Why are these massive planets so close to their suns?

first_imgThe huge gas-swaddled planet 51 Pegasi b orbits just 7.5 million kilometers from its parent star (a distance about one-eighth the size of Mercury’s orbit)—so close, in fact, that its “year” lasts just 4 Earth days or so. Other such “hot Jupiters” orbit their suns even closer than that. Ever since this odd class of planets was first discovered about 2 decades ago, scientists have wondered how gas giants, a type of planet found only in our outer solar system, end up in orbits so exceedingly close to their parent stars? Previous studies have suggested that gravitational interactions with other large planets in their solar systems created orbital chaos that drove them inward from a more distant orbit. A new analysis supports that notion. Researchers used software to simulate the planetary motions within a two-planet system: one being a Jupiter-sized planet (depicted in the artist’s concept above) orbiting its parent star at about the same distance Earth orbits the sun, and the other a large planet in a highly tilted orbit that was slightly larger. Over a simulated interval of 200 million years, the inner planet slowly migrated even farther inward to become a “warm Jupiter” orbiting its parent star at about the same distance Mercury does in our solar system, the researchers report online today in Science. (Previous studies have identified six distant solar systems that include both a warm Jupiter and a large companion planet in a highly tilted orbit, the researchers note.) Over the life of a star, which can last billions of years, continued gravitational interactions with the other large planet in the system could drive a warm Jupiter even closer to its parent star, converting it into a hot Jupiter.last_img read more

Those conspiring for President’s Rule in Maharashtra are insulting people’s mandate: Sanjay Raut

first_imgSenior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday claimed there was a “consensus” between the BJP and his party before the Maharashtra Assembly elections on sharing the chief minister’s post.Amid the stalemate continuing over government formation in the state, Mr. Raut told reporters here that no fresh proposal has been received from the BJP or sent to it.He claimed farmers and the working class want a Shiv Sena chief minister and have hopes and expectations from the Uddhav Thackeray-led party.To a question on when there would be a consensus on the chief minister’s post, the Rajya Sabha member said, “There was a consensus on the post before elections.”Ruling out any new proposal for government formation, Mr. Raut reiterated that the Shiv Sena expects implementation of what was decided and agreed upon before the elections.“Why waste time on new proposals. We want a discussion on what was agreed upon earlier. No new proposal has been received or sent,” he said.On the possibility of imposition of President’s rule in the state, Mr. Raut said, “We will not be responsible for it. Those conspiring to do this are insulting the people’s mandate.”He said wherever Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray, who won the state polls from Worli seat in Mumbai, were touring to review crop losses due to unseasonal rains, the farmers and working class were looking at the party with hopes and expectations.“All are eager to have chief minister from the Shiv Sena,” he said.Mr. Raut refused to respond to a question on whether the NCP has agreed to share the chief minister’s post. “We will talk about it,” he said.The Sharad Pawar-led NCP on Tuesday said a political alternative can be worked out in the state if the Shiv Sena declared that it had snapped ties with the BJP.Sources in the NCP said their party wants Arvind Sawant, the lone Shiv Sena minister in the Union government, to resign before going ahead further with the Sena.There has been no headway in government formation after results of the state polls were declared on October 24.The BJP, which won 105 seats, and the Shiv Sena, which bagged 56 seats, are locked in a bitter tussle over sharing of the chief minister’s post and ministerial portfolios in new government, even 13 days after the Assembly poll verdict handed them enough seats to cobble up a coalition government.They won 161 seats together in the 288-member House, much above the halfway mark of 145.Besides, the opposition NCP won 54 seats while the Congress got 44 seats.last_img read more

Coach Kerr takes backseat in Warriors rout of Suns

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Draymond Green leads the Golden State Warriors’ huddle during a timeout in their game against the Phoenix Suns. APOAKLAND, Calif. — With the grind of a long NBA season wearing on his team, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believed it was time for his players to hear a new voice in the huddle: their own.Kerr turned over most of the coaching duties to his players on Monday night and they responded in fine fashion, playing with more focus than they had in recent weeks in a 129-83 victory over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Payton scored 16 points in the first quarter before Curry got on the scoreboard, but he got little help. Payton made his first seven shots, but his teammates started 1 for 15 and the Warriors managed to take a 25-24 lead by the end of the first after being outscored by 32 points in the first quarter of the previous three games.Curry scored 10 points in the second quarter as Golden State built a 17-point lead at the half and coasted the rest of the way.”We have so many smart basketball minds on our team,” Casspi said. ”The guys really used this opportunity to run things they like.”TIP-INSSuns: G Devin Booker (hip pointer) missed his fourth straight game, and G Tyler Ulis (back) sat for the second straight game. … Phoenix has lost 12 straight in Oakland, last winning here on Feb. 7, 2011.Warriors: G Patrick McCaw, who has been spending time in the G League between NBA games trying to get his confidence back, scored nine points in the second quarter after having just eight in the previous 10 games. He then left the game with a sprained right wrist.QUOTABLE”I was horrible actually. I thought about a play and forgot the second option and had two guys on the wrong place on the board and I actually got a delay of game coming out of halftime because I was scrambling,” Curry said about his role as a coach.FATHER-SONCurry’s 22 points gave him and his father, Dell, a combined 28,883 points in their careers, tying Rick and Brent Barry for the third-most ever by a father-son combination, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Joe and Kobe Bryant have the most of any duo with 38,895 (33,643 from Kobe). Read Next Mitchell delivers down the stretch, rallies Jazz past Spurs Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UP NEXTSuns: Visit Utah on Wednesday.Warriors: Visit Portland on Wednesday. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting ”It’s the players’ team,” Kerr said. ”It’s their team and they have to take ownership of it. As coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them. We don’t control them. They determine their own fate. I don’t think we’ve focused well the last month. It just seemed like the right thing to do.”Kerr said he told the players of his plan after the previous game and they ran the show for most of the day. Andre Iguodala took over at morning shootaround, JaVale McGee ran the computer for the film session and Iguodala, Draymond Green and David West got most of the work designing plays and running the huddle during timeouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKerr and his assistants handled the substitutions before allowing the players to take over from there.”It had to do with me trying to reach my team and I have not reached them the last month,” Kerr said. ”They’re tired of my voice. I’m tired of my voice. I wasn’t reaching them so we figured this was a good night to pull something out of the hat.” LATEST STORIES After the game, Kerr made a point of seeking out Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano to tell him the move wasn’t made out of any disrespect for the Suns, who became the first team to reach 40 losses this season.”You have to do what you have to do to build your own team up,” Triano said. ”If he thinks that helps them, I tip my hat.”Stephen Curry scored 22 points for the Warriors. Omri Casspi added 19 in a rare start in place of the injured Green and Kevin Durant had 17 as Golden State won its 12th straight in the series, its longest active streak against any team.Elfrid Payton scored 29 points in his second game since being acquired at the trade deadline from Orlando, but Phoenix still lost its sixth straight and 11th in the past 12 games.”We have to keep fighting,” Payton said. ”We can’t hang our heads. That’s the great thing about the NBA, there’s another game in two days. So learn from it, get better ready to have a better effort.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Terrence Romeo tells Leo Austria: ‘I don’t care if I’m starting or not, I just want to win’ Barroca, who is now a six-time PBA champion, averaged 11 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the championship round.“This championship is special because it’s been a long time since we won the championship,” Barroca said in a TV interview shortly after the final buzzer of Game 6.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Magnolia guard Mark Barroca more than made up for his rough play in Game 4 that nearly cost him a suspension with a Finals MVP performance in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Mark Barroca upon receiving his Finals MVP trophy. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/oAbi3YobeJ— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) December 19, 2018 TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ The 32-year-old Barroca helped the Hotshots close out the Aces in six games with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and one steal in a masterful 102-86 victory Wednesday night.Barroca bagged his second Finals MVP plum after also earning the recognition back in the 2014 Philippine Cup.Magnolia gave the Purefoods franchise its 14 crown overall and ended a four-year title drought.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime 2018 clears FCC, expected to launch soon

first_imgSamsung is gearing up to launch a range of smartphone next year — the key highlight of them will be the successors of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, aka Galaxy S9 and S9+. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer is apparently planning to launch a J series phone as well — its is the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018). The smartphone was earlier spotted on GFXBench — which revealed that the device will not be a much refershed version when compared to the original J5 Prime which was launched back in 2016.  The smartphone — J5 Prime 2018 has now cleared the US-based regulatory body FCC, hitting at the imminent launch. Samsung is also planning to announce a foldable phone, and 3 A series phones, aka Galaxy A5, A7, and A8 (2018) next year.The FCC listing — like usual — reveals some details about the upcoming smartphone. It reveals that the J5 Prime 2018 edition will be a dual-SIM smartphone and will come with a model number of SM-G571F/DS. Although there are no official words by Samsung on the J5 Prime 2018 edition, going by the reports, it seems, the smartphone may be announced in the early days of 2018.Apart from the model number, the FCC listing also reveals some minor specs details about the smartphone. It suggests that the J5 Prime 2018 will come with several connectivity options like — 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, Wi-Fi, and GPS support. The smartphone is expected to come with a non-removable battery. The FCC listing doesn’t reveal any further details about the device.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy A8 2018 spotted online with slim bezels and dual selfie camerasGalaxy J5 Prime (2018) was earlier spotted on GFX Bench. The benchmark listing unveiled almost all the specs details about the smartphone. However, it is noteworthy that this hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung as of yet. Going by the benchmark listing, the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018) will be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7570 quad-core processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.The display, when compared to the previously announced J5 Prime will be much smaller. The J5 Prime comes with a 5-inch HD display, while the J5 Prime 2018 edition is tipped to come with a 4.8-inch display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The smartphone is expected to come with Android 7.1 Nougat.As of now, there are no words on if the smartphone will get Android Oreo update. Well chances are J5 Prime 2018 phone will be upgraded to Oreo, the reason being, the original J5 Prime was actually launched with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But however, back in October this year, the smartphone started receiving Android 7.0 Nougat update. This probably leaves us with little chances that like the J5 Prime, the 2018 edition may also be upgraded to the next software version — which is — Android Oreo.Meanwhile, the benchmark listing also reveals the camera details as well. It suggests that the Galaxy J5 Prime (2018) will come with a12-megapixel camera on the back, while on the front it will sport an 8-megapixel selfie camera.last_img read more

India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday

first_img India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 27, 2019UPDATED: June 27, 2019 09:19 IST Reuters PhotoIndia will aim to continue with their unbeaten streak in the ongoing World Cup when they face a low-on-confidence West Indies team at Old Trafford on Thursday.After coming out with commanding performances in their first three World Cup games, the Men in Blue had to toil hard against Afghanistan to earn their fourth victory of the ongoing tournament in their last game.Riding on Mohammad Shami’s hat-trick, India successfully defended a below par total at a sluggish Rose Bowl wicket in Southampton last Saturday.Against Windies, Shami is likely to retain his place in the playing XI as India are unlikely to risk playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury.The top-order has performed in all the four completed matches and has been the strength of the Indian team. However, the middle order looked a bit scratchy against Afghanistan and Virat Kohli would want M.S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar to get into the groove and perform against the attacking bowling line-up of the Windies.With nine points from five games, India are comfortably positioned in the top four and require two wins out of the remaining four games to book their place in the semi-finals.#TeamIndia openers having a go at in the nets ahead of the game against West Indies.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Z19Nvt1Ux7BCCI (@BCCI) June 26, 2019Now on to a West Indies which needs a victory to have any chance of reaching the semifinals after a dramatic, five-wicket loss to 2015 runner-up New Zealand. Carlos Brathwaite’s remarkable century and dismissal – caught on the boundary – trying to hit a six for victory has boosted confidence within a West Indies team that promised so much but has only one victory so far.advertisementBut with the mathematical permutations still giving them an outside chance for a semi-final berth, West Indies will aim to pull off a complete performance against an in-form Indian side.MANCHESTER WEATHER UPDATESNot the ideal conditions for training today pic.twitter.com/la1uheffS8BCCI (@BCCI) June 25, 2019Wet weather has had a bigger impact on this tournament than any of previous World Cup, with India having to share points with New Zealand because their June 13 game was washed out at Trent Bridge – one of three games abandoned without a ball bowled.India’s win over archrival Pakistan in Manchester was also interrupted by rain, one of three results that have involved the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern run-rate calculators coming out. The forecast is for some heat for Thursday’s India-West Indies game, in the air – and on the field. India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday (Screengrab from AccuWeather) India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on Thursday (Screengrab from AccuWeather)Squads:India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep YadavWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Kemar Roach, Darren Bravo, Sunil Ambris, Shai Hope, Sheldon Cottrell, Evin Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Shimron Hetmyer, Fabian Allen, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas PooranAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain PredictionAlso Read | We Bleed Blue: Bharat Arun on controversy surrounding India’s World Cup 2019 orange jerseyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs West Indies Manchester weatherFollow manchester weather forecastFollow manchester weather india vs west indies Next India vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Manchester on ThursdayIndia vs West Indies, World Cup 2019: Here’s all that you need to know about the weather forecast and prediction for rain on Thursday at Old Trafford, Manchester.advertisementlast_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Vincent Marino

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Today we hear from the French restaurateur Vincent Marino.As a Cannes native, I was raised on the French Riviera and surrounded by the hospitality industry. My grandparents owned a hotel and restaurant in the South of France; it was a natural progression for me to work within this environment. I began traveling the world in my teens because it was the easiest way to meet people and become immersed in city culture. I had worked in the trendiest spot in Sydney and the dodgiest one in Barcelona while passing by the chillest beach bar in the Canary Islands.Curious by nature, my adventures spanned the UK, India, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada, the US, and others as I began studying the arts (theater) and world languages. Back in Paris, with Experimental Cocktail Group, I spent six years developing and opening bars and clubs in London, Paris, and New York. I have since put my roots down in New York City and directed all of my creative energies into my new life and venture, Loosie Rouge and Loosie’s Kitchen.My first project, Loosie Rouge embodies all of my experiences and is a creative space that mixes all of the amazing ideas and concepts I encountered during my travels. I put all of my love into what I call a public house rather than a simple bar or restaurant where people can meet, enjoy, drink, and eat after a long day.As for Vincent’s personal style:Jeans: Acne Studio skinny or Cheap Monday – Just love the cuts and I can wear them everyday.Shirts: Cacharel and for a cheaper option I like J. Crew and American Apparel. 

Suits: the one and only, Dior.Shoes: I have plenty of different pairs of shoes. I love to collect them, but I will always wear a pair of Converse Black All Stars and some Nike vintage.Accessories: I collect hats and caps from all my travels, but my favorite is a “vintage ranger hat” I found not long ago in Alabama. 
I also wear a Jaeger Lecoultre 1974 Reverso, a present from my parents for my 30th birthday.Outerwear: I have a collection of leather jackets, and I just bought a Burberry trench a few weeks ago; I’m waiting for a fine rain to wear it.Favorite Cologne: I used to wear X Centric from Dunhill but switched recently because it was very hard to find it in the U.S.  L’eau d’Issey from Issey Miyake is my new partner.Your favorite App: Shazam

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BC works to safeguard livestock during another tough wildfire season

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s agriculture minister says critical lessons learned from last year’s wildfires that had ranchers and producers suffering devastating losses will help save animals during another season that could force more people from their properties.Lana Popham said Wednesday the province’s premises identification program, which was meant to trace cattle back to an operation during a disease outbreak, allowed animals to be rescued last year after evacuation orders were issued.“As the fires increased last summer and this program seemed to have so much value we saw those numbers increase significantly,” she said of more farmers and ranchers registering for the program. “That’s allowing us to get into areas that have been identified as heavy agricultural, livestock areas and be able to assess a situation and move those animals out as needed.”In some cases, grazing cattle remained safe in certain areas after ranchers have left due to encroaching fires, Popham said, adding 35,000 livestock were on the loose last year at the height of the worst wildfire conditions.“This program allows them to re-enter into evacuation zones and tend to their livestock so it’s extremely important for people to be registered for this program and I think over the last two years, especially, that message has hit home.”So far this season, 13,000 livestock, mostly cattle but also sheep, horses and pigs, have been in areas affected by evacuation orders and alerts, Popham said, adding ministry staff are working with the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association to co-ordinate alternate grazing sites, organizing emergency feeds and helping with the relocation of animals.“We won’t often know if they’ve been lost until they don’t come home later in the fall,” Popham said. “I have heard reports of cattle that have been burned, but no numbers on that yet.”Williams Lake is one of the hardest-hit areas, Popham said.“The emotional toll that these farmers and ranchers are feeling is tremendous. And we saw this last year. You see some of the strongest farmers you know break down when they realize some of their animals aren’t coming home.”After the 2017 wildfires, the federal government provided $20 million in funding to help farmers and ranchers, but Popham said her ministry has not made any requests for financial help so far this year as it awaits assessments on areas that weren’t affected last year.The wildfires prompted the province to declare a state of emergency last week, and it is expected to be in place until next week but may be extended if necessary.Ryan Turcott, a fire information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, said 563 fires were burning in the province, with 16 new ones starting on Tuesday.The Shovel Lake fire, west of Prince George, is one of the largest, at more than 868-square-kilometres, and has a crew of 236 battling it, though thick smoke was the biggest challenge because visibility problems prevented the use of aircraft, Turcott said.He said some precipitation is forecast for next week in parts of the province but only prolonged rainfall will make a difference in combating the fires.Residents of the tiny British Columbia community of Lower Post, near the Yukon boundary, were the latest to be forced from their homes on Wednesday.About 80 people received evacuation notices as the BC Wildfire Service warned a 40-square-kilometre blaze to the south had moved within five kilometres of the village and also threatened the enclave of Skooks Landing.DriveBC, the B.C. government’s online service for travellers, says nearby wildfires had closed Highway 97, the Alaska Highway, from the Yukon boundary to Coal River, southeast of Lower Post.Evacuees were being directed to the recreation centre in Watson Lake, Yukon, about 20 kilometres away.Officials have said roughly 3,000 B.C. residents were under evacuation orders due to wildfires and thousands more on alert as hundreds of blazes char timber and bush in all areas of the province.last_img read more

Jon Kaplan was all heart no ego

first_img Facebook Advertisement People in the Toronto theatre community have been doing a lot of hugging this week.And that’s appropriate. Because we’ve all lost one of our dearest, kindest, most supportive friends. And he was a hugger.In fact, I can’t remember simply shaking Jon’s hand, but we must have when we first met. It was almost 20 years ago, and I had just been hired as a theatre writer at NOW. Jon took me out for lunch on the Danforth (where NOW was then located), and we talked about how we would cover the busy Toronto scene together. Notice that word: “together.” Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jon was never territorial about what he wanted to review. No “first-string” or “chief” theatre critic ego. We always evenly divided up what we would review. Why? Firstly, because he was just nice. Secondly, he would catch whatever show I was reviewing himself, later. But finally, and most importantly, Jon knew that great theatre could be found anywhere. Not just in the big and medium-sized houses, but in a theatre school graduation production, in a theatre-for-young-audiences show, in a clown show. And especially in the thriving indepen­dent scene, which he championed from the start. Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Detroit show has SUVs horsepower but electric cars are few

first_imgDETROIT — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren’t even ready for production.Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports cars on display as cheap gasoline helps SUV and truck sales continue their dramatic climb.So how credible is the industry’s pledge to move toward fuel-efficient vehicles when it keeps cranking out more lucrative trucks and sport utilities?Some environmental groups contend that companies aren’t really interested in efficiency because they’re making tons of money from the sales of less-efficient SUVs and pickup trucks. These groups also say that without government fuel economy requirements, automakers won’t make progress toward electric vehicles that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Auto executives, however, say they’re already moving to more fuel-efficient trucks and SUVs, some now coming with gas-electric hybrid power systems. Soon there will be many electric SUVs, they say.“Every one of our SUVs has hybrids somewhere in the future, hybrids or electrified vehicles of some sort,” says Craig Patterson, Ford’s SUV marketing manager.Patterson will help show off a new version of the Ford Explorer big SUV at the auto show starting Monday, and it will have an optional hybrid power system. It is Ford’s first hybrid SUV in six years, and the company also has plans for a fully electric SUV based on the Mustang sometime next year. Seven battery-powered vehicles are planned for the U.S. by 2022, even a hybrid pickup truck.General Motors plans a Cadillac electric vehicle in 2021, and more than 20 that run on batteries or hydrogen in four years. Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, wants to increase the number of electric models from six to over 50 by 2025. Other brands such as Audi, BMW and Porsche and Jaguar are rolling out electric vehicles.But in December, almost 72 per cent of new vehicles sold in the U.S. were SUVs and trucks, up from 49 per cent at the end of 2012. Because of the shift, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are cancelling some or all of their sedan lines. At the same time, they are hedging their bets by planning electrics and hybrids to give people fuel-efficient SUV options should gas prices rise from the current national average of around $2.24 per gallon.Design work on the Explorer and other vehicles being introduced at the North American International Auto Show began more than three years ago, when automakers thought their new vehicle fleet had to average about 36 miles per gallon by 2025 under U.S. fuel economy standards. That’s about 10 mpg more than the current standards.But the Trump administration has proposed freezing those standards at 2020 levels, a move that will spark a court challenge and a fight with California, which can set its own gas mileage and greenhouse gas standards. A decision on freezing the standards at around 30 mpg is expected later this year.Simon Mui, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defence Council who works on clean vehicles, said if the standards are frozen, years of improved efficiency will come to a halt.“I tend to treat these automaker promises to roll out electric vehicles kind of like New Year’s resolutions,” he said. “There’s often a gap between what they promise and what they actually deliver.”The government requirements are needed to make sure each automaker does their part, Mui said. Stable requirements bring down technology costs, and consumers benefit from using less fuel, he said.But auto executives say they’ve been working to squeeze more efficiency out of the internal combustion engine, to the point where there isn’t much else they can do except add electric power.Ford’s Patterson says even though gas is cheap, the company will sell the higher performance of hybrids, with gas engines boosted by instant electric power for acceleration. Consumers, he says, will be willing to pay for that. Also, due to technology breakthroughs, Patterson says hybrids no longer cost much more than standard engines.Ford plans to keep working as if the government won’t freeze fuel economy standards because it doesn’t know what will happen. “You have to meet it at some point, and you’re going to have to build (for) California,” he said.Still, selling hybrid and electric vehicles is tough in an era of cheap gas. In the U.S., fully electric vehicles amounted to less than 1 per cent of new vehicle registrations through August last year. Yet globally, Navigant Research predicts huge growth in the next seven years, from just over 1 million sales this year to 6.5 million by 2025. The surge is expected because of government incentives in China.Even so, automakers could get stuck with slow-selling electrics in the U.S. because of concerns over their limited range, and because it will take three to five years for battery and other costs to fall to about the same as gasoline engines, said Asutosh Padhi, senior partner and co-leader of the automotive unit at the McKinsey management consulting firm. U.S. consumers always want more utility and performance for less or the same price, he said.Another problem is a $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles is starting to expire for some automakers, Padhi said.“It’s yet another headwind for electric vehicles in the near-term, until the performance picks up, until we get to cost parity,” he said.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Swedish bank fires CEO amid money laundering probe

COPENHAGEN — The chairman of one of Sweden’s largest banks says it has dismissed its chief executive in the wake of allegations that the bank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries.Lars Idermark says Swedbank’s CEO Birgitte Bonnesen was fired after “developments during the past days (that) have created an enormous pressure for the bank.”Idermark said that a board meeting on Thursday appointed the CFO, Anders Karlsson, as acting chief executive.The decision came a day after Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority raided the banks’ headquarters. Prosecutors are investigating whether 15 of Swedbank’s largest shareholders illegally received information about the bank’s connection to the money laundering scandal before Swedish television reported on the issue for the first time last month.The Associated Press read more

Maithripala tells Rome summit environment priority in Sri Lanka

He thanked the FAO for the assistance given to Sri Lanka and its people, especially during periods of national disasters such as floods, drought and landslides that occurred causing much damage, especially to poor farming communities, by providing them with urgently required food and provisions.He also thanked the FAO Director General for inviting him to address the opening session of the 24th Session of the Committee on Forestry and described it as a great honor to Sri Lanka, and personally to him. (Colombo Gazette) President Sirisena said that forests provide many socio-economic benefits, including food, energy and shelter, which are basic human needs and to sustain the products and services that help meet these and other needs, forests must be sustainably managed. “The agenda ahead of you is very comprehensive and challenging,” he told the international gathering.He pointed out that more than 50 percent of the land area in Sri Lanka was covered by forests two centuries ago and now the total dense forest cover of the island is estimated at 29.7 percent of the total land area of the country. He explained the programs the Government has launched to enhance it to 32 percent. President Maithripala Sirisena told a summit in Rome today that the environment is given priority in Sri Lanka.He said that mega or even medium level projects should conduct environmental impact assessments before commencing activity. Delivering the Inaugural Speech at the opening ceremony of the 24th Sessions of the Committee on Forestry, of Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome today (July 16), President Sirisena said the Committee on Forestry is the right platform for the forestry experts to share knowledge, discuss, debate and take decisions for the progressing of the global forestry sector. read more

Supposed evidence in Kane case was faked prosecutor

The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane says the accuser’s mother lied about finding an evidence bag in her doorway. The alleged victim’s former lawyer, Thomas Eoannou said earlier this week that an empty evidence bag was placed inside the door of his client’s mother’s Hamburg, NY home, raising questions about possible evidence tampering. The alleged victim’s former attorney abruptly quit the case yesterday, saying he believes there were “fabrications” in her mother’s report. Frank Sedita, district attorney for Erie County, New York spoke to the media today, saying all of the evidence remains in police custody. “Neither bag, not that plastic bag, not that hospital bag contained the rape kit. They are not evidence bags. The forensic evidence in this case was not tampered with, nor was it compromised.”“The last person seen with the brown paper bag on August the 2nd, 2015, was the same person who reportedly discovered the same paper bag, that being the complainant’s mother.”The alleged victim’s lawyer says he’s still confident in the woman’s allegations against Kane. The woman alleges Kane sexually assaulted her at his waterfront mansion outside of Buffalo on August 2nd. He has not been charged. read more

Stocks to face pressure from slowing economic conditions eurozone turmoil

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market looks set for another tepid showing this week with buyers discouraged by data showing further deterioration in economic conditions and rising uncertainty from the eurozone.Market performance is also starting to look eerily similar to 2010 and 2011 when indexes started off strong, only to flag part way through the year.The Toronto market ended last week down another 1.48 per cent. That left the main index down 2.17 per cent from where it started the year, when traders were pleasantly surprised at a run of economic data that came in better than expected, including American job growth that was finally exceeding 200,000 jobs a month.“I think part of the problem is that people got carried away (earlier this year),” said John Johnston, chief strategist at Davis Rea Ltd.“We had a big runup in the markets as economic data surprised on the upside because expectations were too low last October, November. And then expectations came roaring back and we heard people on TV for weeks saying how wonderful everything was getting, same thing they said in 2010, 2011.”Another indication that things are less than wonderful came in on Friday when China released data showing that industrial production rose 9.3 per cent from a year earlier in April, slowing from a nearly 12 per cent increase in March.Markets are getting increasingly hopeful that the U.S. Federal Reserve will ride to the rescue again with a third round of economic stimulus known as quantitative easing. This involves the central bank printing money in order to buy bonds, which helps keep interest rates low and encourages people to buy equities.But Johnston notes that the Fed is going to need more bad data in order to justify another round of easing.“The data will ultimately force the Fed to do that,” he said, but it’s not going to be a matter of the central bank doing so just because the market thinks it’s time to provide another round of stimulus.“In a toxic political environment, it’s going to need clear evidence because (Fed chairman Ben) Bernanke will have to sit down in front of those Republicans and say, ‘we were justified in doing this’. The data will have to be weak enough to create some good anxiety and I don’t know that we are there yet.”The latest round of eurozone turmoil will also weigh on markets this week as it looks increasingly likely that Greece will be forced into another round of elections. Greeks went to the polls May 6 but no party emerged with the strength to form a government.The uncertainty surrounding the debt-plagued country also helped depress commodity prices last week as traders avoided riskier assets and piled into the safe haven status of U.S. Treasuries.It’s now expected that Greeks will have to return to the polls next month. But at the same time, analysts are suggesting that events are accelerating and Greece will ultimately be forced out of the eurozone.Gavin Graham, president of Gavin Investment Strategy, notes that two-thirds of the Greek electorate voted for parties that didn’t vote for the austerity programs that have enabled the country to survive on a series of bailouts.And there seems to be a growing realization that the tough medicine prescribed to Greece hasn’t worked.“Fact is, even after stiffing the bondholders 75 per cent, even after shrinking the economy five per cent and rampant austerity and high unemployment, it’s not working,” Graham said.“The resolution is that Greece and the Club Med countries leave the euro. That’s become the conventional wisdom that the moment Greece goes you have Portugal, Ireland and Spain and probably Italy as well.”On the economic front, traders will take in the latest inflation data from Canada and the U.S.In Canada, economists look for price pressures to ease in Friday’s inflation report despite rising gasoline and home prices, which were up 0.3 per cent in April following a 0.4 per cent gain in March.The American Consumer Price Index is expected to climb 0.1 per cent in April after rising 0.3 per cent in March as gasoline price increases moderate.Also in Canada, the March read on manufacturing sales will be released on Wednesday. Economists expect sales to rise by 0.3 per cent following a similar-sized decline in February, reflecting a slide in exports for a third month in a row.Traders will also look at the latest gauge of the health of the U.S. economy when April retail sales are released Tuesday. Those sales likely rose a by a modest 0.2 per cent in April, the smallest gain so far in 2012. Stocks to face pressure from slowing economic conditions, eurozone turmoil by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2012 6:00 am MDT read more

Argentina must ensure independence of its judiciary – UN expert

A United Nations expert today called on Argentina to ensure the independence of its judiciary, following reforms passed earlier this month that affect the election process of the Magistrates Council which appoints and removes judges.“The State has the responsibility to ensure the independence of the judiciary by respecting its laws and international standards,” stressed the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul.Last week, the Chamber of Deputies decided to change the process to designate the members of the Magistrates Council. The draft law, which still needs to be voted on by the Senate, subjects the members of the Council to popular elections, with candidates being channeled through political parties.“By providing the opportunity for political parties to propose and organize the election of the directors, the independence of the Magistrates Council is put at risk, which seriously compromises the principles of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary, which are fundamental elements of any democracy and any rule of law,” Ms. Knaul said.According to media reports, the draft law would give the majority party control over the Council, enabling it to impeach judges by a simple majority, instead of the two-thirds vote required now.“The provision on partisan election of members of the Magistrates Council is contrary to Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Basic Principles on the Independence of the judiciary,” Ms. Knaul said.The draft law also modifies the requirements to be a candidate to become a member of the Council, and reduces the majorities required for the adoption of relevant decisions, including for the removal of judges, with no possibility of appeal.“I call on Argentina to establish clear procedures and objective criteria for the dismissal and punishment of judges, and to ensure an effective process through which judges can challenge those decisions in order to safeguard judicial independence,” said the Special Rapporteur.Independent experts or special rapporteurs like Ms. Knaul are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

UN rights office urges Gambia to release detained protesters

“We have received worrying reports that some of them, who are still in detention, have been tortured,” Spokesperson Rupert Colville of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told reporters in Geneva. “There are also reports that their family members have not been allowed to visit them, and some have been denied access to medical care.”OHCHR also reiterated its call to the Gambian authorities to launch an impartial investigation into the reported death in custody of Solo Sandeng, Chairman of the youth wing of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) on 14 April.Two other female opposition figures, Fatoumata Jawara and Nogoi Njai, who had been feared dead, were found in custody – but reportedly in very bad condition.The Office is also deeply worried about the situation of Alhagie Ceesay, Director of the Teranga FM radio station, who has been on trial for sedition and false information since July 2015. Ceesay has been hospitalized on several occasions for serious health problems reportedly due to torture and ill-treatment he has endured while in detention. He was last seen alive on 11 April.“We urge the Gambian Government to clarify his whereabouts, ensure that he is not submitted to torture and ill-treatment, and guarantee that his right to fair trial is fully respected,” the spokesperson said. read more

NBA Finals LeBron James Heat Halfway To Championship

The Miami Heat have been here before. . . just last year. They had two victories in the NBA Finals, but the Dallas Mavericks ran off four straight wins to send LeBron James and Co. into a long, disappointing summer.After leading the Heat to a 91-85 Game 3 victory in Miami Sunday for a 2-1 series lead over Oklahoma City, James said it is different this year.”It’s all about chemistry,” James said. ”Last year I didn’t make enough game-changing plays in the Finals. I’m just trying to make game-changing plays.”James had 29 points and 14 rebounds and Dwyane Wade 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead the Heat, who host Game 4 Tuesday. It is a must-win game for the Thunder, whose late-game execution Sunday was awful. Kevin Durant scored 25 points, but he had to be benched late in the third quarter, when OKC had built a 10-point lead.With Durant sitting, Miami mounted a run, retook the lead and used strong defense to thwart a Thunder comeback. Still, it took two late turnovers and a missed Russell Westbrook open three-pointer that would have tied the game.James’ poor performance was part of the problem in last year’s NBA Finals, but he seems on top of his game this time. His 3-pointer sent the Heat to the fourth quarter with the lead, and he scored five straight Miami points when the Heat were building just enough cushion to hold off another late flurry by the Thunder.“We carry that pain with us (from last year),” the Heat’s Chris Bosh said. “We think about it every day and that really helps us to succeed in this series.”“I just feel like we’re a more experienced team,” Wade said. “I’m not saying we want it more. But we understand the situation better.” read more

Woman unconscious found lying on decomposing husband in Cummings Lodge home

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCummings-Lodge decomposing body: Man died as a result of malaria, typhoidJune 8, 2017In “Health”Cummings Lodge decomposing body: Wife in severe shock, no marks of violence found on husbandJune 7, 2017In “Crime”Woman found unconscious in home with dead husband takes life weeks laterJune 26, 2017In “Crime” The community of Cummings Lodge on the lower East Coast of Demerara was on Monday evening shocked to discover resident teacher Cindy Dawson in an unconscious state, reportedly lying on the decomposing body of her husband Kevin Dawson in their Hugh Ganie Park, Cummings Lodge, ECD home.While reports are sketchy, this publication understands that the couple were found by the woman’s colleagues, who went to her home after she did not report for work on Monday. A stench was emanating from the house, and this caused Dawson’s colleagues to become suspicious. They forcibly opened the door and, upon entering, found the couple.The house in which the couple were foundShe was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she remains a patient.Police have since launched an investigation. read more

PPP considering serious legal challenges …if list withdrawal issue not addressed

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLegal battle looms over appointment of GECOM chairJanuary 12, 2017In “latest news”‘Constitutional compliance’ needed on GECOM Chair appointment before moving forward- Opposition LeaderNovember 2, 2017In “latest news”Opposition Leader edges closer to submitting new list of nominees for GECOM chairApril 18, 2017In “latest news” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoAmid concerns that hundreds of people whose name appeared on backers list for various political parties having difficulty removing it, the People’s Progressive Party says if the issue is not addressed by GECOM, it will look at mounting legal challenges.“If GECOM doesn’t address this citing some, because I suspect the disappearance of the CEO has something to do with this but I don’t want to unkind or unfair to him I hope that they will dress this, but if they don’t address this then I foresee serious legal challenges” Jagdeo saidOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo addressed the on the ongoing issue with regards to having the names of people  removed from voters lists on which their named appeared on but they are unaware or it was maliciously put there.“If they don’t remove these names, then that would be tantamount to allowing that to happen in this country, that I can say that I don’t want to support you but because you fraudulently put my name their and I didn’t get to do it one time, remove my name although I have an affidavit then I have to back you and make your name valid. How could that be fair or legal?”, Jagdeo questioned.51 persons who were tricked into placing their names on AFC’s Berbice list were removed late Wednesday evening, however, others have not been so lucky to have their names removed.Some of the persons who turned up at Whim Village, Berbice to have their names removed from the list“We are going to be vigilant, right across this country because this is not like in the past where we were a little bit more trusting because we have seen how a pattern has emerged. It tells you a lot about the desperation of these parties and how they can’t find backers to even contest the elections” Jagdeo stated.Persons whose names appeared on various voters’ lists for the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) but had no knowledge of it were given the opportunity to have it corrected before the end of Wednesday, August 26, 2018.This decision was made at the statutory meeting held at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday, when all commissioners, including those nominated by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were present.However, on Wednesday when some of these persons turned up to have the issue rectified at the various GECOM offices, they were blocked from doing so.Only Monday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo revealed that there were already several instances of electoral fraud for the 2018 LGE.On Nomination Day, dozens of lists of names and signatures, purporting to be backers of candidates, were palpably defective because of forgeries.These lists contained the names of deceased persons, persons who never existed and persons whose names were placed there without their knowledge and authority or through some fraudulent means. read more