5 Hyundai, Kia models have high fire insurance claim rates

DETROIT — An insurance study shows that owners of five Hyundai and Kia cars and SUVs file fire insurance claims at a rate far higher than the average for comparable vehicles.The Highway Loss Data Institute analyzed claims data from insurers representing about 85 per cent of the U.S. industry. It found that some Hyundai and Kia vehicles equipped with four-cylinder engines have at least double the noncrash fire claim rates than the average of comparable vehicles.The institute began the study after a consumer group found that owners of some Hyundai and Kia models made a higher-than-normal number of fire complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Last week the South Korean brands announced they would recall about 168,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more

New Ride-Sharing App for School Runs to Come to Rabat

Like Uber overseas, or its Moroccan counterpart Careem, Goki will pair private drivers with customers who need a ride. Goki’s special feature, however, is that its customers will be parents who need to bring their children to school, to dance class, to a birthday party, or to anywhere within the Rabat-Sale-Temara region.Parents will be able to order a “Goki” driver through the app, who will pick up their child from a specified place, and bring them to where they need to be.Parents will also be able to set up a Goki driver schedule a number of days in advance to fit in with their family schedule. The app will be launched in September and will operate in 30 suburbs in the Rabat-Sale-Temara region, covering more than 60 schools.“Gokidok is in the same price range as buses and taxis, but in comparison to these services, we offer greater flexibility and we save time for children and their families,” Achraf Zelmat, Gokidok’s founder, told online newspaper HuffPost Maroc.The monthly cost of the service will be MAD 1 290 ($132), for one return trip per day.Read also: Moroccan Taxi Ordering App ‘Roby’ Disrupts the Ride-Share IndustryHigh school students will be able to use the service alone, but primary school students will need to be accompanied. Parents will also be able to rate a driver. If a family is satisfied with the service, Gokidok will try to pair the driver with the family more often, to promote a relationship of trust and stability for the child, Zelmat explained.Technology is changing the ride-sharing and public transport industry in Morocco. Careem, which operates like Uber overseas, offers private ride sharing services, competing with the local taxi industry. Other apps, like Heetch, or a more recent competitor Roby, work within the taxi industry, connecting professional taxi drivers with clients.Gokidok is currently the only service designed specifically for children, and may therefore have a niche. read more

UN to prepare manuals to tackle huge human and economic costs of

“In a split second, a traffic crash transforms forever the life of a family,” the Director of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, Etienne Krug, said in a statement marking World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – the third Sunday of November each year.“Behind each statistic, there are fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, grandchildren, colleagues, classmates and friends. For every death or injury, there are scores of people who must cope with the physical, psychological or economic aftermath,” he added.Road accidents are the second leading cause of death globally among young people aged 5 to 29, and the third leading cause among people aged 30 to 44 years. In low- and middle-income countries, the cost of traffic injuries is estimated at $65 billion, exceeding the total amount these countries receive in development assistance. Globally, injuries cost countries between 1 and 2 per cent of gross national product – $518 billion every year.Yet most road traffic crashes are preventable, WHO said. There are many available and affordable interventions which can save lives and prevent injuries and disabilities. These include legislation and enforcement, sharing information on the use of seat-belts, helmets, and child restraints and on the dangers of speed and drink-driving, and improvements in road design and infrastructure and emergency trauma services.WHO, with partners from the UN Road Safety Collaboration, is working on manuals to address these factors and provide guidance to countries on how to design, implement and evaluate related policies and programmes. read more

Uber begins helicopter service in Brazils biggest city

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2016 1:38 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Uber begins helicopter service in Brazil’s biggest city SAO PAULO – Ride hailing company Uber has begun providing helicopter rides in Brazil’s biggest city.Uber’s communications director in Brazil said Tuesday that it has started a monthlong trial of the Ubercopter service between airports, hotels and convention centres.Fabio Sabba said the service is operating from five helipads and four hotels.In a brief telephone interview, Sabba said it is the only service of its kind provided by Uber anywhere in the world because it is not limited to specific events like the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival in Utah where Uber has offered helicopter services.He said Ubercopter is a partnership with the Airbus Group and uses three helicopter operators in Sao Paulo. He said Tuesday that prices range from $17 to $80 a seat. A helicopter carrying a passenger who booked his trip using the application Uber, flies over Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The ride-booking company Uber has begun providing helicopter rides in Brazil biggest city. The company’s Ubercopter service began a monthlong trial period between airports, hotels and convention centers on Monday, with prices ranging from 17 to 80 US Dollars a seat. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) read more

Badgers Tinnish named Assistant GM of Toronto Blue Jays

Former Brock University baseball player Andrew Tinnish has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays. Former Brock University baseball player Andrew Tinnish has been promoted to assistant general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.In this new position, Tinnish will report directly to senior vice-president and general manager Alex Anthopoulos and assist with major league operations. Tinnish joins Tony LaCava (vice-president, baseball operations and assistant GM) and Jay Sartori (assistant GM) in holding the assistant general manager title.“This is just another incredible day for the Brock baseball family,” said Brock baseball head coach Jeff Lounsbury. “Andrew has worked hard at every level of the Blue Jays organization and this just shows you that hard work pays off. Over the past three seasons as the director of amateur scouting, the talent that he has been able to bring to the Jays through the MLB draft is truly remarkable. We wish him the best of luck in his new role and are very proud of our alumni.”Tinnish enjoyed a great career at Brock University playing five seasons from 1995-1999. In five years, he batted .378 going 239-for-633 while registering 47 doubles, six triples, 25 homeruns, 208 RBI and 173 runs scored.Tinnish was named the Badgers most valuable player three times (1996, 1998 and 1999) while leading them to back-to-back CIBA National Championships in 1998 and 1999.In his final season, he was named the Brock male athlete of the year. In 2001, he was also inducted into the Brock Baseball Hall of Fame.“Andrew is one of Brock baseball’s top players in school history and has dedicated his life to the sport he has such a passion for,” said Robert Hilson, Brock director of athletics. “In just a short period of time, he has gone from director of amateur scouting to the assistant GM position. This shows you his dedication and hard work which has helped him make a name for himself in Canadian baseball.”While his job with the Toronto Blue Jays is a highly demanding one, Tinnish still finds time to help with the Brock baseball program during training camp and throughout the season. He continues to provide consultation to Brock’s coaching staff when available. read more

Tight end rewrites OSU record books

In Ohio State’s 42-0 win over in-state opponent Akron, junior Jake Stoneburner became the first Buckeye tight end to have three receiving touchdowns in a game. He had two touchdowns last year. “Jake had a great day,” said Buckeyes coach Luke Fickell. “All in all, we were put in situations that he had the ability and the opportunities, and I think he did a great job of taking them.” Stoneburner had four catches on the day, three of them ending in the end zone. He had 50 yards of receiving, with his longest reception coming on a 28-yard strike from senior quarterback Joe Bauserman for the second score of the day. “I was excited we won, also I’m excited I scored three times,” Stoneburner said. “I was just happy to be out there making plays. Joe played a great game, he was out there looking for me. We connected three times and I’m happy about it.” Stoneburner received praise from his coaches and peers about his performance throughout camp. Under Fickell, it appears the offense will integrate the tight end more. “He’s had a great camp,” Fickell said. “He’s been an integral part of this offense all through camp. You know, so I kind of expected it, to be honest with you.” His three receiving touchdowns set a tight end record at OSU, but he is also now one of only eight receivers to catch three touchdowns in a game. “I expected him to have a great day,” Fickell said. “Did I expect three touchdowns? I don’t know. But it’s great to see.” Talking to the media on Tuesday, Stoneburner said he felt like he was a senior, and not a junior on this Buckeye squad. He also said he has been here a long time and that he felt like a leader. Under Fickell, OSU has decided to elect individual game captains for each contest, instead of voting on captains throughout the year. “Obviously, I’ve thought about it (being a game captain),” Stoneburner said. “It would be epic to be a game captain sometime this year.” Fickell said that to be successful for the entire season, the Buckeyes need to continue to play to their strengths. “I know the most important thing is we’ve got to continue to do those kinds of things,” Fickell said. “But it’s going to get harder and harder, because there will be a little bit more of a target on him, but that’s a challenge to him as well.” After Saturday’s game, Stoneburner needs only 172 more yards to match last season’s total. With this kind of productivity, that is something likely to happen in the near future. “I probably won’t score three touchdowns every game,” Stoneburner said, “but I just like to be out there making plays.” read more

Commentary William Buford leaves a complicated legacy at Ohio State

NEW ORLEANS – Have you ever watched a movie and not really understood what happened when it was over?William Buford is like that movie.He was at Ohio State four years and now that his career is over, I’m still not completely sure what I just saw.His career had more ups and downs than Kirstie Alley’s weight and was a role model for being consistently inconsistent.There were times when he was the best player on the floor and times when coach Thad Matta couldn’t get him off the floor fast enough.So how should we remember Buford? What’s his legacy?To me, Buford’s legacy comes down to one word.But.Everything good you can say about him has a draw back. I’m not sure what it was, but something was always restraining him from being truly great.Buford scored 1,900 points in his career and is tied for third OSU’s all-time scoring list with Jerry Lucas.But he was never the leading scorer on his team.He won 116 games in his career and his teams had a winning percentage of .800.But in the biggest of games with the most on the line, it wasn’t uncommon for Buford to lay an egg.He helped lead his team to two No. 2 seeds and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.But he never won a championship.The fact is, anyone can make a factual argument that Buford was one of the greatest players to ever step on the hardwood at OSU.People 100 years from now who never watched him might look back at the record books and hold that opinion. They might think his jersey should be hanging from the rafters.But to truly understand Buford, you had to watch him.One thing about the legends is they always stick out. They’re always memorable. Whether they played great or poorly, you always had a feeling of their performance walking out of the gym.Some games, Buford’s play was just flat out forgettable. You could leave the arena, turn to the guy next to you and ask, “Where was Buford tonight?”It was as if he didn’t play.Then he would come out the next game and drop 25 points.From beginning to end, Buford was an enigma.That’s not to say he didn’t do a lot of great things during his time at OSU. He had opportunities to go to the NBA, but returned and is getting his degree at the end of this quarter.None of his teammates or coaches ever had anything remotely negative to say about him and former walk-on Mark Titus called him his favorite teammate of all-time in his new book.When the final buzzer sounded Saturday and Buford’s career was over, he sat down on the floor. It was all over for him.Maybe Buford’s legacy can best be summed up in the state of the program he’s leaving behind.The common adage is to leave things better than you find them.When Buford came to OSU in 2008, the Buckeyes were coming off a loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. OSU lost in the National Championship in 2007, but were far from a national power.In 2012, OSU might not be an elite basketball program, but they have emerged as a consistent force just about every year and show no signs of that stopping.In short, the program is in better shape than when he arrived.So, what exactly was William Buford?Well, he was very, very good.But.He wasn’t great. read more

Football Parris Campbell announces return for final season at Ohio State

Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell runs after a catch in the first half of the Buckeyes’ victory against Illinois on Nov. 18. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s receiving corps will return one of its key members. H-back Parris Campbell announced on Twitter he chose to stay for his fifth and final season at Ohio State, bypassing the opportunity to go to the NFL draft.One of the fastest players on Ohio State’s team, Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ big-play threats. He finished the season with 40 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns, all career highs. He also averaged 36.6 yards on nine kick returns and was named second-team All-Big Ten as a kick returner. Campbell had 13 receptions for 121 yards as a redshirt sophomore.In his final game of 2017, Campbell had one catch for minus-three yards and three rushes for 42 yards in the Cotton Bowl against USC. According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Campbell was the No. 9 wide receiver prospect in the draft.After a lot of thinking and praying… Buckeye Nation… pic.twitter.com/fKqik8MPOH— Parris Campbell (@PCampbell21) January 11, 2018 read more

London fire chief says she wouldnt change anything the service did on

Firefighters shield themselves from falling debris at the foot of Grenfell Tower She said in the statement: “It has truly damaged some people who witnessed some terrible things and who will never forget them. They will wear the scars for the rest of their life.”I did not know for quite a long time whether that building was going to stay up. I did not know whether I was going to end up having to report back to say that (a) firefighter had been seriously injured or worse.”People will quite rightly have questions, but for me I could not be more proud of the absolute commitment and dedication of the firefighters. They were clearly terrified of going into Grenfell Tower.”Fire policy went ‘out the window’, inquiry hearsMs Cotton is the most senior fire officer to give evidence at the inquiry so far, which is in its 10th week of firefighter evidence.The probe has heard how policy went “out the window” as teams tried to deal with an unprecedented, rapidly spreading fire, with an “overwhelming” number of calls coming from those trapped inside. Many present said they had never seen fire spread so far, so fast, and that they were not prepared to fight a fire or rescue on such a scale.The brigade has also been criticised for initially telling residents to remain in their flats despite the ferocity of the inferno.On Wednesday, the inquiry was shown a CCTV image of the commissioner alongside several firefighters in breathing apparatus inside the lobby of the tower. Assistant commissioner Andrew Roe told the inquiry: “I remember going in with the commissioner, and I remember thinking at the time the commissioner was putting herself in very considerable danger, and this was an extremely unusual situation to be in when one’s own commissioner is running the possibility of being badly injured or killed at an incident.”The inquiry is in its first phase, which is looking at the night of the fire, and is being held at Holborn Bars in central London.It will be the turn of survivors, the bereaved and local residents next week when firefighters’ evidence draws to a close. The head of the London Fire Brigade has told the Grenfell Tower inquiry that she “would not change anything” the service did on the night of the tragedy. In an extraordinary day of evidence, Commissioner Dany Cotton likened the tragedy to “a space shuttle landing in front of the Shard” and “9/11”.Questioned on the potential failings of the LFB, including the decision to order residents to stay in their flats rather than evacuate, she said she had learned no lessons from the night which would have enabled the policy to be reversed sooner. Asked what she would do if she could go back to June 14 last year and change one thing she said: “I would not change anything we did on the night.”Survivors shook their heads as Ms Cotton defended the “fantastic” actions of her fire service, recalling the heavy burden of committing crews “to their potential death”. Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to Dany Cotton, Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, with members of the fire service as she visits Grenfell Tower, on June 15 She disclosed she has suffered memory blanks, which she believed were “linked to the traumatic nature and sheer scale of the incident”, and said she still has trouble talking about the tragedy or looking at images of the inferno.In a written statement published on Thursday and made on February 21, Ms Cotton, a firefighter since the age of 18, said: “I deliberately didn’t write any notes at the time of the incident.”Because I had such poor recall of the night’s events and I’d hoped they would improve I have subsequently undergone an accredited counselling technique called EDMR with a view to improving my memory recall.” This had not been “terribly successful”, she said. Dany Cotton(centre, right) inside Grenfell Tower at around at around 3.05amCredit:PA She said: “People were trapped by smoke and it would’ve added to congestion on the stairwell. Bringing people out at that moment in time would have added to the casualties and delayed the response.”When pressed further by Mr Millett on the “stay put” policy, Ms Cotton said: “I think I’ve just explained it but I’m happy to go through it again, if you like, about why it wasn’t revoked.”This response drew sighs and muttering from members of the public.Dany Cotton’s picture: ‘Like something from a film’During the inquiry hearing, Ms Cotton was shown a picture of the blaze that she took upon arrival at the scene, to the east of Grenfell Tower.When asked what her thoughts were when she took the photo, she said she knew it was “a spectacular complete failure of the building”.She said: “This is like nothing I’ve ever seen, it’s like something from a film. My first thought was this can never happen to a building in England.”Looking at the building as it were, [I knew] that there was going to be loss of life that night.” She said: “The imperative was to save human life. The right to life is a basic function of human rights and we were servicing that human right.”However, for the first time ever, I had an overwhelming continuous feeling of anxiety, of responsibility in committing firefighters into a building where I could not guarantee their safety.”I’ve never felt that way before, and I have been in charge at hundreds of large scale operational incidents.”It was a huge responsibility to know how many people were in there and that we were just going to keep committing and committing – even though there was a potential risk – but that was the decision we took.”Fire chief had not had training on claddingMs Cotton told the inquiry she did not receive training on fire-spread over the facade of a high rise residential block. The unburned lower floors with untouched cladding still in place at the remains of the Grenfell Tower blockCredit:NIKLAS HALLE’N /AFP The Commissioner described in her witness statement the moment she arrived at Grenfell Tower at 2.49am. Photo taken by Dany Cotton upon her arrival at the sceneCredit:Grenfell Tower Inquiry/Dany Cotton She said: “I only received training for looking at fire-spread in things like sandwich panels, but not in a residential block”.She also said she had never received any training on cladding or the spread of fire on cladding.Ms Cotton said an incident such as the Grenfell fire on June 14 last year would have been deemed an “unrealistic scenario”.She said: “The complete failure of a building, the ability for a fire to spread across the external face of a building, for it so involve so many people, for it to involve as many fire survival guidance calls, I could go on…” “The amount of debris that was coming down from the outside of the building was indescribable. It was like being under attack whilst trying to do your job.”Ms Cotton added: “I’m still finding it very difficult to look at visual images and have conversations about Grenfell.”I’m still responsible for effectively running the London Fire Brigade, and everything else that’s involved in that. It would be no good for me to fall apart.”Therefore, I have not spent huge amounts of time in my head looking and thinking about Grenfell Tower. In speaking to police to provide this statement, this will actually be the first time I have talked through the whole incident.”‘Stay put’ policy not revoked due to ‘narrow’ escapeMs Cotton was questioned on the brigade’s use of the “stay put” policy at Grenfell Tower.Asked why she did not ask officers upon arriving to the scene why the advice to residents had not been changed earlier, she said: “At that moment in time it was far more important to collect the information with the ongoing situation.”The priority at that point was to save life.”When questioned about why the “stay put” policy was not revoked earlier, Ms Cotton said it was due to the “very narrow” single staircase evacuation route. the unburned lower floors with untouched cladding still in place are pictured, with the burnt out upper floors above, at remains of the Grenfell Tower block Photo taken by Dany Cotton upon her arrival at the scene Ms Cotton said the London Fire Brigade “do expect the unexpected” but would not make plans for a “space shuttle to land in front of the Shard”.When questioned about how prepared officers were to tackle the blaze, Commissioner Cotton, said: “I wouldn’t develop a training package for a space shuttle to land in front of the Shard.”We would respond to it and deal with it in the same manner we do an incident of that scale. “I wouldn’t expect us to be developing training or a response to something that simply shouldn’t happen.”‘Stay put’ is safest advice ‘if a building behaves correctly’Ms Cotton told the inquiry people will have been told “to stay in their flat” by Control Room officers if there was no direct risk to them, such as flames or smoke. Ms Cotton also revealed she had blocked out the memory of a near-miss involving falling debris which a fellow officer thought could have killed her.She said she believed her brain was “protecting me” from the reality of the night, when an operational colleague Matt Cook said she was almost hit by a six-foot piece of debris.She said: “Matt Cook says we had a conversation at the time which went something along the lines of ‘That was really close, that nearly got you’.”Apparently I had laughed and said ‘But it didn’t’. Matt was very traumatised by it because he thought I was going to die, but I have no recollection of it whatsoever. Firefighters shield themselves from falling debris at the foot of Grenfell TowerCredit:ANDY RAIN /EPA London fire commissioner Dany Cotton wearing a fire kit (centre, right), inside Grenfell Tower at around at around 3.05am Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to Dany Cotton with members of the fire service as she visits Grenfell Tower on June 15Credit:Dan Kitwood /Getty She wrote: “Sitting in my car I could see the tower through my front windscreen. I was still on the phone to Tom (Director of Operations) and said ‘What the f—? This can’t actually be happening; I can’t believe what I’m seeing’.”It just looked like something from a disaster movie. Like a hideous mixture of ‘Towering Inferno’ and a video I was shown in training school of a high-rise fire in Sao Paulo where people jumped to escape.”I think I said that in as many words to Tom and he just said ‘I won’t keep you, you need to go, I’ll speak to you later”‘.”So my first words about Grenfell Tower were down the phone to him, and most of them, consisted of the ‘F’ word.”‘Overwhelming anxiety’ as crews sent into towerMs Cotton said she first went into the tower to reassure and comfort firefighters because she did not know if they would all return from the fire alive.She said: “I recall I actually physically went and touched some firefighters when I spoke to them, because I was not a hundred percent convinced in my mind that everybody was going to come out of there alive. I would not change anything we did on the nightCommissioner Dany Cotton “The building was so hugely involved in fire; you cannot help but compare it to 9/11.”She added: “I wanted those firefighter to have a positive reinforced memory before they went into the building of somebody saying nice things to them, being supportive and demonstrating to them that somebody really cared.”Later, Ms Cotton said she was hit by overwhelming anxiety to be committing firefighters into a situation where she could not guarantee their safety. She added that if “a building behaves correctly” then the “stay put” advice is the safest option.Ms Cotton acknowledged the importance of the police investigation and public inquiry following the “unprecedented” fire.But she said the brigade “should never have been put in that position to have responded to that incident in that way”. The inquiry has previously heard from Dr Barbara Lane, a leading fire engineer, that the controversial stay put policy had “substantially failed” by 1.26am when flames could be seen to have reached the top of the 23-storey tower block.Residents could have escaped during the preceding half an hour, but were told to remain in their flats. The policy was eventually abandoned at 2.47am.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

iTunes 11 et iOS 6 en préparation

first_imgiTunes 11 et iOS 6 en préparation ?Aux dernières nouvelles, iTunes 11 pourra s’intégrer complètement à iOS 6 et permettre l’accès aux fichiers hebergés dans le cloud.Selon le site 9to5Mac, Apple intègrerait le cloud dans son jukebox iTunes 11. Il s’agirait pour l’heure du principal ajout à ce logiciel, par ailleurs déjà très complet. Mais la compatibilité avec iOS 6 permettra l’accès aux fichiers contenus dans iCloud, iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud…À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?D’après 9to5Mac, qui a pu visualiser une première capture de la prochaine version du jukebox, “iTunes 11 intègre vraiment iCloud qui dispose désormais de son propre panneau de configuration permettant ainsi de paramétrer à la fois iTunes Match, iTunes in the Cloud et les sauvegardes iCloud iOS.” Cependant, les mises à jour ne devraient pas être présentées avant juin aux développeurs, à l’occasion de la WWDC de San Francisco.Mais pour l’heure, la tenue même de cette conférence n’est pas encore confirmée. Mais il ne fait pas de doutes qu’iOS 6 sera proposé avec l’iPhone 5. iTunes pourrait alors suivre mais il faudra encore visiblement patienter avant d’en savoir davantage de source officielle…Le 12 avril 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Samsung LG and Vizio accused of exploiting TV energy tests

first_imgVolkswagen has faced a lot of criticism, a lot of angry customers, and is required to pay some huge fines because they cheated on emissions testing both in the US and across Europe. Now it seems a number of TV manufacturers have taken a similar view of energy testing and are exploiting the tests to make their TVs seems more eco-friendly than they actually are.The exploitation of government energy testing has been highlighted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Manufacturers of home appliances have to submit their products for energy use and efficiency testing developed by the Department of Energy. The results of these tests are printed on a yellow EnergyGuide label which is then displayed on the product.Scoring better energy use and efficiency makes a TV more desirable to consumers, so manufacturers are keen to score as best they can. What the NRDC discovered is that because the test loop used in the EnergyGuide testing is well known, it can be exploited. More specifically, Samsung, LG, and Vizio TVs have their energy saving features turned on during tests, but they are disabled if and when an owner adjusts settings on their TV. The tests also do not test the most up-to-date content and do not take into account relatively new visual features such as HDR or 4K content viewing, both of which can increase energy use.When the energy saving features are disabled, for instance, automatic brightness control and motion-detection dimming get turned off, the energy use of each TV can double. NRDC’s testing focused on TV sets larger than 32-inches and found that this turning off of energy saving features adds around $1.2 billion to the electricity bills of consumers over the lifetime of their TV.NRDC admits that none of the manufacturers tested are breaking any laws with their practices, but the rules need to be tightened up surrounding EnergyGuide testing. They advise the tests be updated to include UHD and HDR content, the Energy Star labeling be improved to indicate the most efficient TVs on the market, and TV manufacturers stop automatically disabling energy-saving features without clear warnings to the consumer before doing so.last_img read more

Man sues Washougal Motocross Park affiliates

first_imgUPDATE: The case was scheduled for trial in October 2018 but was dismissed in April 2018. Washougal Motocross Park was voluntarily dismissed from the lawsuit by the plaintiff in February 2018. National Promoters Group and Lucas Oil Products were also dismissed following a motion for summary judgment. Then, the other defendants (American Motocross Association, John Ayers, MX Sports Pro Racing, Inc., and Jarryd McNeil) were dismissed in a stipulated order, according to records filed in Clark County Superior Court.____________________________________________________________________________________________________________A former volunteer at Washougal Motocross Park is suing the racetrack and its affiliates after being critically injured when a rider lost control of his bike, left the track and struck him in July 2014.Bruce Barnes, 52, of Vancouver filed the suit July 5 in Clark County Superior Court against the park; American Motocross Association; Lucas Oil Products; National Promoters Group; John Ayers, director of operations for the National Promoters Group; MX Sports Pro Racing; the rider, Jarryd McNeil; and John and Jane Doe. He is being represented by Vancouver attorney Josephine Townsend.Barnes was a volunteer at Washougal MX Park, 40205 N.E. Borin Road, on July 26, 2014, when he was struck by McNeil’s bike during the Washougal MX National event. The event, which attracted about 20,000 people, is one of 12 in a national series.Riders on the track were practicing when McNeil, a professional rider from Australia, lost control of his bike and fell off. The bike went through the safety zone and struck Barnes. There was reportedly a buffer zone and fence around the entire track.last_img read more

The V Street Gang rides again

first_imgBefore she could relax and enjoy the amazing 61-year reunion of what everyone still calls “The V Street Gang,” Linda Clark spent weeks tracking down her former neighbors, and the children of those neighbors, to make sure everyone was in the loop.“I’ve had my detective hat on,” Clark said. “There were seven families I couldn’t find. Then I found them.”Clark, a DIY genealogist who loves a research challenge, got inspired during a chat with longtime pal Ruby Kelly, who recently lost her husband. Kelly used to host occasional reunions at her home, but when Clark heard Kelly’s status update, she took over the project — and really ran with it.The Columbian counted 14 people at the reunion, which took place on a recent Thursday over lunch at an out-of-the-way diner called Nayhely’s Place. But counting everybody wasn’t easy amid all the happy hugs and how-are-yous, and the actual ordering of lunch didn’t begin until well past lunchtime. Hearts, not bellies, took priority as old friends walked in the door; food had to wait while stories, laughter and family photographs took over Nayhely’s big table.“This group is a joy,” said Kelly. “We never had much, but we have more than most people because we have these friendships that have lasted. Friendship is the most important thing.”The friendships began one June day in 1958, when a bunch of young moms and moms-to-be found themselves hanging out in the kitchen of Beverly Lowry, now Beverly Johansen. Johansen was simultaneously defrosting her fridge, serving her guests (including Ruby Kelly) coffee and suffering labor pains. Billie Shinnick was playing guitar.last_img read more

West Miami gas station offers fuel for 99 cents thanks to local

first_imgWEST MIAMI, Fla. (WSVN) – Univista Insurance teamed up with the Miami Marlins to offer fuel to South Florida drivers for 99 cents per gallon.Drivers filled up at the Chevron gas station along Southwest Eighth Street and 57th Avenue in West Miami, Wednesday.The offer celebrated the insurance company’s 10th year in business.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

NASA Rolling Stones Robert Downey Jr secret is out They named a

first_img 15 Photos Mars oddities NASA, the Rolling Stones and Robert Downey Jr. are up to something NASA Curiosity rover did not find a damn robot leg on Mars NASA spots odd heart-shaped objects on Mars and beyond Sci-Tech Comment The Rolling Stones Rock name is informal, but NASA says it will appear on working maps of the planet.Perhaps this will inspire Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to rework some of their classic songs, like If You Can’t Mars Rock Me, Street Fighting Martian or Paint It Red (Planet). “I’ve seen a lot of Mars rocks over my career,” said NASA geologist Matt Golombek. “This one probably won’t be in a lot of scientific papers, but it’s definitely one of the coolest.”Downey agrees. “Sometimes the world does seriously cool stuff,” he tweeted after the reveal.NASA shared a hype video showing an animation of InSight landing on Mars set to the tune of the Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It). center_img NASA Space Hello “@RollingStones Rock” Who could hang a name on you? Um… us!When @NASAInsight touched down on the Red Planet, its engines sent a rock rolling across Mars’ surface. We named it for the band. Take a closer look and learn how #MarsRocks get named: https://t.co/xY0TfoksJP pic.twitter.com/BZlABAMaZJ— NASA (@NASA) August 23, 2019 1 Tags Share your voice This NASA animation shows the InSight lander pushing Rolling Stones Rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech Some day a long time from now, an astronaut tour guide may step out onto the dusty surface of the Red Planet, point to a small stone just beyond NASA’s silent InSight lander and announce, “And that, my friends, is Rolling Stones Rock.”Let’s just let that sink in. There is now a rock on Mars that’s known as “Rolling Stones Rock.” rollingstonesrockEnlarge ImageForget Tumbling Dice. We’ve got a tumbling Mars rock. NASA/JPL-Caltech The Stones took to the stage in Pasedena, California on Thursday night for the band’s No Filter tour. The Rose Bowl venue is close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Somehow Robert Downey Jr. got entangled in all of this. The Iron Man actor made the Mars rock announcement before the band played.It all started with a mysterious teaser video from Downey earlier on Thursday. “This may be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done,” Downey said, which may be the overstatement of the year. It’s not just any old Mars rock. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on the planet in November 2018. The machine’s thrusters disturbed the golf ball-sized rock, sending it rolling 3 feet (1 meter) across the ground.”It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet,” the space agency said in a release on Thursday. An image of the rock shows the trail it left behind on the dusty ground.last_img read more

Heavy rains at isolated places in Siddipet district

first_imgSiddipet: As the Southwest Monsoon continues to be normal over Telangana, heavy rains occurred at isolated places in Siddipet district during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 am on Tuesday, according to the Met department bulletin. It said rain occurred at a few places in Rangareddy, Sangareddy, Medak and Medchal-Malkajgiri districts. The chief amounts of rainfall (in cm) were: Kondapak (Siddipet district) 7, Golkonda (Hyderabad) 4, Jagadevpur (Siddipet), Shadnagar (Ranga Reddy), Raikode (Sangareddy) 3 each, Gajwel (Siddipet), Regode (Medak), Wargal (Siddipet), Shamirpet (Medchal-Malkajgiri), Narayankhed (Sangareddy), Medak 2 each. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us There was one cm rain each in Chevella, Sangareddy, Parigi, Nangnoor, Nawabpet, Kondapur, Saroornagar, Narsapur and Hathanoor. The bulletin warned of heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places in Telangana on June 26, as the upper air cyclonic circulation over coastal Karnataka and its neighbourhood now lies over East-central Arabian Sea and adjoining south Maharashtra. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us An upper air cyclonic circulation above the mean sea level lies over southwest Bay of Bengal off the Tamil Nadu coast. A low-pressure area is likely to form over north Bay and its neighbourhood around June 30. According to the forecast, light to moderate rain or thundershowers are likely at a few places in the State from June 26 to 29. No large change during the period June 30-July 2 is the weather outlook.last_img read more

Indian woman cuts off alleged stalkers genitals

first_imgL A 47-year-old Indian woman allegedly attacked her 27-year-old neighbour after he made sexual advances towards her — Photo: ANIA middle-aged Indian woman attacked her alleged stalker and cut off his genitals before rushing him to hospital to save his life, police said on Thursday.The accused woman on Tuesday asked two men to lure the 25-year-old to an isolated place in the suburbs of Mumbai where the three of them assaulted him and the woman used a kitchen knife to cut off his genitals, police said.In a statement to police, the 42-year-old woman said the victim was her neighbor and had several times harassed her. She decided to “teach him a lesson”, a police inspector told Reuters.But the woman realized he could die and rushed him to hospital. Both the knife and the genitals have been recovered, police said.“He is on ventilator support and is still critical,” said a doctor at the hospital.The woman and her two alleged acquaintances are in police custody while investigations continue.Sexual violence and harassment of women have been a growing concern in India in recent years and police and governments have been criticized for failing to keep the streets of major cities safe.last_img read more

UTTT Poll Clear Sailing For Abbott Patrick Uncertain Waters For Bush Miller

first_imgIllustration by Anthony Truong-NguyenYour Vote For Governor?Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are far ahead of their Republican primary opponents in the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, but the Democrats running for those two high offices face more difficult paths to their party’s nomination.Two other statewide Republican incumbents — Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller — have the support of a majority of likely primary voters, but with a caveat. When those voters had the option of saying they weren’t ready to make a choice, 44 percent listed no preference in the land race and 60 percent said the same in the agriculture race.With high numbers of undecided voters, Bush led his primary with 36 percent of the vote, and Miller led his with 27 percent. Only when they were asked how they’d vote if they had to make a choice now did the majorities appear for the incumbents.Bush got 57 percent. His predecessor at the General Land Office, Jerry Patterson, got 31 percent. The other two Republican candidates — Davey Edwards and Rick Range — each got 6 percent. “There’s not a lot of sign of hesitation here,” said Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin and co-directs the poll. “It’s not like many Republicans are keeping their powder dry when it comes to the Abbott, Cruz and Patrick races.”U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is eclipsing four opponents in his GOP primary race, with the support of 91 percent of those polled. And U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running well ahead of two opponents in the Democratic primary, with 73 percent of likely primary voters saying they would vote for him in an election held today.The Democratic primary for governor is a muddle, with two clear frontrunners and no candidate close to enough votes to win without a runoff. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez had the support of 43 percent of likely primary voters responding to the poll, while Andrew White of Houston had 24 percent. If no candidate gets a majority, the top two finishers will go to a May runoff. Grady Yarbrough and Tom Wakely each got 7 percent in that primary poll, Adrian Ocegueda and Jeffrey Payne got 5 percent, and Cedric Davis Sr., Joe Mumbach and James Jolly Clark each got 4 percent or less.The Democratic race for lieutenant governor won’t end in a runoff — there are only two candidates. But their names are similar — Mike Collier and Michael Cooper — and their numbers are close. Collier, whose name was on the statewide ballot four years ago when he ran for comptroller, got 55 percent in the latest UT/TT Poll. Cooper got 45 percent.“You have two lieutenant governor candidates whose names are very similar to one another, who have received very little public attention and who are not very well known,” Henson said.Like some of the statewide Republicans, Democrats face some soft support. In the governor’s race, 66 percent initially said they had not decided how they would vote in this year’s primary. In that round, Valdez had the support of 18 percent and White had 11 percent. In the race for lieutenant governor, 64 percent hadn’t made their final choices; Collier led Cooper 27 percent to 9 percent.“On the Democratic side, this is a pretty unformed primary,” Henson said. “Democratic candidates are still finding it difficult to operate in a vacuum of public attention. When 66 percent of Democrats don’t have an opinion in their top-of-the-ticket race, you’re not reaching your voters.”The University of Texas/Texas Tribune internet survey of 612 Republican and 453 Democratic primary voters was conducted from Feb. 1 to Feb. 12 and has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.96 percentage points for Republican trial ballots and +/-4.60 percentage points for Democratic trial ballots. Primary voters were identified based on their participation in a Texas primary election in 2012, 2014, or 2016. Numbers in charts might not add up to 100 percent because of rounding. Sharecenter_img “I don’t think people know anything about [Bush] but the name,” said Daron Shaw, co-director of the poll and a government professor at the University of Texas at Austin.In the Democratic primary for that office, Miguel Suazo got 68 percent of the support from likely primary voters, while Tex Morgan trailed with 32 percent. Those two candidates are unfamiliar enough that 56 percent of voters, given the chance, said they haven’t yet made a choice in that contest.In his race, Miller had the support of 54 percent of voters asked whom they would choose now, followed by challengers Trey Blocker, with 26 percent, and Jim Hogan, with 20 percent.Shaw said the Republican races for land and agriculture could both end up in May runoffs — often a sign of trouble for an incumbent officeholder. “I’m dubious of anybody — an incumbent — who’s not over 60 percent at this point,” he said. “If you’re not committed to an incumbent by now, are you going to commit to them?”Republicans higher on the ballot have fewer things to worry about.Abbott has two relatively unknown opponents, and it shows in his numbers: 95 percent of likely Republican primary voters said they would support the governor in an election held now. Patrick, who faces Scott Milder in the GOP primary, has the support of 88 percent of those voters. In each case, the top two state officeholders are well known enough to lower the number of undecided voters to 15 percent in Abbott’s case and 19 percent in Patrick’s.last_img read more

Now more time to probe puppy killings

first_imgKolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.last_img read more

Trevor Bauers Heartfelt Goodbye Video to Cleveland is a Legit Tearjerker

first_imgTrevor Bauer was dealt from the Indians to the Reds in a trade deadline deal following him chucking a baseball over the centerfield fence in his final start with the Tribe.The hardthrowing “Bauer Outage” has a reputation as a prickly jerk, but dropped one of the most heartfelt tribute videos you’ll ever see, thanking the city of Cleveland and remembering his best memories with the franchise. Cutting his finger with a drone helicopter blade before a playoff start against the Blue Jays isn’t among them.This is how you leave a franchise. Even it’s just a PR move, it’s a good one. Keep the Kleenex box handy. Damn emotional piano music.Thank you, Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/OJ4mxCKbq4— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 1, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more