This puts pressure on the contact center vendors to continually drive innovation. But one company, no matter how big, can only drive so many features. To short circuit this process, Talkdesk is relying on smaller, disruptive partners that can plug into its platform and drive innovation.The Innovation Fund can take the AppConnect program to the next level, as it provides forward-thinking companies the resources, product support, and feedback required for them to get their products to market. Many of these companies are small, early-stage startups that lack the resources to accelerate their product development. By providing those resources, Talkdesk understands those companies are more likely to work with them first before looking at one of its competitors. This is a win-win, as the startup gets its product to market faster and Talkdesk has access to the technology for its customers.I also believe the ecosystem surrounding the contact center industry is about to explode. The number of interaction channels continues to grow because of social media. Just a few years ago, bots seemed a bit “out there,” but now they’re mainstream. Also, we live in a world where literally everything is connected, and customers will soon be interacting directly with devices and vice versa.Lastly, and perhaps this is most meaningful, customer service is shifting to being AI-driven. It’s not just Talkdesk that says this. Every major contact center vendor has AI features and an AI roadmap. However, AI is very broad and very deep, and it’s hard for me to see a way that any company can go to market without having a broad AI ecosystem. There are currently tens of thousands of small AI companies, and by putting $10 million up for funding, Talkdesk should be able to tap into many of these.Disruption is the aim of Talkdesk and that requires innovation. Talkdesk will certainly continue to drive its own roadmap but its innovation fund ensures it has the help of a large ecosystem.Tags:News & ViewsTalkdeskInnovationfundpartnersCCaaSAI & AutomationPartner EcosystemVendor News Articles You Might Like See All in CCaaS » Innovation_640.png Contact center as a service (CCaaS) vendor Talkdesk this week held its annual customer and partner event, Opentalk 2018. As is the case with most vendor user events, Talkdesk used Opentalk to launch a new product – Talkdesk iQ, which No Jitter editor Beth Schultz covered in detail in this post. The product is loaded with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, and CEO Tiago Paiva believes the company is now ready to be a disruptor and become a much bigger player in an increasingly crowded CCaaS market.During his keynote at the analyst event that preceded the user event, Paiva discussed where the company has been and why he believes it’s poised to outpace the competition. Some of the proof points Paiva provided included the following:To date, Talkdesk has 1,400 customers in 60 countries, which is impressive given the company was founded in 2011.80% of the company’s FY18 revenue is from the enterprise. This can be a misleading stat, as many of the UCaaS vendors tout enterprise revenue but they have only a few seats within large companies. However, Talkdesk provided names of over a dozen companies that have over 250 contact center seats.It recently closed a $100 million series B round of funding, which it claims is the largest funding round in contact center history. I looked at other CCaaS providers and couldn’t find one larger, so I believe this is correct. Investors include some blue-chip companies such as Viking Global and Salesforce ventures.Talkdesk has achieved 3X growth in EMEA in 28 countries. To date, most of the growth in CCaaS has been in the North American market, with Europe having recently woken up to the benefits it brings. I expect this to be a hotly contested region over the next few years.Looking ahead, the company has all of the usual growth initiatives one would expect – global footprint expansion, new partnerships, channel expansion, and lots of investment in marketing, which contact center analyst Sheila McGee-Smith touched on in her recent post, “Opentalk 2018: Talkdesk Growing Up.” One of the programs that it put in place that I found particularly intriguing was a $10 million Talkdesk Innovation Fund, which is a result of the $100 million Series B funding round. Thrio: Third Time, Third Charm Sheila McGee-Smith March 12, 2019 This new venture, from serial entrepreneurs and CCaaS pioneers, aims to set the bar for AI-powered cloud contact centers. Enterprise Connect 2019: Voices from the Exhibit Floor Michelle Burrows, Serenova May 07, 2019 To get to the heart of why contact centers are making the move to cloud, we surveyed EC19 attendees. Here’s what we learned. Mitel Uses Talkdesk to ‘Youthenize’ its Portfolio Dave Michels April 09, 2019 A clever alliance that benefits both companies is indicative of how CCaaS is changing. Mitel & Talkdesk: Next Big Thing in UCaaS/CCaaS? Sheila McGee-Smith April 09, 2019 Why the Mitel/Talkdesk partnership is categorically different than Mitel’s earlier OEM PiggyBank_Fund_400.png read more

Demand for trucks drives Canadian auto sales up in May from year

Demand for trucks drives Canadian auto sales up in May, from year ago AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 10:53 am MDT TORONTO – Strong demand for trucks helped many Canadian automakers boost their sales in May as they entered into the peak selling season, according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants on Monday.Sales of light vehicles in Canada totalled 185,040 last month, up 5.3 per cent from the 175,716 sold last May.Year to date, sales are up 2.4 per cent to 712,059, compared with 695,451 a year ago.The largest gain was in truck sales, which climbed 7.9 per cent to 98,993, from 91,710 in May 2012.Tony Faria, co-director of the Office of Automotive Research at the University of Windsor, says that’s good news for automakers.“It’s the truck that makes the big margins for them,” said Faria.“So certainly while they’d like to do as well in cars, if they’re going to sell more vehicles, all of the companies would rather sell more trucks.”Faria said low interest rates, the availability of credit and incentives from auto companies should keep sales strong throughout the summer months.Ford Motor Company of Canada took the top spot, selling 32,490 vehicles — 0.5 per cent more than the 32,338 it sold in May 2012.Year to date, Ford’s sales are up 5.7 per cent to 117,987.While Ford saw its car sales slip 8.9 per cent to 8,953, truck sales rose 4.6 per cent to 23,537, compared with 22,509 a year earlier.Chrysler Canada took second place, selling 12 per cent more vehicles this May compared to the previous year, but still falling short of Ford’s total.Chrysler sold 29,249 vehicles last month, compared to 26,218 a year ago, helped by strong sales of its Ram trucks and passenger cars.GM Canada sold 23,654 vehicles last month, a 1.6 per cent gain from the 23,287 sold in May 2012.Truck sales grew by 0.5 per cent to 15,419, while car sales grew by 3.6 per cent to 8,235.Toyota Canada Inc. sold 22,250 vehicles in May, including its Lexus and Scion brands. That’s 12.3 per cent more than the Japanese automaker sold in May 2012.Toyota Canada’s truck sales totalled 8,550 for the month, a gain of 14.2 per cent, while Lexus sales grew 11.9 per cent to 1,566 and Scion sales were up 62.9 per cent to 601.Honda Canada Inc. sold 16,723 vehicles, including in its Acura division, up 22 per cent from last May.“The spring selling season is underway and this is the type of momentum we really like to see,” said Honda’s vice president of sales and marketing Dave Gardner in a statement.Meanwhile, Kia Canada Inc. saw its sales decline to 7,558 in May, 10.7 per cent lower than May 2012.Nissan’s Canadian sales were also down in May.The automaker sold 8,367 vehicles, 9.1 per cent lower than last May’s total of 9,204.Sales at its Infiniti division were down 11.8 per cent to 733.BMW’s sales were down 13.2 per cent, while Mercedes-Benz was down 3.1 per cent compared to a year earlier.“With the exceptions of Audi and Porsche, German luxury brands experienced uninspiring May sales,” DesRosiers said in a note. read more

Ohio States resurgent offense to be put to the test against Penn

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the football into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense seems to be coming into its own, putting up 121 points in its last three games, including 49 against Maryland in Week 6.The best test of the progress it has made since the start of the season could come on Saturday, as OSU (6-0, 2-0) welcomes a team ranked 10th in the nation in defense.Penn State (5-1, 2-0) has allowed just 275.7 yards per game, including only 158.7 yards through the air.OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team will have to be at its best to put up points against the Nittany Lions.“Excellent defense,” Meyer said. “I think they’re top 10 … we had a hard time moving them last year, very good defense.”That game last year was a double-overtime thriller in State College, Pennsylvania, in which the Buckeyes emerged with a 31-24 victory.Then-sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa was the star of that night, piling up 2.5 sacks, including a game-ending sack in which he threw the Penn State blocker into quarterback Christian Hackenberg.“I don’t think I’ll be able to top a moment like that this week,” Bosa said.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native called last year’s game “the hardest fought game” he’s ever played and expects the Nittany Lions to present another tough test on Saturday. He said it all stems from the junior Hackenberg.“I see a very confident quarterback, a guy that can really make all the throws down the field,” Bosa said.Hackenberg, considered to be one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, has struggled at times this season. On the year, he is 87-of-164 for 1,086 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.Saturday’s contest is set to kick off at 8 p.m., the first night game Ohio Stadium has played host to since Nov. 1 of last season against Illinois. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller said games played at the primetime hour give the team a different sense of energy.“The last couple of night games I played in, it was exciting, the atmosphere was crazy,” Miller said. “Guys always love playing under the lights.”With Penn State standing as one of the four teams in the Big Ten East division undefeated through two conference games, Bosa said the team recognizes games like that as key points of the season.“It gets bigger as the season continues because it’s harder every week to stay undefeated I think,” Bosa said. “It’s Big Ten season and that’s when I think it really picks up.”Previously for Penn StateWhen the dust settled from the Nittany Lions’ opening game, things were not looking pretty.In-state rival Temple thoroughly dominated Penn State, coming away with a 27-10 victory, and potentially sending coach James Franklin’s squad to a downward spiral of a season.However, the Nittany Lions did just the opposite.Since the opening game in Philadelphia, Penn State outscored its opponents 141-59 on the way to a five-game winning streak.“I remember watching them their first game this year and it’s nowhere close to where they’re looking now,” Bosa said. “They’re finally getting it together and looking like a really good team.”Penn State’s victories came against Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army and Indiana. However, all five of those games came at home at Beaver Stadium, so it remains to be seen if the Nittany Lions can improve from their lone road showing.Sack mastersSaturday’s game features two of the top players in the country when it comes to bringing the opposing quarterback down.Penn State redshirt senior defensive end Carl Nassib has recorded more sacks than anyone else in the nation with 10 — all solo.The hulking 6-foot-7, 272-pound West Chester, Pennsylvania, product has at least one sack in each of his six games this year, including three games with two or more sacks.On the other side, Bosa hasn’t found the same results this season but is still feared nationally after picking up 21 sacks in his first two seasons.Bosa recorded his first solo sack of the season against Maryland, with a first-game suspension, constant double or triple teams and quick-handed quarterbacks holding him back.“It feels good to get there, obviously,” Bosa said. “It’s what D-linemen go for every game, to get their sacks.”As a team, the Nittany Lions are second in the country with 4.17 sacks per game, while OSU is 11th with 3.17.On the other side of the ball, OSU is 20th in the country with 1.17 sacks allowed per game, while Hackenberg has been brought down 3.17 times per game, 112th in the nation.Up nextAfter Saturday’s 8 p.m. showdown, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers on Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

MKB MVM Veszprem to join SEHA – PICK Szeged turn down the

← Previous Story POLISH PROBLEM: Lijewski and Jaszka still questionable for Magdeburg Next Story → Filip Jicha: “We need more ‘warriorship’ against Serbia” gazprom handball leagueSEHASEHA GAZPROM HANDBALL Second Hungarian team PICK Szeged have decided to stay focused on domestic League and European competitions. EHF Cup winner couldn’t meet demands from the SEHA – fee for joining (“a few hundred thousands euro” the League and percent in TV rights. PICK’s board give an offer to SEHA, but that was turned down, writes on official club’s website.League has currently 13 teams inside, but still is open question, whether will have 12 or 14 members next season. The first “unofficial” solution is that Montenegrian champion RK Lovcen won’t meet the requirements of the competition based on financial potential and venue standards – hall in Cetinje. In that case, League could start with 12 teams from the September.Second option is that some of the countries who already participate get the third team. Slovenia is very interested for that solution, while RK Maribor Branik have alll the capabilites to join the League immediately alongside RK Celje PL and RK Gorenje.Decision about the League system and the team’s list has to be made in the next few days.Here are the teams:RK Metalurg SkopjeRK Vardar SkopjeC.O ZagrebRK Nexe NasiceTatran PresovMeshkov BrestRK Vojvodina Novi SadRK Radnicki KragujevacRK Gorenje VelenjeRK Celje PLRK Lovcen CetinjeRK Borac Banja LukaMKB MVM Veszprem SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League will have the biggest name and the first favorite for the title next season – Hungarian best team MKB MVM Veszprem. Team board decided to join the League after the last round of negotiations with SEHA office members in Zagreb. read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_img Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 9:00 AM No Comments Image: DPA/PA Images By Paul Hosford 8,376 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #FAR RIGHT: Ireland’s secretive anti-fascist group says the far-right here is “extremely violent and dangerous”.2. #SELF-HARM: Presentations to hospitals by people who have self-harmed are the “tip of the iceberg”, mental health services say.3. #ROSCOMMON: A 13-year-old girl who suffered a neurological attack had to wait 50 minutes for an ambulance, it has been revealed.4. #ANY ADVICE: Tánaiste Simon Coveney has called Bertie Ahern to discuss the impasse in the North, the Sunday Business Post reports.5. #SLIGO: Gardaí in Sligo are appealing for information into the murder of a man.6. #BETTING: The Sunday Times reports that an investigation is underway into betting patterns around a number of races at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown.7. #OLYMPICS: Russian athletes will not be allowed to march under their own flag at the Winter Olympic closing ceremony.8. #RESPITE: After a year of campaigning, parents in Kerry can now avail of a full-time respite service for adult children.9. #BOMB SCARE: Homes were evacuated in Blanchardstown last night after a device was found under a van. Feb 25th 2018, 9:01 AM The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s what’s happening this Sunday. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3870991 Image: DPA/PA Imageslast_img read more

Healthcare system shake up under way

first_imgFive public hospitals in greater Athens are due to be restructured and will provide the bulk of more than 1,600 healthcare staff that will be moved into the civil service labor mobility scheme, according to a report published earlier on this week by Greek Minister of Health Adonis Georgiadis.The hospitals to be restructured in the centre of Athens are Patission Hospital, which will be passed on to the country’s main healthcare provider, EOPYY and Polykliniki Athinon which will provide care for patients suffering from chronic illnesses. Spiliopouleio-Aghia Eleni Hospital in Glyfada, southern Athens, will serve as a hospice and will also have a radiation therapy department, Amalia Fleming in the northern suburb of Maroussi will be turned into a physical rehabilitation center with several outpatient clinics and Aghia Varvara hospital in western Athens will be turned into an all-day general health center.Staff at the Thoracic Disease and Disorders Research Institute will be transferred to Aghios Savvas and Sotiria, both major hospitals in the Greek capital.In Thessaloniki, the plan is expected to result mostly in transfers as staff numbers are boosted at cash-strapped facilities such as the Ippocrateio and AHEPA hospitals.In total, 1,618 workers from hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki will be put into the labor mobility scheme, along with 210 doctors from the IKA Social Security Foundation. Their names are due to be published next week and the transfers completed by mid-September. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Male Dolphin Dies After Being Impaled in Head Off Florida Coast

first_imgStay on target Marine mammal experts and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement are conducting an investigation after a male bottlenose dolphin was found dead with a large stab wound in Florida.The dolphin’s carcass, which was located along Upper Captiva Island in Lee County, Florida, was recovered by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at the end of May, said an NOAA press release. A necropsy showed that the marine animal was impaled in the head, most likely with a spear-like device, while it was still alive.The wound in the dolphin’s head. (Photo Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)According to the necropsy, the wound penetrated from above and in front of the dolphin’s right eye and it extended nearly 6 inches toward the top and back areas of the head. The wound, which ended at the top of the skull, displayed evidence of hemorrhaging, demonstrating that the creature was most likely impaled before it perished.The dolphin was an adult male that was previously observed by biologists in the area. He was last spotted swimming near fishing boats and hanging out with “begging dolphins.” The shape of the puncture wound shows that the animal might have been in a begging posture before he was fatally impaled.The dolphin last seen alive in March 2007. (Photo Credit: Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program )According to the Mammal Protection Act of 1972, harassing, harming, feeding, or killing wild dolphins is prohibited and violations are punishable by up to $100,000 in fines and up to one year in jail per violation.NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement agency partners, including the Animal Welfare Institute, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Oceanic Preservation Society, are offering combined rewards of up to $38,000 for information leading to the successful identification and/or successful prosecution of the person(s) responsible for the dolphin’s death, and an arrest, conviction, or civil penalty assessment of these individuals.NOAA authorities are requesting more information from anyone who might have witnessed the incident. They can leave an anonymous tip and call the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964.More on Geek.com:Watch: Killer Whale Caught Swimming With Dolphins in ‘Unbelievable’ VideoGrieving Dolphin Captured on Video Carrying Dead Calf in Florida WatersWatch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish Coast Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat last_img read more

The Veterinary Specialty Hospital pet food drive is underway

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter The Veterinary Specialty Hospital pet food drive is underway 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Veterinary Specialty Animal Hospital is holding their annual pet food drive. Caren Folbre and Pet Patrol’s Sandie Lampe joined us Saturday morning with more:The Veterinary Specialty Hospital’s Pet Food Drive runs through Jan. 4th. To donate, visit www.vshsd.com or call (858) 875-7500. KUSI Newsroom, December 15, 2018 Posted: December 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Vancouver joins worldwide rally of discontent

first_imgRead our live blog of the Occupy Vancouver protest, view photos and other videos from the event.An estimated 600 to 700 people took to the streets of downtown Vancouver on Saturday answering a call for a worldwide rally against corporate power, chronic unemployment and government cuts.Drawing more participants than both organizers and police anticipated, the Vancouver nonviolent protest joined a global chorus of discontent in 950 cities around the world, according to United for Global Change, the main site for organizing the worldwide protests.“People think Vancouver is a sleepy little suburb where opinions don’t matter,” said organizer Reed Rotondo of Vancouver at the rally’s start. “You are here to today to tell them it’s not true.”The demonstration opened at noon with impassioned speeches on Esther Short Park’s bandstand, where MoveOn.org had provided a microphone.“I worked for the IRS for 35 years,” said Vancouver resident Mark Miskiewicz. “I’ve done audits on some of the biggest corporations. I saw firsthand who runs this country. It’s not, ‘we, the people’.”last_img read more

DOD Names Retired Officer to Lead Commissary Exchange Merger Review

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Pentagon has named a director for the task force that will be considering the feasibility of consolidating the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency. As task force director of the enterprise management of community services reform initiative, retired Army Maj. Gen. Keith Thurgood will lead the effort to study back office operations for the military resale enterprise. The task force, which falls under the office of the chief management officer, first will first determine whether the services’ exchange systems could be combined under one corporate umbrella. Then members will determine whether the Defense Commissary Agency could be merged into that system, reported Military Times. Individual branding of commissaries and exchanges could be retained even if a decision is made to consolidate their corporate operations.This work will take several months to complete and is the first phase in the department’s reform agenda “for enterprise delivery of all military community services programs,” according to a DOD press release. “We have a significant opportunity to improve the commissary and exchange system by leveraging efficiencies in the back office aspects of the enterprise while completely preserving the benefit to the uniformed members, their families and our veterans,” said CMO John Gibson II.Defense Commissary Agency photo by John Zoubralast_img read more

Moudud Sanaullah get anticipatory bail in 3 cases

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo file photoThe High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed and its law affairs secretary Sanaullah Miah in three separate cases filed with Hatirjheel and Khilgaon police stations.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafiz and justice Kashefa Hossain passed the order after the BNP leaders surrendered before the court and prayed for bail in the cases.Of the cases, two was filed with Khilgaon police station against Sanaullah Miah on 20 September on charges of preventing police from discharging their duty and the other was filed against Moudud with Hatirjheel police station on 1 October for “instigating” subversive activities.AKM Ehsanur Rahman, who stood for the BNP leaders, said the HC granted them bail until the submission of the charge-sheets in the cases.last_img read more