Virat Kohli forcing Mahendra Singh Dhoni into cricketing backwaters

first_imgIndian cricket stands at the crossroads of a generational change. (Full IPL Coverage | Points Table)Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 34, is the last surviving member of the Golden Era, which saw India scale new heights alongwith Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble and Zaheer Khan. They all left in a procession, leaving Dhoni to adjust with a group of energetic and extremely ambitious youngsters.Dhoni’s leadership and tactics, which sometimes thrived on a wait-and-watch policy, were out of sync with his more aggressive, younger colleagues. There were calls for a different brand of cricket, that was not necessarily gentlemanly all the time. The calls became louder as Dhoni preceded one defeat after another overseas. (Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain)India were humiliated repeatedly in England, they made a fight of it in New Zealand and South Africa but thoughts of victory were far-fetched.  It was finally in Australia at the end of 2014, that a new ray of hope emerged.India realised they could rely on Virat Kohli to not only score tons of runs but he could be the man to lead a revival in their fortunes, as a leader of men. The then 26-year-old took Australia by storm, hammering twin hundreds in the Adelaide Test, which India nearly won. Dhoni came back for Brisbane and Melbourne before a shock retirement, that left Kohli with the reins.The Delhi dasher took to the job incredibly well. He was assertive in the final Test at Sydney and a few months later, led India to historic series triumphs in Sri Lanka and at home against the erstwhile world number one South Africa. (MS Dhoni has not lost faith in R Ashwin, says Ajit Agarkar)advertisementMiseries pile up for Dhoni Meanwhile, Dhoni, who remained at the helm in limited-overs cricket, suffered a World Cup semi-final exit and oversaw defeats against Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia.A file image of Virat Kohli. (AP Photo)The contrast in the leadership styles of Kohli and Dhoni was stark and glaring.Success was no longer about a process that had to be painstakingly followed. It was now all about aggression, ruthlessness and plenty of attitude. The emergence of Virat Kohli, the batsman and leader, did not help MS Dhoni’s cause in any way. Observers, experts and fans now had a new hero, a new leader.While some stood firmly behind Dhoni, others left it to the Jharkhand batsman’s wisdom on whether he wanted to continue in any capacity.Dhoni haunted by poor form What made matters worse was Dhoni’s poor run with the bat. Since the World Cup, he has only two half-centuries to show for his efforts while Kohli has gone on to become the most consistent batsman in the world. His 381 runs in the five-match series against Australia earned him rave reviews. Two hundreds and two fifties in the course of five matches helped him bounce back from an indifferent year. Kohli has since turned on the heat further and went on to score 199 runs in the three-match T20 series against the Aussies, played a couple of classics in the Asia Cup T20, won the Player-of-the-Tournament in the ICC World Twenty20. That was not the end of that. The 27-year-old is topping the charts at the IPL currently, with 561 runs, including two hundreds.Dhoni, on the other hand, has struggled to make meaningful contributions with the bat and his side Rising Pune Supergiants, have virtually no hope of going beyond the league stages. For a man, who has overseen two IPL triumphs, this is a first and most certainly a new low.Kohli a beacon of hope Not that RCB have done very well themselves – after a thrilling one-run win, they happen to be sixth in the points table but at least their prospects of making it to the last-four are still bright. At least, Kohli has led from the front like he has done so often as India’s Test captain. At least, Kohli, unlike Dhoni, has given the team hope.India have been dismal in ODIs for too long now. And Dhoni’s leadership has not helped matters. He has lacked the wherewithal and the drive to try anything new. His deteriorating relations with lead off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin have hampered the bowling attack, his lack of faith in the pacers has been too hard to miss and he seems to have lost his voice in the team as has been obvious with some banal team selections.advertisementKohli’s time is NOW! It is as good a time as any for Kohli to take over. Thanks to his stupendous run with the bat and sharp cricketing acumen, he has pushed Dhoni into the cricketing backwaters. There is still time for Dhoni to play on as a key member in the shorter formats of the game. Former skipper Sourav Ganguly feels Dhoni is wasting his talent by not promoting himself up the order. He still has the firepower to pack a serious punch.A change of guard is imminent. Dhoni may not go out on his own – that much was evident in a defiant press conference after India’s semi-final defeat to West Indies in the World T20. But will the selectors be so bold as to sack him? And if they are THAT bold, will Dhoni show Kohli the grace of playing under him?That is a question for the ages!last_img read more

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Visa issue derails Indias participation in IAAF world relays

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) The Indian men and womens 4x400m relay teams will not be able to participate in the IAAF World relays, to be held in the Bahamas on April 23 and 24, due to delay in procuring visa. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) had confirmed a 15-member Indian contingent comprising three coaches to the IAAF for participation in the championships. However, due to the delay in processing of the transit visa formalities by the US visa services department, the team is now unable to travel to the Bahamas. Adille J Sumariwalla, AFI President, said, “It is indeed unfortunate that Indian team wont be a part of the championships. We received the visa for the Bahamas on April 7th itself and since then we were constantly writing to the US Visa services department to look in to the matter on priority.” “Today, the team was called for biometric registration and it was done this morning. We were hopeful till today that our earlier requests to US Visa Consular regarding an urgent appointment for interviews would be considered but nothing like that happened, and interviews are scheduled for tomorrow (April 21). The AFI chief felt it would not be fair to expect the athletes to turn up and perform a day after a long journey. “Even after interviews, we are not sure visa will be granted on the same day, so we have decided to call it off now. And even if they get visa tomorrow and fly tomorrow night itself, they will reach on April 22. We cant expect them to run after such a long tiring journey and put them at risk. “We have asked the team to now focus on Asian Grand Prix series scheduled to be held in China and Chinese Taipei. “I thank SAI and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports officials, they provided all the support whenever we requested on short notice, but sometimes things are beyond our control.” PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Steve Smith shows off his skills with a baseball bat

first_imgAustralia captain Steve Smith put his baseball skills at display when he shared a couple of videos from his “batting practice in New York.”Smith posted a couple of videos on his Instagram account where was be seen hitting the cricket balls with a baseball bat in the setup of a net practice.Steve Smith-led Australia had a disappointing Champions Trophy campaign as they got knocked out of the tournament after two of their games were washed out and Ashes rivals England beat them by 40 runs (D/L method) in their final group game.Smith has had a fantastic run with the bat this year. After a remarkable performance against India in the Test series, he captained Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League and had a good time with the bat there as well.Australia next play Bangladesh away from home from August to September this year.last_img read more

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Suncor plans 10 production increase for 2019 holds capex spending steady

first_imgThe production guidance came as Suncor says it is planning between $4.9 billion and $5.6 billion in capital spending next year, roughly in line with this year.The Alberta government has announced a mandatory cut to oil production which amounts to 8.7 percent of overall output in a bid to reduce a glut of oil and help boost low prices.Western Canadian crude had been trading at a steep discount to the North American benchmark prices, however, that gap has narrowed since the Alberta announcement.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is planning to grow production by about 10 percent, even after Alberta’s mandatory production curtailments.The company says it expects average upstream production of 780,000 to 820,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from about 730,000 boepd this year.Suncor says its guidance assumes the curtailments are in place for three months before falling to 30 percent of initial levels for the remainder of 2019, in line with the provincial announcement.last_img read more

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LIVE – Video stream of the Caribou Recover Public Meeting

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  The Province of B.C. will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. about the draft Caribou recovery program.The meeting will happen at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre in Fort St. John.  Energeticcity.ca will be streaming the meeting when it starts at approximately 5:30 p.m.  The meeting will be live streamed below or on our Facebook and Youtube pages.Video is not published or doesn’t exist.last_img

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King Mohammed Appoints Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui his new Chamberlain

first_imgFes – King Mohammed VI, received, Thursday at the Royal Palace in Fes, Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui, whom the Sovereign appointed as Chamberlain of His Majesty, said a statement from the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery. Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui is the grand- son of the late Princess Lalla Fatima Zahra El Azizia, daughter of Sultan Moulay Abdelaziz, and the late Prince Moulay El Hassan Ben El Mehdi.Charif Sidi Mohammed El Alaoui succeeds Mr. Brahim Frej, who has held the position since the reign of His Majesty the late King Hassan II. On this occasion, the King bestowed on Mr. Brahim Frej the Order of the Throne in the exceptional class in appreciation of the loyalty and dedication he showed during his rich career in the service of the Throne.last_img read more

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MINURSO Staff Accused of DoubleDipping into Accommodations Funds

Rabat – Earlier this week, the UN-based news outlet Inner City Press (ICP), cited a “well-placed” source saying the U.N. personnel who worked at the now-evicted MINURSO peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara were “double-dipping” into their accommodations benefits during their time in Morocco.According to the source, the U.N. workers had their accommodations paid for by the Moroccan government via a $3 million grant. But the staff of over 73 members also benefitted from the international organization’s Mission Sustenance Allowance (MSA) funds “as if they were paying their own hotel costs.”The U.N.’s official website says MSA benefits are meant to help staffers pay for living expenses incurred by their work on a temporary project or special mission. The protocol for receiving the assistance stipulates that the amount of the benefits be cut by 50 percent when accommodations are provided by the U.N. The ICP source suggests that the benefits were not reduced as required.Morocco cancelled its grant to MINURSO last month before expelling the mission from key offices in Laayoune and Dakhla as part of a political reaction to remarks made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referring to the North African country’s presence in the Western Sahara as an “occupation.”Ki-moon made the comments following a tour of the Tindouf refugee camps housing Sahrawis in Algeria. The use of this controversial term sparked protests domestically and in the Moroccan diaspora worldwide in the weeks that followed.In a statement released on March 28th, the U.N. said Ki-moon “regretted misunderstandings” caused by his remarks, but Moroccans immediately rejected the attempt to de-escalate tensions by condemning the statement as a “non-apology.”On March 21st, a U.N. spokesperson reported that 33 of the expelled staff members have continued their work from a remote base in Las Palmas, while others either left their position with the U.N. or began leave in their respective home countries.ICP also released an article last month that included an email from a former U.N. volunteer with MINURSO who claimed his employers treated him “cheaply” when they refrained from calling the mission’s eviction a “security evacuation” in order to avoid paying the benefits due to U.N. volunteers according to their employment handbook. read more

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Qatar Airways Offers Business Travelers Loaner Laptops on Board

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Following the US government’s electronics ban imposed on flights from several Middle Eastern and African countries, Qatar Airways will provide business class travelers loaner laptops on US-bound flights, starting next week.The action comes as a result of an initiative by Qatar Airways to deal with the US electronic devices ban, imposed on March 21, as well as to provide its business class passengers with the opportunity to complete their work during their flight. According to a statement issued by Qatar Airways’ CEO, Akbar Al Baker, business class passengers will have to download their work from their own laptops onto a USB device at the boarding gate, adding that the company will offer its business customers one hour free access to internet and a full onboard Wi-Fi package for $5.One of the airlines affected by the US-electronic ban, Qatar has made this decision n an effort to prevent losing a large number of its usual business passengers.“As an award-winning and global airline, we truly appreciate the importance of being able to work on board our aircraft and that is why I have insisted on offering only the best possible solution for our customers,” said Al Baker.The US-imposed ban has affected 10 different airports and nine companies, including Royal Air Maroc, Egyptair, Etihad, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Turkish Airlines. read more

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Maritime Safety Training Institute to boost local content training

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFourth batch of students graduate from TOTALTEC AcademyFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”TOTALTEC aiming to equip Guyanese for the oil, gas industrySeptember 15, 2018In “Business”Sacked sugar workers among new recruits for oil and gas sectorJune 6, 2019In “Business” Guyana’ maritime training institute MatPal and TOTALTEC Academy have collaborated to form the Maritime Safety Training Institute (MSTI), to offer state-of-the-art maritime and safety related training programmes.At a simple ceremony on Thursday, to announce the formation of the institute, MatPal’s CEO Colleen Abrams said the partnership will bring world-class training to Guyana as efforts to develop local content for the oil and gas sector continue.“Through this strategic collaboration we are committed to addressing the issue of local content through training as well as adopting and enforcing the standards that are nationally and internationally accepted, so as to set and keep the bar high as it relates to knowledge and skill transfer,” a DPI release quoted Abrams as saying.Meanwhile, Senior Vice President of TotalTec Oilfield Services, Mike Henzell said the alliance of the two local pioneering companies will ensure world-class training for locals aspiring to work in the oil and gas sector.“Through this alliance, the Maritime Safety Training Institute will develop state-of-the-art facilities for maritime and safety related training. We are investing in Guyana and its future by employing qualified instructors, equipment and new physical facilities to deliver all facets of this highly specialized training. Our investment in training and development of Guyanese young men and women is unparalleled and show our strong commitment to investing in people now for the future which is key to building a vibrant workforce that participates in our industry,” Henzell explained.Further, Henzell noted that the certification to be issued is internationally sanctioned and is in keeping with internationally established standards.“The courses offered by MatPal are all certified by the International Maritime Organisation which is the UN specialised agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IPMA training courses are mapped to the UK based institution of occupational safety and health and OPITO standards.”According to Henzell, TOTALTEC’s International Petroleum & Maritime Academy (IPMA) is the only training institution in Guyana which offers full immersion safety and operational training programme into the oil and gas industry, including practical training on industry-specific equipment and machinery while MatPal is the only Guyanese training facility that offers maritime training courses which are certified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).OPITO is the global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry. More than 250,000 people are trained to OPITO standards every year, across 45 countries through over 200 approved training centres. The organisation works with governments and industry employers across the world to develop and implement national and international competency frameworks. read more

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Greek islands top best value destinations

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Travel Guide makers, Lonely Planet has named the Greek islands as their top best value destination for 2014. The iconic islands have risen to the top spot thanks to the crisis crunch reducing prices and the drop of tourists making it easier to get around. “Greece still does what it’s done brilliantly for generations,” the writers at Lonely Planet summarise. “What’s missing are visitor numbers from previous years, and prices have come down in an attempt to woo them back. “Combined with the chance to explore Greece’s more popular sights with fewer visitors, this means that in 2014 it offers remarkable value.” Greece is joined by various good value destinations, including a close neighbours, Bulgaria, and Southern Italy. The Australian tourist mecca, Fiji also made the list for being an “affordable paradise”, but pushes tourists to island hop and get away from the main drag. Its neighbour, the Philippines also makes the list, singling out Palawan for its beautiful and pristine beaches and its affordable activities. For the more adventurous, Africa’s Ethiopia gained a spot, but Lonely Planet warned of the hidden costs for tourists not wanting to make the trek alone. “This is one slice of Africa that rewards the curious as well as the deep-pocketed.” Lonely Planet also named Adelaide as one of the top ten best cities to visit in 2014, beating out Auckland in New Zealand for ninth place. Paris topped the list, alongside Trinidad in Cuba and Cape Town in South Africa. Australia also made an apperance in the top ten regions to visit in 2014, with The Kimberleys taking out second place.Top 10 list of best value destinations: 1. Greek Islands 2. Italy’s horn 3. Nicaragua 4. Bulgaria 5. Portugal 6. Fiji 7. Mexico 8. Karnataka, India 9. Palawan, the Philippines 10. EthiopiaTop 10 cities: 1. Paris, France 2. Trinidad, Cuba 3. Cape Town, South Africa 4. Riga, Latvia 5. Zurich, Switzerland 6. Shanghai, China 7. Vancouver, Canada 8. Chicago, USA 9. Adelaide, Australia 10. Auckland, New Zealandlast_img read more

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Teachers strike over pay and working conditions

first_imgTeachers in England who are members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) are taking strike action today (5 July 2016) in a bid to protect pay and working conditions in schools.Of the 24.5% of members who took part in the ballot, 91.7% voted in favour of discontinuous strike action.The industrial action aims to increase funding to schools and education, guarantee terms and conditions in all types of schools, and to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workloads to be addressed.Kevin Courtney, acting general secretary at the NUT, said: “The NUT is not taking action lightly. In light of the huge funding cuts to schools, worsening terms and conditions and unmanageable and exhausting workloads, teachers cannot be expected to go on without significant change.“There is already a teacher recruitment and retention crisis in our schools. Without significant change to the pay and working conditions of teachers, this will simply deepen. We know that many parents share our concerns.“At the absolute minimum, schools urgently need extra funding to meet the additional costs government has put on them through increased national insurance and pension payments.”In a letter responding to news of the strike action, education secretary Nicky Morgan said: “Removing unnecessary workload for teachers is a priority for this government, and we have made this clear in our discussions. Our extensive work with [the NUT], along with the wider profession, is helping to ensure that teachers can concentrate on what they do best.“Under the academy system, schools have more flexibility to reward teachers for their hard work, allowing them to keep their best staff and recruit the brightest talent.“We will always listen and discuss legitimate concerns within the sector and try and resolve them as quickly and fairly as possible.”last_img read more

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The Consumerist Gets a Tip Jar

first_imgSince Consumer Reports is one of the few magazine publishers to successfully charge for content online, one might assume that the Consumerist’s future might eventually be behind a pay wall. Not so, says Marc Perton, executive editor at ConsumerReports.org.“There are no plans to charge for The Consumerist,” Perton wrote in an e-mail. “Consumers Union has a range of content on the Web, some of it pay, some of it free. All of our blogs are free. And our videos. And all of our advocacy-related content. Consumerist fits well in that universe, and we believe it serves its readers well as a free site.”Perton continued:  “We’ve always believed that consumers will pay for unique and valuable content—and we have over 3 million paying subscribers who agree with us. Other publishers have to determine what business model is best for them, but we certainly think charging for content can be a viable business model for other publishers.” With all the talk surrounding paid content online and so-called micropayments—and publishers like Time Inc., Hearst and Rodale said to be developing models with a renewed hope that they can finally charge something for their Web content—little has been mentioned of another Web 1.0 concept making a surprise return: the online “tip jar.”Last week, the Consumerist, the blog now owned by Consumer Reports, put one up. When Consumer Reports bought the Consumerist back in late December, it was immediately stripped of ads. (As has been its policy, Consumer Reports does not accept ads, relying, instead, on print and online subscriptions.)last_img read more

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John Driscoll Leaves Hachette

first_imgDriscoll told FOLIO: that leaving Hachette was a difficult decision. “At JMI, I was given a great chance to join a company in a growth mode in an exciting business,” he said. “Car and Driver and Road & Track are great brands and will get better in the future. I am still very optimistic for great brands, which includes brands with a solid print footprint.”Driscoll joined Hachette in 1995 as Western advertising manager for Cycle World. In 1998, he joined Hachette’s auto group as Western advertising manager and was later promoted to Western director. In 2004 Driscoll was promoted to associate publisher and again in 2008 to vice president and group publisher of the automotive group. After 15 years with Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., John Driscoll, senior vice president and chief brand officer for Car and Driver and Road & Track, is no longer with the company. He announced his resignation to staff on Wednesday.Today, it was announced that Driscoll [pictured] has joined Zionsville, Indiana-based Just Marketing International as vice president of partnership development of its motorsports agency. A Hachette spokesperson said Driscoll’s replacement hasn’t been named. last_img read more

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LIBRARY LINEUP Bestselling Author Andre Dubus III To Visit On July 25

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsZodiac Cross Stitch Craft  *RRMonday, July 15, 2 pm – 4 pmWeave the stars together with this zodiac cross-stitch craft! Create your own zodiac sign in a 3” hoop. Whether you’re new to cross-stitching, or a long time sewing master, you’ll love this easy to do unique craft!Led by avid crafter and needle worker, Nancy Kirwin. All supplies included. Sign up at the main desk. (16+, $10, limit 12)How to Apply Makeup *RRTuesday, July 16, 7 pmPresenter Amy Hahn, who is a professional makeup artist, takes the mystery out of makeup! She will review the basics principles of applying makeup and, using a model from the audience, will demonstrate the correct application techniques.  Amy is happy to answer any questions about your makeup products so feel free to bring them. Amy will also supply some makeup samples; mirrors will be provided. Sign up at the main desk. Ages 16 and up. (cost $10, limit 15)Coffee with a CopWednesday, July 17, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of police and community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Current Affairs Discussion Group*RRWednesday, July 17, 7 pm (meets the third Wednesday of the month)This new group is for all who would like to broaden their knowledge of current national and international affairs. You will have the opportunity to discuss topical events and learn from others. Recommended background readings will be provided prior to each meeting. Led by facilitator Dan Hall.Kat & Brad: Sun, Moon, and Stars! *RRThursday, July 18, 2:30 pmThis program is dedicated to all the songs that celebrate the moon and the stars! Brad Bensko on vocals and guitar and Kathleen Parks on vocals, violin, and mandolin bring you the sounds of 50’s & 60’s pop and American Songbook standards featuring tunes such as Stardust, Moon River,and Fly Me to the Moonplus originals from their first LP of original material.Book Talkin’ with Eileen MacDougallThursday, July 18, 6:30 – 7 pm*Novel Ideas Book GroupThursday, July 18, 7 pmFeatured Book: The Great Aloneby Kristin HannahEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s book discussion group. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book.Apollo 11 Movie *RRSaturday, July 20, 2:30 pm(Run time: 1H 30M)Celebrate the 50thanniversary of the moon landing by watching the documentary, Apollo 11.Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the film takes viewers straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission, the one that first put men on the moon, and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Enjoy a MoonPie and Tang while you watch!Author Talk: Andre Dubus III *RRThursday, July 25, 7 pmAndre Dubus III,  the author of seven books including three New York Times bestsellers will visit the library to talk about his  most recent book Gone So Long.  This novel is a compelling story of a father trying to connect with a daughter whom he has not seen since he murdered her mother forty years ago. An Andre Dubus III novel is a slow burn — never so searing that you can’t turn the page, but incrementally hotter each time you do. Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, Two Pushcart Prizes, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages. Book signing and sales to follow talk.Kids & Teen EventsMovie in the Morning: E.T. (Rated PG)Friday, July 12, 10 amEnjoy E.T. in our air-conditioned room.  Popcorn will be served. Ages 3+Sirius Star Mag: Special Summer Issue *RRSaturday, July 13, 10 amThis is your chance to work on the first-ever special summer issue of Star Mag, the library’s zine written for and by tweens and teens! Come in and create covers, comics, crosswords, and book reviews—your imagination is the limit. Or, work on original content at home and submit it to Brittany by Saturday, July 13 to see your masterpieces in print. Pick up a copy of Sirius Star Mag on Thursday, August 1. Registration optional Grades 4-8Movie Matinee: First ManSaturday, July 13, 1:30 pmRated PG-13 Registration optional. Popcorn served! Grades 6-12Minecraft Monday *RRMonday, July 15, 3pmCome play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5PJ StorytimeMonday, July 15, 6:30 pmWear your snuggly pajamas and bring your favorite teddy bear or blanket and enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more! Ages 2-5 and one or more adultsPreschool Storytime:  The MoonTuesday, July 16, 10 amThis storytime on the moon for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Star Wars Party *RRTuesday, July 16, 11:30 am-2:30 pmJoin us for a morning of Star Wars fun! We’ll play games, make a fun craft, and watch The Empire Strikes Backwhile we enjoy pizza for lunch! Grades 1-5Read to Thor *RRWednesday, July 17, 10-11 amCome meet and read to Thor, a beautiful dog who loves to listen to kids read! Sign up for one 15 minute session per reader. Grades K-3Sheryl Faye Presents: Sally Ride *RRWednesday, July 17, 6:30 pmLet’s blast off into outer space with Sally Ride, the first American woman to travel into space! In this educational program, Sheryl Faye presents Sally Ride’s journey to becoming an astronaut! Her compelling story will ignite students’ curiosity and inspire them to dream, dare and develop their own gifts and talents to the fullest! Grades K+(NOTE: The above listings are from the Wilmington Memorial Library.)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.comShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”last_img read more

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BMWs M division will get plugin hybrid first full EV after 2025

first_imgBMW As BMW works to electrify more and more of its products, we can’t help but wonder how this will affect the company’s M performance arm. The Vision M Next Concept, which debuted Tuesday, gives a conceptual glimpse at what’s possible. But the reality is, a fully electric M car is still many years away.”Beyond 2025, there will be also possibly M BEVs,” Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s head of engineering, said in an interview Tuesday. Rather than a full EV, “a power PHEV is next for M.”Fröhlich says an M-branded plug-in hybrid would likely weigh between 3,500 and 3,800 pounds, and would have around 600 horsepower. For reference, the current M5 sedan has 600 horsepower, but weighs 4,370 pounds.”Weight is key,” Fröhlich said.A fully electric M would no doubt be much heavier, simply because of the added weight of the batteries needed to achieve M-tastic performance. The company’s EV development car, called “Lucy” internally, makes 720 horsepower, but also weighs 5,300 pounds.”M is not about longitudinal acceleration only,” Fröhlich said. Lighter weight makes for better handling, and that’s a key component to every M car. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. More From Roadshow 69 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Post a comment 0 Share your voice 49 Photos 26 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 10 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 81 Photos Car Industry 3 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Performance Cars Hybrids Electric Cars 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustlecenter_img Comments Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. BMW,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 71 Photos Tags BMW Vision M Next concept doesn’t let the robots take over completely 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. BMW Share your voice Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 68 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 52 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Tags 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 68 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 18 Photos More From Roadshow 12 Photoslast_img read more

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Nonprofit EMERGE Graduates Largest Class Of Seniors Headed To TopTier Schools

first_imgLaura IsenseeThe nonprofit EMERGE, which focuses on intensive college counseling, recently recognized its largest class ever of seniors headed to top-tier schools. Most of the students are their first in the families to attend college and are from high-poverty communities.This month Alex Vazquez will graduate as valedictorian from Northbrook High School in Spring Branch.He also takes care of his two younger brothers ever since his dad was deported to Mexico and his mom moved to Dallas for work a few years ago.As for college, he had it in his sights, with a basic goal.“I always thought college is college. I’m not really picky where I want to go to college. I just want to go to college,” he recounted.Last year, his thinking changed. Alex joined the group EMERGE when it expanded into Spring Branch. The nonprofit gives intensive college counseling to high-performing students from under-served communities. Research shows that top tier colleges often overlook some of those top students. Many of those students never apply and end up under-matched. Only 8 percent of high-achieving, low-income students with the record to study at selective colleges ever submit an application.“After experiencing what EMERGE has given me, I started to dream big. I started to go all out,” he said.Now Alex is headed to Pomona College in California with almost a full ride scholarship.He’s part of the largest senior class of EMERGE with nearly 300 students from Houston and Spring Branch school districts.Trisha Cornwell is the group’s executive director.“So it’s really exciting to look out in the audience and think, ‘Do we have a future president sitting in the audience? Is there the next mayor of Houston sitting in the audience? The next superintendent of HISD public schools?” she said.Cornwell said that the nonprofit hopes to expand to even more school districts next year. 00:00 /01:12 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Listenlast_img read more

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How did the universe begin

first_img Citation: How did the universe begin? (2008, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-universe.html 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. One of the most interesting questions considered by astrophysicists deals with the start of our universe. Indeed, there is a great deal of speculation on the subject, with different theories about how the universe began, and what may have existed before the universe came into being. center_img Several prominent astrophysicists around the world are interested in answering these questions. In one paper, “No-Boundary Measure of the Universe,” published in Physical Review Letters, James Hartle, Stephen Hawking and Thomas Hertog calculate the probabilities that the no-boundary wave function predicts in terms of classical space-time possibilities.“Theories regarding the beginning of the universe are expressed as wave functions,” Hartle tells PhysOrg.com. “The no-boundary wave function is one theory about the origins of the universe.” The goal of this particular work with Hawking and Hertog, he continues, was to model the universe and see what kind of probabilities exist that the current universe could have originated in a certain way.The no-boundary proposal predicts that expansion in the early universe would have proceeded smoothly from a moment in time. The idea is that inflation was a feature of our early universe. “It collapsed from a previous large phase, bounced at a small but not zero radius, and expanded again to the large phase we are living in,” says Hartle.The no-boundary wave function also states that space-time was not what we see today at the outset of universal expansion. “When the universe started out,” Hartle explains, “there wasn’t ordinary space-time. Instead of three space directions, as we have now, there were four space directions. At some point, a transition was made to ordinary space-time.”Hartle and his colleagues examined models of the universe that were homogenous, isotropic and closed. A cosmological constant was assumed, as was a scalar field with quadratic potential. They looked at entire classical histories, examining the ideas of a singularity, such as a Big Bang, or considering a bounce with a finite radius. The point was to get a picture of which scenarios are most likely to produce a universe that is similar to what we see currently.“Both things, a Big Bang or a bounce, are possible,” Hartle says. “However, we found a significant probability that the early universe might have bounced.” Hartle does admit that the simple model used by him and his colleagues does have its limitations. For one thing, the universe is not completely homogenous as the model assumes. “You see a certain lumpiness in the real universe,” he concedes. However, most of the irregularities are small, and many of them can, in fact, be ultimately accounted for in a no-boundary proposal. “Our model does make a number of strong assumptions,” Hartle continues. But, he insists, “this is a standard trade-off in physics. Our model is simplified so that we can analyze it completely.”“In present cosmology, we test models to see if different proposals fit the universe that we see. In this instance, we see that the no-boundary wave function does,” Hartle says. “We see that there is a good chance the universe originated in a bounce.” “We hope that can extend this to other, more sophisticated models, with different potentials and different degrees of freedom.”Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com.last_img read more

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Googles secret Operating System Fuchsia will run Android Applications 9to5Google Report

first_imgGoogle’s secret operating system in the works and a potential Android replacement will use the Android runtime to run Android apps. On 2nd January, an evidence for the same was spotted by 9to5Google, who found a new change in the Android Open Source Project that will use a special version of ART to run Android applications. This feature would enable devices with Fuchsia —i.e. smart devices including mobile phones, tablets, computers, wearables, and other gadgets— to take advantage of Android apps in the Google Play Store. Last month, the same site had reported two new Fuchsia-related repositories that were added to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) manifest: “platform/prebuilts/fuchsia_sdk” and “device/google/fuchsia”. In a new change posted to Android’s Gerrit source code management, Google has included a README file that indicates what the latter repository is intended for: Source: 9to5Google The above snippet from the README file means that Fuchsia will use a specially designed version of the Android Runtime to run Android applications and installable on any Fuchsia device using a .far file. Google has not listed the exact details on how Fuchsia will use the Android Runtime. What we know about Project Fuchsia so far According to a Bloomberg report, Google engineers have been working on this project for the past two years in the hope that project Fuchsia will replace the now dominant Android operating system. Google started posting the code for this project 2 years before, and have been working on the project ever since. Fuchsia, is being designed to overcome the limitations of Android with better voice interactions and frequent security updates for devices. In the software code posted online, the engineers built encrypted user keys into the system to ensure  information is protected every time the software is updated. Bloomberg stated the main aim of designing Fuchsia- according to people familiar with the project- as ‘creating a single operating system capable of running all the company’s in-house gadgets’. These include devices like Pixel phones and smart speakers, as well as third-party devices relying on Android and other systems like Chrome OS. Some engineers also told Bloomberg that engineers that they want to embed Fuchsia on connected home devices, like  voice-controlled speakers, and then move on to larger machines such as laptops. Ultimately aspiring to swap in their system for Android. You can head over to ZDNet for more insights to this news. Alternatively, check out 9to5Google for more information on this announcement. Read Next Hacker duo hijacks thousands of Chromecasts and Google smart TVs to play PewDiePie ad, reveals bug in Google’s Chromecast devices! ‘Istio’ available in beta for Google Kubernetes Engine, will accelerate app delivery and improve microservice management Project Fi is now Google Fi, will support multiple Android based phones, offer beta service for iPhonelast_img read more

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Charlie Chaplins birthplace trashed by travellers

first_imgThe famed birthplace of Charlie Chaplin was allegedly defamed by travellers, according to local residents.Black Patch Park, heralded as the apparent birthplace of popular British comedy actor Charlie Chaplin, was left a “horrendous mess” by tourists, the Birmingham Mail reported.Gas canisters, building materials, clothes, food, CD’s and even a dog bowl was among the rubbish left at the well-known 20-acre park in Smethwick.Local residents allege gates had been broken down and community members attacked. “It is horrendous and no-one seems to want to do anything about it,” a Smethwick resident said.“They smash the gates down to gain access and there’s a lot of violence and drinking… I’ve heard of people being assaulted by some of the travellers.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Local residents allege tourists are to blame.last_img read more

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