a month ago​Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB days

first_img​Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB daysby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his failure to rouse his players by using a speech from the movie Rocky IV.Klopp was speaking about his career and achievements at the FIFA gala where he won the Best Men’s Coach award for the previous year.And he mentioned an incident where he gave his Borussia Dortmund players a Rocky-themed speech before a game against Bayern Munich.”My Borussia Dortmund team were playing Bayern Munich,” Klopp told The Players’ Tribune.”It was a huge match in the league. We hadn’t won in Munich in something like 20 years. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, so whenever I needed to motivate the boys I would always think of Rocky Balboa. In my opinion, they should show Rocky 1, 2, 3 and 4 in public schools all across the world. It should be like learning the alphabet. If you watch these movies and you don’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, then I think something is wrong with you.””So the night before we played Bayern, I gathered all my players at the hotel for our team talk. I told them the truth of the situation: ‘The last time Dortmund won in Munich, most of you were still in your Pampers.’ Then I started playing some scenes from Rocky IV on the screen. The one with Ivan Drago. A classic, in my opinion. “Drago is running on the treadmill, and he’s hooked up to the big computer monitors and the scientists are studying him. I told the boys, ‘You see? Bayern Munich is Ivan Drago. The best of everything! The best technology! The best machines! He’s unstoppable!’ Then you see Rocky training in Siberia in his little log cabin. He’s chopping down pine trees and carrying logs through the snow and running up to the top of the mountain. “I told the boys, ‘You see? That’s us. We are Rocky. We are smaller, yes. But we have the passion! We have the heart of a champion! We can do the impossible!’ I was going on and on, and then at some point, I look out to all my boys to see their reaction.”I was expecting them to be standing up on their chairs, ready to go run up a mountain in Siberia, going absolutely crazy. But everyone is just sitting there, staring at me with dead eyes. Completely blank. They’re looking at me like, ‘What in the world is this crazy man talking about?’ So then I realised, ‘Wait, when did Rocky IV come out, 1980-something? When were these boys born?’ Finally, I said, ‘Wait a minute, boys. Please raise your hand if you know who Rocky Balboa is?’ Only two hands went up.”Everyone else, ‘Nope, sorry, boss.’ My entire speech — nonsense! This is the most important match of the season. Maybe the most important match of some of the players’ lives. And the manager has been screaming about Soviet technology and Siberia for the last 10 minutes! Can you believe this? I had to start my whole speech over from scratch. “You see, this is the real story. This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. That’s how it is. We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense. But we get up the next morning and we go again. “Do you know the strangest part of that story? I honestly cannot be sure if we won or lost the match. I am pretty sure that I gave this speech in 2011 before we won 3–1, and that certainly makes for a much better story! But I can’t be 100% sure. This is one thing about football that people don’t always understand. The results, you forget. You get them all mixed up.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alabama, Florida State Named 2016 National Signing Day Recruiting Champions

first_imgGraphic shows the best recruiting classes in the country.Entering yesterday’s National Signing Day, Alabama sat behind schools like Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State in the national recruiting rankings. After a huge day, highlighted by the commitments of five-star linebackers Ben Davis and Mack Wilson, the Crimson Tide class was ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. Here are how the rankings for those sites shook out after the dust settled on National Signing Day.247Sports:247sports 2-4Rivals:rivals 2-4Scout:scout 2-4The one ranking site that spurned Alabama? According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide were edged out by the Florida State Seminoles.espn 2-4As you’d expect with those results, 247Sports’ composite ranking, which utilizes all four of the major services, also has Alabama No. 1.247 composite 2-4Alabama has four national championships on the field under Nick Saban, and amazingly, they are even more dominant in the recruiting game. The Tide have signed a top recruiting class for six straight years now, and there is no sign that Saban and his staff are slowing down.last_img read more

Deal by Kinder Morgan Canada to sell Trans Mountain welcomed with misgivings

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s energy industry welcomed news Tuesday that the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline is more likely to be built, but expressed grave misgivings over Ottawa’s decision to buy the project for $4.5 billion in order to achieve that goal.Canada needs infrastructure like that designed to triple Trans Mountain’s capacity to move crude oil and refined products from the Alberta oilsands and Edmonton refining complex to the West Coast, said Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association.But he said the association is “deeply concerned” that the government felt it had to purchase the project to get it built. Ottawa’s move comes 18 politically fraught months after it had been approved.“Something had to happen,” Bloomer said of delays blamed on opposition by British Columbia’s provincial government, municipalities, Indigenous groups and individual protesters.“It’s a little confusing that the government felt it needed to nationalize this asset and own it in order to assert what we all thought along the way was its jurisdiction.”Pipelines that cross provincial borders are federally regulated, but B.C. argues in a court challenge that it has the right to restrict diluted bitumen shipments within its boundaries.The situation has created a “confused” marketplace in which different pipeline projects are treated unequally and no one knows the rules future proposals are expected to follow, Bloomer said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at a conference Tuesday that federal control over the pipeline could simplify development of at least this project.“When you shift the ownership of the pipeline from a private corporation to … a federal government that has explicit control over resource projects that go between provinces, a lot of the legal barriers and a lot of the challenge points actually disappear,” he said.The federal move is welcome to get the stalled project going, said Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, adding he also is pleased that Ottawa has committed to put the project back in private hands “where it belongs.”“I think these are extraordinary circumstances and we should work very hard never to find ourselves in this position again.”Trans Mountain owner Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shares lurched higher, then fell, as investors digested the fallout from the federal government purchase deal announced early Tuesday.The stock rose to $18 in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange but closed about three per cent lower at $16.10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The shares likely fell because investors were disappointed that they would no longer be eligible to share in the financial upside of the expansion project, said analyst Robert Fitzmartyn of GMP FirstEnergy Capital.The subsidiary of Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., estimated the deal is worth about $12 per restricted voting share, after capital gains tax — about three-quarters of its total share price.Kinder Morgan Canada will continue to hold an integrated network of crude tank storage and rail terminals in Alberta. It will also own a terminal in Vancouver and the Cochin Pipeline system which transports light condensate from the United States to Fort Saskatchewan, just northeast of Edmonton.It expects its approximately 30 per cent share of after-tax proceeds to be about $1.25 billion. It didn’t specify how it would spend the proceeds of the sale but did say it plans to continue to invest in Canada.“We’ve agreed to a fair price for our shareholders and found a way forward for this national interest project,” Steve Kean, CEO of both Kinder Morgan Canada and its parent company, said on a morning conference call.The company will work with the government to try to find a third party to buy the assets by July 22. Separately, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said there is no absolute deadline to find a buyer.Kinder Morgan Canada had ceased all non-essential spending on the Trans Mountain expansion in April, vowing to cancel it by a deadline of this Thursday unless it received assurances it can proceed without delays and without undue risk to shareholders.After the federal government’s announcement, Kean said the work would be restarted soon, with the government funding construction. The sale, which must still be approved by Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders, is expected to close in the second half of the year.Analysts were less than enthusiastic about the sale.In a research note, Desjardins Capital Markets analysts questioned whether construction of the controversial pipeline would proceed any smoother under government ownership.The transaction could further “galvanize opposition” from special interest groups while complicating the government’s ability to provide protection for construction sites in the Lower Mainland of B.C., including its willingness to call in the RCMP if needed, they said.“We maintain our previous concern that the federal Liberal government will likely be highly reluctant to exercise force approaching the window of the next election cycle, expected next fall,” they wrote.They said the news is otherwise positive for the oil and gas sector, though it will have no effect on tight pipeline takeaway capacity until at least 2021. Transport limitations have been blamed for higher price discounts on western Canadian oilsands bitumen blend crude in the first quarter.Pipeline customers Suncor Energy Inc. and Cenovus Energy Inc. welcomed the move as a sign Ottawa recognizes the importance of getting more Alberta crude from the oilsands to more markets.However, GMP FirstEnergy said the buyout was negative for future Canadian investment prospects.“The federal government has set a precedent that it will nationalize projects of significant importance rather using the rule of law and prior regulatory approvals to push a project forward under private ownership,” its analysts said in a report.Paul de Jong, president of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, whose members are expected to help build the pipeline, said he is pleased it is more likely to proceed but also hopes that government intervention “not become the norm.”“Ultimately it will take far more than this to restore investors’ faith in Canada’s project approval process.”Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP, TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

Liberal promise to set strict rules for unpaid interns pushed to 2019

first_imgOTTAWA – Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won’t make good on their vow to crack down on unpaid internships until next year — almost four years after the issue first landed on the federal government’s agenda.In the 2017 budget, the Liberals promised to eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated workplaces — the only exception being student placements required as part of a school course. Interns would be treated like regular employees, with the same work hours and under the same safety regulations.Officials now say it will be fall of 2019 — right when the next federal election is expected — when they unveil the final set of regulations, at which time those groups pushing for an end to unpaid internships will find out when the rules come into force.Cabinet will have the final say on when the rules come into effect.“Once the legislation was amended, most people assumed you couldn’t do this anymore,” said Hassan Yussuff, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.“I don’t know why they haven’t put forth the regulations on this because they were very clear. Immediately after they got elected, they acted on it.”Since coming to office, the Liberals have touted spending aimed at creating more jobs for young people — notably doubling funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program, and putting money into creating internships and apprenticeships — hoping to meet campaign promises that won over many young voters.NDP jobs critic Niki Ashton accused the Liberals of being “all talk and no action” on an issue of vital importance to young Canadians.“There’s no excuse for not making a change sooner.”The previous Conservative government promised changes to labour laws to protect unpaid interns as part of their 2015 budget, but the rules were never implemented.The Liberals revived the proposal in December 2015, weeks after taking office, and faced opposition to its plan to allow unpaid work for up to four months full-time or up to a year part-time. The Canadian Intern Association dropped out of consultations, students mounted protests and labour groups demanded the whole process be restarted.When Patty Hajdu became labour minister in early 2017, her mandate letter called for updating labour standards “to address emerging issues such as unpaid internships.”The government’s second budget bill last year deleted part of the Canada Labour Code that provided an allowance for unpaid internships in certain cases, but left an existing exception for educational placements intact.In a statement, Hajdu said the government was committed to consulting Canadians on the changes before they are implemented.“Young Canadians need meaningful work experience to start strong in their careers, but unpaid internships can be unfair and exploitative,” she said.“We will eliminate unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors where they are not part of a formal educational program during this mandate.”A new round of consultations is set to launch next month and run into the fall to coincide with talks about new unpaid leaves for family reasons, traditional Indigenous practices, and victims of family violence.“While we’re encouraged that the federal government is finally moving forward on addressing unpaid internships within federally regulated employers, we’re also concerned that the timelines are excessive and push any concrete action into 2019 or 2020,” said Andrew Langille, counsel for the Canadian Intern Association.“The commitment to tackle unpaid internships was made during the 2015 election and one would think four years would be enough time to tackle a straightforward regulatory change.”Ashton said some schools are avoiding unpaid internships for students. Even so, she said, some young people believe unpaid work is the only way they can get job experience and a foothold in the labour market.Last week’s latest jobs figures from Statistics Canada showed an 11.7 per cent unemployment rate for workers age 15 to 24 — almost twice the national average of six per cent and up from May’s rate of 11.1 per cent.— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open sharply lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening sharply lower as the arrest of a senior Chinese technology executive threatened to worsen trade tensions between China and the U.S.The price of oil also fell sharply early Thursday as OPEC leaders gathered to discuss possible cuts in production.The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped as much as 500 points before erasing some of its losses.Boeing and Caterpillar, which would stand to lose much in an extended trade battle, fell the most in the Dow.Traders continued to shovel money into bonds, a signal that they see weakness in the economy ahead.The Dow fell 390 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 24,640.The S&P 500 lost 36 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,664. The Nasdaq gave up 99 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,062.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort Nelson considering banning plastic bags

first_img“Reasons come from a sustainability perspective and the fact that when you look at landfills and the amount of bags that blow around at times and the challenges associated with plastic bags from an environmental perspective,” said Barry.Barry added that Council is only in the preliminary phase and much discussion is still needed before any decision can be made. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Fort Nelson is considering banning plastic shopping bags.In a council meeting on July 9th, a resolution was passed which gave Council a 90-day window to decide if they would ban plastic bags.According to the Fort Nelson’s Chief Administrative Officer Scott Barry, the reason behind the potential ban is the challenge plastic bags create from an environmental aspect.last_img read more

Ohio State football goals unchanged after Braxton Millers injury

OSU redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton (39) punts the ball during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorIn the Ohio State football team meeting room, a sign details the Buckeyes’ “plan to win.”The plan lists playing great defense first, followed by winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game.That plan was designed to put the Buckeyes in a position to win Big Ten and national titles, and that doesn’t have to change after senior quarterback Braxton Miller suffered a season-ending injury Monday.Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman confirmed that those plans haven’t changed, adding that the team knows exactly what it has to do.“We’ve just got to compete for championships,” Heuerman said Wednesday.Senior cornerback Doran Grant reiterated the words of Heuerman, saying the expectations at a place like OSU never change.“We’re the Ohio State Buckeyes, and we’ve got to get there,” Grant said.OSU coach Urban Meyer said Miller’s injury — which he said is a torn labrum in the signal caller’s throwing shoulder — caused a “devastating” moment on the practice field. However, the team has come back strong since then, he added.Meyer went so far as to say Wednesday morning — when the Buckeyes’ participated in their 20th practice this fall — was arguably the best practice any of his teams have had since his staff arrived in Columbus.“Really impressed,” the third-year OSU coach said. “The energy, the speed; I think they see the light at the end of the tunnel, so it was a very, very good day.”Meyer said moving forward without Miller is a “huge test” for his team, but the players have been up to the challenge so far.While Miller did account for 44 percent of OSU’s offense last season, Meyer said the most important thing right now is getting his team ready — no matter who is on the field. He said a quarterback is an “important cog” in the team, but there is more than that to winning football games.“One thing our team is pretty good at, and I’ve gotten better at, is worrying about the moment,” Meyer said. “And the moment is getting a team ready.”While redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett has been penciled in to Miller’s previously set-in-stone spot, players on the defensive side of the ball know they have to step up just as much as the offense.“Play great defense” is No. 1 on OSU’s plan to win, after all.“On the field, playing, we just have to get the job done,” Grant said. “We have our job to do.”Senior linebacker Curtis Grant, who is entering his second season as a starter on the Buckeye defense, said the injury to Miller doesn’t have to mean more pressure for the defense.He said that adding pressure on oneself can lead to a decreased quality of play on the field. At the end of the day, Curtis Grant said the Buckeye defense just has to keep doing what they always do.“We still go out there and have fun and play the game,” he said. “Because that’s what we’re here for.”Doran Grant said the OSU defense knows it has to step up, but that doesn’t necessarily stem from Miller’s injury.In 2013, the Buckeye defense gave up 5,284 yards of total offense, including 3,752 yards through the air. Those numbers, especially coming on the heels of two consecutive losses to the end the season, are considered subpar by some for the famed Silver Bullets defense.“I mean, we have to take it to another level just coming back from last season,” Doran Grant said of the team’s defensive outlook this fall. “That’s just something we have to do.”Doran Grant said the team will head into the new season with a chip on its shoulder, but has to ignore any criticism coming from the outside to find the desired success.Playing great defense is certainly still in the plans for OSU, as are winning the turnover battle, scoring in the red zone and winning the kicking game.Things will certainly be different for OSU in a full season without Miller, but the Buckeyes don’t think that has to change their ceiling in 2014.OSU’s schedule is set to begin Aug. 30 against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Manuel Pellegrini expects more new signings

first_imgThe London Stadium coach Manuel Pellegrini has revealed how early capturing of Ryan Fredericks indicates a sign of more signings to come for West Ham this summer and goes ahead to say his relationship with the club’s owners is perfectly fine.Pellegrin is looking to strengthen his squad as he has been linked with Lazio ace Felipe Anderson and PSG star Javier Pastore for a deal. The former City manager is also very confident that he will have more signings in time to come.“I speak to Mr. Sullivan regularly and we are in agreement about our approach to bringing new players to the club this summer,” said Pellegrini, speaking to Mirror Football.“We have already completed one very exciting signing with Ryan Fredericks coming to the club and we are working hard to bring more to West Ham for the supporters.”Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…Pellegrini continued by insisting his working relationship with the club’s hierarchy is also healthy.“I need to make it clear that there is absolutely no problem,” he said.“I have been made to feel welcome by everyone at West Ham since my arrival. I already have a very good relationship with the two chairmen.”last_img read more

PSG send coach Thomas Tuchel a very stylish birthday message

first_imgParis Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel was given a birthday message on Wednesday that he will never forgetThe German had his 45th birthday yesterday and arrived at PSG’s Ooredoo Training Centre to prepare for the latest practice session.Little did he know that a special message had been carved into the training pitch.It bore the PSG club crest with a happy birthday message in his native German.It read: “Alles Gute Zum Geburtstag Thomas!” ( “Happy Birthday Thomas!”)Tuchel was recruited by PSG in May to replace the departed Unai Emery as the new manager of the Ligue 1 giants.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…In his first competitive game in charge of the club, Tuchel impressively oversaw a 4-0 thrashing of rivals AS Monaco to win the Trophee des Championes.The former Borussia Dortmund coach has also maintained a 100% winning start to the new Ligue 1 season following PSG’s wins over Angers, Guingamp and Caen.PSG will be back in action in Saturday’s away game to Nimes in the Ligue 1.???? In honor of birthday boy @TTuchelofficial… training with a special touch today at the Ooredoo Training Centre! ?? pic.twitter.com/95pTJBTfmW— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) August 29, 2018last_img read more

Wildlife Response Team Respond To Two Juvenile Northern Elephant Seals

first_imgSeals haul out on Alaska beaches when it is time to molt (shed their hair). Molting is a very energetically demanding process for pinnipeds, especially for elephant seals. Elephant seals experience a catastrophic molt where they lose all their fur at once. ASLC operates a 24-hour stranding hotline where trained professionals will walk people through the proper steps to assist an animal in distress. Call 1-888-774-SEAL if you see a sick or injured marine mammal. ASLC Wildlife Response Curator, Jane Belovarac notes, “When elephant seals are in their molt, they can look sickly. They don’t just lose their hair, but they also shed the underlying segments of skin as well.” ASLC professionals are confident that while these animals appear lethargic and injured, it is due to their molt. Both elephant seals that were reported in Seward had robust and healthy body conditions, and did not require veterinary treatment.center_img Wildlife Research Biologist Sharon Melin, with NOAA Fisheries’ Alaska Fisheries Science Center: “While it is unusual to see northern elephant seals on the beaches of Alaska, it is not outside their range of behavior. During their solitary migration, individuals haul out in small numbers all along west coast beaches. After the long migration from California to feeding areas near Alaska, the juvenile seals may have needed to haul out to rest before continuing their migration or foraging activities.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Wildlife Response Team with the Alaska Sealife Center responded to two juvenile northern elephant seals hauled out on the shores of Seward. Since opening in 1998, the Center has only received eleven elephant seal response calls.last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Reading Cooperative Bank Donates To Ipswich River Watershed Association

first_imgREADING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) has donated $1,000 to the Ipswich River Watershed Association to help support its clean water initiatives. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish, wildlife and the children of tomorrow.The Ipswich River Watershed Association is the voice of the Ipswich River. They work to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish and wildlife, today and for our children and theirs. The Ipswich River and streams, ponds and coastal waters of our region are healthy and beautiful. Clean water flows year-round, and native fish and wildlife thrive. Natural areas help keep the river clean and provide places for families to enjoy nature. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works in partnership with communities, businesses, schools, and other organizations and residents to protect the river.“Protecting the environment means protecting our communities,” said Bryan Greenbaum, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important to support efforts which seek to ensure that our drinking water is clean and safe.”To learn more about or donate to the Ipswich River Watershed Association, please visit their website: https://www.ipswichriver.org/About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Cooperative Bank.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedReading Cooperative Bank Donates $2,500 To Ipswich River Watershed AssociationIn “Business”Ipswich River Watershed Association Announces Paddle-A-Thon 2018, Registration Now OpenIn “Community”Recommended Winter Hikes From Ipswich River Watershed AssociationIn “Community”last_img read more

MercedesAMG GT 53 4Door Coupe sneaks in just below 100000

first_img More From Roadshow Mercedes-Benz 68 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Preview • 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe: Beautiful brutality Hatchbacks Luxury cars Sports Cars 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car 0 Mercedes-Benzcenter_img 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe: A practical beauty Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Enlarge ImageGiven the price of the GT 63 variants, the GT 53 looks like a screaming deal. Mercedes-AMG Back in December, Mercedes-AMG released pricing information for the first GT 4-Door Coupe model to hit the US market, the V8-toting GT 63. Now, we know how much the less expensive I6 variant will cost, and as it turns out, it’s a fair bit less.The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4-Door Coupe will start at $99,995, factoring in $995 for destination and delivery, when it goes on sale this spring. That price is $37,500 lower than the next available trim, the GT 63, and it’s a far cry from the $159,995 GT 63 S that lives atop the lineup. Both 63 variants are already on sale.To be fair, there is a fairly large performance delta between the 53 and 63 models. The GT 53 sports a 3.0-liter turbocharged I6 gas engine that puts out 429 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque. That mates to a 48-volt mild hybrid system that can provide an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of twist in short bursts. It’s still plenty quick, reaching 60 miles per hour in about 4.4 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 174 mph.By comparison, the GT 63 and GT 63 S wield a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8. It puts out 577 hp and 590 lb-ft in GT 63 form, enough to drop the 0-to-60 time to 3.3 seconds, while the top speed raises to 193 mph. The GT 63 S turns that wick up to a positively mega 630 hp and 664 lb-ft, dropping the 60-mph sprint to 3.1 seconds. If performance isn’t your end-all, be-all, then it might be wise to save a whole bunch of money by sticking with the GT 53.Even though it’s the “base” model, the GT 53 isn’t exactly light on kit. Standard equipment includes adjustable suspension, a Burmester surround-sound audio system, navigation and one positively gorgeous interior modeled after the GT coupe. The only bummer is that it still uses Mercedes-Benz’s old COMAND infotainment system, and not the new MBUX setup that’s making appearances on other new models. More about 2019 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Share your voicelast_img read more

Hero Motocorp shares rise higher than TVS Motor Co and Bajaj Auto

first_imgHero Motocorp, which reached a milestone of 60 million vehicles in cumulative last fiscal since its inception in 1984, has seen its share price rise sharply in the past 12 months when compared to its listed peers, TVS Motor Co. and Bajaj Auto Ltd.Shares of Hero Motocorp closed at Rs. 3,237.70 on Friday (July 15, 2016) at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), translating into a gain of 22.715 percent over July 15, 2015 of Rs. 2,660.In comparison, TVS Motor Co. delivered 14.29 percent based on its July 15, 2016 closing price of Rs. 306.60 and July 15, 2015 closing price of Rs. 268.25.Bajaj Auto fared even lower, giving 6.15 percent return to investors, based on its closing prices of Rs. 2,688.40 (July 15, 2016) and Rs. 2,532.45 (July 15, 2015).Hero Motocorp recently launched Spendor iSMART 110, its first, fully desgined and developed in-house two wheeler. “The new iSmart 110 is another example of our efforts, featuring a BS IV compliant engine along with the intuitive, fuel-efficient i3S technology…This comes close on the heels of the successful launch of our first range of indigenously developed scooters last year,” Pawan Munjal, chairman, MD & CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said in a statement on Thursday.Hero Motocorp, which is also the world’s largest two-wheeler maker, sold 5.49 lakh units last month, a marginal increase from 5.42 lakh vehicles sold in June 2015.Its first quarter (April-June 2016) sales rose to 17.45 lakh units, up from 16.45 lakh two-wheelers the company sold in the corresponding period last year. Hero Motocorp Ltd. was originally incorporated as Hero Honda Motors Ltd. a year after the entity signed a joint collaboration agreement with Japan’s Honda Motor Company in 1983. The joint venture with Honda ended in 2011 when the Japanese partner’s 26 percent stake was bought by the Indian promoters for Rs. 3,842 crore.In line with its plans to focus on new-age vehicles, Hero Motocorp announced the phasing out of its scooter models Maestro, Impulse, Ignito and Passion XPro acquired under a licensing agreement from its former partner Honda, the Economic Times reported, citing Pawan Munjal.The promoters hold 34.64 percent stake in Hero Motocorp, based on the filing to the BSE.last_img read more

Erdogan names soninlaw Turkey finance chief

first_imgTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces Turkish Cabinet after taking oath as first president under new government system, in Ankara, on 9 July 2018. Photo: AFPPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet.Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime.Describing the monumental change as a “new beginning”, he vowed at a later ceremony at his vast Ankara presidential palace to be the president of all 81 million Turks.”We have come not to be master but to be servant of our people,” he added.He then unveiled the first cabinet under the new system, appointing his son-in-law Berat Albayrak, 40, to the crucial post of finance minister, in a move that appeared to rattle markets.Army chief of staff General Hulusi Akar joined the government as defence minister but Mevlut Cavusoglu kept the post of foreign minister.Fuat Oktay, a former head of Turkey’s emergencies agency, has been named as the sole vice president, a newly-created post.- ‘One-man regime’ -The new system, which dispenses with the office of prime minister, was agreed in a bitterly-fought 2017 referendum narrowly won by the “Yes” camp. The issue continues to polarise public opinion in Turkey.”A partisan one-man regime starts officially today,” said the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper.But the pro-government daily Yeni Safak hailed it as an “historic day”, saying: “One page is closing in Turkish history and a new page is opening.”The president now sits at the top of a vertical power structure marked by a slimmed-down government with 16 ministries instead of 26 and multiple bodies reporting to him.In one of the most significant changes, the EU affairs ministry, set up in 2011 to oversee Turkey’s faltering bid to join the bloc, is being subsumed into the foreign ministry.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim now goes down in history as the 27th and final holder of the post in Turkey. He is expected to become speaker of the new parliament.- ‘Leader of multi-polar world’ -The transition ceremony was overshadowed by a deadly train derailment in northwest Turkey on Sunday that killed 24 people and injured hundreds. Erdogan said that folk dancing and a laser show had been cancelled as a result.Those attending included Ankara’s top allies from Africa, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union but relatively few European figures.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was present, in a new sign of the warm ties between Ankara and Moscow, as was Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, regarded with disdain by Washington but an ally of Erdogan.In a tweet, Maduro hailed Erdogan as a “friend of Venezuela and leader of the new multi-polar world.”But Erdogan faces immediate challenges posed by Ankara’s faltering bid to join the EU and tensions between the United States and its NATO ally.Erdogan will this week immediately turn to foreign policy, visiting northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan, followed by more challenging encounters at a NATO summit in Brussels where he will meet US President Donald Trump and other leaders.- Lira pressured -The markets were keeping a close eye on the finance ministry, keen to see a steady hand at the helm in a fast-growing economy dogged by double-digit inflation and a widening current account deficit.The appointment of Albayrak, the husband of Erdogan’s elder daughter Esra and formerly energy minister, came as a surprise, with no place for Mehmet Simsek, the former deputy prime minister for the economy trusted by markets.The Turkish lira lost 3.5 percent in value on the news to trade at 4.73 lira to the dollar.Ruhsar Pekcan, one of just two women in the cabinet, was named as trade minister.Hardline Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu keeps his job, while Akar’s appointment as defence minister was also a surprise and it remains unclear who will replace him as army chief of staff.The AKP failed to win a majority in legislative elections and will need support from its allies in the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) which could push it into more hardline policies.Erdogan has also pledged to end the state of emergency that has been in place since the failed July 2016 coup and which has seen the biggest purge in the history of modern Turkey.One day ahead of the inauguration, 18,632 public sector employees were ordered dismissed, including thousands of soldiers and police officers in a new crackdown.last_img read more

ExCIA Chief Concerned Over Trump Campaign Kremlin Contacts

first_img Share Former CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday he was concerned about the number of contacts between Americans “involved” with the Trump campaign and the Russians last year.During his first public remarks since he left his post in January, Brennan told lawmakers he was so concerned about Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election and recruit Americans that he convened a group of officials from the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency in late July to focus exclusively on the issue.Republicans on the House intelligence committee pushed Brennan about whether there was evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, a point President Donald Trump has tried to enlist allies to quash. Brennan said the CIA focuses on intelligence, not “evidence,” and said he was not able to answer that question.Brennan’s statements about the number of contacts between associates of the Trump campaign and the Russians again put details about the Trump campaign’s contacts with the Kremlin into the spotlight as reports emerged that Trump had asked his national intelligence director and NSA chief to state publicly there was no evidence of collusion before investigations into the matter were complete.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a Senate panel Tuesday he would not comment on the reports.Brennan’s testimony came the day after Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination in response to a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee, which, like the House intelligence committee, is conducting an investigation into the Russian meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign. The Senate intelligence committee asked Flynn and three other Trump campaign associates for documents, including lists of meetings he had with the Russians during the campaign.The FBI is also conducting a counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign.The former acting attorney general, Sally Yates, previously told Congress that the Justice Department was concerned that Flynn was compromised by the Russians and could be vulnerable to blackmail as Trump’s national security adviser because of misleading statements he made to the vice president about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Trump in February fired Flynn over the misleading statements, but he has since defended Flynn and his integrity.On Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House oversight committee, cited inconsistencies in Flynn’s disclosures to U.S. investigators during his security clearance review in early 2016.Cummings said in a new letter that Flynn appeared to lie about the source of a $33,000 payment from Russia’s state-sponsored television network, failed to identify foreign officials with whom he met — including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin — and glossed over his firing as chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration. Cummings asked the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, to subpoena the White House for documents related to Flynn.Flynn’s attorney, Robert Kelner, declined to comment on the new assertions by Cummings.last_img read more

Rice UH to Join New Scholarship Program for Future Teachers

first_img Share Raise Your Hand TexasThe Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation will manage the scholarship program for future teachers and has already supported innovate teaching in places like Port Isabel.Two Houston schools will participate in a new scholarship fund for future teachers, launched with the lofty goal to elevate the teaching profession in Texas.H-E-B’s chairman and CEO Charles Butt has pledged $50 million for the fund, adding to his previous major philanthropy for public education in the state.These new scholarships will support hundreds of future teachers at ten different universities around Texas, including Rice and the University of Houston. They could receive an estimated $5 million each.Amber Thompson, who leads the teacher preparation program at UH, said that she hopes it will draw even more people to consider teaching.“All the students out there need a quality teacher,” Thompson said. Research shows that a teacher’s strength has the biggest impact in a student’s success.“I really believe that participation in this is going to elevate the profession, in general by not only supporting students while they’re in the field, but really placing importance and showing candidates that are passionate about teaching that they matter.”Laura IsenseeUH student Eva Alvarado said that the new scholarships will help aspiring teachers like herself, who juggle school, work and family to launch their career.UH education student Eva Alvarado, 32, hopes to land one of those scholarships.This past spring, Alvarado juggled a full load. She was a student teacher at a Houston elementary school, worked an after-school job and took care of own her three children.“It has been kind of hard lately as having to be a student as well as having to work as well as providing to our family,” Alvarado said.She wants to become a bilingual teacher and says a scholarship worth $8,000 would mean a lot.The scholarship program will start this school year and is expected to support as many as 500 teachers over the next decade. It will be managed by the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.“I think we’re going to be growing a body of teacher leaders, with the understanding that diversity is key and preparing for our diverse learners is key and leading in that arena is key,” said Judy Radigan, who will lead the Raising Texas Teachers program at Rice University.last_img read more

Giving Tuesday — How To Know Which Charities Are Legit

first_img 00:00 /05:42 Share Listen It’s Giving Tuesday – the Tuesday after Thanksgiving…following Black Friday and Cyber Monday.Today is the day many charities and nonprofits aggressively encourage your donations. You’ve probably come across such pushes online, on social media, via e-mail, by phone and so forth.But how do you know which of those seeking a few bucks from you are on the up and up, and which are…well, not?We ask Dr. Laila Sorurbakhsh, who directs UH-Downtown’s Nonprofit Management master’s program. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Louisville vs Robert Morris Postgame Quotes

first_imgStory Links Louisville Head Coach Chris Mack(Opening statement) “I’m going to be very careful with how I say this because I thought Andy’s guys played extremely hard, and I told him after the game, a lot harder on tape, well a lot harder tonight, than on film. It’s a credit to when they’ve lost a few in a row. To me, this game was about our inability to be ready to play. We were playing uphill the entire game and it was because of having the wrong mindset. That hasn’t been an issue with our team, but hopefully a dose of reality that if you’re not mentally ready to go, you’re not willing to, again, be ready to go when the ball is jumped then you find yourself in the situation we were in. It’s disappointing. Obviously, it’s a different game for us offensively with CC (Christen Cunningham) being out. Everyone sort of moves up a notch on the food chain in terms of ball-handling responsibilities. We managed that really well. Not the merriest lead into Christmas, but it is what it is.”(On what he said to the team at halftime) “I said, ‘I’m not going to tell you I told you so, but I told you so.’ Because our coaching staff sensed it was a little too loose. We tried to address it. I have to do a better job. Anyone can tell you, ‘You’re not ready to play,’ or, ‘You’re too loose,’ but so what. Identify and fix the problem and we had a problem to start the game. I told them at halftime, if we play the second half the like we did the last five minutes of the half, we do a much better job of handling the ball, which is what I think we did, and maybe the outcome will be different from the first half.”(On when he noticed a lack of focus) “I sensed when we got to the arena. It was more our staff sensing it. With guys getting shots, really loosey-goosey in warm-ups, layup lines, and certainly you can sense it, feel it on the floor in the first four or five minutes of the game. Felt like it was a mortuary on the defensive end. There was no talk and we got served tonight.”(On what happened with Christen Cunningham and his timetable) “He missed a little layup in traffic yesterday in practice and it was a little bunny, so he quickly second jumped and tried to tip it at the same time and the guy was sort of blocking him slash undercutting him, so he landed on his back/butt, his head hit the ground, pretty nasty. He got up, said he was fine. Fortunately, Fred (Hina) held him out, he did not feel as well the next day. We made the smart decision to sit him out with the symptoms. We are very hopeful that the break for all of players, but obviously Christen, will serve him well and he can come back, be ready to go in the next game. I think eight-nine days between when he did it and when we play.”(On defense and starting early) “With the way Robert Morris was defending us, and us turning the ball over, it had to start on the defensive end. we had to have an answer for how fast they were running their offense, how quick they were slipping their big to the rim . we did a poor job on pick and layups which led to more fouls and downhill drives. For us, it always starts on the defensive end, because shooting is going to come and go, your opportunities on offense will sometimes be executed very well but you might miss the shot and you have to get consecutive stops. I thought outside of the first 12-14 minutes, we really did that because within the first 12 minutes they had a lot of points. And they ended with under 60.”  (Defense on Williams) “it was tough, it was a lot of different guys. Khwan (Fore) has been a good defender all year and he is a guy who we trust to take a player like Josh Williams and chase him all over the floor and defend him without fouling. Some of our other guys stepped up and took shots that quite honestly we haven’t really seen. I thought the difference with Robert Morris tonight was that they played a lot harder, especially offensively and we were just a tick slow. (This is your last game against a power five school. What have you guys taken away from playing all these schools at the beginning of the season?) “One it’s a great experience for our guys, first and foremost. I think one of our jobs, as coaches, is to provide these guys with great memories. I think that guys will remember coming to the Yum Center, playing against Louisville, being able to compete at a reasonable level for the majority of the game. Those things are important. And the obviously just the pace is faster, the speed of the game, the athleticism, the physicality of what’s out there. I think if you can execute and perform in this kind of environment, then hopefully that will pay dividends for you as you go down the road and you’re not playing in front of 22,000 people and having a 6-10, 260 guys hanging around the basket. Those are hopefully the things you learn, but you obviously offer guys the opportunity to compete and play against the best and see where you guys can stack up.” Print Friendly Version (On how well Robert Morris defended early in the game) “Again, on tape, I didn’t think they played as hard as they did tonight in the (KFC) YUM! Center. Was told by Matt Painter years ago and I’ll never forget it. If the guy on you blocks your shot from the perimeter, you just made a really boneheaded play. When you think about it, when you play basketball, if the guy blocks your shot while he’s on you then obviously you can’t play. You got to have that feeling. Of course a couple of them, well one of them, there was two seconds on the shot clock, so there weren’t a lot of options. I thought Andy’s kids played really hard on it.”(On Ryan McMahon’s expanding his game) “He didn’t play very well the first half, so you must be complimenting his second half. I was really disappointed in Ryan in the first half. We need him to be stronger with the ball when he gets in traffic. Because he can get in traffic. His defender in going to be in the air a lot because all he has to do is look up at the banners and guys are going to jump. It’s the ability to make decisions and be tough with the ball that we really need out of Ryan. Defensively, he needs to have a louder presence and a louder voice on the floor because he’s such a smart player, but if you don’t dispense that knowledge, it really doesn’t matter. Those are the two areas for growth. You might think Ryan is becoming a better player, I feel like he’s really falling short of his potential right now because he can be a lot better and a lot tougher right now. We need him to be to be a really good team.”(On what defensive adjustments he made) “None. Didn’t make any. That’s how good of a coach I am. I’m serious. Sometimes, you say in the huddle or at halftime, ‘We have to make these adjustments.’ I told our team at halftime, ‘I hate being this coach because I’m not giving you answers, but we’re not playing hard enough.’ That’s it. We’re not playing hard enough. When you play to the level that you can and you play really hard defensively and then there are some things that are broken and need to be fixed, then we’ll address it. We can’t evaluate as a coaching staff what our scheme is doing if we’re not playing very hard. I think a lot of coaches sometimes scream and say, ‘Play harder,’ and don’t give their guys answers. And I try to be that coach, but tonight it was called for. We weren’t playing hard enough. That’s the adjustment that we made. It was to tell them to play harder or we’re going to lose the game.”(On coaching on his first Louisville-Kentucky game) “It’s a big game. Excited about it. We’ll worry about Kentucky after Christmas. We got a really good team.”Robert Morris Head Coach Andrew Toole(You took away their drives to the basket and really set the tempo early. Was that a point of emphasis, to take away their drive?) “Yeah, I mean them not having [Christen] Cunningham first and foremost affects their ability to kind of have some playmakers out there getting to the basket. And so, we wanted to make sure that we were really doing a good job of closing out to [Jordan] Nwora, closing out to [Ryan] McMahon when he was in the game, closing out to [Darius] Perry, but also then not allowing someone to beat us on dribble drive. Not allowing the interior play. We really wanted to defend the paint as best we could, and I thought that we did a really nice job of that early in the game.”(You were up seven or eight and they went on that 20-2 run, what happened there?) “It’s a combination… I think we did have some good looks that we didn’t make. I think obvious Louisville kind of raised their intensity level and really started to attack the basket, really get to the free throw line, which hurt. You need all those things to go in your favor if you’re going to win a game like this on the road. We had some costly mistakes that led to buckets for them that obviously allowed them to gain momentum. If you can continue maybe to make shots, you can hold them at bay a little bit. We weren’t able to do that. And then they were able to capitalize and score, and so all of a sudden, that momentum started to change. And some of the looks, I liked. A couple of the plays, I didn’t. But, I thought those guys competed the best they could for 40 minutes.” (Your team didn’t look like a team that’s lost eight games….) “I appreciate that. This is, I think, what we have been looking for as coaches. Now the trick is, can we sustain it for a majority of the remainder of our season. I think that we’ve shown flashes of this during our non-conference so far, but we haven’t been able to do it for long enough, to be able to win games. We’ve been trying to constantly discuss that, constantly talk about it, constantly pound that into the guys’ brains about competing on every possession. I think that if we can play like this moving forward, we have a chance at becoming a pretty decent team, within our league. But obviously, we still have to prove that we have to do it on a regular basis.” (On Steven Enoch and his future) “He worked his tail off in the post. He may have set his teammates up and guys get in the habit of not being able to find Steve because he is invisible and then tonight, he did a great job sealing his man up the lane, he’s asking for the ball on high-lows, he’s sealing his man on skip passes and we quite honestly missed him a few times. So, we must get better in that regard, but it was great to see. It was his effort in terms of sealing his man close to the basket, he’s so wide and so athletic. The more we can get it to him right there, as you know if he gets fouled, he is an awfully good free throw shooter.”  last_img read more

Researchers take new approach to determine historical population fluctuations

first_img Citation: Researchers take new approach to determine historical population fluctuations (2015, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-approach-historical-population-fluctuations.html SNP is a DNA sequence variation that occurs commonly among a given population. Scientists have been using information read from it to trace lineage and to follow population fluctuations over time. In this new effort, the researchers used a different math technique on DNA data obtained from nine populations included in the 1000 Genome Project. Rather than using techniques that rely on predefined population models, the pair of researchers instead came up with a model-flexible method that allows for using SNP spectra data to estimate population size during different periods in history.Using their technique, the researchers were able to show population bottlenecks (sudden sharp reductions in population size) going back 200,000 years. They found, for example, that there was a population bottleneck in Europe approximately 20 to 30,000 years ago (though it did not include people living in Finland). They also found a bottleneck in Africa occurred 100 to 200,000 years ago in Africa.The two researchers describe their method as a multi-epoch model that is similar to a skyline plot in that it can be used to calculate the likelihood of a given frequency spectrum—and it allows for treating each DNA sequence as an independent locus, which they noted reduces computational load and makes it possible to study hundreds of individuals, which of course makes historical population estimating much more accurate.For each of the nine populations studied, the duo created 200 frequency spectra which led to a stairway plot based on median population size for a given period in history. They report that their technique revealed that all of the populations that were not Africa based experienced severe drops in population between 50 and 70,000 years ago. The population in Finland stood as a different however, in that they had a separate drop between 10 and 20,000 years ago, as opposed to the rest of Europe which saw its major drop approximately ten thousand years later. The researchers suggest this was due to early Finnish people separating themselves from the rest of Europe. They note also a sharp African population drop approximately 50 to 70,000 years ago, and then again 20 to 30,000 years ago. (Phys.org)—A pair of researches with the University of Texas has used a new method to infer historical human population size fluctuations based on Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) data. In their paper published in the journal Nature Genetics, the team describes how they applied a technique they call a stairway plot to SNP data to uncover human population fluctuations going back hundreds of thousands of years. Explore further New genetic evidence resolves origins of modern Japanese This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Journal information: Nature Genetics Illustration of the multi-epoch model. Left, a coalescent tree with corresponding coalescent times. Right, an illustration of how the population size (width of each rectangle) changes over multiple epochs, with each epoch coinciding with a coalescent event. Credit: Nature Genetics (2015) doi:10.1038/ng.3254 © 2015 Phys.org More information: Exploring population size changes using SNP frequency spectra, Nature Genetics (2015) DOI: 10.1038/ng.3254AbstractInferring demographic history is an important task in population genetics. Many existing inference methods are based on predefined simplified population models, which are more suitable for hypothesis testing than exploratory analysis. We developed a novel model-flexible method called stairway plot, which infers changes in population size over time using SNP frequency spectra. This method is applicable for whole-genome sequences of hundreds of individuals. Using extensive simulation, we demonstrate the usefulness of the method for inferring demographic history, especially recent changes in population size. We apply the method to the whole-genome sequence data of 9 populations from the 1000 Genomes Project and show a pattern of fluctuations in human populations from 10,000 to 200,000 years ago.last_img read more