Comparison: Mahindra TUV300 vs Ford EcoSport vs Renault Duster vs Hyundai i20

first_imgOn Thursday, Mahindra pulled the veil off the TUV300 pricing it at a base price of Rs 6.90 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune). Homegrown auto major Mahindra and Mahindra has pinned its hopes on the new sub-compact SUV TUV300 to revive its flagging sales. The TUV300 is the first major release from the stables of Mahindra & Mahindra in the last four years and as such, the Mahindra group is banking majorly on the vehicle to pick up its numbers.But can the butch-looking car that Mahindra has come out with actually give it the required push and bring up its sales numbers? For the TUV300, which Mahindra has designed with inspiration from a “battle tank”, it will have to go head on with the likes of Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster/Nissan Terrano and even the sporty Hyundai i20.First things first. At a starting price of Rs 6.9 lakh and a top price of Rs 9.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Pune), Mahindra has priced the TUV300 in a wide number of segments whereby it can effectively dent the sales of not just its expected competitors but also the likes of Swift Dzire and the Ertiga as also the Honda Mobilio which are likely to begin feeling the heat once the car begins rolling out of the showrooms and on to the roads.The 7-seater configuration of the TUV300. The rear row is a little cramped, but usable.A good question to ask here would be why would anyone buy a Mahindra TUV300 when one can easily buy a top model Maruti Swift Dzire for an ex-showroom (Delhi) price of Rs 7.89 lakh.The answer lies in the packaging of the vehicle. Mahindra has, with some smart engineering and seating alignment, turned the TUV300 into a 7 seater with facing foldable seats in the last row. It also has the 2nd largest bootspace at 384 litres after the Renault Duster’s 475 litres. What’s more, in terms of safety, the T4+, the second from base model, comes with dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Comparatively, the same is not available on the Duster RxL which gets only a driver’s side airbag with the passenger side airbag being optional. The Ford EcoSport, however, gets the dual airbags and curtain airbags only in the third and top-end trims. advertisementThe TUV300 also gets a premium dual tone dashboard.In terms of engine and performance, the TUV300 has almost the same sized engine (1493cc) as the Ford EcoSport (1498cc) and the Renault Duster (1461cc), but about a 100cc bigger than the Hyundai i20 Active SX (1396cc). The other major difference is that the TUV300 comes with an inline 3 cylinder engine, while its competitors all boast of a 4-cylinder engine. Even with the three cylinders, the TUV300’s 1.5 litre engine can churn out a hefty 230Nm torque, more than its nearest closest competitor the Hyundai i20 Active SX at 220Nm. The TUV300’s 5-speed manual gearbox is a direct lift from the Scorpio.In terms of looks, Mahindra has carried forward its jeep legacy and that shows up in the TUV300’s butch appearance. The high shoulder and the blacked out B-pillar along with the high bonnet line give it a solid appearance, which at first sight appears disproportionate compared to the sleek and polished lines of say the Ford EcoSport and even the Hyudai Creta. The TUV300 also sports perhaps the shortest front and rear overhangs.There are chances that Mahindra might upgrade the TUV300 and turn it into a 4WD in its next avatar with a revision in prices. However, till then, the only thing Mahindra can sit and do for the time being is wait and watch how the market reacts to its first offering in four years.last_img read more

Elorde, NorthPort have big shoes to fill in Bolick’s absence

first_imgElorde, who’s been in the league since 2015, said moving the ball around was his responsibility and admitted that he rushed things and relied more on his personal quickness when running the plays.“As a point guard I have to figure things out right away,” said Elorde. “You can’t just blitz your way through everything.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t eyeing nat’l sports high school in New Clark City after SEA Games—Cayetano MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Taking Bolick’s place in the starting lineup was Nico Elorde, who had his fair share of assists with seven but struggled to find his shot, going 0-of-4 from the field.“Robert’s absence was really a big thing for us, but it is what it is so we just have to move on,” said Elorde in Filipino. “We really lacked the ball movement, the play just stops because we always end up shooting it prematurely.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We should get everyone involved.”Before the loss to the Aces, NorthPort averaged 22.1 assists a game under Bilick’s leadership but the Batang Pier tallied just 13 dimes against the Aces. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—A vital part of NorthPort’s offense, Robert Bolick absence was largely felt in the Batang Pier’s first game without their prized rookie.Bolick is out for at least six months due a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and the Batang Pier’s fluidity on offense disappeared as they lost to Alaska 106-99 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Delhi BJP chief to adopt a slum every six months

first_imgNew Delhi, May 21 (PTI) Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari today promised to adopt a slum in the national capital every six months and develop it through his MPLAD fund.The MP from North East Delhi visited Kheda Basti in Seemapuri and interacted with the residents there and said that the slums adopted by him will be developed into Model Basti on the pattern of the Centres Adarsh Gram Yojna.”I have tried to understand the problems of slum dwellers ever since I became a member of Parliament. I can say they are willing to pay for development and facilities provided to them,” he said.Union minister Vijay Goel too visited slums in Timarpur and Model Town promoting his Adopt A Slum campaign.Goel, who holds the Youth Affairs and Sports portfolio, has started the Adopt A Slum campaign under which the BJP councillors will adopt and work for development of slums.He is also organising a race titled Slum Yuva Daud on May 26 to commemorate completion of three years of Modi government.Goel and Tiwari are engaged in a cold war in the backdrop of partys massive victory in last months MCD polls and next Assembly elections in Delhi due in 2020.Tiwari also visited Pooth Khurd village where he was felicitated for his role in the green signal given to land pooling policy there opening the doors to development of rural areas of Delhi. PTI VIT NSDlast_img read more

a day agoPhelan: How Sir Alex ended my Man Utd career

first_imgPhelan: How Sir Alex ended my Man Utd careerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant coach Mike Phelan has revealed how his time as a player at Old Trafford was brought to an end.Phelan signed for the Old Trafford outfit from Norwich City in 1989 but his career with the club came to a frustrating end five years later. “He came up to me the Friday before the game on Saturday, last game of the season, and pulled me to one side at the training ground,” Phelan told The Athletic.”He said: ‘Enough’s enough, son. I’m letting you go’. ‘Letting me go where?’ ‘You’ve done terrific for me, but I’m going to bring in some of the young kids’.””This is when the Class of ’92 were around. I was older then, a little bit gobby.”‘Who?’ ‘I’m going to play Gary Neville’. ‘Gary Neville? What’s he got? Come on, Gaffer. You’re gonna play a kid?’ ‘Yeah’.”Phelan would go on to join West Brom, where he would spend 18 months before deciding to hang up his boots. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pizza pan helps save endangered piping plover eggs on Prince Edward Island

first_imgBRACKLEY, P.E.I. – A pair of endangered piping plovers whose eggs were threatened by the tide at a P.E.I. beach had an unlikely savour — a pizza pan.Kerry-Lynn Atkinson, a resource management officer with Parks Canada, was recently working at Covehead beach in the Brackley area of P.E.I. National Park when she saw the tides were climbing dangerously close to a piping plover nest containing three eggs.“The adults were running around. They were peeping and they were upset, so it showed me that they were definitely devoted to the nest. They weren’t going to abandon it. So I had to do something,” said Atkinson in an interview.“We had to figure it out and we had to do it quickly.”Piping plovers are an endangered species in Canada, with only 48 birds counted on P.E.I. in June of this year. The Island has had an average of 60 birds per year over the last 10 years.Atkinson said tides had been expected to rise even higher, so she consulted with a number of experts and literature and determined the best course of action was to move the nest further away from the shoreline.But because the tiny sand-coloured shorebirds are very particular about their nests, she wanted to relocate it with minimal disruption. Plovers often line their nests with broken shells and rocks to act as distinguishing markers.“Recognizing that those were most likely very important to these birds, I wanted to move as much of the sediment and markers as I could so that when they did go back to the new nest location, it would be as familiar to them as it could be,” said Atkinson, adding that nests usually contain four eggs, so these birds must have lost one somehow.“So I went home that night and I was thinking, ‘What is going to work? How are we going to do this?’ I was looking around the kitchen trying to find what was going to be the most useful thing for me, and it just popped out — a pizza pan.”The next day, the plovers watched as Atkinson scooped the pizza pan under their nest and moved it about a metre back.“The plovers were running around. One in particular was pretty upset, but we definitely wanted those adults there because we wanted them to see what we were doing. We didn’t want them to come back and wonder what had happened,” said Atkinson of the relocation.Atkinson admits that when it came time to move the nest, she was “shaking.”“I was thinking, ‘Man, this is an endangered species. If this doesn’t go right, this is going to be detrimental,’” she said. “But I also knew that if I didn’t do the move, the possibility of them not hatching those eggs was pretty high.”The pizza pan method was a success, and using a photo of the original nest, Atkinson recreated the scattered beach debris.“The male went back to the old nesting site… and he looks at it and he kind of cocks his head sideways, as though he’s saying, ‘What is going on here?’ And then he slowly walked back to the new nesting site and usually plovers are picky, so I expected him to start tapping away at it or rearranging it, but it didn’t. He literally just walked up, looked at it and sat right down on those eggs,” she said.It took the other plover about an hour to warm up to the new real estate. The eggs eventually hatched and the plover family has since gone south for the winter.“Every year you try not to get attached, but you do. I try not to let the students name the chicks. Inevitably somebody always does. You’re attached to them even before they hatch. You really do put your heart into this job and it really is a wonderful feeling when things work out for the better,” said Atkinson.“These plovers are gone, but they’re still on my mind.”Shannon Mader, a species-at-risk coordinator with the Island Nature Trust, said while the number of piping plovers appeared lower than average for this year, it could be that some birds did not return to the Island.“It’s not an insignificant drop… with numbers that low, every individual and every nest is pretty critical to the population,” said Mader.Mader said work was undertaken this year to mark the birds so that officials can better understand where the plovers travel during the winter and whether or not they’re returning to breed on the Island.Piping plovers winter along the Atlantic coast from South Carolina to Florida, according to Ottawa’s species at risk public registry. Aside from animals and gulls, one of the biggest threats to piping plovers is human use of beaches, as it can disturb their nesting sites.— By Aly Thomson in Halifax.last_img read more

Federal oil tanker ban bill defeated in Senate but legislation not dead

first_imgOTTAWA — A federal ban on tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast has been defeated in a Senate committee.On a 6-6 vote, the Senate’s transportation and communications committee rejected Bill C-48 Wednesday night.The bill would put into a law a rule forbidding ships carrying more than 12,500 tonnes of crude oil from loading or unloading between the northern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska border.Conservatives in the Senate say defeating the bill is a win for Canada’s energy industry.The House of Commons passed the bill a week ago and its failure in a Senate committee doesn’t mean it’s dead, but the vote is a defeat for the Trudeau Liberals.Along with Bill C-69, which is meant to reform the federal assessment process for national-scale construction projects, Bill C-48 has enraged many backers of the Canadian oil industry, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_img Twitter Advertisement VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 23, 2018 — MovieCoin, a leading next-generation financial technology company that is leveraging blockchain technology and cryptographic tokens to revolutionize entertainment industry financing and transactions, today announced that it has entered a partnership with TV-TWO, a blockchain-based content discovery channel that is adapting the Ethereum blockchain for tokenized video entertainment consumption.As part of the agreement, films that are financed via MovieCoin and its Smart Fund will be considered for advertisement on TV-TWO’s platform. By automating the resource-intensive manual process of distributing content to highly-targeted audiences for maximum return on investment, MovieCoin and TV-TWO are making marketing cycle control more efficient and effective for all film financing stakeholders. TV-TWO recently partnered with 20th Century Fox of Germanyahead of the latter’s release of Deadpool 2, playing trailers and behind-the-scenes clips as commercials for TV-TWO users in order to boost movie ticket sales and digital downloads.“The addition of TV-TWO to MovieCoin’s extended ecosystem reinforces our goal to bring improved time and cost efficiencies to entertainment industry stakeholders who drive the production and distribution of motion pictures and other media,” said Christopher Woodrow, MovieCoin Chairman and CEO. “By working together, we will not only refine legacy marketing, personalize audience engagement and help entertainment investors recoup more capital from their investments, we will also improve the liquidity of entertainment assets at fair-value.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Facebook TV-TWO is a tokenized video entertainment platform, content discovery channel and app for Smart TVs that is available globally in the LG App Store. Currently undergoing a token sale that ends on July 24, the start-up organization has already sold $8 million worth of proprietary utility tokens for the platform. Using blockchain technology, TV-TWO helps advertisers overcome the traditional lack of transparency that conflates ad spend by facilitating measurable interactions between users, content providers and advertisers. TV-TWO also employs a supervised learning algorithm that curates relevant content for each consumer based on their established interests, which helps advertisers to reach their target audience more effectively.In return for watching sponsored videos and sharing anonymous data with brands using TV-TWO’s platform, advertisers reward viewers with a specific utility token, known as Token for Television (TTV). Content providers also receive tokens and consumer insights from users in exchange for providing premium video content. Since the number of tokens is fixed, each TTV issued represents the right to show sponsored messages to a defined percentage of the consumers watching television via TV-TWO. As the number of TV-TWO users grows, the inherent utility of each token increases.“TV-TWO and MovieCoin share the common vision of a streamlined, efficient and personalized entertainment industry that is based on the power of blockchain technology,” said Philipp Schulz, TV-TWO Co-Founder. “As motion pictures financed via the MovieCoin platform become a reality, our ability to direct advertisements towards select users through our behavioral and interest-based targeting capabilities will ensure that marketing budgets are spent efficiently. In return, viewers can enjoy a customized and less disruptive television-viewing experience.”MovieCoin is establishing the MovieCoin Smart Fund and intends to sell $250 million worth of MSF Tokens. These tokens will finance 8 to 10 widely-released theatrical films on an annual basis during the term of the Fund. The Fund intends to own all rights to the films it finances and to build a valuable content library to benefit MSF Token holders.About MovieCoinMovieCoin is a next-generation financial technology company focused on leveraging blockchain technology, proprietary applications and cryptographic tokens to become the leading entertainment transaction platform for businesses and consumers and the standard currency for funding motion pictures, television and other media. The Company has operations spanning content finance and production, business and consumer services and technology development and licensing. MovieCoin’s content finance and production businesses offer programmatic ownership of filmed entertainment assets to financial investors seeking institutionalized exposure to premium content, while the technological development of its digital assets platform utilizes cryptographic tokens to provide businesses with innovative solutions to streamline operations and entertainment enthusiasts with unique and more engaging ways to participate in the movie experience. The Company has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia and Los Angeles, California.About TV-TWOTV-TWO is the Blockchain-based Future of Television. TV-TWO eliminates the gatekeeper status of TV networks and prevents tech giants like Google and Facebook from owning the medium in the future. The Open Platform surrounding the utility token enables direct interaction between users, advertisers and content providers. As TV is the largest advertising market ($180 billion volume) and the world’s favorite pastime, TV-TWO has an immediate use case for 700 million Smart TVs waiting for innovation. Find out more by visiting (PRNewsfoto/MovieCoin) Login/Register With:last_img read more

Rotary DriveThru breakfast happening May 31st

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-thru breakfast is taking place next Thursday.The event will see club members selling reusable lunch bags filled with breakfast items as well as fresh cups of coffee. Breakfast is by donation but the Rotary Club is asking for donations to be a minimum of $5. The drive-thru will be set up next to the Fort St. John Recreation Centre. Anyone wishing to pre-order a bagged breakfast for themselves or their office can also do so in advance.Last year the club raised close to $12,000 and sold out the 500 breakfasts by 9:00 a.m. Marva Kosick of the Rotary Club explained that this year the club will make 1,000 breakfasts in hopes of raising even more money. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go the completion of the new Rotary Spray Park.For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Fort St. John’s Drive-Thru Breakfast committee members:Marva (250) 263-7660Lourdes (250) 263-3014Donna (250) 262-6665Carina (250) 794-1606last_img read more

UN official appeals for resources to help millions facing hunger in Horn

“The World Food Programme is aiming to feed more than 6 million of the most vulnerable, but resources are thin and at the very moment that we should be ramping up operations, we have been scaling back some programmes in Ethiopia and Somalia,” said Josette Sheeran, the WFP Executive Director.She said delivery of emergency food assistance is a vital part of the Horn of Africa Action Plan the humanitarian community developed last year to strengthen the resilience of communities affected by the drought emergency and to protect assets such as farming tools and livestock.“It is essential that we move quickly to break the destructive cycle of drought and hunger that forces farmers to sell their means of production as part of their survival strategy.”Ms. Sheeran said conflict in Somalia also continues to force civilians from their homes, with an estimated 10,000 people arriving each week at crowded refugee camps in Kenya. The number of malnourished children receiving supplementary or therapeutic feeding in the camps has tripled this year, an indication of the seriousness of the problem and the need for swift international action.“A slowly evolving regional hunger crisis may not have the immediate impact of a mega-emergency like the Haitian earthquake, or Pakistan floods, but the drought and rising malnutrition in the Horn affects more people and its effects are equally devastating,” said Ms. Sheeran.Those in need of assistance include 3.2 million people in Ethiopia, 3.5 million in Kenya, 2.5 million in Somalia, an estimated 600,000 residents of north-eastern Uganda and some 120,000 people in Djibouti, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Mark Bowden, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia told a news briefing that the situation in that country was “rapidly deteriorating.”“If we are not able to respond to it rapidly and effectively, there will be many more lives lost as a result of malnutrition,” he said. Mr. Bowden said “the basic root cause” of the crisis is the price of food, which he said has risen by 270 per cent since last year. Noting that an appeal for Somalia has been only 40 per cent funded, he said: “Currently our resources are woefully inadequate… We find ourselves in a position where we are able to do more, but don’t have the resources.” 29 June 2011The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today voiced concern over the plight of nearly 10 million people facing severe food shortages as a result of a prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa, adding that resources for the relief effort in the region are dwindling at a time when assistance needs to be stepped up. read more

Top UN officials cite strengthening cooperation with regional partners as vital priority

Noting that to-date, more than 25 regional and subregional organizations have established formal cooperative relationships with the United Nations, Mr. Kutesa said that “in these changing times, the distinctive role regional and subregional organizations can play in addressing some of the world’s most persistent challenges is as important as ever.”He was speaking at the opening of the High-Level Thematic Debate on Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations, which is expected to provide Member States an opportunity to reflect on the strides made and opportunities ahead.The debate, which featured a keynote address by Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, and a high-level plenary, is also expected to include two consecutive interactive panels, respectively on ‘Strengthening the strategic relationship between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations in the areas of peace, stability and human rights’, and on ‘Galvanizing support of regional and sub-regional organizations for the implementation of a transformative post-2015 development agenda.’ The Outcome will be a negotiated Declaration.In his remarks, Mr. Kutesa said the debate is taking place as the formulation of a universal, transformative post-2015 development agenda is underway. “Ultimately, the implementation of the new agenda will be done on the ground – in our regions, countries and communities.”Given their in-depth understanding of their respective regions as well as their geographic proximity to challenging environments, regional and sub-regional organizations are often uniquely positioned to understand the particular local dynamics and root causes of those challenges, he said.Also addressing the debate, the Secretary-General, who held a retreat with the heads of 18 regional and other organizations over the weekend in New York, noted that working together to promote conflict prevention and mediation has increased our powers of persuasion to press parties to make peace. It has also reinforced collective efforts to defend human rights and uphold the values of the UN Charter.Mr. Ban also spotlighted the importance of the UN’s cooperation with regional partners and cited as a priority the need to formulate a universal, transformative post-2015 development agenda. Saying that “millions of lives are at stake,” the Secretary-General noted 2015 was a milestone year. “We will complete the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Ban said. “We are forging a bold new vision for sustainable development, including a set of sustainable development goals. And we are aiming for a new, universal climate agreement.”“The Ebola crisis, the tragedy of migrants dying at sea, the international drug trade, organized crime and the rise of violent extremism all show the urgent need for a collective response,” he went on to say. “That is why I am doing everything possible to enable the United Nations, regional and subregional organizations to boost our cooperation, build on our strengths and pool our limited resources,” the UN chief declared.Both officials also noted the progress made in the collaboration between the UN and its regional partners, but that much more remains to be done.“We should build on the lessons of our past and current experiences to create ever more innovative and flexible partnership arrangements that draw on respective strengths, while encouraging expanded cooperation and dialogue,” Mr. Kutesa said.And he also noted that it is “incumbent upon us to find ways of ensuring predictable and sustainable financing for regional and sub-regional organizations, especially in cases where they undertake peacekeeping operations under a UN mandate.” Cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organizations remains a cornerstone of the work of the United Nations as recognized in Chapter VIII of the UN Charter and numerous resolutions of the General Assembly and the Security Council. In his wide-ranging keynote address, President Museveni said that strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional organizations would greatly benefit implementation of the psot-2015 agenda. Indeed, due to the leverage they had within their respective countries, those organization provide useful forums for policy coordination and harmonization on various important multilateral processes. “Regional and subregional organizations are at the centre of promoting cooperation and integration in such areas as trade and investment, infrastructure development [and] critical sectors such as agriculture, energy water and security, as well as fostering private sector partnerships,” he continued.Mr. Museveni underscored that talk of strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional and subregional actors must begin with a re-examination of the Organization’s bodies and structures with a view to “change some of the old-fashioned ones to conform with current realities.” Uganda strongly believed, he said, that for genuine cooperation to occur between the UN and regional and subregional organizations, reform of the Security Council in particular is imperative.“This, in the long run, will help us, collectively to prevent the use of the UN for national or group interests of the powerful members to undermine the efforts of regional organizations and peace in the world,” Mr. Museveni declared. read more

Opinion 5 keys to Ohio States matchup with the Nittany Lions

(Left) Sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg makes a pass during a Sept. 6 game against Akron in State College, Pa. Penn State won, 21-3.Credit: Courtesy of TNS(Right) Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. barrett carries the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 56-17.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorIn 2013, the Ohio State football team beat a reeling Penn State squad, 63-14, at Ohio Stadium.About a year later, the Buckeyes (5-1, 2-0) and Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2) are set to face off again. But this time around, Penn State is free of NCAA sanctions including a revoked postseason ban and likely looking to avenge its big loss last season.The Lantern sports editors picked five keys to the matchup that could either spark the Buckeyes or help the Nittany Lions turn around their season.1. J.T. Barrett vs. Christian HackenbergBarrett is OSU’s redshirt-freshman phenomenon while Hackenberg is a true sophomore with all-world potential.The two are set to go head-to-head under center when their teams meet this weekend, and the game could easily come down to which one plays better. Based off production so far this season, Barrett might be more likely to have the better day, but both have put up big numbers at times.OSU’s quarterback is the Big Ten’s most efficient passer — checking in with a 182.1 efficiency rating so far — while Hackenberg is averaging more passing yards per game than any other quarterback in the conference. That being said, the second-year Penn State starter is averaging less than four yards more than Barrett.Outside of yards per game, the Buckeyes look to have a huge statistical advantage as Barrett has thrown 20 touchdowns compared to just five interceptions, while Hackenberg has thrown seven picks to just five scoring tosses.If the Buckeyes’ defense can get after Hackenberg and force him to make more mistakes — and if Barrett comes out firing once again — it could be another long day for the Nittany Lions.2. Strength vs. StrengthBeyond two young guns at quarterback, the matchup between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is set to feature the Big Ten’s top statistical defense against the conference’s best offense.Penn State ranks first in the conference in total defense, giving up 283.3 yards per game, but OSU is first in total offense at a whopping 533.8 yards per game. The Nittany Lions are also first in scoring defense, giving up just 15.2 points per game this season, while the Buckeyes are No. 2 in the Big Ten with 46.5 points for per game this season.The deciding factor in this game could be on the flip side of the field when the Buckeyes’ defense comes up against Penn State’s offense.While the Nittany Lions’ defense has been strong throughout the year, their offense is all the way down at No. 10 in the conference with just 375.5 yards per game. They’ll be going up against an OSU defense that ranks fifth in the Big Ten for total defense.If the numbers hold true, the Buckeye offense will be put to the test against Penn State, but the Nittany Lions might struggle to move the ball against a statistically superior OSU defense.3. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott find space to run?Forget their total defensive numbers, the Nittany Lions’ defense has been simply dominant when it comes to the running game in 2014.So far, they’re giving up just 60.8 yards per game, which puts them up more than 30 yards against the No. 2 team in the conference: Michigan.But Penn State hasn’t had to face Elliott yet this season.He’s not the best running back in the world right now, but he’s been breaking out over the past few weeks to spark the OSU offense on the ground. Overall, the Buckeyes are fifth in the Big Ten in rushing offense, but if Elliott continues to improve, they should climb the rankings.Elliott will be up against a stiff test when he takes on the Penn State defensive front, but if he can find a way to match his season numbers — he’s averaging 88.5 yards per game — the Buckeyes will benefit greatly and likely find themselves in a position to win the game.4. Will the Penn State crowd affect a young Buckeye team?The last time OSU played a game in State College, Pa., nine current Buckeye starters weren’t even Buckeyes.The crowd at Beaver Stadium is notorious for being loud and sporting the white-out look for prime-time games against ranked opponents. This time, the game means a little more as well. The last time the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions squared off in Beaver Stadium, neither team was eligible for the postseason because of NCAA violations. Now, the tables are turned and the stakes are higher, which will likely result in a sell-out crowd from the Penn State faithful.Despite having the second-largest college venue in the country, Penn State ranked seventh in average home attendance as of Oct. 1. with an average of 99,806.Expect that number to drastically rise Saturday night.5. Could an OSU win give it a rise in the AP poll?Let’s be honest, the Buckeye schedule is not very strong.However, not many teams go into Beaver Stadium on a Saturday night and come out with a victory, except for the Buckeyes.OSU has won its last three games when visiting the Nittany Lions and three of the last four night games overall against Penn State.With that being said, will a win in a historically hostile environment be enough to impress the voters? Or will the Buckeyes have to blow out their division rival in order to get back into the top 10?Only time will tell as the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions are scheduled to meet Saturday at Beaver Stadium in State College. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Mammoet and SCHEURLE cooperate on new trailer power assist heavy transport solution

first_imgHeavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet says its new Trailer Power Assist (TPA) system increases heavy transport efficiency and safety, whilst significantly lowering the carbon footprint. Using these hydraulically powered trailers reduces the number of trucks required to pull and steer to just one – whilst greatly enhancing trailer combination versatility, manoeuverability, and safety of the entire transport.Traditionally, in road transport of very large and heavy cargo on multiple trailers, two or four trucks can be required at the front to pull and steer and two or four trucks at the back to push or brake assist. The trucks and trailers are mechanically connected, increasing pulling and braking power but limiting their manoeuverability. Instead of trucks heavy haulage prime movers are also used – but all of them need to drive back empty.The new TPA-system has been initiated by Mammoet and developed in cooperation with SCHEUERLE, the leading manufacturer of heavy transport vehicles. TPA is based on the SCHEUERLE K25 trailer, which is fitted with a Power Pack Unit (PPU) that hydraulically powers 4 of the 6 axle lines. The PPU is mounted at one or either end of the trailer, depending on the configuration – or can be placed on the prime mover to replace the counterweight for traction. Each PPU is powered by a MTU V12 diesel engine, compliant with all emission requirements, that generates 1,000 hp and a traction power of over 40 t. The TPA system is specified for all weather extremes.The draw bar pull of the TPA is the equivalent of two fully loaded prime movers – meaning that one TPA can replace at least two trucks. This has a number of advantages. It reduces the length of the transport and greatly enhances maneuverability by requiring only one truck at the front to pull and steer. One single truck driver operating the system virtually eliminates communication errors – the key safety concern with multiple operators – greatly increasing safety on long haul transports. TPA power can be multiplied by adding more TPA trailers and PPUs, greatly enlarging efficiency compared to using multiple trucks. After on-site delivery the TPA can be operated by remote control in ‘creep mode’ for maximum manoeuverability and positioning. One truck can return the empty TPA units in frictionless ‘free-wheel’ mode of the hydraulic drive system.The assisted road speed of TPA is at least five times higher with only a third of the fuel consumption compared to a transport using only SPMTs (Self-Propelled Modular Transporters) – considerably reducing the carbon footprint. Above the maximum speed of 25 km/h the PPUs shut off and the truck can pull the trailer combination to highway speeds of up to 80 km/h. This means larger loads can be transported over longer distances with safer higher average speeds. In future, exceptionally large transports of over 2,000 t over longer distances using multiple rows of trailers with one truck at the front and one at the back could become a reality. SCHEUERLE is currently building two TPA-prototypes in a joint venture with Mammoet. In 2016, these two prototypes will be field-tested by Mammoet.last_img read more

EHF CUP surprise Csurgoi beat Hannover

One of the favorites in Men’s EHF Cup this year, German TSV Hannover surprised negatively their fans once again! After home defeat over Swedish Lugi, German team repeated bad performance in Hungary where Csurgoi KK celebrated victory – 36:28 (17:19). The third Hungarian squad have played fantastic second half and deserve to take the first points after defeat in Leon last weekend…CSURGOI KK – TSV HANNOVER-BURGDORF 36-28 (17-19)Csurgo: Lele (8), Pukhouski (8), Savic (6), Nagy (5), Szöllősi (4), Gazdag (2), Aguirrezabalaga (2), Oláh (1).Hannover: Lehnoff (9), Patrail (6), Szücs (4), Johannsen (3), Karason (2), Hykkerud (2), Sevaljevic (1), Kastening (1). ← Previous Story DOMAGOJ DUVNJAK IS HANDBALL PERSON 2013! Next Story → KIF wins in Plock! Csurgoi KKEHF CuphandballHannover read more

Bartłomiej Jaszka becomes playercoach

One of the best Polish players of the last decade, Bartlomiej Jaszka had to stop with “big career” in Fuchse Berlin and Polish national team due tough shoulder injury in 2015, but handball is still in his veins. The 33-years old playmaker joined second League Polish team MKS Kalisz with the role of player-coach.He will try to give something of his quality and experience to the younger guys of the team, but also to teach them at the start of new career, hopefully, successful as it was playing one. Bartlomiej Jaszka ← Previous Story SG Flensburg to play two matches in one day!? Next Story → HC Dinamo Bucharest beat CSM in city derby! read more

Casualty hospitalised after Liffey rescue at OConnell Bridge

first_img Jun 13th 2017, 5:45 PM DUBLIN FIRE BRIGADE has rescued a casualty from the River Liffey in Dublin city centre.The incident was first reported at the junction of O’Connell Bridge and Burgh Quay at just after 4.40pm this afternoon.First responders arrived on scene four minutes after the initial call was received. Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 5:45 PM Casualty hospitalised after Liffey rescue at O’Connell Bridge The incident at O’Connell Bridge was reported just after 4.40pm this afternoon. 26,897 Views Short URL Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Share62 Tweet Email1 center_img Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Our rescue swimmers & boat have taken one person from the #Liffey, Burgh Quay now clear, thanks for your patience— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) June 13, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We’re currently at a river rescue incident on the #Liffey, Burgh Quay temporarily blocked #dublin #fire #traffic @DCCTraffic @LiveDrive— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) June 13, 2017 The incident saw multiple Dublin Fire Brigade units deployed, including three fire tenders, a rescue tender, a ladder from Tara Street Fire Station, a Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance, and the district fire officer.A spokesperson for DFB confirmed that a single casualty was removed from the water and subsequently taken to hospital. Their condition is unknown.Burgh Quay, which was temporarily blocked, has since reopened.Read: Unidentified man with serious injuries discovered in underground car parkRead: Irish soldiers’ to finally be awarded medals for Siege of Jadotville – 55 years on By Cianan Brennan 26 Comments last_img read more

MIT App Turns Anyone Into the Car Whisperer

first_imgStay on target Machine Learning Estimates Risk of Cardiovascular DeathMachine Learning Translates Japanese Retro Games In Real Time Unlike a whiny human or moaning pet, motor vehicles don’t usually communicate their feelings.Drivers typically find out something is wrong with a car only after it’s too late, and they’re stranded on the side of the road with a drained battery or flat tire.MIT researchers want to put that kind of diagnostic information—the air filter should be replaced next week; the engine needs two new spark plugs—at your fingertips.A simple smartphone app analyzes sound and vibration via a built-in microphone, sensors (GPS), and accelerometers. MIT’s machine learning systems extract even the most subtle differences that may go undetected by human experts.The program could save the average motorist $125 a year, and improve overall gas mileage, according to MIT research scientist Joshua Siegel, who boasted an even more impressive $600 annual savings for trucks.As described by a study published in the journal Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, most diagnostics don’t require any special connection. Mounting the phone to a dashboard holder, however, improves the level of accuracy—which is already “well in excess of 90 percent,” Siegel said.Within the next year or two, anyone—passenger or driver—will be able to act as car whisperer.At its core, the application aims to warn drivers of upcoming issues or remind them of routine maintenance, before failing conditions lead to a breakdown or blowout.Led by Siegel and professor of mechanical engineering Sanjay Sarma, MIT’s research suggests an engine’s sounds can “reveal telltale signs of how clogged the air filter is and when to change it,” among other cases.“We’re listening to the car’s breathing, and listening for when it starts to snore,” Siegel said in a statement. “As it starts to get clogged, it makes a whistling noise as air is drawn in. Listening to it, you can’t differentiate it from the other engine noise, but your phone can.”The app also tests for engine misfires that signal a bad spark plug or the need for a tune up.Research and development must have been a blast for the MIT team, which often rented cars and “created a condition” to diagnose, before restoring the vehicle to normal—sometimes “better than when we took it out,” Siegel said.“I’ve rented cars and given them new air filters, balanced their tires, and done an oil change,” he added.A prototype smartphone app is under development, and should be ready for field testing in six months; a commercial version can be expected within a year after that.last_img read more

Boy Scout Troop 126 Invites Residents To MiniGolf Fundraiser Inside Villanova Hall

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend (March 8-10)In “Community”PHOTO: Wilmington Sons Of Italy Supports Boy Scout Troop 126’s Mini-Golf FundraiserIn “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, March 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today” WILMINGTON, MA — Boy Scout Troop 126 invites everyone to its first annual Mini-Golf Fundraiser at Villanova Hall at St Thomas’ Church (126 Middlesex Avenue).Come see the transition of our simple church hall to an 18-Hole Championship Course and enjoy an afternoon of summer family fun in the middle of winter. The course will be open from noon to 4pm with special late afternoon hours for Scout Competition.A game of mini-golf costs $3 for children and $5 for adults. A game plus a meal costs $8.Plan on stopping in The 19th Hole Cafe for lunch, drinks, and snacks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email read more

49 Voices Omega Smith of Anchorage

first_imgThis week we’re hearing from Omega Smith, who manages the UAA planetarium in Anchorage.Listen nowOmega Smith poses for a photo at the Planetarium and Visualization Theater in the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus in Anchorage, Alaska Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (Photo courtesy of UAA)SMITH: I was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Grew up on Hillside, graduated from Service High. And then I went away for a little bit to get my degree, but I’ve always had to come back. This is definitely my home.I’ve always liked astronomy. I think every kid loves astronomy. But it’s more like the big unknown, and when I found out more about astronomy, I actually went to UAA for a couple years before I went to get my degree, and I took the astronomy classes and I realized that the more you learn about astronomy, the more we realize we don’t know. It’s extremely humbling. It’s a lot of fun all the time.I mean, I think one of the biggest thrills is that nerdom has become such a pop culture right now. So people are really interested in coming. We have a lot of people come all the time, people just generally interested in what you have to say. So it’s not like teaching a class of students. You get people who come specifically to hear what you have to talk about and to know more about what you’re an expert on.So there’s kind of a reason why there’s no observatories up here. One, it’s always light out in the summertime, so whenever it’s warm enough to spend the entire night out, you can’t see any stars, except for the sun. And in the wintertime, even though we have really long night skies. There’s usually a lot of clouds and even though the Aurora [Borealis] is absolutely beautiful, it does kinda block a lot of the stars.If you actually want to see stars and everything, I suggest the end of August, September. Where it’s still warm enough to go outside and you still get nice dark skies. But if you wanna view things like the Aurora, for some reason that scientists still don’t know, the Aurora is very active during the equinoxes. So the March Equinox is probably the best one. It’s gonna be colder than the September Equinox but you can really see some Aurura then.last_img read more

UPDATE Tropical Storm Nate To Hit US Gulf Coast As A Hurricane

first_imgNational Hurricane CenterThe cyclone currently has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, and it’s moving northwest at 8 mph. That will change later today, the National Hurricane Center says, when Nate takes a more north-northwestward path and also moves at a faster speed. By Sunday, Nate’s sustained winds are expected to reach 75 mph. While that speed is a far cry from the incredible intensity of recent hurricanes such as Irma and Maria, forecasters say people in Nate’s path need to be careful of flash floods and mudslides from its heavy rains.Powerful winds often attract the most attention and concern regarding cyclones. But it’s the water — from both storm surges and rainfall — that’s often the most deadly component of a tropical system. The hurricane center warns that Nate will bring 15 to 20 inches of rain to Nicaragua — and that a wide area is at risk, with heavy rainfall expected along the Pacific coast of Central America. A tropical cyclone in the northwestern Caribbean Sea has been upgraded to a named storm, Tropical Storm Nate. The system is likely to become a hurricane in the next three days and could hit the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday morning, forecasters say.“Residents along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana through the Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress of this system and heed any advice given by local officials,” the National Hurricane Center says.But  there is high confidence in the forecast that the storm poses no threat to the Texas coast, the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) said on Thursday.Nate should emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, where it is expected to possibly impact the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula, including Cozumel and Cancun.  Landfall is expected between Louisiana and Florida. Tropical Storm Nate is the 14th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.Nate is expected to strengthen as it moves over warmer waters on its way to the U.S. coast. But at this point, the National Hurricane Center says, “it is too early to specify the timing, location, or magnitude of these impacts. “Nate is currently bringing heavy rainfall to Nicaragua and Honduras, as it scrapes along their coasts on a northwest track toward Cancun. The storm has triggered flood warnings in those areas, along with a hurricane watch in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, from Punta Herrero to Rio Lagartos. National Hurricane CenterTropical Storm Nate is forecast to hit the Yucatan Peninsula on its way into the Gulf of Mexico.center_img Sharelast_img read more

Five projects of ITE dept bag SKOCH award

first_imgKolkata: The state Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) department has reasons to rejoice as five projects of the department have bagged SKOCH Order-of-Merit awards at the 52nd Skoch Summit in New Delhi, held from June 21 to 23.Society for Natural Language Technology Research (SNLTR) project that deals with digital archive of Bengali Literature, CyberSecurityCoE, Electronic Braille Reading System, and Matir Kotha and Implementation of ICT at School project were awarded. All these projects are being implemented by West Bengal Electronics Industry Development Corporation Ltd Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights(WEBEL).It may be mentioned that SNLTR, a society under IT department, is working on digitisation of prominent Benngali literary works, which are out of the protocol of copyright. As the process of digitisation follows an international encoding standard, it is easily accessible globally to the public on internet.SNLTR has digitised the entire literary works of Rabindranath Tagore with swaralipi, complete works of Saratchandra Chattopadhyay, complete works of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Swami Vivekananda Rachanabali, and cinema-script of Satyajit Ray’s film Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The ongoing projects includes digitisation of Sukanto Rachana Samagro, Sree Ramakrishna Kathamrita, Nazrul Islam Rachana Samagro and Multidimensional Corpora of Bengali Speech,” a senior official of WEBEL said.In the cyber security category, Bengal is all poised to lead by example and has already set up a Cyber Security Centre of Excellence in New Town with the aim to explore new employment opportunities in the cyber security space amid growing demands for professionals and experts.”WEBEL Mediatronics Ltd’s Electronic Braille Reading System is being used by states like Jammu and Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh for imparting education to the blind students,” the official said.Matir Kotha project and Implementation of ICT at School scheme in Bengal both won the Gold Awards.Aninda Chatterjee, managing director Webel along with some senior officials were present at the award function in the capital.last_img read more