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Fire breaks out at bus stand in Goa

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first_imgPanaji: A fire broke out at the main bus stand and the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) complex, which houses the transport department office, on Monday.Director of Transport Nikhil Desai said, “There is a major damage to the enforcement and registration sections, and old records could be lost.” He said the department has ordered an inquiry into the incident.Fire service officials said the cause of the fire was a short-circuit in one of the super markets at the KTC complex.Eyewitnesses said clouds of dark smoke emanated from the bus stand premises, which alerted commuters and shopkeepers. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the bus stand, which is the state’s biggest, and is being used by thousands of commuters daily.last_img

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Ind vs WI: India’s top performers

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The great turnover effect

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first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIOKC Dave makes his return to PFB after a multimonth hiatus.[1. It’s kind of like Keith Olbermann but with less scorched earth and it didn’t take 15 years.]Kyle brought up something interesting on the Pistols Firing podcast earlier this week. He was talking about how OSU’s turnover margin has ebbed and flowed over the years and how easily that can impact a team’s win total.I decided to take a look at what turnovers do to teams in the Big 12. I gathered turnover margin stats for the last four seasons in the Big 12 — conference games only. Then I compared those figures against each team’s conference win total for the same seasons.Let’s look at the results:It’s not shocking to see that on average, a higher per-game turnover margin leads to more wins. The relationship is fairly strong, but obviously there are many other factors that go into winning percentage. The R squared (coefficient of determination) for the trendline is 43%, meaning that turnovers “explain” 43% of the win total data in this model.The trendline in the chart above gives us a formula that tells us how many wins a team with a turnover margin of “x” should achieve given the historical data:Let’s look at how OSU has performed in this measure over the past four seasons. Remember, these are conference-only stats:RELATED POSTSThe 2012 problemOKC Dave podcastThe projected wins are based solely on the team’s turnover margin for the conference season. In each case, we have outperformed what we “should have” won based on the turnover margin formula.Back to Kyle’s question in the podcast…we won’t repeat 2011’s amazing number, but hopefully our turnover margin returns to a normal level next season. Let’s take our 4-year average turnover margin of +0.69. If we can get back to that neighborhood, we can expect to win around 5.1 games…in other words, we will add 1.3 projected wins over last year’s mark simply by getting back to normal in turnover margin.By the way, you know how coaches talk about how good teams overcome turnovers? It’s true. In the four years covered in this analysis, only three schools overachieved their projected wins in all four years: OU, Texas, and OSU.Finally, here’s the top 10 and bottom 10 in turnover margin over the last four Big 12 seasons:Top 101) 2012 Kansas State +2.112) 2011 Oklahoma State +1.893) 2011 Kansas State +1.444) 2009 Texas +1.385) 2009 Iowa State +1.006) 2009 Kansas State +0.757) 2010 Missouri +0.627) 2010 Oklahoma State +0.629) 2012 Iowa State +0.5610) 2010 Iowa State +0.50Bottom 1036) 2011 Texas A&M -0.6737) 2012 Kansas -0.7838) 2010 Kansas -0.8838) 2010 Texas Tech -0.8840) 2011 Oklahoma -0.8940) 2011 Texas -0.8942) 2009 Kansas -1.0043) 2012 Texas Tech -1.1144) 2009 Baylor -1.2545) 2010 Texas -1.50If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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GB Nagar cops initiates Operation Clean 4 seize 72 buses

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first_imgG B Nagar: A day after Gautam Buddh Nagar police seized over a thousand auto rickshaws and issued challans to nearly five hundred autos for traffic violations, the police, on Thursday, initiated “Operation Clean 4” against private tourist buses and seized 72 buses from various parts of the district. Officials said that the action is taken against such buses which are operating illegally in the district and don’t fulfill the legal standards. According to police, the drive was initiated between 5 AM to 8 PM under which an intense checking was carried out at zero point on Yamuna Expressway, Parichowk and Chilla border area. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the “Operation Clean” drive is focused to curb on any illegal activity that is undergoing in the district. “The Operation Clean is a series of drives against all the illegal activities be it encroachment, prostitution or illegally operating public transport vehicles. Thursday’s drive was against the private tourist buses under which police found 73 buses to have been plying without adhering to the legal standards. We have seized such buses while the passengers ferrying in these buses were escorted by nearly 25 other roadways buses which were hired by the administration,” said Krishna. The officer further said that the operation clean will continue and police will act strict against all the illegal activities in the district.last_img read more

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Final phase of LS polls in Bihar 4 Union ministers among 159

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first_imgPatna: Four Union ministers, a former Lok Sabha Speaker and an actor-turned-politician are among the 159 candidates left in the fray for eight Lok Sabha seats in Bihar after the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers for the seventh and final phase ended Thursday. The final phase of the election will be held on May 19. According to the Election Commission, a total of 227 candidates had filed their nomination papers for Patna Sahib, Patalputra, Arrah, Jehanabad, Karakat, Buxar, Sasaraam and Nalanda constituencies between April 22 and April 29. Out of which only 162 withstood scrutiny. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Of those remaining, one candidate each withdrew nomination from Patna Sahib, Pataliputra and Buxar, leaving 159 in the fray. With 35, Nalanda has the highest number of candidates. The constituency is the home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who has represented the Lok Sabha seat a number of times. His confidant Kaushalendra Kumar is seeking re-election for the third consecutive term. The JD(U) MP is locked in a straight contest with Mahagathbandhan candidate Ashok Kumar Azad who has been fielded by former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM). Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Patna Sahib, which comprises a major part of the state capital and where 18 candidates are in the fray, will witness a clash of titans as Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeks to win the seat for the BJP thwarting sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha’s bid to retain it for the third consecutive term but this time on a Congress ticket. In adjoining Pataliputra, 25 candidates are in the fray, though the contest is being seen primarily between Union minister and sitting BJP MP Ram Kripal Yadav who is pitted against RJD’s Misa Bharti daughter of his former mentor Lalu Prasad. The lowest number of 11 candidates, for the phase, are in Ara where sitting BJP MP and Union minister R K Singh’s bid to retain the seat has been challenged by young CPI(ML) candidate Raju Yadav whose chances have been bolstered by the Mahagathbandhan supporting his candidature. In Buxar, another Union minister and sitting BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey is facing the challenge mainly from RJD’s Jagadanand Singh who had won the seat in 2009 although the total number of candidates in the fray is 15. An equal number of candidates are in the fray in Sasaram, a reserved seat which former Lok Sabha Speaker and veteran Congress leader Meira Kumar seeks to wrest back from BJP MP Chhedi Paswan. Karakat, which has 27 candidates, is represented by RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha who resigned from the Union council of ministers and quit the NDA in December last year before joining the Mahagathbandhan. His principal challenger is JD(U)’s Mahabali Singh. Jehanabad was won by RLSP’s Arun Kumar in 2014. He was, however, expelled from the party later on and he is in the fray as the candidate of the parallel outfit Rashtriya Samata Party (Secular). However, the main contest is being seen as between RJD’s Surendra Prasad Yadav who is the Mahagathbandhan candidate and JD(U)’s Chandreshwar Prasad who represents the NDA.last_img read more

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Embattled Tunisia leaders face rising social discontent

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first_imgby Antoine LAMBROSCHINITUNIS – Tunisia’s sluggish economic recovery is spurring a growing number of strikes and protests, with the discontent compounding the ruling Islamist party’s woes amid a political crisis and growing insecurity.Public offices, businesses and entire regions have since the summer been staging walkouts and demanding pay rises, extra staff, hospitals and development projects — adding to a sense of growing turmoil in the birthplace of the 2011 Arab Spring. The number of working hours lost through strikes rose by 71 percent in October compared with September, according to the social affairs ministry.In November, the situation appears to have gotten even worse. On Wednesday alone, workers unions and civil society groups called general strikes in three regions — Siliana, Gabes and Gafsa.“Clearly the economic situation today is very difficult and cannot support this level of strikes,” said Ezzedine Saidane, an independent economist.He attributed the economic difficulties primarily to the political crisis, which has dragged on for months in the absence of any agreement between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and its secular opponents on the formation of a non-partisan transitional government.Saidane argues that the current 3.0 percent growth rate is insufficient to bring down unemployment significantly or to launch major development projects, two pressing issues for young Tunisians.Joblessness and regional inequality were driving factors behind the popular uprising that unseated former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, inspiring protests across the Middle East and North Africa that toppledleaders in Egypt, Libya and Yemen.Meanwhile, the lack of functioning state institutions and a rise in attacks by Islamist militants continue to deter investors.For two years now, Ennahda has repeated promises of public spending and recruitment to meet the country’s social demands, constantly resorting to loans to fulfil its commitments, an option that is becoming increasingly difficult.On Monday, international ratings agency Moody’s downgraded Tunisia’s sovereign debt rating one notch, while maintaining a negative outlook.Moody’s cited the ongoing political uncertainty as the main factor, as well as increased external funding challenges, exacerbated by delayed economic reforms and the persistently large deficits in the country’s fiscal and external accounts.Saidane said the government’s policies had left it without any room for manoeuver next year.“When you look at the draft budget, you can see that 40 percent is allocated to salaries, 40 percent to debts and subsidies (on essential goods) and just 20 percent on social and economic development.”Union blames government ‘nonchalance’For the powerful UGTT workers union, which plays a key role in organising the strikes, the authorities who have been calling for months for a “social truce” are solely responsible for the current situation.In a statement this week, it slammed “the nonchalance of the government in implementing certain agreements, concluded but still not applied after nearly a year and a half,” saying that was why social movements were signing up for the strikes.Some reject this argument, however, like Nejib Mrabet, who heads the Gafsa Phosphate Company (CPG).The state-run producer of the valuable mineral, which represented 10 percent of the budget in 2010, the year before Ben Ali’s ouster, is the main employer in the neglected central Gafsa region.Mrabet said that despite the company hiring 2,600 people since the revolution, it was paralysed by the disruptions that the social movements agitated for and was running at only 30 percent of capacity.“The company cannot afford another year of uncertainty and deficit,” he was quoted as saying by the official TAP news agency, adding that if the situation continued, managers and employees might have to take forced leave in 2014.Even Ennahda itself has not been immune to the growing social mistrust plaguing Tunisia, with some party members criticising certain government decisions, such as where to locate five new university-linked hospitals.That decision has provoked anger in Gafsa and Gabes.Lotfi Zitoune, who was an advisor to former Islamist prime minister Hamadi Jebali, called the failure to invest in those regions a “clear example of the dubious work of the government … in the context of political instability and difficult economic circumstances.”“It will revive accusations of nepotism and regional favouritism,” he wrote in a scathing article posted on his Facebook page.last_img read more

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Nawa Sinhale national organiser gets bail

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National Organiser of the Nawa Sinhale organisation, Dan Priyasad was granted bail today.He was arrested yesterday by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD). Dan Priyasad was arrested over the recent violence.

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The Belles Stratagem opens Nov 13 at Sean OSullivan Theatre

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Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts presents Hannah Cowley’s classic play The Belle’s Stratagem at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from Nov. 13 – 15.The Belle’s Stratagem drags 18th century London into Rob Ford’s Toronto, mocking romance, the city, and other first world problems. A new adaptation by Gyllian Raby and Nicholas Leno makes Cowley’s characters the super-rich kids of Yonge and Bloor, as well as rappers and spoken word artists.Cowley’s hit comedy of 1783 demonstrated “how to get your man and keep him.” This production frames her outspoken, funny heroines within 21st century culture and grapples with the conundrum that they have quite a lot in common with contemporary women who obsess over romance.The director, dramatic arts Associate Professor Gyllian Raby, seeks to provoke audiences with text, graphics, music and dance — think consumerism, superficiality, and social media addiction. A witty kaleidoscope of romance, privilege and desire, The Belle’s Stratagem sets out to query today’s emphasis on lifestyle and our fantasies about fabulous wealth, celebrity and true love.Scenographer Kelly Wolf’s set and costumes take us to Toronto, city of the elite. The set is designed as a giant QR code, reminding us of our media-constructed consumer society where iGizmo users seek immersion in completely designed environments without questioning where they came from.Lighting is by Jenny Jimenez, and the show is animated with projections by Caitlin English and David Bernard. Music is set, arranged and composed by Joe Lapinski (assisted by Bri Lidstone), and the actors are choreographed by hip-hop artist Rachel Romanoski.The Belle’s Stratagem cast: Emily Ferrier (Letitia Hardy); Daryl Hunter (Doricourt); Katelyn Lander (Mrs. Racket); Cole Larsen (Mr. Hardy); Chloe Coyle (Frances); Mark Harrigan (Sir George Touchwood); Sean Cottrell (Courtall); Jonah McGrath (Saville); Angelina Colosimo (Kitty Willis); Nicola Franco (Mr. Flutter); and Marie Barros (Miss Ogle).Street band cast members include Lena Hall, Gordon Graham and Jesse Heichert. They also play the servants in the play and perform the Spoken Word interacts. The cast is rounded out by beloved Brock alumni David MacKenzie and dance aficionados Rachel Romanoski and Rory Vandenbrink. Nicholas Leno is the assistant director, and the stage manager is Nicole Titus.Director Gyllian Raby states, “We want the rhyming women of Georgian times to high-five our contemporary spoken word rhymers. I know it’s bizarre, but numbers from Rick Ross, Lil’ Mama, and Salt’n’Pepa somehow mash up well with Hannah Cowley’s language.”The Belle’s Stratagem performances will be held in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre from Nov. 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinée performance on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $12 for groups, and $5 for the eyeGo high school program, and are available from the Centre for the Arts Box Office. Call 905.688.5550 x3257 or visit: Arts.BrockU.ca/ read more

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BiH Bosna BH Gas won double title

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Third year in a row, Bosna Sarajevo won double title in national competitions. This season, team coach was Irfan Smajlagic, former national coach of Egypt and player legend from time of Yugoslavia. Last weekend in Sarajevo, only Bosnian team who played in Champions League, won National Cup with easy win against Izvidjac Ljubuski 37:25.Bosnia and Herzegovina – Championship table ← Previous Story Zdravko Zovko leaves Podravka! Next Story → Manojlovic and Stanojevic signs for Gorenje! 7.RK “GORAŽDE” Goražde219111559:57028 1.RK “BOSNA BH GAS” Sarajevo212001746:50860 2.211515616:53646 3.211218589:57037 9.RK “GRADAČAC” Gradačac218112562:60125 4.211119599:57634 8.RK “KRIVAJA” Zavidovići218112613:61625 6.RK “BOSNA Prevent” Visoko219111641:66128 5.RK “KONJUH” Živinice2211110624:64634 10.HMRK “ZRINJSKI” Mostar217212598:68423 11.RK “LOKOMOTIVA” Brčko226313546:64121 12.RK “ČELIK” Zenica214116599:71113 read more

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Coalition partners lash out at troika

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first_imgThe two junior partners in the coalition government Tuesday condemned the tough stance held by the troika in negotiations with government officials, with Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis stating outright that his party would not vote for the envoys’ proposed changes to labor laws. “The troika’s demands are not structural reforms. They are aimed at razing Greek society, fueling the recession and increasing unemployment,” Kouvelis said. He added that the troika’s insistence on tough changes to labor laws “surpass the ability of Greeks to cope.” According to sources, Kouvelis had been prepared to approve all the measures in a 13.5-billion-euro austerity package but objected to the troika’s proposals for the immediate dismissal of 3,000 civil servants. PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos meanwhile accused the troika of intentionally delaying negotiations, claiming that foreign creditors were “playing with fire, for Greece and for the eurozone as a whole.” Venizelos stressed that he would support the government but that “this must really be the last package” and not include “horizontal cuts.” The Socialist chief called on Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to seek to bypass the troika envoys and negotiate directly with his eurozone peers and the heads of Greece’s foreign creditors, including International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde. Sources close to Venizelos stressed Tuesday that negotiations on the package of measures should not have been launched before a decision on Greece’s request for a two-year extension for fiscal adjustment and the resolution of the problem of how to reduce the country’s huge debt burden. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Voitures électriques Google Maps localise les stations de charge

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first_imgVoitures électriques : Google Maps localise les stations de chargeGoogle vient de développer un outil permettant de localiser sur son logiciel de cartographie Google Maps, les stations de rechargement pour les véhicules électriques.Pour l’heure, cette option n’est disponible qu’aux Etats-Unis. Comme le rapporte Zegreenweb, Google s’est associé au Laboratoire national du Département de l’Energie Renouvelable (NREL), qui recense les bornes de charge aux Etats-Unis et permettra à la firme de Moutain View de disposer d’une base de données régulièrement mise à jour. Une idée qui viendra compléter les systèmes GPS intégrés à la plupart des voitures électriques, dont les bases de données sont souvent incomplètes.Cet outil, disponible depuis un smartphone, et certainement bientôt proposé de l’autre côté de l’Atlantique, n’est pas le premier que crée Google pour encourager le développement des véhicules électriques. La firme a déjà lancé un site permettant de comparer les performances des différents modèles de voitures électriques et hybrides, RechargeIT. Google avait alors mené une expérimentation sur sa propre flotte de véhicules hybrides, afin de fournir tous les détails concernant leur consommation et leur utilisation.Le 16 mars 2011 à 17:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Fukushima confusion autour du taux de radioactivité

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first_imgFukushima : confusion autour du taux de radioactivitéDimanche, Tepco, l’exploitant de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon, avait annoncé que le niveau de radioactivité dans l’eau qui s’est accumulée dans la salle des turbines du réacteur n°2 était “dix millions de fois plus élevé” qu’en temps normal. Mais ce lundi, Tepco indique s’être trompé et parle plutôt d’un niveau de radiation “100.000 fois supérieur à la normale”.La confusion règne toujours autour du taux de radioactivité à la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, fortement endommagée après le violent séisme et le tsunami qui ont frappé le Japon le 11 mars dernier. Après avoir annoncé un niveau de radioactivité “dix millions de fois plus élevé” que d’habitude au niveau du réacteur n°2, Tepco est revenu sur ses conclusions pour indiquer que ce niveau était finalement “100.000 fois supérieur à la normale”. Un taux qui reste toutefois alarmant.Un responsable de l’exploitant a déclaré que les experts devaient encore déterminer où évacuer l’eau contaminée pompée dans les bâtiments, rapporte Reuters. Deux des six réacteurs sont considérés comme stabilisés mais les quatre autres émettent par intermittence de la vapeur ou de la fumée et suscitent les inquiétudes. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéL’agence de presse indique également que le niveau de radioactivité relevé dans l’eau de mer, au large de la centrale nucléaire, était lui aussi en augmentation. L’Agence japonaise de sûreté nucléaire évoque un degré d’iode 131 1.850 fois supérieur au niveau habituel dimanche, contre 1.250 samedi. Mais “il n’y a pas lieu de craindre pour la santé”, a rassuré un responsable de l’agence de sûreté, convaincu que les particules de radioactivité seront dispersées et diluées, suffisamment pour que le danger soit écarté pour l’homme.Hier matin, à Tokyo, la dose de radioactivité ambiante était de 0,22 microSievert par heure, soit six fois la normale pour la capitale japonaise. Mais celle-ci reste dans la fourchette mondiale de radioactivité naturelle (entre 0,17 et 0,39 microSievert par heure).Le directeur général de l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA) a prévu que les problèmes atomiques au Japon pourraient bien durer plusieurs semaines encore voire des mois. “Il s’agit d’un accident très grave, selon tous les critères et ce n’est pas fini”, a-t-il déclaré au New York Times.Le 28 mars 2011 à 08:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Woodland Public Schools redraws school boundaries

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first_imgWoodland Public Schools will go through some previously announced reconfiguration at the start of the 2019-2020 school year, and the school board recently approved some new boundaries for the changing district. Woodland Primary School, a K-1 school, and Woodland Intermediate School, which houses grades 2 to 4, will both become K-4 schools next school year. That will give the district three K-4 schools, along with Yale Elementary School. Woodland Middle School will continue to serve fifth- through eighth-graders, and Woodland High School will continue as a traditional 9-12 school.The board approved new boundary lines for the three K-4 schools at its most recent meeting. The primary school, known for now as the west side school, will serve students in the district west of Interstate 5 and all those who live in Clark County. The intermediate school, referred to in the plan as the east side school, will serve students east of I-5, north of Lewis River and west of Cowlitz-Skamania Fire District 7’s Station 3, 8020 Lewis River Road, Ariel. Yale Elementary School’s boundary will be everything east of the fire station. The boundary discussion was done using feedback from current district families, ranking the following issues as most important when reconfiguring elementary school boundaries: similar student populations, childcare concerns and after-school activities.District officials are working to handle anticipated growth in the coming years. Woodland’s population in 2017 was 6,138, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, and the city’s most recent comprehensive plan estimates Woodland’s population will be 9,274 in 2036.last_img read more

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2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto

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first_imgThe 2020 Hyundai Sonata is here, and its design is a big departure from the rather conservative look of the current model. Hyundai revealed a handful of images Wednesday showing the next-generation Sonata, inside and out, and we must say, it’s a looker.As is the vogue these days, the new Sonata adopts a more radical roofline that lends the sedan a “four-door coupe” look, but the car’s most unusual feature is the way the LED daytime running lamps form a strip that runs all the way up the outer edges of the hood, blending into the chrome surround of the side windows. The DRLs, dubbed Hidden Lighting Lamps, are secreted beneath a chromic trim piece, so when the themselves are not illuminated, they look like a simple accent trim, not lighting. The nose itself seems impossibly low and broad for a family sedan, looking almost sports-car-like in person. Hyundai has done a particularly nice job nuzzling the hood up to the amusingly named Digital Pulse Cascading Grille without a noticeable shut line. Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Sonata looks a whole lot different than its predecessor. Hyundai Overall, the new Sonata sits 30 millimeters lower than its predecessor, the bodywork stretches a further 45 mm in length and it’s also wider by 35 mm. The design’s overall aesthetic draws heavily from the company’s Le Fil Rouge concept car, which debuted at last year’s Geneva Motor Show.For the moment, the automaker isn’t revealing anything about the 2020 Hyundai Sonata’s powertrain, including whether or not it features any electrification options, so it’s impossible to know how these cars might stack up against segment rivals like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu.Hyundai has at least revealed a photo of the car’s dashboard, which features a winged shape “inspired by a stealth aircraft.” The low, narrow instrument panel features a large wide-aspect-ratio touchscreen above a set of slim HVAC vents. Based on the photos, there appears to be a new button-based gear selector adjacent to a set of USB-A and USB-C plugs, and the official press release makes note of some new capacitive-touch buttons.Hyundai also confirmed Wednesday that the 2020 Sonata will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, which makes sense, given the timing of these photos. In addition to the brand-new car, Hyundai says it’s developing a “Digital Key,” which will let users unlock and start the car via their phone. 7 Photos Comments Share your voice Tags 2019 Infiniti Q60 review: Can power top subpar tech? 2020 Hyundai Sonata is a sharp-dressed sedan 2019 Toyota Camry Reviewcenter_img 6 Hyundai 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Chevrolet Honda Hyundai Toyota Sedans More From Roadshowlast_img read more

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Fire totals acreage burned lower than predicted so far

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first_imgThe Sockeye Fire near Willow, at the latest report, is holding steady at just over 7,500 acres.So far this year, about 78,000 acres have burned in 280 fires in Alaska. Pete Buist, a public information officer for the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center, says that’s lower than normal.“Early in the season, we have a lot of fires that are human caused, and then as the season progresses, we get into the time of year when lightning is common,” Buist said. “And that happens, frankly, about now; it’s actually a little late this year.”“So, we’re on the low side in terms of numbers starts and numbers of acres.”Though fire activity is down, overall, Buist says what is a little different this year is where the fires are located.“Normally, places like the Kenai and the Mat-Su, the fire danger is the greatest between break-up and green-up and when we’ve got wind in the spring and that sort of thing, it’s very busy down there,” he said. “This year, that seems to have extended a bit further into the season.”Predictions coming into this year’s fire season tended toward the high end. That hasn’t transpired, so far.Buist says this season is similar to 2004 – which was a record-high fire season, where about 7 million acres burned – but he doesn’t anticipate a repeat of that season.“Despite the dire predictions, there’s really no way to accurately come up with what’s gonna happen next week, much less what’s gonna happen next month,” he said.Buist says it will likely be a busy few weeks for fire crews, but after that, the fire danger should gradually lessen.“By a month from now, normally we’re into more precipitation, and lightning becomes less and less of a problem,” Buist said.And he says he has no reason to think that won’t happen again this year.Until then, there’s plenty of hot, dry weather in the forecast and the Fourth of July is approaching. Buist says Alaskans are typically more fire safe than most.“We all do lots of camping, lots of fishing, and we have those campfires and know how to take care of them, but in any subset of the population, there is that few percentage points of folks who are not that careful and they’re the ones that cause the problems,” Buist said.In times of high fire danger, Buist cautions people against using fireworks.Burn bans are in effect throughout much of the Kenai Peninsula and Southcentral Alaska.last_img read more

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Khulna road crash kills 2

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first_imgTwo people, including a college student, were killed as a bus hit an auto-rickshaw on the Khulna-Satkhira Highway in Khulna’s Dumuria on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Amit Sarker, 18, a class XI student of Shaheed Sheikh Abul Kashem in Harintana and son of Amiyo Ranjan Sarker in Dumuria upazila, and auto-rickshaw driver Rabiul Islam, 25.Officer-in-charge of Harintana police station said the bus knocked down the battery-run auto-rickshaw from the opposite direction at Rajbadh on the road around 10:00am, leaving three-wheeler driver Rabiul dead on the spot and its passenger Amit injured.Later, Amit died on the way to Khulna Medical College Hospital.last_img

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EN ESPAÑOL Cuáles son las potenciales consecuencias del despliegue de la Guardia

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Rhythm Game SpinOffs We Want After Cadence of Hyrule

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first_imgStay on target I always thought Crypt of the NecroDancer was a cool concept. Fighting monsters while staying on beat turned combat into a kind of dance mixed with a very fast turn-based strategy game. And the music was absolutely incredible, even if the retro sprites were a little too retro. But the neat idea was ruined for me by the needless difficulty and randomization of the roguelike genre.So I’m thrilled the recent inexplicable yet incredible crossover Cadence of Hyrule- Crypt of the NecroDancer featuring The Legend of Zelda fixes virtually all of those problems. The game is still tough and there are still random elements but they are heavily reduced in favor of a typical 2D Zelda adventure where you can actually make progress over hours of play. The roguelike elements are almost vestigial.Cadence of Hyrule is much more about messing around with Zelda items like hookshots and boomerangs in this new rhythm game context, as well as soaking in the 16-bit Zelda art you’d never guess an indie game pulled off. As far as 2019 Zelda games on Nintendo Switch go, I may end up enjoying this game even more than the Link’s Awakening remake just because of how fresh it feels to explore and fight through.But of course Cadence of Hyrule’s greatest strength comes from the art form powering the whole gimmick. The music, once again by Danny Baranowsky, is absolutely incredible. Chill Zelda beats to study to. Rousing symphonic overworld journey music backed by dance hall beats. Disco descents into enemy dungeons. Epic boss showdown show tunes that make you feel like you’re listening to a Zelda-themed rock opera. I just wish more modern songs got recognition along with classic remixes, but that’s only because I want more music in general.I also want more games like Cadence of Hyrule. Not just other weird Nintendo mash-ups like Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle or Star Fox in Starlink, although those are both great. But I mean more games that apply the Crypt of the NecroDancer formula to other games with killer soundtracks. Games like these.Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, SplatoonAfter playing a game as awesome as Cadence of Hyrule, I could basically fill this entire list with Nintendo games that should get the same treatment. From the ambient natural atmosphere of Donkey Kong Country, to Metroid’s sci-fi riffs that metal musicians love, to the new-school punk dance hits of Splatoon, to the iconic tracks of the Mario franchise, these are all ripe for music spin-off potential. Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix isn’t enough.CastlevaniaCastlevania is almost underrated for the sheer variety of fantastic gothic techno music it presents to players. It gets your blood pumping as you prepare to slay some blood suckers. Castlevania’s general game design, using temporary items to explore a sprawling castle full of monsters, would also easily translate to the NecroDancer formula.Metal GearWe’d be grateful for a good new Metal Gear game period after the messy departure of creator Hideo Kojima. But a NecroDancer-style dance game, as weird as it sounds, is worth pursuing. Metal Gear is never afraid to inject some random goofiness into the serious military action. Snake sneaking around enemy bases is basically the same as exploring dungeons. And Metal Gear is chock full of awesome operatic vocal tracks that would be absolute bangers in a music game.Final FantasyFinal Fantasy technically already got a rhythm spin-off with the two Theatrhythm Final Fantasy games. But while they did feature some light RPG elements, they were really just about tapping and swiping icons on beat. What I’m asking for here is a full-on adventure based on the iconic Nobuo Uematsu tunes of this beloved enduring JRPG franchise.Guardians of the GalaxyWhile Square Enix has finally unveiled its big AAA Avengers video game (which looks more than a little creepy) rumors persist that the studio is also prepping a Guardians of the Galaxy game with its Marvel partnership. And given how prominent pop music is in the cinematic version of this franchise, a video game adaptation should totally go full-on rhythm game.Sonic the HedgehogFrom anonymous Michael Jackson contributions to beloved Crush 40 butt-rock, there’s a lot to choose from when making a Sonic music platformer. And the success of Sonic Mania should convince Sega to basically hand over the hedgehog to indies. But what really pushed us over the (h)edge was hearing this crazy “Green Hill Zone” cover by Stephen Colbert late night band leader on Jon Batiste who has also covered other gaming songs from Mario and Zelda. It makes more sense than “Gangsta’s Paradise!”Anything by Supergiant GamesDespite their disconnected fantasy/sci-fi worlds, projects from developer Supergiant Games share many things in common. They have gorgeous illustrated art. They have deep strategic gameplay systems. Logan Cunningham voices someone or something important. And most relevant here, they have stunning soundtracks by composer Darren Korb and vocalist Ashley Lynn Barrett. So whether it’s Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, Hades, or something brand new, we need a Supergiant Games game that’s even more about the music. Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

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Tunisia to extradite exLibyan prime minister

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Amadeus study reveals the future traveller

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first_imgA new industry report, detailing the way people will travel by 2030, identifies six types of future travellers, including one that will structure entire holidays around how shareable their trip is on social media.Future Traveller Tribes 2030: understanding tomorrow’s traveller, released by Amadeus, identifies the six categories, or traveller tribes, as: social capital seekers, cultural purists, ethical travellers, simplicity searchers, obligation meeters and reward hunters.Amadeus Asia Pacific president Angel Gallego said today’s traveller should not be segregated into demographic groups of age, nationality or income.“With Asia Pacific set to lead global travel growth through to 2030, it is particularly critical for all providers, buyers and sellers of travel in the region to truly understand these emerging ‘traveller tribes’,” Mr Gallego said.Social Capital Seekers will base their entire holiday around how shareable it is on social media and will rely heavily on peer recommendations to validate their travel choices.Cultural Purists will seek holidays which force them outside of their comfort zone to experience an unfamiliar culture.Travellers who choose holidays based on moral grounds and include volunteering or eco-sustainable activities in their trip are known as Ethical Travellers.Simplicity Searchers will leave all the planning to a third-party and will seek bundled offers that ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.Driven by a specific travel purpose, Obligation Meeters are travellers who have a limit on time and budget and will opt for smart technology to remove the hassle of travelling.Finally, Reward Hunters are travellers who want to indulge in a premium holiday, rewarding them for the time and energy spent on their working life.The research was conducted through interviews and workshops with industry experts and consumers from relevant markets including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.The report draws on consumer research by Future Foundation and takes a psychological approach to the idea rather than a demographic method.Future Foundation director Nick Chiarelli said the research not only demonstrates the changes in the type of experience travellers will seek in the future, but also how they will engage and buy within the industry.“Over the next 15 years the desire to share travel experiences will be profound, and so too the impact of sharing on inspiration and purchase trends will grow,” Mr Chiarelli said.“As consumers in developed markets approach a post-material era we expect a much greater focus on, first of all, experience, and second of all, ethics, both environmental and social, to significantly influence people’s travel choices and behaviours.”In June this year, a complementary report will be released examining how the industry can cater to the needs of each of the six traveller tribes identified in the report.Source = ETB Travel News: Brittney Levinsonlast_img read more

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