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ARPA-E: Three Answers and Three Questions

ARPA-E: Three Answers and Three Questions

first_imgOn Monday, the Department of Energy announced $151 million in grants for ARPA-E, its pie-in-the-sky, high-risk energy research program. Thirty-seven grantees got funded, and Energy Secretary Steve Chu said that the program would serve as a “bold, transformational” step and would “spur the next Industrial Revolution” of energy research. Three things about ARPA-E we’ve learned, and three questions that remain:Energy Secretary Steve Chu is serious about shaping ARPA-E in the Bell Labs model. It’s pretty rare that federal research managers will say publicly that they expect some of the work they are funding to fail. Usually, they support basic research that has value because it adds to the scientific literature, or they support commercial work that generally leads to products. ARPA-E is different: It supports potentially commercial work that may well crash and burn. As Chu sees it, the way to go is the Bell Labs model: Support a number of risky research projects run by highly talented scientists, and if one or two pan out, the whole effort is worth it. 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The flexibility of ARPA-E will strengthen DOE’s ability to support areas traditionally outside of the energy sphere. The grantees, whose awards averaged $4 million each, were culled from 3700 original applicants, each of whom simply wrote short descriptions of their proposed research, to 300 applicants who wrote full proposals, to the 37 winners. The large number of applicants allowed DOE to pair some together to do joint projects. That interdisciplinary approach—which has been one of DOE’s long-standing weaknesses—is another trademark of the Bell Labs model. DOE official Matt Rogers, who is not a scientist but is knowledgeable about energy, said before the ARPA-E process that he considered battery science “fairly prosaic.” But the promise of big money brought in lots of interesting battery projects—and, for what it’s worth, DOE funded several battery projects but little on advanced photovoltaics.ARPA-E will fund ideas that haven’t even been published yet. DOE is trying for truly “transformational” things that will totally revolutionize the way we use energy. To do that, the agency is investing in some technologies that have little or no track record at all. One of the projects that DOE has celebrated most is a $7 million grant for MIT battery scientist Don Sadoway to use molten metal to store energy as part of the energy grid. This could allow windmills and solar photovoltaic facilities, which are intermittent by nature, to store energy when they are running at peak power regardless of demand. DOE has funded next to nothing in this area before. More interestingly, Sadoway has no academic papers published on the idea. He went to ARPA-E first, and given his strong reputation in battery research, they took a $7 million chance on his novel idea. “If successful, this battery technology could revolutionize the way electricity is used and produced on the grid,” DOE said in a press release. If not, Sadoway will probably return to work on more conventional battery strategies. And DOE will take a mulligan.Three questions:What can we learn from this first round that will give clues about ARPA-E’s future? That remains to be seen, but probably little. To give out this money as soon as possible, DOE threw together a team of experts—some on the federal payroll, some of them outsiders—to first wade through the volume of proposals and then decide on the final winners. But the process didn’t really set up ARPA-E as a solid agency going forward. Director Arun Majumdar was only approved by the Senate for his job last week, and he hasn’t hired a full complement of staff yet. (DOE said earlier this year they wanted 12 program managers.) Those managers, once they’re in place, have $251 million to spend, have until October of next year to do so, and have to scramble to figure out how. (They’re holding public workshops to get ideas.) After that, the budget could be much, much smaller for the agency. How tough will ARPA-E be on grantees? So far, none of the ARPA-E awards has been negotiated in to final contracts with the universities, businesses, and national labs that have won money. DARPA, the Pentagon blue-sky research outfit after which ARPA-E was modeled, is well known for signing contracts that allow it to cut off scientists if they don’t perform, and very quickly. Will ARPA-E be as ruthless?What will Congress do on ARPA E in the future? ARPA-E got very lucky with $400 million as part of the stimulus package—but that’s because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supported the concept as the stimulus package was being put together. Earlier this year, Congress rejected giving an appropriation for the agency as part of the 2010 budget, arguing, of course, that the new agency didn’t need the money. But the budget deficit is skyrocketing, and one can easily imagine appropriation committees on Capitol Hill giving, say, $20 million to the program in the future as the budget tightens. DOE’s Matt Rogers said that Chu specifically wanted grants to be of medium size. In the past, he said, DOE tended to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on big projects—such as fusion experiments or demonstration projects—or spread the money around into very small grants to get lots of scientists involved. Instead, ARPA-E went for medium-sized grants for big impact on single ideas. But ARPA-E can only support a handful of those medium-sized projects if it gets in the tens of millions of dollars each year from Congress. ARPA-E lacks the natural political constituency that areas like high-energy physics or the national labs have, so maintaining the funding could be hard as the winds shift on Capitol Hill.last_img read more

Onam being celebrated today

Onam being celebrated today

first_imgKeralites on Monday celebrated Onam, their spring festival commemorating the egalitarian Utopia under the reign of mythical King Mahabali when people lived in plenty, prosperity and equality.Cutting across caste, class and religious barriers homes were decorated with floral carpets to welcome the annual re-visit of Mahabali.The legend has it that the “Asura’ king Mahabali was banished to the netherworld by Lord Vishnu, who took the incarnation of Vamana the dwarf, under pressure from ‘Devas’, who were jealous of the King’s popularity.Before going down,the King secured an assurance from Vishnu that he would be allowed to visit his subjects on the “Thiruvonam’ day of the month of Malayalam calendar every year.Regardless of the soaring prices, the festivities scaled to its crescendo in the last couple of days with towns and villages thronged by men, women and children doing their festival shopping.A consumer state, most items to celebrate Onam including the flowers were brought from the neighbouring states as Kerala’s domestic production is too little to meet the festival demand.Bringing relief to the common man, the state agencies organised hundreds of special fares across the state where essentials and vegetables at subsidised rates.Cultural events, showcasing the best of Kerala’s performing arts were organised in the state capital as well as other cities and towns across the state for a week.The state officially honoured thespian Kamal Hasan , who was the chief guest at the Onam-Tourism Week celebrations on Sunday night. The actor launched a massive eye-donation campaign in the state.advertisementIn rural areas, local youth clubs organised art and sports competitions, as part of revival of folk arts and rural sporting traditions, many of which are on the verge of extinction.A sumptuous feast, ‘Onasadya’ was another highlight of the day as at most homes the members assembled for their lunch after invoking the blessings of King Mahabali.Kerala Governor R S Gavai, Chief Minister V S Achtuthanandan and leaders of all political parties greeted Malayalis at home as well as abroad.President Pratibha Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday greeted the nation on the occasion of Onam, which is being celebrated on Monday. “On the joyous occasion of Onam, I offer my heartiest greetings to all my fellow citizens and especially to the people of Kerala and wish them all prosperity and happiness,” Patil said in a message.Ansari said the festival of Onam celebrates the onset of harvest season and the mood of rejoicing is vividly captured in the colourful festivities transcending all barriers.”May the festival usher in peace, prosperity and happiness in the society and contribute towards the nation’s progress,” he said. To download wallpapers and animations on Onam, please visit http://m.indiatoday.in on your mobile.last_img read more

Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters

Russia beat Spain on penalties to reach World Cup quarters

first_imgSHARE Published on Russia’s Igor Akinfeev saves a penalty from Spain’s Koke during the shootout in World Cup football match at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on July 1, 2018   –  REUTERS Russia’s Igor Akinfeev saves a penalty from Spain’s Koke during the shootout in World Cup football match at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow on July 1, 2018   –  REUTERS COMMENT RELATED Russian keeper thanks God for luck against Spain July 01, 2018 Russia SHARE SHARE EMAIL × Two sides draw 1-1 over 120 minutes Hosts Russia beat Spain 4-3 on penalties thanks to two saves by their goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on Sunday to advance to the World Cup quarter-finals where they will face either Denmark or Croatia.Akinfeev saved Koke’s and Iago Aspas’ spot kicks after both teams had scored two apiece in what was Russia’s first ever World Cup penalty shootout, to send his team to the last eight after a lacklustre 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.But there was high drama in the shootout for the 78,000 spectators at Luzhniki Stadium, with all four Russian penalty-takers keeping their cool and Akinfeev saving Aspas’ spot kick with his foot to trigger wild celebrations.“In the second half, we were trying to defend. We were hoping for penalties and that’s what happened, thank God,” Akinfeev said. “We are having a fantastic World Cup.”Spain, who have never beaten a host at World Cups or Euros, went ahead after 12 minutes when 38-year-old Sergei Ignashevich bundled into Spain captain Sergio Ramos at the far post, knocking a free kick in with his heel for the 10th own goal of the tournament.The 2010 world champions controlled the game with their slick passing but failed to add to their lead as the Russian’s defended with discipline.They looked, however, equally toothless up front, with Aleksandr Golovin’s curled effort their only noteworthy opportunity until Gerard Pique’s handball gave them a chance to level with a penalty in the 42nd minute.Forward Artem Dzyuba buried it for his third goal of the tournament, sending Spain keeper David de Gea the wrong way to equalise and awaken the subdued crowd.The game lacked pace and tempo even after the break with both teams cautious not concede too much space and the Russians playing without an out-and-out striker after the substitution of Dzyuba.Despite 75 percent possession, Spain’s famed tiki-taka passing game rarely carried them into the box and they had to wait until the 85th minute to test Akinfeev with a low drive from substitute Andres Iniesta.Having long run out of steam and with several players cramping, Russia were reduced to desperately defending in extra time as Spain, who played more than four times the number of passes their opponents did, still struggled to create clear chances.Akinfeev came to the rescue again to deny Rodrigo after his fine sprint in the second half of extra time before becoming a national hero by saving the two spot kicks to send the hosts past the former world champions. Spain football COMMENTSlast_img read more

Spotlight on Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan as India A face England in second warm-up game

Spotlight on Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan as India A face England in second warm-up game

first_imgPromising batsman Rishabh Pant and wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan will look to impressing the national cricket selectors when India ‘A’ take on England in the second 50-over warm-up match at the Brabourne stadium on Thursday.Pant, who played an important role in India’s runners-up campaign at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016, has made rapid strides to be selected selected in the Twenty20 squad for the England series. (Also read: Rishabh Pant has potential to be MS Dhoni’s successor in limited-overs)The 19-year-old Delhi batsman recently slammed four centuries in his first full Ranji season – including a triple hundred against Maharashtra and a 48-ball ton against Jharkhand.The spotlight will also be shared by another promising player Kishan. The Jharkhand player led India at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 in Bangladesh where they lost to the West Indies in the final. He has produced some fine knocks in the domestic circuit which caught the attention of the selectors. (Also read: Rishabh Pant rewarded for glittering Ranji season with call-up to Virat Kohli’s team)Among others, focus will also be on veteran Suresh Raina, who is making a comeback after a long hiatus and all-rounders Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar. All three players will be aiming to hit the right note ahead of the England series.The bowling department will also be looking to make an impact in the match as the entire line-up, which failed to perform in the first practice match failing to defend a target of 305 runs, has been changed.advertisementThe bowling unit will be spearheaded by experienced pacer Ashoke Dinda and Kumar along with Pradeep Sangwan and off-spinner Rasool.For England, everything went good in the first practice game, which they won by three wickets in Mumbai.Sam Billings(93), Jason Roy (62), Jos Buttler (46) and Liam Dawson (41) came good for the visitors, who chased down India’s 304/5 with 1.1 overs and three wickets to spare.They are likely to try out some bowling combinations with an eye for another morale-boosting win ahead a three match One-Day International series against India, beginning on Sunday in Pune.The teams: India ‘A’: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sheldon Jackson, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashoke Dinda.England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey and Chris Woakes.last_img read more

Why should students consider studying in Ireland?

Why should students consider studying in Ireland?

first_imgIreland is an English speaking country with a long tradition in education. The practice of educating monks dates back to the fifth century, and Ireland is sometimes known as the ‘land of saints and scholars.’ Today, Ireland offers a buzzing, multicultural society where students will certainly find the highest of education standards and warmest of welcomes.Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Advisor, Education in Ireland, talks about why an Indian student should definitely consider Ireland as a study abroad destination.Why Ireland?Ireland is well known for being a safe, welcoming society and over the years we have welcomed many thousands of visitors who have come to Ireland, not just to enjoy the beautiful scenery, but also experience Ireland’s famous hospitality. However, more recently, in particular, students from all over the world are learning about Ireland’s quality education system and are deciding to come to pursue their studies in Ireland.The strength of the system in Ireland lies in the fact that our higher education institutes (HEIs) are not only dedicated to academic excellence, but are also highly connected with labour market and emerging trends in industry. There are 34 higher education institutions in Ireland offering a wide range of over 5,000 programmes leading to internationally recognised, quality assured qualifications. Indian students can choose to meet their education needs in highly respected business schools, centres of scientific and technology excellence as well as renowned language, humanities and arts faculties.Stay back option for studentsThe key advantage of studying in Ireland is that students can avail a two-year ‘stay-back’ option after completing their Masters and PhD courses, which guarantee students opportunities to remain in Ireland and seek employment in dynamic sectors. Ireland, today, competitively ranks against the other countries in terms of enterprise opportunities. Over 1,000 multinationals have chosen Ireland as a base for their operations, including 9 of the top 10 global ICT companies and 8 of the top ten global pharma companies. The country is home to many household names such as Qualcomm, Novartis, Yahoo, Twitter, Zendesk, Symantec, Facebook, Mcafee, Etsy, EMC2, Deutsche Bank, HP and Huawei.advertisementIreland is often known as the most entrepreneurial country in Europe and graduates looking to start their own venture are certainly in the right place! Enterprise Ireland, the government agency that assists startups, offers a wide range of support to high-potential export-focused ventures. There is also a set up support in Ireland specifically tailored for female entrepreneurs.Ireland has a strong and growing network of local business angels and venture capitalists to further support the start-up sector.(Read: Top reasons to choose Ireland as a study abroad destination)’Warmest of welcomes’ for international studentsAlongside academia, the quality of student life is among the best in the world. Irish institutes have a strong tradition of offering a vast range of student clubs and societies on campus. Be it music, sports, dance or arts, there is always some activity for students to get involved in. It very likely that there will be an Indian society on campus. They are often well known for their colourful celebrations of festivals like Diwali, Holi and Eid. Some institutes also have global rooms on campus where international students can access the TV channels of their home country.Currently there are over 2,500 Indian students studying in Ireland in higher education institutes, and this number is growing rapidly. In fact, to encourage more Indian students to choose Ireland, many institutes are offering scholarships specifically for Indian students.  In total, over 200 scholarships for Indian students are on offer.Irish institutes are ready to offer the ‘warmest of welcomes’ to all applicants seeking the Irish education experience. With the favorable exchange rate, and good value for money, it’s predicted that the number of Indian students in Ireland will increase notably in the next few years.Authored article by Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Advisor, Education in Ireland Read: 6 technology trends that pushing up digital education in India Read: Is listening to music while studying a good idea or bad?last_img read more

I wont be tried by world court You must be stupid Duterte

I wont be tried by world court You must be stupid Duterte

first_imgMANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared he will never be tried by an international court for mass killings in his war on drugs, and vowed no let up in a crackdown that he said he was winning and would see through “to the very end”. In a television interview with a celebrity pastor, the firebrand leader said the Philippine justice system was working fine, so it would be “stupid” to imagine he would let an international court put him on trial. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”I will only face, be tried or face a trial, in a Philippine court. Presided by a Filipino judge. Prosecuted by a Filipino … I will not answer a Caucasian, asking questions, white man there. You must be stupid,” he said late on Tuesday. “I am a Filipino. We have our courts here… Shit. You have to bring me somewhere else? I would not like that. I have my country. It’s working. I know it’s working. Justice is working here.” His opponents argue otherwise and say police are killing with impunity, and that with an approval rating of about 80 percent, a super-majority in Congress and presidential appointees heading courts, commissions and investigative bodies, there is little chance of Duterte being impeached or prosecuted at home. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpDuterte, 74, has previously said he was so committed to his war on drugs that he was prepared to be tried for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, or rot in jail there. However, within weeks of an ICC prosecutor announcing in February 2018 that a preliminary examination was being conducted into the killings, Duterte ordered police not to cooperate, and then unilaterally cancelled the Philippines’ ICC membership. The ICC examination continues, despite his withdrawal. His latest show of defiance comes days after the U.N. Human Rights Council approved a resolution to hold an investigation into the killings, responding to a call from 11 U.N. experts concerned about a “staggering” amount of deaths. The Philippine government has rejected the resolution as meddling by biased Western states, and denies activists’ allegations that police are executing thousands of drug users and peddlers. Duterte said he was making gains in his anti-narcotics campaign, with less drugs on the streets. He said suspects should choose to “drop the drugs or drop dead”, but suggested that was merely an expression, not an instruction to kill. “Whether they like it or not, I will continue what I started to the very end,” he said.last_img read more

In his own words Firefighter tells how he caught kids dropped from

In his own words Firefighter tells how he caught kids dropped from

first_imgWINDSOR, N.S. — A Nova Scotia couple was forced to drop their baby and toddler from the second floor of their fast-burning house into the waiting arms of a firefighter early Thursday.Windsor, N.S., fire Chief Jamie Juteau spoke to The Canadian Press about the dramatic rescue, which saw volunteer firefighters, police, neighbours and bystanders work together to save the family of four from the blaze.Here’s his account of what happened, as told to reporter Brett Bundale:—We’re volunteer firefighters here in Windsor, so we were at our residences. At roughly 2:15 in the morning, a call came in from our dispatcher that a vehicle was on fire and it was spreading to a house. As I was leaving my residence, the dispatcher said we were getting multiple calls and the house is now on fire.  When I arrived on the scene, there were two vehicles on fire in the front of the building, and the whole front of the building was also on fire and you could tell it was into the attic. You can read the smoke, so you could tell that.  As I got out of my vehicle, I was met by a firefighter from another department who happens to live in the area, who advised me that they had people out of the building on one side of the duplex, but that there could be issues on the opposite side.I went around the side of the house and I could hear people yelling.They were on a second floor balcony out back, like the deck. They couldn’t get out the front, the whole front was on fire.One guy was holding a toddler like, over the deck’s privacy wall. It was about four feet tall. They couldn’t get down off of there, so I just told him, ‘Drop him,’ and I got him. I ran and took him over to a civilian who took him to the ambulance. I went back and they dropped another one, a baby, who was in a car seat.Then the other firefighter who was there from the other department was helping the gentleman and the lady. He told them to kick the wall down and gentlemen jumped off one side, and we helped him out of the bushes. And then the firefighter and the Mountie helped the mom step across the void and onto the baby barn and then they got her down. So it really went well. They were fine.It was actually the neighbour (living on the other side of the duplex) who made a big difference. The neighbour noticed the fire in the first place, came out the front door, went up and actually roused the neighbours on one side and woke them up and got them to get out. It was a very brave thing to do, and had she not done that I would be fearful of what the outcome would be today.Then she let her neighbours (on the other side of the duplex) know, but by that point they couldn’t get out the front because the whole front was on fire.  I feel that the neighbour really made a difference here.Then we turned our concern to the burning building, as it was in very close proximity to other buildings on that street. We have to contain the fire at that point from spreading up to the street. And luckily we did that. There was some minor melted siding on a neighbouring building, but otherwise it didn’t spread. My crews are very efficient. They know their job. They did exactly what they’re trained to do.It is nice to see something work out.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Condemning violence in Yemen UN rights chief urges protection of civilians

Condemning violence in Yemen UN rights chief urges protection of civilians

6 December 2011The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the killing of unarmed civilians in Yemen in recent days, and stressed that lethal force and heavy weapons must not be used against peaceful protesters. There are reports of more than 20 people being killed in the southern city of Taiz since last Thursday, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). This is despite the recent signing of an accord to restore peace and stability in the country, which has been rocked by civil unrest and violence since the start of pro-democracy protests earlier this year.“It is appalling and extremely disappointing that despite the successive deals and ceasefires, Government security forces continue to use live ammunition against unarmed protestors,” said High Commissioner Navi Pillay.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), three children have been killed and seven injured in the latest violence in Taiz, bringing the total number of children killed since March to 138 and those injured to 568. A three-month-old child, killed on 1 December, is among the dead.Ms. Pillay stressed that violence is not the way to resolve the current difficulties in Yemen. “The Government must immediately ensure that lethal force and heavy weapons are not used against peaceful demonstrators. “Human rights violations in Taiz must be independently investigated, the results of the investigation must be made public, and those responsible must be brought to justice without delay,” she added.The High Commissioner also called on the Government to grant immediate access to her staff to enable independent assessment of the human rights situation on the ground. The Yemen Humanitarian Country Team, comprising UN agencies and international and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), have also called for the protection of civilians in Taiz after the latest killings. Elisabeth Byrs of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told reporters in Geneva that the violence continues, despite a ceasefire agreement reached on Sunday. It is reported that heavy shelling and street fighting have damaged civilian neighbourhoods and forced many residents to flee their homes.The country team, in a statement, called on all armed actors involved in the conflict in Taiz to ensure the safety and protection of all civilians in accordance with universally recognized principles of human rights and international humanitarian law, Ms. Byrs added. The protests that began earlier this year in Yemen are part of a broader pro-democracy movement that has swept across North Africa and the Middle East this year. Under the political agreement reached two weeks ago, President Ali Abdullah Saleh will hand over his powers to Vice-President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi and presidential elections will be staged within 90 days. Over the next two years, a government of national unity will establish a national dialogue to ensure that a broad section of society takes part in determining Yemen’s future, with a constitutional review to follow. read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 3 November 2008

Transport News Brief – Monday 3 November 2008

Transport News Brief Week 45, Monday 3 November 2008 No approval – no sale – no minibus On 27 November, 2008, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders plans a specially seminar on minibus Type Approval seminar. Held at Scania’s Milton Keynes office, the event is specifically for minibus makers and their suppliers and the dealers that order minibus conversions. The aim is to explain the coming EU Type Approval law and its implications for all firms in the supply chain. The seminar will discuss the importance of choosing the right road to certification – particularly important for the minibus sector as ECE legislation offers a more up-to-date and continually evolving alternative to the EU Bus and Coach Construction Directive. The event starts at 10.00 and finishes at 13.00. Places costs £50.00 including VAT and SMMT members get a £10.00 discount. More from Suzy Kelham on +44 (0)2 073 449 234 or kelham@smmt.co.uk CV Show 2009 – six months to go and looking good Six months since record numbers of visitors attended the 2008 Commercial Vehicle Show, on-line registration just opened for the 2009 event. With six months before the doors open on 28 April, over 350 exhibitors have already booked more than 70,000m2 of space at the NEC, Birmingham. “This is further proof, if proof were needed, of just how successful the CV Show has become,” said Roger King, boss of the Road Haulage Association. With the accent firmly on cutting operator’s costs and caring for the environment, exhibitors will show the very latest transport, distribution and logistics equipment and systems. “The CV Show is now the only transport show in Europe run by an industry for an industry. If your business is freight transport, then the 2009 CV Show is the place to go. If you mean business, you just can’t afford to miss it.” More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Hybrid bus project gets a boost Volvo Buses just got the first order for its new single-deck hybrid bus, the Volvo 7700 Hybrid. Sales-Lentz, Luxembourg’s largest travel and transport company has ordered six hybrid buses for delivery in 2009. Launched at the Hannover truck and bus show the new model offers 30% fuel savings. Volvo says many of Europe’s bus operators have shown interest in the new bus but Sales-Lentz placed the first order. Volvo will announce a double-deck version at this weeks’ Euro Bus Expo at the NEC. The firm says the new double-decker is to Transport for London specification ad it is confident of very strong interest. More from Per-Martin Johansson on +46 31 322 52 00 or per-martin.johansson@volvo.com Porche to make an offer for Scania News service just-auto.com reports that Sweden’s Financial Supervisory Authority said the country’s takeover rules mean that Porsche would need to make an offer for Scania if its stake in Volkswagen rises above 50%. VW is Scania’ biggest shareholder with 37.73% of the firm’s shares and 68.60% of votes. More from www.just-auto.com European dealers wanted After the recent and successful launch of its new Monityre tyre pressure monitoring system in the UK, Safe Europe plc now wants a network of dealers across the rest of Europe. The firm says already has several outfits keen to do business in Germany and the Benelux countries. Safe Europe’s Monityre tyre pressure monitoring system allows operators to accurately and easily monitor tyre pressures across a fleet, cutting fuel costs and emissions and increasing tyre life. More from David Nash on +44 (0)1 614 567 870 or quadpr@globalnet.co.uk Dennis Eagle backs Municipal Show Garbage truck maker Dennis Eagle says it will be back at the Municipal show for the fourth year running. The event is big and specialist part of next year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. “We have been attending the CV Show for the last three years and have seen it go from strength to strength,” said Norman Thoday, the firm’s MD. “The introduction of the municipal hall was – and still is – a twofold success. Vehicle makers prefer being part of a dedicated area, as opposed to being placed next to a stand belonging to a completely different industry. And when time is money, it enables our visitors to optimise their time at the Show”. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Continental wins recognition from Deutsche Post Continental Tyre Group says it has been ‘recognized as one of the most improved suppliers’ in the first Global Supplier Day run by Deutsche Post World Net, which says it is the world’s leading logistics group. More from Belle Moss on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or bmoss@automotivepr.com Municipal 2009 on target for growth Municipal 2009 opens on 28 April at the NEC Birmingham. Many exhibitors from previous years have already booked, with Dennis Eagle, Farid, Faun, Geesink Norba, Heil and Zoeller returning for a fourth straight year. Space in the special hall is almost sold out- much of it to new exhibitors – with only a couple of stands remaining and still five months to go before the show opens. “As a key zone within the Commercial Vehicle Show – the UK’s number one transport and logistics event – Municipal offers much more than a specialist sector show,” said Tony Young, CV Show manager. “The CV Show is now the ultimate supermarket for municipal authority buyers, offering everything from tyres to lubricants, maintenance equipment to logistics systems and software, as well as vehicles of all weights and sizes.” Municipal 2009 runs from 28-30 April 2009 at the NEC Birmingham. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Scania wins record truck order in Brazil Scania is delivering 260 tipper trucks to the Brazilian firm Odebrecht. The deal includes driver training and on-board transport planning computers. It is the largest single truck order in Scania’s 51-years in Brazil. Odebrecht is Latin America’s largest engineering and construction company. More from Hans-Ã…ke Danielsson on +46-8-55 38 10 00 or hans-ake.danielsson@scania.com Separate specialist vehicle stand for MAN at Municipal Show For the second year running, truck maker MAN Truck and Bus UK plans a separate stand in the Municipal Show next to exhibit its specialist vehicles. The event is big and special zone in next year’s Commercial Vehicle Show. “Having a separate stand in Municipal 2008 presented a great opportunity to show our specialist range, as a result of which we have seen sales grow strongly,” said Andrew Young, defence and government sales manager at MAN. We are repeating the exercise in 2009 to underline our direct commitment to the great many specialist vehicle markets in which we operate, including those within local and central government.” Municipal 2009 runs from 28-30 April 2009 at the NEC Birmingham. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk Citroën’s ready to run scheme grows for 2009 Citroën says it has expanded its Ready to Run special vehicle programme for 2009. There are now over 80 specially converted Citroën vans and light trucks in the 2009 Ready to Run programme, which includes Nemo, Berlingo First, new Berlingo, Dispatch and Relay models. “We’ve moved Ready to Run even further ahead of the competition with significant upgrades and unique new conversions,” said Robert Handyside, Citroën’s commercial vehicle operations manager. “These include Somers chiller conversions for the Nemo and new chiller and freezer conversions and freezer box-bodies on Berlingo and Relay chassis cabs. Also, the Ready to Run 2009 programme includes new Nemo, Berlingo First and new Berlingo dual fuel conversions and new Berlingo Supertrucks glass carrying conversions. And, for the first time in the UK, Citroën’s Ready to Run programme includes Somers temperature-controlled conversions of dual-fuel vans. More from Phil Reed on +44 (0)2 086 684 048 or leadingpr@aol.com Euro Bus Expo opens this week The organisers of Euro Bus Expo, which opens on Tuesday 4 November at the NEC near Birmingham, say it will be a record breaking show with over 300 exhibitors from 21 countries. There are 136 are new exhibitor and 180 buses and coaches, up 20% on the last even, two years ago. “Visitors numbers could be at an all time high too,” says Arne Schuldt, marketing and PR executive for the organisers. “If pre-registrations are anything to go by, they will be well ahead of previous years.” More from www.eurobusexpo.com More action needed on work-related road safety The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents just welcomed a report from the House of Commons Transport Committee saying that more must be done to investigate deaths in work-related road accidents. The report says “It is anomalous that the vast majority of work-related deaths are not examined by the Health and Safety Executive, purely because they occur on the roads. There were between 750 and 1,000 deaths on the road last year linked to someone being at work. Kevin Clinton, Rospa’s head of road safety says the organisation has campaigned on managing occupational road risk for more than 10 years, “we believe the Health and Safety Executive could have a much greater part in this.”  More from Roger Vincent on +44 (0)1 212 482 134 or rvincent@rospa.com Maxus brings relief Carter Cabin Hire, which supplies portable buildings across East Anglia, just put two Maxus light trucks with dropside bodies work carrying portable toilets across the region. The two new trucks have tail lifts and 1,250l water tanks. Ford and Slater Peterborough won the deal.  More from Sue Foster on +44 (0)1 902 714 957 or suefoster@connect-group.com First new Volvo for Cliffs Coaches High Wycombe’s Cliffs Coaches just got its first new Volvo coach, a tri-axle 9700 Prestige Plus. The new vehicle joins an eight-strong fleet vehicle. It has a range of safety features that Volvo says make it ‘particularly suitable for schools’ travel.’ The 53 leather seats are arranged theatre-style and each seat has three-point seat belt. The coach also has climate control, a servery, toilet and Volvo Sound & Vision entertainment system. The 30 year-old firm does private hire, contracts, airport transfers and corporate contracts around the London and High Wycombe area and Schools into Europe business. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or don.johnston@volvo.com New cryogenic cooling from Thermo King Thermo King has launched a new cryogenic cooling system, Green CryoTech which uses recycled liquid CO2 as a coolant. The firm says this means that customers can now get better temperature control and cut noise, emissions and their carbon footprints. Thermo King’s CO2 technology is not the only cryogenic system, but it is unusual as it provides airflow in the load space and, unlike other systems, exhausts the cryogen outside the load space rather than injecting liquid coolant directly into the cargo area. This provides a significant health and safety benefit. The firm says it has two variants: the CO2 Hybrid, for use on a conventional diesel-powered truck cooling system; and the ST-CR for use on both single and multi temperature truck operations. There is also a new multi-temperature trailer system in development. More from Bram Robichez on +32 2 714 57 59 or bram_robichez@eu.thermoking.com Low carbon vehicle event Cenex, the Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Centre of Excellence, ran a successful low carbon vehicle event at Millbrook Proving Ground last week, on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board. More than 850 visitors had the chance to drive a range of low-carbon demonstrators including pure electric, fuel-cell and different types of hybrid vehicles. An exhibition, presentations and workshops meant firms could show their ability to develop low-carbon solutions. The event also coincided with the announcement of a £100m investment scheme for low-carbon vehicles, part of the government’s Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation Platform. More from Mike Hyatt on +44 (0)20 7344 9205 or mikehyatt@smmt.co.uk Two Volvo firsts for the Mannings fleet Mannings Coaches just got two new Volvo coaches – a B12B with Jonckheere bodywork and a tri-axle Volvo 9700 Prestige Plus for its 13 strong fleet. Both are firsts for the Limerick based company and both use the same model chassis and similar drive-lines. The B12B’s 12 litre Volvo engine is rated at 420hp while that in the 13 metre 9700 coach is rated at 460hp. Both drive through I-Shift gearboxes.  A family business for over 40 years, Mannings does a wide range of work including day trips, touring holidays, golfing breaks, airport transfer, schools and corporate work. More from Don Johnston on +44 (0)1 926 414 553 or don.johnston@volvo.com SMMT meets key London transport policy makers SMMT’s Policy team and members met several members of the Greater London authority Transport Committee and researchers at City Hall last week to talk about the opportunities for low-carbon and electric vehicle technologies. The committee plays an important role to play in checking and evaluating the Mayor’s and TfL’s plans for policies in London, including congestion charging. More from Eva de Marchi Taylor on +44(0)2 073 449 221 or edemarchitaylor@smmt.co.uk Synthetic oil cuts cost for bus operator Plymouth City Bus, with a fleet of over 170 buses, has used synthetic oils in gearboxes increase oil change intervals by over three times, to 6,000 hours. This cut costs and hiked operating efficiency. “Synthetic oils have inherent viscous advantages over conventional blended fluids,” says Sean McGrath for Allison UK. “Additives are chosen specifically to enhance anti-oxidant properties, resulting in a more durable and stable transmission fluid that lasts considerably longer.” Allison offers TranSynd oil, but says that any fluid that meets the TES295 specification can deliver the same efficiency benefits as Plymouth City Bus. More from Nick Bailey on +44(0)1 295 277 050 or nick.bailey@m-eng.com Places available for Automechanika Moscow The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says it still has places available on its exhibitor trip to Automechanika Moscow on 3-5 March 2009. The trip has partial sponsorship form the UK Department of Trade and Industry. The exhibition is being held in the centre of Moscow at the Krasnaya Presnya Expocenter. “Spaces are limited but any company, primarily in the original equipment or aftermarket that wants to attack the Russian market and be part of this trip should give me a call,” said Russell Murty of the Society’s International Department. More from Russell Murty on +44 (0)2 073 449 229 or rmurty@smmt.co.uk Green group says new automotive refrigerant is dangerous The SMMT’s Week in Brussels says German Green group Deutsche Umwelthilfe say a new refrigerant, 1234yf, being tested by the automotive industry for possible use in automotive air-conditioning systems is “flammable” and produces “highly toxic gases.” Industry is testing alternatives to refrigerant HFC-134a, which will be phased-out from 2011. Honeywell and DuPont, the makers of 1234yf, say it is neither toxic nor dangerously inflammable. Honeywell has threatened legal action over the claims. More from Eva de Marchi Taylor on +44(0)2 073 449 221 or edemarchitaylor@smmt.co.uk Norway may ban “polluting cars” The SMMT’s Week in Brussels reports that Norwegian environment minister Erik Solheim, may ban “tens of thousands” of polluting cars from Norway to meet the country’s ambitious target of cutting CO2 emissions by 30% at 1990 levels by 2020. In the public sector, electric vehicles could be made mandatory. The minister thinks that the financial crisis is an opportunity for dramatic innovation. Norway also plans to become carbon neutral by 2020. More from Eva de Marchi Taylor on +44(0)2 073 449 221 or edemarchitaylor@smmt.co.uk New BrakeCheck Series 2 Aide automotive just recently released its new BrakeCheck Series 2 portable brake tester for commercial vehicle inspection sheets. The firm says any ‘O’ licence operator can use the kit to meet Vosa requirements for a brake test or inspection every six weeks. The system also gives a hard copy print out. “It is the ideal brake tester for most operators; easy to use and cost effective,” said the firm’s Matthew Burke., who says BrakeCheck is the UK’s leading decelerometer, with customers including Biffa Waste, Scania GB, Volvo, Stagecoach & TDG. Matthew Burke aide automotive ltd 01 158 45 6471 or shoponline@aideautomotive.com RHA wins concessions on Manchester Charging Scheme The Road Haulage Association says it welcomes the news that the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities will delay its plans for a congestion charge on trucks. Before truckers are asked to pay for the privilege the AGMA wants evidence that there are real cost savings for hauliers from reduced congestion. The RHA is also pleased that AGMA has recognized the vital role trucks play in the economic competitiveness of the region. More from Kate Gibbs on +44 (0)1 932 838 917 or kate.gibbs@rha.net Bucking the trend at W Trailers Specialist trailer maker W Trailer Co of Keighley says it has over £600,000 to spend on the introduction of advanced manufacturing processes. This, the firm says, will “bring innovative products to the trailer market and open the door for expansion into new markets in 2009 and 2010.” The firm will have a new management team and directors and management team, lead by existing MD Graeme Wilson. The firm says it is development new multi-deck trailers that “will revolutionise” their design. “With the help of this investment, we aim to make W Trailers a key player in the design and build sector,” said Wilson.  More from Graeme Wilson +44 (0)1 535 611 911 or graeme@wtrailer.co.uk And finally New Scientist’s Feedback column reports that during their weekly shopping, readers Joan a James Williams came across a box of Lyons mince pies, complete with a picture of a jolly snowman and the slogan “Great for Christmas”. On the side of the box was best-before date: 17 November. More from www.newscientist.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Pacers And George Still Have Plenty To Play For

Pacers And George Still Have Plenty To Play For

Indiana Pacers star Paul George suffered a horrifying injury on Friday night in a scrimmage with his teammates on the United States national team. The good news is that surgery on George’s right leg was successful, and he’s in admirable spirits. Furthermore, George’s history of staying relatively healthy in the past could portend a quicker and more complete recovery. Still, George is expected to miss all of next season. The Pacers went 56-26 last season with George, a total that is only occasionally good enough to translate into a title. The NBA is not a very forgiving sport; any and all weaknesses are exposed over the course of a full season: Losing George would almost almost certainly take them out of title contention for next year.But like the Chicago Bulls — who adapted around a season-ending injury to Derrick Rose last year — the Pacers are a well-coached and well-managed team in a reasonably good salary cap situation. That means they could maintain respectability next season even without George — or rebuild for 2015-16 and beyond with him.We can consider what the Pacers might look like next season assuming that George doesn’t play but they otherwise don’t make changes to their roster. I’ll do that by running a projection based on the technique described here, which evaluates players based on their age and performance over the past three regular seasons. In contrast to the previous article, which used a metric called statistical-plus minus, I used ESPN’s NBA Real Plus Minus, which better accounts for a player’s defense — a key consideration whenever you’re talking about the Pacers. (The projection for Croatian Damjan Rudez, the recent Pacers pick up who has not played in the NBA, assumes that he’ll be halfway between league-average and replacement level.)This method projects the Pacers to a 44-38 record, which last year would have translated into a No. 5 or No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. It assumes the Pacers will stand pat with their current roster, but they may have the opportunity to sign another rotation player by using a disabled player exception to the salary cap.Obviously, there’s a huge amount of uncertainty around this forecast. An unselfish roster like Indiana’s might seem better equipped to adapt to the loss of any one player. But the Pacers already had a lot of trouble generating shots with George in the lineup — it will be even harder without him. And while the Pacers should still be strong on defense, the ferocious effort they put forth on the defensive side of the ball could vary as the team’s spirits do.The Pacers’ other option would be sacrifice the season by dealing Roy Hibbert and David West. That would leave them with only George, point guard George Hill, Rudez and Ian Mahimni signed for the 2015-16 season — a salary commitment of just $30 million total. With cap room and draft picks and good coaching and scouting, there would be the opportunity to build another very good lineup around George, who would be just 25 years old at the start of the 2015-16 season. The injury was an unfair blow to George, but if he can recover, he and the Pacers still have plenty to look forward to. read more

Tressel Pryor search for redemption

Tressel Pryor search for redemption

The Toledo Rockets provided what, on paper, seemed to be a good opportunity for Ohio State to bounce back after the tough loss to USC last week. It also provided the opportunity for a huge letdown game following a tough loss, something the Buckeyes nearly fell victim to last season. After last year’s loss to USC, OSU struggled early against Troy University in Terrelle Pryor’s first collegiate start. The Buckeyes led only 14-10 going into the fourth quarter before eventually pulling away, 28-10. But thanks to a fast start from the passing game, a dominant defensive performance and some coaching adjustments after last week’s loss, Buckeye fans weren’t left biting their nails late in the game. Fast-starting SanzenbacherJunior receiver Dane Sanzenbacher’s 76- and 18-yard touchdown receptions punctuated the first two OSU drives of the game. He now has a team high of three receiving touchdowns this year, and all three have come within the first two drives of a game. In addition, he had a 56-yard catch that set up a Dan Herron touchdown run on the second possession versus USC.“I feel like that always helps our offense, when we can get on the board first and get a good drive to start off,” said Sanzenbacher. “It feels good to be able to come out there after having to talk about the loss all week and to make a play.”With his offense struggling in the passing game all season, coach Jim Tressel was especially thankful for Sanzenbacher getting the unit off to a good start.“Dane made some big plays for us,” he said. “He’s a steady guy, nothing bothers him. He got thrust into the holder’s role today because of [punter] Jonathan Thoma’s illness, and he handled that well also.”Sanzenbacher, a Toledo native, was bothered about one thing, and that was how his performance might affect his standing back home. Tressel shared what Dane said to him on the way to the locker room.“I said to him, ‘Man, you kinda took it to your hometown guys,’ and he said, ‘Well, if I didn’t do well I couldn’t go home, but now I’m wondering if I can’t go home because I did so well.’”Tressel, Pryor attempt to silence criticsNever had the quarterback sneak been as popular with fans as it was this past week with Buckeye fans. With many calling into question Tressel’s decisions to hand the ball off in the backfield rather than plowing ahead with Pryor for short yardage on third and fourth downs against USC, the Toledo game likely came as a relief to many.The Buckeyes converted a third-and-one early in the game on a quarterback keeper, and then Pryor put it in the end zone on the same play in the third quarter. Tressel appeared frustrated early in the week when asked about the messages he’d been sent from fans calling into question his play calling. But after a big win on Saturday, he was able to find humor in the situation.“You guys brought up all that stuff about e-mails, well a lot of those e-mails were from my offensive staff, so they must have gotten their point across” he joked.As for Terrelle Pryor, he seemed to play more like the dual-threat quarterback that showed so much promise a year ago, as he finished the day with a career-high 262 yards passing and three touchdowns, to go along with his 110 yards and a score on the ground.But he also had two interceptions on throws that had the stadium groaning before they ever entered a Rocket defender’s hands. Tressel said it was something Pryor would have to work on, but the mistakes could be largely attributed to an aggressive Toledo defense.“He knows he has to eliminate turnovers,” Tressel said. “They [Toledo] were a hard team to read. They were blitzing nearly every down from all over the place.”Although he made a couple poor decisions, Pryor and the rest of the offense stepped up on third downs, which plagued them against USC, converting 11 of 17.Regardless of success or failure, Pryor insists he and the team haven’t let the fans or media get into their heads.“We don’t pay attention to the criticism,” he said. “We love you guys, but we don’t listen to you.”Defense dominatesComing into the game, Toledo was averaging 42.5 points per game to go along with their nearly 560 yards of offense per game. On Saturday, they left Cleveland Brown’s stadium with no points and only 210 total yards.A big key to containing the Rocket’s explosive offense was the Buckeyes’ pass rush, which pressured and knocked around senior quarterback Aaron Opelt, preventing Toledo from ever finding the rhythm that its no-huddle system relies on.“We got guys up front that can play, and we roll them in [and out] and keep them fresh” Tressel said.One of those guys up front is senior captain Doug Worthington.“It means a lot to our defense to get a shutout,” he said. “A lot of people didn’t get over that loss [to USC] and we were still a little bitter, so we needed to get on the field and play to get over it.”Tressel says most of the important bounce back performance by OSU on Saturday can be attributed to the stellar defensive performance.“When you swarm on defense like we do, it gives the offense a few more opportunities as well,” he said.That trend will need to continue as the Buckeyes enter conference play.“We all know we have a long way to go and the Big Ten begins now,” said Tressel. “But I thought our kids stepped up today and took a step towards that decision that they’d like to be a good team.” read more

TERRATEC marking quarter century of mining and tunnelling

TERRATEC marking quarter century of mining and tunnelling

first_imgTERRATEC, the designer and manufacturer of tunnel boring machines, raise boring machines and other professional tunnelling and mining equipment, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. In 1990, the company was incorporated in Australia to cover the need in the market for a local designer and manufacturer of custom-made boring equipment to meet the requirements of the tunnelling contractors and mining companies and complying with all the applicable Australian Standards.TERRATEC delivered its first order for a TBM in 1991 and the first raise borer came two years later in 1993. Since then, the company has expanded steadily its sales coverage in Australia and overseas markets including China, South East Asia, India, Europe and North and South America.TERRATEC says its original expertise thrives on hard rock boring. The company still has engineers in the team with over 40 years experience in designing hard rock tunnel borers and raise borers. Since the year 2005, TERRATEC has also expanded its technical expertise to the soft ground boring, thanks to cooperation agreements with Japanese shield makers. The results are demonstrated in the EPB machines delivered in the past years for Metro projects in Perth, Delhi, Bangkok and Istanbul, all of which having proven TERRATEC’s practical design, excellent performance and high degree of reliability.The company states: “TERRATEC’s sales and service are guaranteed worldwide through its global network which includes the regional offices in Australia, Hong Kong, China, India, Thailand, Dubai and Panama, apart from the local representatives which TERRATEC has in many other countries. With this global network, the company can ensure a quick and efficient response to clients at every stage of the project. After 25 years on the road, TERRATEC is today well placed in a growing tunnelling and mining market, which demands the highest quality and reliability of boring equipment, to allow the fast, safe and efficient execution of tunnels and shafts anywhere in the world.”last_img read more

VIDEO Your weekend movies… Carrie Mary Poppins and some angry birds

VIDEO Your weekend movies… Carrie Mary Poppins and some angry birds

first_imgRottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 91 per cent. Audience rating: 98 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 48 per cent. Audience rating: 54 per cent RottenTomatoes.com critics’ rating: 18 per cent. Audience rating: 51 per cent. Saving Mr Banks Source: VISO TrailersFor fans of: Mary Poppins (come on, who isn’t?)Avoid if: You believe a spoonful of sugar doesn’t make the medicine go downThis movie dramatises the journey of writer PL Travers – the author of Mary Poppins, played by Emma Thompson – to Hollywood. There she meets Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), who is badgering her to let him bring her novel to the big screen. Our own Colin Farrell gets a look in as Travers’ alcoholic and bad-tempered father.center_img WHICH NEW MOVIE release is worth the price of a cinema ticket this weekend?We’re here to help you decide just that, with these trailers.Carrie Source: MovieTrailersToWatchFor fans of: Blood, prom queens, the original movieAvoid if: Your disposition is of the delicate varietyThis remake of the 1976 horror classic updates the high-school setting to the present day, with bullies uploading Carrie’s plight to YouTube (among other torments). They’ll get theirs, though. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as Carrie with Julianne Moore as her religious-fanatic mother. Free Birds Source: Free Birds MovieFor fans of: Turkey farming, light-hearted animated films about birdsAvoid if: The thought of hundreds of cartoon turkeys on a giant screen makes you afraid or uncomfortableOwen Wilson and Amy Poehler star in this very American, Thanksgiving-themed movie about a turkey seeking his freedom. Villain of the moment Colm Meaney does a turn as a hunter, and Woody Harrelson leads the Turkey Liberation Front. The role he was born for.last_img read more

State prosecutor says TD Michael Lowry and his company cooked the books

State prosecutor says TD Michael Lowry and his company cooked the books

first_img Michael Lowry Updated Jun 11th 2018, 6:31 PM A FORMER CEO of a Finnish refrigeration company has told a jury that his company had “an agency agreement” to pay commission to Michael Lowry’s company for Irish sales.Giving evidence from Finland via video-link, Fred Ramberg agreed with Remy Farrell SC, prosecuting that if his company, Norpe Oy, supplied to a retail outlet in Ireland, a commission would be paid to Streamline, the trading name for Lowry’s company Garuda Ltd.The witness agreed with counsel that an agency agreement, signed by both he and Lowry on 1 November 1997, outlined in the “terms of agreement” that the agent should be entitled to a commission of 5% on all sales.Ramberg agreed that it stated that the agreement was between Norpe OY and Michael Lowry but that Lowry’s name was crossed out and handwritten in its place was Glebe Trust, with an address in the Isle of Man.He agreed that he had written in the change and had initialled it but was not able to indicate when he did this, “I’m not sure. I guess 2008” before he confirmed that he had “no clue” who Glebe Trust are.Michael O’Higgins SC, defending Lowry, told Ramberg that his client claims he was on holidays in Spain in August 2002 when a person he owed money to put him under pressure to pay it. He said that Lowry then contacted Ramberg and asked that the commission owed to him be paid directly to this man.“I’m not aware,” Ramberg replied.The statement of an interview of Stella Lipponen, who worked in the accounts department with Norpe from October 2001, with the Finish police, was then read to the jury. She confirmed a payment of €388,788.12 was paid on 28 August 2002 and that the payee referred to was Glebe Trust.She told officers she didn’t know why the account ledger displayed a different payee.Lowry (61) of Glenreigh, Holycross, Co Tipperary earlier pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four charges of filing incorrect tax returns on dates between August 2002 and August 2007 in relation to a sum of £248,624 received by his company, Garuda Ltd and one charge in relation to failing to keep a proper set of accounts on dates between 28 August 2002 and 3 August 2007.He further pleaded not guilty on behalf of Garuda Ltd to three similar charges in relation to the company’s tax affairs and one charge of failing to keep a proper set of accounts on the same dates.It is the State’s case that Mr Lowry’s company received £248,624 in commission from Norpe OY in August 2002. It is alleged that Lowry arranged for this payment to be made to a third party, residing in the Isle of Man, and therefore it didn’t appear in the company accounts for that year nor did he declare it as income.It is further alleged that the accounts were then falsified in 2007 to reflect that the payment was received in 2006.“It was the accountant’s version of re-fried beans. The books are cooked in 2002, a sum of money is kept off the books and in 2007, the 2006 books are cooked again to bring the money in without drawing attention to it,” Remy Farrell SC, told the jury in his opening address.Farrell told the jury that it is the State’s case that a sum of £248,624 received by Lowry’s company and not declared to Revenue, “would have amounted to 88% of the company’s certified gross profits for the year”.The trial continues before Judge Martin Nolan and jury of eight men and four women. Monday 11 Jun 2018, 6:31 PM 22,480 Views Short URL No Comments Michael Lowry Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share296 Tweet Email1 center_img State prosecutor says TD Michael Lowry and his company ‘cooked the books’ The State’s case is that the transaction was “done at the behest of Mr Lowry”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sonya McClean Image: Leon Farrell/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/4064803 Jun 11th 2018, 3:08 PM last_img read more

Leaked Federal Climate Change Report Contradicts Trump Administration

Leaked Federal Climate Change Report Contradicts Trump Administration

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel The New York Times on Monday published a leaked copy of the draft 2018 National Climate Assessment—currently awaiting presidential approval.The 600-page report, compiled by scientists from 13 federal agencies, has not officially been made public.(And you can bet someone will be fired over its broadcast by what Donald Trump calls the “fake news media.” During a “working vacation” in New Jersey, Trump regularly tweeted about “the failing New York Times,” but never directly addressed the leaked report.)A long and convoluted read, the document effectively blames human activity—specifically greenhouse gas (i.e. carbon dioxide) emissions—for global warming.“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” the executive summary said. “There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate.”But while researchers estimate “record-breaking” climate-related weather extremes and “the warmest years on record for the globe,” the Trump administration continues to push back.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt flat-out rejects established climate science, refusing to link CO2 and global warming. And Trump has long dismissed the concept of climate change, suggesting it was “created by and for the Chinese” (a statement he later denied making).The draft document cites thousands of scientific studies documenting changes in surface, atmospheric, and oceanic temperatures, among other global climate transformations.“Choices made today will determine the magnitude of climate change risks beyond the next few decades,” according to the report, which warns of “unanticipated changes” throughout the next century.Annual average temperatures have already risen 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since 1865, and are forecast to continue growing.“Periodically taking stock of the current state of knowledge about climate change and putting new weather extremes into context ensures that rigorous, scientifically based information is available to inform dialogue and decisions at every level,” the paper said.The congressionally mandated 2018 National Climate Assessment has been signed off by the National Academy of Sciences, and awaits presidential permission for release, the Times reported.“This is a draft report that has been in the public domain since January,” EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman said in a statement to Geek. “We continue to discuss the best path forward for an honest, open dialogue regarding climate science.”Since the document was leaked online this week (“a clear middle finger to Trump, Pruitt, and their plan to derail federal climate research and policy,” as Gizmodo so eloquently put it), the White House will undoubtedly have a lot more trouble suppressing the findings.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Delhi government mulling prosecution of Kanhaiya Kumar

Delhi government mulling prosecution of Kanhaiya Kumar

first_imgNew Delhi : The Delhi government is examining an opinion of its standing counsel to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in a sedition case, sources said on Tuesday. According to them, standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra in his opinion said that in the original complaint, there was no mention of anti-national sloganeering by anyone having a “pernicious tendency or intention of creating public disorder or disturbance of law and order” during the entire incident on February 9, 2016. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The Delhi government has so far not given prosecution sanction in the JNU sedition case. The high-level committee was constituted by the university vice-chancellor on February 11, 2016 to probe the matter. The committee confirmed indiscipline and unruly behaviour simpliciter and did not recommend any criminal proceedings, Mehra is learnt to have said in his opinion. The sources said that an “unevenness” between the statement of the actual witnesses and the technical evidence, including on the issues of presence in the protest march and alleged action during the march, in furtherance of the common object is apparent. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us The investigation agency has used the technical evidence as the deciding factor to determine that “insufficient evidence” is available for not charge-sheeting 36 accused, which includes case of students who were indicted by the high level committee, they said. “The Delhi government has received the opinion of its standing counsel (criminal) and it is being examined,” a source said, adding the government is examining why the principle of natural was allegedly fluted.last_img read more

10 Bangladeshis rescued after being held hostage in Greece

10 Bangladeshis rescued after being held hostage in Greece

first_imgRefugees and migrants are rescued by members of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, after leaving Libya trying to reach European soil aboard an overcrowded rubber boat, north of Libyan coast on Sunday, 6 May 2018. APGreek police said Wednesday they had rescued 50 migrants who had been held hostage in northern Greece, allegedly by two Pakistani men who were extorting their families for money.Many of those rescued, who included five teenagers, were in bad physical condition, having been given minimal food and water. One man required hospitalization for pneumonia and dehydration.The migrants – 38 Pakistanis, 10 Bangladeshis and two Sri Lankans – had been held in a complex of abandoned buildings east of the city of Thessaloniki, where most had been brought six days ago, although some were more recent arrivals. Authorities were alerted to their plight by relatives who received demands for money for them to be released.Two Pakistani men were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and blackmail, among other charges, and were to appear before a prosecutor later in the day to be formally charged.The rescued men told police they had each paid between 1,500 and 3,000 euros ($1,780-$3,600) to be smuggled into Greece. But once they entered the country, the smugglers led them to the abandoned buildings, demanding another 2,000 euros or more for each for them to be released. The money was to be sent to the ring by relatives.Thousands of migrants and refugees continue to arrive in Greece, hoping to eventually make it to other European countries. Most arrive either on Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast, or cross the northern land border with Turkey.last_img read more

10 killed in Texas plane crash

10 killed in Texas plane crash

first_imgMap of Texas locating the site of a plane crash that left 10 people dead on Sunday. AFP 10 killed in Texas plane crashTen people were killed on Sunday when their private turboprop airplane crashed into a hangar during takeoff and burst into flames at the municipal airport in Addison, Texas, outside Dallas, an airport official said.The twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air was destroyed by fire from the crash, according to Darci Neuzil, deputy director of Addison Airport, a general aviation facility located about 10 miles (17 km) north of downtown Dallas.She said the plane had been headed for Florida when it took off at about 9 a.m. local time. Nobody on the ground was reported hurt, Neuzil added.The plane had just lifted off the runway at the south end of the airport when it veered left, dropped its left wing and slammed into the hangar, the Dallas Morning News reported online, citing Addison fire department spokesman Edward Martelle.There were no survivors among the 10 people who were aboard the aircraft, Neuzil said. Their identities were being kept confidential as authorities worked to notify next of kin.”It’s a very sad day for Dallas County,” a local judge, Clay Jenkins, told the Dallas Morning News, which reported the plane had been en route to St. Petersburg, Florida. “My prayers are with the families we’re notifying about this tragedy.”There was no official word on the cause of the crash. CBS News, citing unnamed sources, reported that the plane lost an engine on takeoff.Video footage of the immediate aftermath showed flames and heavy, dark smoke billowing from the hangar, which according to local media was unoccupied at the time. Still photos posted online also showed a large gash in the side of the building.Investigators from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board were due to arrive on the scene later in the day, Neuzil told Reuters.No further details about the circumstances of the crash were immediately available, Neuzil said.last_img read more

Use Eve Online currency to buy a GeForce GTX 560

Use Eve Online currency to buy a GeForce GTX 560

first_imgCompanies like Blizzard have been fighting for years to stop people paying real-world money for in-game items. But Eve Online developer CCP has decided to reverse that transaction and offer real world items for in-game currency.A deal has been signed with Nvidia to allow Eve Online players to use Pilot License Extension (PLEX) currency to purchase a real graphics card for use in their PCs. PLEX can already be used to buy game time, and it must be purchased in-game through the main Eve currency: ISK.It’s a clever move, and one that should see more players spending more time in the game earning ISK to convert to PLEX to get the card. At the moment it’s just an experiment with 100 Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 cards up for grabs. If successful, CCP will look to expand the offer.Each card is worth around $200, with the price of PLEX already shooting up within Eve since the announcement. CCP has also had the foresight to limit the offer to one card per account so as to stop any cash-rich account holders grabbing several and reselling the cards to make some real money.Maybe in the future we’ll see CCP expand the offer to other hardware components so that ultimately gamers can play in order to fund a new PC. For now, it might be the perfect opportunity for existing Eve players to pick up a new card for no (real) money at all. New players thinking of signing up to earn enough for the card will have many long nights of playing ahead of them.via Joystiqlast_img read more