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UN human rights experts call on US to halt todays execution of

Yesterday the Board of Pardons and Paroles in the state of Georgia declined clemency to Mr. Davis, 42, who is reportedly set to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. local time for the 1989 shooting death of a police officer.“Not only do we urgently appeal to the Government of the United States and the state of Georgia to find a way to stop the scheduled execution, but we believe that serious consideration should be given to commuting the sentence,” the experts stated. The experts – the UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul; and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez – deplored that the case mainly relied on the testimonies of witnesses which contained “serious” inconsistencies. Many of the witnesses affirmed that they had been pressured or coerced into testifying against Mr. Davis, or recanted or changed their testimony, noted a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “We recall that the death penalty may only be imposed when the guilt of the person charged is based upon clear and convincing evidence, leaving no room for an alternative explanation of the facts,” the experts stressed. They reminded the US Government of its obligation to ensure that anyone under its jurisdiction receives a fair trial, as required under article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). “Given the irreversible nature of the death penalty, it is crucial that fair trial standards are fully respected in all judicial proceedings related to offences punishable with the death penalty,” said the experts, who all report to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. 21 September 2011Three independent United Nations human rights experts have called on the United States Government to stop the execution scheduled for later today of Troy Davis, amid concerns that he did not receive a fair trial. read more

Two Chinese arrested with cash and gems

They had attempted to take the cash and gems to New Delhi via a Srilankan Airlines flight when they were arrested last afternoon (Saturday).Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) Two Chinese Nationals were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with US$ 50, 690.00 and Baht 133,400 valued at Rs. 7,372,626.00, the Customs Department said.A Customs Department spokesman said that the two Chinese, aged 26 and 59, also had in their possession 46 Gems (Garnet) valued at Rs. 452,800.00, all concealed in their hand bags. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse focused on not looking past Marquette

Returning home from a tough road trip to Jacksonville with a 2-0 record, the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team will set its sights on this weekend’s home matchup with the Marquette Golden Eagles. Led by senior attacker and captain Logan Schuss’ nine goals over the past two games, the Buckeyes’ offense has been flying high this season, averaging 11.5 goals per game in the first two games of the season. It also earned Schuss Eastern College Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Sophomore midfielder Jesse King, who scored two goals Sunday against Jacksonville, said he looks to continue that trend against Marquette. “I think it’s our whole offense, we are slowly starting to come together and build that chemistry between us,” King said. “I know we have the first two lines, that everyone is very capable of scoring.” Two areas in which the Buckeyes struggled during the preseason were winning groundballs and turnovers, and coach Nick Myers said he put a heavy focus on those issues heading into the year. The coach’s message has apparently sunk in as OSU leads its opponents 59-45 in groundballs won. “Groundballs is a stat that speaks to extra possession, that speaks to an effort level, that speaks to a tenacity that certainly we pride ourselves on,” Myers said. “That’s a key component to our success.” A win Saturday is much needed for OSU, which hopes to capture as many wins as possible before what might be a touch stretch in the month of March. Five of the Buckeyes six games in March are against teams ranked in the top 11, including current No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 1 Loyola (Md.). Freshman attacker Carter Brown knows the schedule ahead will be rough, but isn’t overlooking an inexperienced Golden Eagles squad. “We got the board ‘beat Marquette’ in the locker room, just stick to our next game,” Brown said. “Coach has done a great job, telling us just don’t look past our next opponent.” For OSU it is harder to prepare for a team like Marquette, who is in its first season as a program. “I think people underestimate the ability with a first-year program,” Myers said. “It’s a little unsettling knowing they haven’t played and that we have no film. We have very little preparation, and I know they have film on us.” The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Golden Eagles at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. read more

Football Marshon Lattimore declares for the draft

Thank you all!— Marshon Lattimore (@shonrp2) January 11, 2017 OSU redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore (2) intercepts a pass during the first half of the Buckeyes 62-3 win against Maryland on Nov. 12. Credit: Alexa MavrogianisOhio State redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore announced in a tweet on Wednesday he will forgo his last two seasons with the Buckeyes and declare for the NFL draft.“With that being said, it’s been a pleasure playing at the best program in the country,” Lattimore said in a tweet. “I’m looking forward to continuing the Buckeye legacy on Sundays. I need all of you there for me as I go through this process of trying to become the best cornerback, thank you all! O-H!”Lattimore now joins redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley as players in the Ohio State secondary to declare early for the draft. Projections have Lattimore as a first-round pick and the No. 3 ranked cornerback in the draft class, according to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.Lattimore was able to make an impact in the passing game reeling in four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown, plus nine pass deflections. Additionally, he made 38 total tackles in the 2016 season. In his final game against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl, Lattimore had 3 total tackles. read more

Ohio State mens basketball set for homeandhome series with Connecticut

OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11, 2013 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48.Lantern file photoThe Ohio State men’s basketball team is scheduled to play a home-and-home series against the University of Connecticut, coach Thad Matta announced Wednesday via a press release.OSU’s matchup with the Huskies is set to begin Dec. 12, 2015 when the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Connecticut. The Huskies are then scheduled to visit Columbus Dec. 12, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center.According to the release, the 2015 game will take place in one of two locations: the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., or the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.The Buckeyes hold a 3-1 all-time record against Connecticut, with the most recent matchup coming in 1992 when OSU beat the Huskies 78-75 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Connecticut’s lone win in the series came with a 72-67 victory against OSU in the 1988 NIT Championship Game. The Buckeyes beat the Huskies in Columbus in 1983 and in Hartford, Conn., in 1984.OSU’s 2014 season is scheduled to begin Nov. 14 against the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Columbus. read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State falls to Lindenwood in four sets despite seasonhigh

Then-junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterSeason-high offensive production was not enough for the Ohio State men’s volleyball team on Friday night, falling to Lindenwood in four sets, 25-21, 30-28, 17-25 and 25-20. The Buckeyes (7-16, 2-7 MIVA) used the return of senior setter Sanil Thomas and junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss to attain a season-high 65 kills on the night, but their 42 total errors compared to 23 by Lindenwood (8-15, 4-6 MIVA) kept the Buckeyes from establishing a rhythm and winning more than a single set. “I thought at times our offense was really, really good,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said. “But it just seemed like there were crucial moments where an error would pop up when we could really separate ourselves from [Lindenwood].” The Buckeyes opened up an 8-5 lead early in the second set thanks to a three-point run, including a kill by Devilbiss, a combined block by Devilbiss and redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson and an ace by freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley. Ohio State extended its lead to as many as five, but a late 6-1 point surge by the Lions tied the match at 23. A kill by redshirt sophomore outside hitter Jake Hanes gave Ohio State set point, but a kill by Lindenwood freshman outside hitter Phil Swartz took the set to overtime. The Lions and the Buckeyes traded single-point leads, but an Ohio State attack error and a kill by Swartz pushed Lindenwood over the Buckeyes in the second set, 30-28. Swarts led the Lions with 14 kills and three aces, also contributing three digs. As a team, Lindenwood mostly had their way offensively tallying 47 kills on .404 hitting. Hanes led the Buckeyes with 17 kills, adding two digs, while Devilbiss finished with 14 kills and two aces, adding three digs and a block assist. Thomas accounted for 60 assists, a kill, two aces, three digs and a block assist. His 60 assists tie his career high for the Buckeyes, which he set in a four-set win over Loyola Chicago during the 2017-18 season. Thomas said the offensive production has a lot more to do with the hitters than his own play. “The 60 assists is a lot on the hitters,” Thomas said. “It’s a testament to them. I have good hitters around me.” Kills by Talley, Hanes and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Tyler Alter gave Ohio State a 13-9 lead early in the third set. The Buckeyes extended their lead to as many as eight points leading to a 25-17 third set victory, forcing a fourth set. The Buckeyes were firing on all cylinders in the third set, hitting at a .818 clip with zero attack errors and five service errors, their lowest error in a set all night. But the fourth set led to relapse, as Ohio State committed six attack and six service errors. Lindenwood jumped out to a 20-16 lead in the fourth set thanks to a four-point run including kills by Swartz and senior middle blocker Connor Hipelius. The Lions rode the four-point margin to match point, at which point Leeson committed his first and only service error, handing the Lions a 25-20 set victory and a 3-1 match triumph. Ohio State will try to split the weekend against Quincy at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Coal a major player in top 10 global energy trends by 2020

first_imgThe global energy industry is undergoing unprecedented changes. Rapid increase in energy consumption in the developing world will be the key driver of growth for the global energy market. China is becoming the world’s largest consumer. Huge demand for power will come from Africa and India as well, thanks to the development and electrification in rural regions. Market participants have to start preparing for the oncoming spike in demand. To help companies effectively navigate the market as well as successfully achieve growth objectives, Frost & Sullivan presents the Top Ten Global Energy Trends expected to dominate by 2020.Beatrice Shepherd, Frost & Sullivan’s Director CEE, Russia & CIS, in a presentation entitled Energy Policy of the Future: Top Ten Global Trends noted, “In today’s increasingly changing and competitive environment, market participants must continuously look for promising business opportunities. The energy industry, a key sector to the world economy, is particularly important and must be closely monitored in order to maximize investment returns by understanding what is impacting the market.”The main trend in the global energy industry is power demand growth, as the world energy consumption is projected to increase by 44% from 2006 to 2030, (Energy Information Administration, US, 2009). Europe, with its ageing fleet of power plants would require approximately 25 GW of additional generation capacity annually up to 2020, according to Frost & Sullivan estimation. Demand for power in Africa, China and India will rise with rural electrification efforts. Developed countries will significantly support the energy demand by endorsing expansion of the electric and hybrid vehicles. Global electrification will reach 80% by 2020.A new age of natural gas is coming with the massive boost in LNG availability. “The really interesting development is the quick rise in what is called ‘unconventional gas’ supplies,” says Shepherd. “The US has already overtaken Russia in 2009 as the world’s largest gas producer due to surging production of shale and coal seam gas.” The search for unconventional gas is developing in China and Europe; however the procedures of extracting gas are still being considered.Clean coal commercialisation is the next important trend listed by Frost & Sullivan. “Clean coal technologies will continue to play an important part in the coal power generation industry over the next few years with increased investments in the area,” notes hepherd. Technologies that have a long-term potential are carbon capture and Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC).A global revival of the nuclear sector, mainly driven by China, India and Russia, is another significant theme in the energy industry. Nuclear energy is considered one of the most cost-effective technologies to meet the ever-increasing demand for electricity and also a crucial contributor to energy independence and security of supply. The number of partnerships and co-operation agreements is increasing along the entire nuclear value chain to keep pace with the strong global demand.Governments around the world have declared policies supporting renewable energy development – the EU plans to achieve 20% of energy generation from renewable sources in 2020, 22 of the US States have 10-20% renewable targets while China aims at generating 100 GW of renewable energy by 2020. These developments coupled with technology advancements will eventually result in “grid parity” – a point where cost of producing electricity from fossil fuels is equal or cheaper to the cost of producing energy from renewable sources. It is likely to happen in countries, where the renewable resources hold the important share in the energy mix. Countries with economies based on fossil fuels will reach this point in the much longer run.The demand for electricity has far exceeded existing grid capacity and coupled with the rising number of decentralised energy generation units is forcing most of the utilities to improve their measurement and monitoring network structure by implementing smart technologies. Smart meters form an integral part of the bigger movement towards the “smart grid”. USA and Europe have already started implementing smart meters, with Italy leading the race. “The smart grid is becoming a multi-billion dollar market, which is expected to scale unprecedented heights in the near future,” adds Shepherd.The next important drive in the energy sector is energy efficiency. Most developed countries are actively creating and implementing energy efficiency policies for appliances, regulating the minimum energy performance standards and associated labelling for a growing list of appliances. Technologies related to reducing fuel consumption and cutting carbon emissions such as energy management tools, green buildings and clean transportation are key enabling technologies that will bring about energy efficiency and cut down CO2 emissions.Electric and hybrid vehicles and also renewable energy require efficient energy storage systems, which is the key enabling technology under development, according to Frost & Sullivan. Among the factors affecting the future potential of energy systems are the fundamental properties and nature of the storage systems and also the type of materials used. The biggest potential is seen in fuel cells with their flexible capacity and flywheels for a specific, narrow set of applications. The global storage market was worth $43.5 billion in 2008 and expected to increase to $61 billion in 2013.The latest trend is the energy market is liberalisation, which is limiting the activity of large energy monopolistic utilities and opening up the energy market for competition. A customer should be able to choose an electricity supplier. In fact, the idea of cross-border trading of electricity,, supported by the European Commission and implemented worldwide, could help pave the way for a continental high voltage direct current electrical (HVDC) grid capable of easily transmitting renewable energy across borders.last_img read more

LNH Total domination of PSG Handball – Latest victim US Dunkerque

PSG Handball continued total domination in the French LNH! The latest victims of the “super-team” from Paris were champions from 2014, US Dunkerque, 34:24. New amazing performance showed Mikkel Hansen, who netted 14 goals in total (9/9 from 7 meter throws) followed by Mtima who scored seven. On his level between the posts was Thierry Omeyer with 18 saves.This was seventh win in a row for PSG Handball. The best example to show level of Serdarusic guys domination is goal difference after seven matches +57, which means that PSG beating their rivals with 8 goals per match…Interesting fact is that only team who is trying to follow the most expensive team in the world – Cesson Rennes have the smallest budget in the French league this season! 8.Dunkerque7304186:1896 4.St. Raphael7502194:18710 7.Chambery Savoie7313202:2057 13.Tremblay7106168:1862 Nimes33 – 29Montpellier Chartres27 – 29Nantes STANDINGS: 1.Paris SG7700239:18214 12.Ivry7205187:2104 2.Cesson Rennes7511188:18111 Creteil26 – 30St. Raphael 6.Creteil7322198:2038 9.Nantes7223210:2096 PSG Handball Tremblay25 – 28Chambery Savoie 5.Nimes7412220:2199 Toulouse31 – 21Ivry 11.Aix7133198:2165 ← Previous Story Kristianstad boss Ola Lindgren: Inspired by Malmo football team! Next Story → SC MAGDEBURG: Christiansen – Zelenović to replace Rojewski – Natek! Cesson Rennes23 – 23Aix 14.Chartres7007170:2140 10.Toulouse7223197:1876 3.Montpellier7502228:19710 read more

4 more workers allege racial bias at Daimler plant

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered Daimler Trucks North America bring the total to nine, all filed over the past few weeks. The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries is investigating the complaints, which allege discrimination as far back as 1994.The four new complaints include allegations of racial discrimination against African-American employees. They also say a Native American worker faced harassment and threats of physical violence when his supervisor pushed him against a truck and challenged him to a fight. The four workers also claim unfair treatment based on race, national origin and age; use of racial slurs against black employees; retaliation; and failure of management to take action to improve Daimler’s workplace. At least one complaint says the person was forced to leave his position because of working conditions at the Portland facility. In a statement, Daimler Trucks said it doesn’t tolerate discrimination or harassment on any basis and is committed to diversity and inclusion. The company is fully cooperating with the investigation and has hired an outside investigator to look into the allegations, the statement from Daimler Trucks spokesman David Giroux said.last_img read more

Small airplane makes emergency landing at North Perry Airport

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – A small airplane made an emergency landing, Wednesday morning, after taking off from North Perry Airport.7SkyForce flew over the scene, just after 9 a.m., where the plane was seen near the North Perry Airport runway. Witnesses said the plane took off and then began to produce smoke, which required the pilot to make an emergency landing in a grass field, near the runway.Fire rescue crews and police were seen on the scene.The pilot was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Growth of a Regional Magazine Company Open Sky Media

first_imgAfter the acquisition of San Antonio, Austin Monthly and Austin Monthly Home, Hadley Capital, a private equity firm specializing in acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, recapitalizations and add-on acquisitions, among other things, founded Open Sky Media in March 2011. That summer, Open Sky Media acquired an Oklahoma City title, Slice, and in November of that year it bought California-based Marin. Open Sky Media (OSM) is hoping to reach its goal of having 10 to 12 regional titles in its portfolio in the next few years. As of this summer, it appears to be on its way. In early August, OSM acquired several properties from Florida-based Gulfshore Media LLC, including monthly magazines Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business, and annual titles like Gulfshore Life At Home, Forever Young, the Southwest Florida Guide to the Arts and several custom publications for local Florida organizations.The opportunities for Open Sky Media will come in smaller markets within second-tier cities that give better pricing opportunities for the company. When looking to buy, OSM’s parent company, Hadley Capital, looks for properties that have a revenue between $5 million and $30 million, cash flow between $1 million and $3 million, and at least one of the following assets: a proven management team; a leadership position in a niche market; a quality brand name; an established, proprietary product line; a strong regional presence.The company is following a somewhat standard regional magazine formula with a print-first approach and a slower build out of digital. Here, FOLIO: checks in with OSM’s CEO, Dick Franks, who has a background in local news and was formerly the president and CEO of American Community Newspapers. Franks explains how OMS’ national advertising strategy was executed for his brands around the country, and the company’s plans for the local event space that will be used to compliment his print and digital assets. FOLIO: Describe the opportunity to acquire the Gulfshore Media properties. Dick Franks: We had been working with several magazine publication brokers in the industry and we also let it be known through the industry grapevine that we were interested in acquiring quality properties in quality places. We had the opportunity to speak with [Gulf Shore Media president] Dan Denton a year or so ago. At that time, he had decided he really wasn’t in a position to sell off the magazine, but we reestablished a contact several months ago and he said he’d like to consider things again. We were fortunate that he had other things he wanted to address so we were able to acquire the great stable of magazines there.FOLIO: In March 2011 Open Sky Media acquired several magazines in Texas. In August of that year you acquired another in Oklahoma. What is the company’s acquisition strategy—what markets are you looking to expand into and how do you identify them in terms of audience makeup, volume and/or brand revenue?Franks: In Texas we were very fortunate and that was our first acquisition. I come from the newspaper industry and I’ve had the thought for sometime that ink on paper is still a very powerful medium given the right product and right places. I’ve been interested in the city and regional magazine business—both as a subscriber, I get a lot of magazines, and as a business person for what I think are the opportunities for print going forward.We were able to acquire the Texas magazines because of a long-standing personal relationship I’ve had with the previous owner through the newspaper industry. That’s how we got the first one. The second one was Austin. Oklahoma City was brought to our attention by the brokers we had that were looking around the country for us.Our strategy is to acquire quality products in great markets. We’re not after what would be considered major markets, but we like second or third-tier towns and cities that have great magazines.FOLIO: When you’re shopping for a brand to buy, or a city you’d like to get into, what size are you looking at in terms of audience and volume? The same goes for revenue. Can you give us a sense of where the bar is set for your acquisitions?Franks: We don’t have, quite frankly, a set formula, not even in terms of circulation. The fact is that if circulation is in the right places and gaining the right audience it can be pretty broad and in some cases it can be narrow. We’re looking for the right locations in terms of markets. We don’t have a set formula in terms of it has to be X circulation or X revenue, quite frankly. We look at each one individually and see what we can bring to the business. We really don’t have a set criteria for meeting hurdles to look at or consider it. FOLIO: When you’re looking at acquisition targets, how do you value the mix between print, events, digital and other media properties? Are associated media properties a priority?Franks: No. In fact we’re just now developing, in some cases at the basic level, and others we’re taking it to a higher level, like assets on the digital side. While we appreciate that digital has opportunities, and in some aspects can work better for advertisers and readers, we still believe print is the primary medium. You do have to be in the digital world as well, and it plays and integrates very well together, but we do not see that as replacing quality print products. FOLIO: How do you plan to continue growing? Is there a broader national strategy to unify these titles? Are you trying to secure national advertisers across the brands?Franks: We think each market is very unique and each community is very unique. We have no intention of a classic cookie-cutter approach. We believe all of our magazines reflect the communities that they’re in and the interest and diversity. We feel very strongly that the magazines will continue to represent their local community in the style and manner in which they’ve done so.We also believe strongly in fact-based selling and presentations. We have conducted Mendelson studies, and we have done demographic mapping and segmentation studies to present to our sales team and our clients the best possible information we can have about our readership. We have a national rep, and we also just recently hired an account executive that will be focusing on national and major accounts. FOLIO: Does having a national advertising strategy help to drive your acquisition strategy?Franks: Sure, but the important thing is having the right markets and information available for advertising clients so they can see the quality of the readership and markets. In many cases it will match up very nicely. FOLIO: The live event space plays an important role for publishers in all markets. Do you have any plans to expand that segment?Franks: Naples has done events for a long time and they’ve done a terrific job. They do great events in the community—they run about 50 charity events and seven keynote events every year. We’re not that mature in our other properties, but we have a full-time events person in the central properties, Texas and Oklahoma, that will continue to develop those events. We have a few in California and would like to do a lot more and we’re trying to develop the staff in order to expand to all of our markets.FOLIO: Do you feel that city and regional magazine markets need to move more quickly away from a reliance on print, whether that be through an expansion of events or digital? Franks: We believe print can be done properly with the right products. It is a strong medium and will continue to be a strong medium. We believe that the digital and electronic worlds have a great complimentary relationship and you can make the connections very easily between print, digital and social media. But print still has a great ability to provide a terrific amount of information and research to people. That doesn’t just happen—it comes about from people working hard. You have to have quality people doing the right job and asking the right questions. I don’t think anyone does that better than people in the print medium.More on this topic Open Sky Media Buys Gulfshore Media Properties Gulfshore Media Buys Venice Magazine CurtCo Nearing Deals to Sell Several Magazines Former Owner Buys Back Sarasota, Gulfshore Life Magazines Open Sky Media Acquires Marin Magazine City and Regional Publisher SagaCity Media Acquires Sarasota MagazineJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered bylast_img read more

Scooter hitandrun triggers battle over rider location data

first_img Lyft Lime scooters Bird scooters Uber Now playing: Watch this: “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement with any investigation into this incident,” said Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews. Lime declined to comment on this specific case. The company says it’ll protect rider privacy and data, but its user agreement also says it’ll comply with subpoenas.Bird and Jump by Uber didn’t respond to requests for comment. Under Chicago’s scooter permitting laws, the companies must keep rider location data and notify the police department when criminal activity happens. That’s why LegalRideShare is also requesting the city turn over any data it may have.A spokesman for the city of Chicago said it had not yet received the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment.”The past 23 days have been hell for Allyson,” Greening said. “The responsible parties must be held accountable, including covering the costs of the medical bills, lost wages and pain.”Originally published July 8. Update, July 8: Adds comment from Lyft spokeswoman Campbell Matthews. Update, July 9: Adds information from city of Chicago spokesman.  null “We’re here today because a coward left Allyson battered and bloody in the middle of the street,” Bryant Greening, Medeiros’ attorney from law firm LegalRideShare, said in a statement. “And by remaining silent, the responsible scooter company allows that coward to hide in the shadows.”Electric scooters, which have become available in around 100 US cities over the last year, are responsible for as many as 1,000 accidents per month. Riders have ended up in the emergency room after discovering their brakes didn’t work or speeding into oncoming traffic. At least 10 people have been killed in e-scooter accidents, and hospitals around the country report daily injuries, some of which are life-threatening or leave people permanently disabled. Because the rentable vehicles are so new, federal and local officials haven’t started tracking accidents, and the companies have declined to release any statistics. But emergency rooms in various cities — such as San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, Texas — have begun to tally injuries. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also conducted a nationwide study on scooter accident rates and found that 45% resulted in head trauma.Medeiros is expected to fully recover, but he now owes thousands of dollars in medical bills and doesn’t have health insurance, according to LegalRideShare. While his friends have put together a GoFundMe donation page, Medeiros’ lawyers believe the scooter rider’s insurance should help foot the bill. LegalRideShare filed a petition on Monday with the Circuit Court of Cook County for the identities of all scooter riders near the crash site on the evening of June 20. The lawyers are asking the top four scooter companies — Bird, Lime, Jump by Uber and Lyft — as well as six other smaller companies to cooperate. Because scooters are operated through people’s personal smartphones, data on the riders can be tracked.  Scooters and bicycles now share city streets, but not everyone follows the rules of the road. James Martin Electric scooters have been on the streets in Chicago for just three weeks, and they already appear to be causing a disruption. In one incident, a cyclist ended up in the emergency room trauma unit after being hit head-on by a scooter rider.Allyson Medeiros was riding his bike home from work in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood at around 5:30 p.m. on June 20, according to his lawyers. He was riding with the flow of traffic in the bike lane when a scooter rider — going the opposite direction on the wrong side of the road — crashed into him. The scooter rider fled. Medeiros was rushed to the hospital with multiple breaks to his jaw, nose, orbit and palate, and lacerations requiring more than 20 stitches. He had to have multiple surgeries.Read more: How to avoid injuries while riding scootersNow Medeiros’ lawyers are asking both the city of Chicago and the 10 scooter companies operating there to turn over real-time location data for all the scooters in the area at the time of the crash, according to court documents. Their hope is to identify the hit-and-run scooter rider. Electric scooters are now disrupting wrists, elbows and heads Electric scooter injuries are piling up 45% of e-scooter injuries are head trauma, CDC finds 0 Electric scooters are sending scores of people to the…center_img Tags BMW’s R18 concept motorcycle debuts at the Villa d’Este concours Share your voice 34 Photos 3:07 Scooter accidents Mobile Roadshowlast_img read more

Honda Activa 125 Official Brochures Leak Online Price and Features Details

first_imgThe official brochure of Honda Activa 125, the latest variant of Activa, has surfaced online, suggesting the bookings for the two-wheeler is likely to commence shortly.The brochure images of Activa 125, which hit the cyberspace earlier on Sunday, confirmed most of the details known to two-wheeler enthusiasts in the country. The scooter, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 along with Honda’s sportsbike CBR 650F, is speculated to reach brick and mortar stores within the next three months.Activa 125 draws power from a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine, which can pump in a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm. The engine is mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and the company claims the best fuel efficiency for the scooter. Seated on a wheelbase of 1,260 mm, Activa 125 measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, and 1,151 mm in height. The scooter comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.Other features of the new Activa 125 include optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body .The Activa 125 will be available in four colours – Midnight Blue Metallic, Black, Peal Sunbeam White and Sword Silver Metallic. Honda’s dealerships are likely to start the booking soon in India, reported IAB.Currently, India’s 125 cc automatic scooter segments has been dominated by Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo. With the launch of Activa 125, Honda will be able to reach larger audience in the country as the Activa 125 comes with lots of attractive features. Early rumors suggested that the Honda would price Activa 125 around the 60,000 bracket.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)last_img read more

BSE closes points 34840 down on July 11

first_imgBSE closes points 348.40 down on July 11647 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 348.40 down on July 11647 viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 348.40 points down to stand at 25,024.35. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 108.15 points down to stand at 7,459.60. Aurobindo Pharma and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 3.90% and 3.61% along with Max India and Ranbaxy Lab with an increase of 2.58% and 2.29% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jain Irrigation and Unitech with a decrease of 11.51% and 10.68% along with Power Finance and REC with a decrease of 10.47% and 10.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 158.22 points at 15,154.50 while the banking sector is down 455.55 points at 16,546.21 and the realty sector is down 103.69 points at 1,906.03. The Indian currency is 0.12% up at Rs 60.12 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 11 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 348.40 points down to stand at 25,024.35. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 108.15 points down to stand at 7,459.60. Aurobindo Pharma and Zee Entertainment were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 3.90% and 3.61% along with Max India and Ranbaxy Lab with an increase of 2.58% and 2.29% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Jain Irrigation and Unitech with a decrease of 11.51% and 10.68% along with Power Finance and REC with a decrease of 10.47% and 10.22% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 158.22 points at 15,154.50 while the banking sector is down 455.55 points at 16,546.21 and the realty sector is down 103.69 points at 1,906.03. The Indian currency is 0.12% up at Rs 60.12 per dollar.last_img read more

Nasscom demands 5075 bps rate cut from RBIMPC to boost credit growth

first_imgAhead of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting on February 7 and 8, industry body Nasscom has called on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the finance ministry seeking the benchmark lending rate cut of up to 50 to 75 basis points (bps). Taxmen to now open up to 10-year-old return files to unearth undisclosed deposits or propertyIn the wake of the government’s commitment towards fiscal consolidation as reaffirmed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget 2017, industry experts are betting the RBI will cut the policy rate by at least a quarter of a percentage point at the end of its two-day meeting.The finance minister on February 1 reiterated that the government will ensure its fiscal deficit does not exceed 3.2 per cent of the GDP. “As a majority owner of the banks and as a regulator, both the government and the RBI have roles in advising banks to pass on the commensurate reduction in the interest rates. This is all the more important in the wake of dismal credit growth, marked by subdued consumer demand and lack of investment appetite despite lowering of the lending rates,” Assocham president Sunil Kanoria said.While lower lending rates do help corporates raise debt without worrying much about paying a high rate of interest, fresh borrowing could still be some distance away as companies are still struggling with their high level of existing debts. The chamber said banks should pass on the benefit of lower interest rates on old loans through different means so that the interest burden for companies comes down.”Along with other measures like protection of cheap imports, the benefits of the ample liquidity in the banking system must be extended to the firms, grappling with the old loan books, without much delay,” Nasscom stated. Demonetisation has resulted in windfall gains for banks in the form of ultra low-cost funds from the current account/saving account (CASA). “The CASA rates are just about 3 to 4 per cent, while the base lending rates are still near the double digit. That is a huge spread for the banks which should transmit lower rates without necessarily cutting the time deposit rates,” the trade body argued.According to the Economic Survey released on January 31, the base rate came down marginally from 9.30/9.70 in April 2016 to 9.30/9.65 as of December 30, 2016, while term deposit rates for greater than one-year maturity period declined from 7.00/7.50 to 6.50/7.00 for the same period. The survey also expressed concern over “far from perfect” transmission of the rate cuts. The chamber expressed concern that the non-food credit (NFC) outstanding grew at sub 10 per cent for all the months except for September 2016. At the same time, credit growth to industrial sector remained persistently below one per cent during the current fiscal, with contraction in August, October and November.last_img read more

Internet TV Services Get Big Boost From World Cup

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Sensor Tower Internet-based TV services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now have seen an influx of new customers thanks to the World Cup, if new app download numbers from app intelligence specialist Sensor Tower are any indication. First-time downloads of the five leading internet TV services grew by 77 percent during the first week of the World Cup, Sensor Tower is set to report Tuesday.The biggest winner of the World Cup is unsurprisingly fubo TV, which bills itself as a sports-centric skinny bundle. First-time downloads for fubo’s app grew by 713 percent during week one of the World Cup, according to Sensor Tower. Before the tournament started, fubo saw an estimated average of 38,000 app installs every week. Once the Cup was underway, that number jumped to an estimated 309,000 installs. That’s likely due to the fact that Hulu is offering its live TV service through the same app as its on-demand tier, which means that many of those downloaders may not have been looking for live TV programming at all. Additionally, some of Hulu’s existing on-demand subscribers may have decided to add live TV specifically for the World Cup, which also wouldn’t show up in any first-time app download data.Sensor Tower also saw download numbers for TV network apps that stream the World Cup go up significantly. The Fox Sports app saw a 95-fold increase in downloads, climbing from an estimated average of 12,600 installs per week to 1.2 million installs during the first week of the World Cup. Telemundo Desportes En Vivo even jumped from an average of 5,400 installs per week to 2.4 million new installs between June 14 and 20, according to Sensor Tower.Those numbers echo a similar rise in streaming app downloads observed by fellow app intelligence outlet App Annie, which reported last week that the Fox Sports app had become the third-most-downloaded app on Apple’s U.S. app store last week.Update: 9:45pm: This post was updated with a clarification on the Hulu data provided by Sensor Tower.center_img YouTube TV grew its number of new downloads by 98 percent, with DirecTV NOW adding 44 percent. Hulu saw the smallest percentage increase, growing its download numbers by just 18 percent, according to sensor Tower estimates.last_img read more

Catholics make annual pilgrimage to Cartago for romería

first_imgAn estimated 2 million people made the pilgrimage to Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago on Friday.Virgen de los Ángeles Day, celebrated annually on August 2, honors Costa Rica’s patron saint. Costa Rican Catholics — and faithful from across the world — complete the romería to give thanks to and ask for blessings from La Negrita. Here are some photos from the 2019 romería (shot on my cell phone, since I was too hot/tired/sweaty to carry another camera). Romeros, or pilgrims, making the trek toward Cartago. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times Romeros took pictures — and took a break! — upon reaching Cartago. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times Many romeros visited the Santiago Apóstol Parish Ruins in Cartago. Alejandro Zúñiga / The Tico Times Related posts:Costa Rica celebrates Virgen de los Ángeles Day Millions expected in annual Costa Rica pilgrimage La Romería: From 1635 to now La Romería: From 1635 to now Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Tiger Airways expand Australia operations

first_imgTiger Airways Australia has announced dramatic sector increases and a second base at Sydney Airport, creating more jobs and developing its growing fleet. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia (CASA) recently approved the airline’s request to operate a maximum of 64 sectors per day, commencing October 2012. Tiger was originally permitted a limit of 38 sectors per day. The airline confirmed that Sydney Airport would be home to Tiger’s second base of operations, with the addition of three Airbus A320 aircraft. “Three aircraft operating from our second Australian base will provide up to 3,600 extra seats a day through Sydney Airport. This is a win-win for both consumers wanting more low fares as well as for domestic tourism,” Tiger Airways CEO, Andrew David said. Sydney Airport CEO, Kerrie Mather was positive about Tiger establishing a second base in Sydney. “Tiger’s resurgence has been a real boon for the travel and tourism sector and more competition means more choice for travellers, whether it be for business or leisure. “The new base will not only create 150 direct jobs, but also stimulate employment in the tourism and services sector,” she said. Mr David deemed Tiger to be back on a track after recording losses of more than $100 million, due to its past domestic operations in Australia. “We are continuing with our future Australian expansion as planned. The business goal was to have all 10 aircraft operating in Australia by the second half of 2012 and this news proves we’re on track,” he said. Tiger Airways Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.Tlast_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories It would be easy to assume Ryan Williams is not part of the Arizona Cardinals’ plans going forward.A former second-round pick out of Virginia Tech, Williams barely made the team last season and then was inactive for all 16 games as Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington and Stepfan Taylor got the majority of the carries. Mendenhall is a free agent, though, and it’s possible he won’t be brought back. Could that open the door for Williams?center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Ryan has a chance this year,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Friday. “He went into training camp, missed the entire preseason. It’s very hard to become a player during the season when you’ve got three guys in front of you.“And he did impressive things on our scout team.”Arians praised the work effort the 23-year-old showed during the season, adding that he needs to carry it all over to this upcoming training camp. Of course, Arians did not discount the idea that Williams may not be long for the team, although that would only be the case if they find someone who is deemed to be a better fit for the team.“There’s always a door number two,” he said. “If door number two is better when we look behind it, he’ll be gone.“But he can play. He can play.”Williams has been plagued by injuries during his three seasons in Arizona. A ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee ended his rookie campaign in the preseason, and a shoulder injury cut his sophomore season short after just five games, where he rushed for 164 yards on 58 carries.last_img read more

From a visitors perspective one concern is that

first_imgFrom a visitor’s perspective, one concern is that fighters from the Syrian conflict have been blamed for some of the terrorist outrages in Turkey. The Eastern Mediterranean has certainly been in the headlines – particularly because of the images of refugees fleeing conflict. This is a very serious humanitarian crisis, and some holidaymakers have commendably chosen to get involved in trying to help. But on my visits to the region over the past year, the movement of people has not had a significant impact on tourist areas. The Foreign Office advise that, while the threat of terrorism in Turkey is high: Why have a holiday in Turkey?Turkey is a vast nation, straddling Europe and Asia, full of beauty and rich in heritage. The country also has welcoming people, fabulous cuisine, great beaches – and low prices. I first visited Turkey in 1988, travelling along the Mediterranean coast to resorts including Olu Deniz and Marmaris, and exploring treasures such as the ruins of Ephesus. I have returned many times since then, both as an independent backpacker and on package holidays. I am particularly fond of the biggest metropolis, Istanbul, which is one of the most fascinating and rewarding cities in the world – and I am looking forward to exploring the country more deeply in years to come. “Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners.” Want an alternative to Turkey this year? Take a leaf out of Simon’s book, and choose the similarly sweeping Mediterranean coastline, ancient history and fascinating culture of the Greek Islands. Trending travel: places to visit in 2017 ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Not one but three destinations in Turkey made it into our top ten trending places to go in the world this year. Find out why here… As one of the world’s most visited cities, you can expect World Heritage sites, grand religious attractions and places of historical significance from Istanbul, as well as a vibrant arts scene and great nightlife. Are these perceptions about Turkey based on reality? Top 10 Istanbul: what to see in Turkey’s biggest city Terrorism is certainly an issue that travellers should be aware of before they decide on a holiday in Turkey. In the past year Turkey has seen a significant number of terrorist atrocities committed on its soil, in which nearly 200 people have died. The majority of attacks are against local people. But in some attacks tourists have been targeted. Risk assessment is complicated because there isn’t a single enemy: recent perpetrators of terrorist attacks include groups sympathetic to so-called Islamic State, Kurdish separatists and two far-left political factions. Top 20 Greek Islands to visit on holiday If you want to cancel your holiday, what are your rights?With no official warning against travel to tourist resorts in Turkey – and no likelihood of the Foreign Office issuing one – if you decide not to travel, you are likely to lose some or all of the money you have paid. You will not be able to claim on insurance for what is known as “disinclination to travel.”Would you take your family to Turkey?Yes: summer 2017 strikes me as the ideal time to visit Turkey, with a very favourable exchange rate and a refreshing lack of crowds. I also think it is important to help the many Turkish people whose livelihoods depend on tourism. However, finding a trip may be tricky. Airlines have cut back on the number of flights, and some operators have axed Turkey altogether from their programmes. Earlier this year I booked a package holiday to Turkey, only to be told a couple of months later that the tour operator had cancelled it. We switched to Lesbos in Greece. What should you do if you’ve already booked your holiday to Turkey?I would say look forward to it! The chances are you will have a fabulous trip, and you can expect an especially warm welcome this summer. Key places to visit in Turkey, such as the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and the surreal landscape of Cappadocia are also likely to be far less crowded than usual. Proximity to Syria is less of a concern for me. The sorts of places that most people would visit in Turkey are well away from the Syrian border. The Turkish armed forces are extremely strong, and there is no possibility that fighting from the war there will spill over as far as the resorts. *According to GfK sales figures for package holidays sold up to end-April, compared with same measure in 2015. For the most recent updates on tourism in Turkey, visit the Government’s Foreign Travel Advice website. The Foreign Office advises against travel to within 10km of the border with Syria, and to the provinces of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Diyarbakir, Kilis and Hatay provinces. These are areas well away from holiday resorts and tourist sites. Here’s a map from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website to help you plan your next trip to Turkey: I can’t say that any destination is safe. But my view is that in the tourist areas in Turkey, in common with almost everywhere else on the planet, the risk of coming to harm is tolerably low. As far as I can tell from my discussions with prospective holidaymakers and travel industry insiders, some people may be avoiding the country this summer because of uncertainty about safety and concern about being caught up in a terrorist attack. Some travellers are also unsettled about Turkey’s proximity to Syria, where a war is taking place (Turkey shares a substantial portion of its southern border with Syria). Contributing to a general sense of unease is the perception that the eastern part of the Mediterranean is unstable. We’ve got more helpful tips on holidaying in the Eastern Mediterranean: Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Are there any places in Turkey you think best avoided? Do you think it is safe to travel to Turkey this summer? RelatedEverything you need to know about travelling to EgyptIn light of recent safety scares in Egypt, we asked travel expert Simon Calder to tackle the big questions for Skyscanner readers: – Are major Egypt destinations like Sharm El Sheikh and the Pyramids at Giza safe to visit? – What if I want to cancel my Egypt holiday? -…Spain expected to be this year’s most visited destinationSpain becomes the UK’s most popular holiday destination in 2010.Summer tourists shun Greece: Turkey 159% more popular reports SkyscannerSummer tourists shun Greece: Turkey 159% more popular reports Skyscannerlast_img read more