New Delhi: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Thursday launched its AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup with price starting at Rs 75 lakh (ex-showroom India). The two-door Coup is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, producing 287kW of power and 520 Nm of torque, which accelerates the vehicle from standstill to 100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds, Mercedes-Benz India said. This is the second product introduction by the company after the launch of V Class in January out of the total 10 new products planned for the year. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep Commenting on the launch, Mercedes-Benz India MD & CEO Martin Schwenk said the company has been very successful with its AMG product strategy in India, which comprises a wide array of performance cars under the 43, 45, 63 and the GT ranges. “The response to the AMG 43 range has been amazing since its debut with the AMG GLE 43, and today we give further fillip to the line-up with the AMG C 43 Coup ,” he added. With the launch of this latest AMG, Mercedes-Benz India now has over 15 AMG performance cars in its portfolio. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs This is the first time that Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coup is being launched in India. Schwenk further said: “In 2019, Mercedes-Benz completes 25 years in India and this milestone will be marked with a product and service offensive… ” He said the strategy for Mercedes-AMG is to expand the performance segment by introducing “high pedigree products with sensual design, which is sure to lure customers and fans of the brand in India”. On the outlook for the year, Schwenk said, “2019 is going to be an exciting year for us, where we aim to create new firsts, in customer satisfaction and overall ownership experience.
8 March 2007Erratic weather patterns in southern Africa, from searing droughts to raging floods, have devastated harvest prospects for millions of people and could spell yet another year of widespread food shortages, the severely under-funded United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. Erratic weather patterns in southern Africa, from searing droughts to raging floods, have devastated harvest prospects for millions of people and could spell yet another year of widespread food shortages, the severely under-funded United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “All indications are that southern Africa could be heading for yet another year of critical food shortages,” WFP Regional Director Amir Abdulla said. “Assessments need to be carried out as soon as possible to determine the impact agricultural losses may have on these groups, but already the early indications for several countries are alarming.” Even without the additional challenges that would be posed by widespread erratic harvests in southern Africa, WFP faces a funding shortfall of about $97 million for current operations through to the end of 2007. WFP currently helps 4.3 million people in the region. Parts of Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia have been struck by devastating floods which have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of crops during the most critical growing stage. In stark contrast, Lesotho, Namibia, southern Mozambique, much of Swaziland and large swathes of Zimbabwe’s cropland have all been affected by prolonged dry spells which have withered and killed crops or reduced their development. Lesotho, for example, is expecting up to a 60 per cent decline in agricultural output over last year’s harvest. In addition, South Africa, usually the largest producer of maize in the region and one of WFP’s procurement points, is facing poor harvest prospects due to recent weeks of extreme heat and drought in some parts of the country and reduced harvests there could be especially problematic, particularly as maize prices have already started escalating. “For some parts of the region, it’s simply too late to hope that a late burst of rainfall will change people’s food supply outlook for the year ahead,” Mr. Abdulla said. One of the countries worst affected by dry spells is Swaziland, which is potentially facing a sixth consecutive year of poor harvests, perhaps the worst in 25 years. “We are now pulling together an assessment team to determine the extent of crop failure and the likely impact on the country’s food supply, but initial findings are grim,” Mr. Abdulla noted. Since 2002, WFP has been supporting about a quarter of Swaziland’s 1.1 million people with food to improve the nutrition of families hit by drought, poverty and HIV/AIDS. Even in a normal year, nearly half the population is classified as suffering from food insecurity. Parts of Zimbabwe, too, are of particular concern as early indications show that cereal crops in much of the southern half of the country have been decimated by a long dry spell in January and early February. But despite erratic weather, Malawi is expected to yield a bumper harvest again this year, while Zambia and northern Mozambique are also likely to produce good harvests that will represent buying opportunities for WFP as in previous years. Crops are usually harvested during April and May.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has already delivered 580 kilos of medical supplies to the island of Nias, one of the worst-hit areas, a search and rescue team is on the ground and medical evacuations are underway, the deputy UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Banda Aceh on Sumatra, Masood Hyder, told a news briefing. “Based on their preliminary assessment, they report many injured and dead in the main city of Gunung Sitoli,” he said. “Most injuries are broken bones and wounds inflicted by falling masonry. We have no definitive figures on casualties as our teams have not yet moved beyond the location, but they have already requested large quantities of tents, emergency food and facilities for medical evacuation.” Medical evacuations have begun and 500 tents are on their way, he added. There had been 14 aftershocks on Nias, some 100 buildings had been destroyed and the priority for the moment was the evacuation of the most seriously injured and the search for those buried under the rubble. A UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) boat with tents, emergency relief materials and additional personnel has already arrived in neighbouring Simeulue, an island with nearly 80,000 inhabitants including 18,000 people displaced by December’s devastating tsunami, where the agency already had an active presence. The World Food Programme (WFP) has sent two teams to Nias and one to Simeulue to evaluate the damage. The agency has enough food and other relief materials available on Sumatra to respond to the emergency on the two islands where it had already provided aid to 24,000 victims of the 26 December tsunami. In total, WFP has provided aid to some 500,000 people in Indonesia since that tsunami, which hit Sumatra hardest in a disaster that killed more than 200,000 people and left up to 5 million in need of basic services in a dozen Indian Ocean countries. In a statement issued by his spokesman Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged UN support for the people of Indonesia “at this difficult hour,” as well as readiness to help with reconstruction efforts.At dawn today, two helicopters with advance interagency missions left for the islands, along with a helicopter from the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), to evaluate the need, if requested by the Indonesian Government, for a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team. Such a stand-by team of disaster management professionals could be deployed within hours to carry out rapid assessment of priority needs. Twenty search and rescue teams are on standby in the region, ready to be deployed if requested assistance. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), with the support of WFP, has coordinated a meeting with humanitarian relief partners, including UNICEF and non-government organizations (NGOs) such as Concern and CARE, to prepare the necessary actions. “The UN and all its agencies are pleased they have been able to move so fast to assist with this earthquake,” Mr. Hyder said. “We have the resources: the challenge is now their efficient and swift disposal.” There are currently 1,000 international staff and 250 international organizations on the ground in Sumatra from the relief operations mounted for the previous tsunami disaster. John Harding, of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), told a news briefing in Geneva that readings indicated that there would not be another large tsunami from this quake. In December it was the tsunami, and not the quake that caused the giant waves, which proved most lethal.
They also criticized restrictions on movement and travel bans imposed on human rights defenders.“The intensified wave of arrests, detentions, summons, interrogations and criminal charges brought against numerous Shia religious clerics and singers, human rights defenders and peaceful dissidents is having a chilling effect on fundamental human rights,” the experts said in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Citing specific examples which show that Shias are specifically targeted on the basis of their religion, the experts described a wide range of charges, such as ‘inciting hatred against the regime’ and ‘illegal gathering’ as “groundless accusations used to hide a deliberate targeting of Shias in the country.”According to the release, those and other charges were brought against them in relation to their peaceful gatherings and religious congregations and peaceful expression of their beliefs, views and dissenting opinions.“These charges should not be used as a pretext to restrict the freedom of expression, freedom of association and peaceful assembly and freedom of religion or belief,” the UN experts stressed.Other actions recently undertaken in the country include the dissolution of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, shutting of faith-based organizations, restrictions on the practice of religious rites, on Friday prayers and peaceful assemblies, restrictions on movement, restricted access to the Internet and a ban on Shia religious leaders from preaching, noted the release.The human rights experts also highlighted that the authorities are using the Bahrain Citizenship Act or the Protection of Society against Acts of Terror law to revoke citizenship, leaving people stateless and facing deportation from the country.The experts further expressed concern on the allegation that on 20 June, the Government revoked the citizenship of Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, without giving him an opportunity to defend himself. He has been charged with illegal fundraising and money laundering and his case will be heard in court on 15 September.The also expressed concern that a human rights defender, Sheikh Maytham Al-Salman, who faced a de-factor travel ban since January, was brought to the public prosecution yesterday on charges of ‘illegal gathering’ after being subjected to long hours of interrogation on 14 August and overnight detention.Calling on the Government to stop such arbitrary arrests or summons and to release all those who have been detailed for exercising their rights, the experts said, “The authorities should also lift the restrictions on movement including travel bans imposed on different Shia religious leaders and human rights defenders.” “The Government should not resort to repressive measures and we urge it to enter into dialogue with all relevant parties in order to prevent unnecessary conflict and violence,” they concluded.The experts voicing their concerns include: Sètondji Adjovi, Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association; Heiner Bielefeldt, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief; and Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
A group of NHS hospitals has saved £400,000 a year simply by all agreeing to use the same brand of rubber surgical gloves, it has emerged.Seven hospitals in Sheffield joined forces to buy in bulk and reduce overheads by collaborating on a price matching scheme for 11 widely used products.The initiative achieved a total saving of £2 million, simply by choosing the same brands and negotiating lower rates, a success with highlights the huge losses the health service is making by not taking advantage of its buying power.It comes after it emerged there are huge disparities in how much hospital trusts are paying for everyday items, with some paying more than double the price for equipment such as surgical scalpels.In November, Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced hospital trusts would be put into a league table to help them compare prices in an attempt to save £300 million equipment procurement.Mr Hunt said there was a ‘baffling variation’ in the prices that hospitals were paying for supplies. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Accounts showed that while a box of 100 surgical syringes cost some hospitals £12, neighbouring NHS organisations were paying just £4.Likewise the cost of a single pack of 12 bandages varied between 35 pence and £16.47, while a pack of 100 adhesive plasters ranged from £1.68 to £21.76.Figures showed some trusts are spending more than £13 on a bedpan that can be purchased for £6.74, with others paying £90 for stethoscopes which could be bought for £26.98.The Sheffield hospitals had previously been using a variety of brands and paying different prices for the same products which all did the same job, but worked closely together to agree on the best items such as anti-embolism stockings and surgical gloves, which could then be bought in bulk.Professor Des Breen, clinical lead for the South Yorkshire Integrated Care System, said: “It was just a no-brainer to keep using products we knew were the same quality as others we could buy for less purely because each department procures them individually.“We knew we had to take advantage of buying for all the hospitals at the same time; it was a lot of work but well worth it when we think of all the extra services we can use that money to provide for patients.“A scoring system was used on all of the products to make sure they met the standard needed for use by the NHS, and the product which met all of these and was deemed the best value for money was chosen.” NHS England said other areas across the country are now comparing their equipment costings to see if they can use the same approach. It has been estimated that the bottom five trusts could save over £11m if they bought supplies at the best prices, according to the department of health.Michael Macdonnell, director of system transformation at NHS England, said: “The South Yorkshire programme demonstrates how neighbouring hospitals can team up to improve clinical quality and reduce waste, working together as integrated systems. It also shows what can be achieved when clinicians take charge.“But perhaps most impressive is that the team has already saved £2 million which can now be reinvested into better patient care.”The Procurement League Table follows a report on variation in the NHS by Lord Carter, which was published two years ago and challenged the NHS to save £700m through better procurement. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said £300 million could be saved each year if hospitals worked together to get the best deals for suppliesCredit:Neil Hall
An on-the-run fraudster was able to escape the country by taking a flying lesson and persuading the instructor to drop him off in France, a court heard. Fugitive Jamie Colwell had been convicted of a £1m VAT scam alongside his father, Brian, and both men faced lengthy prison sentences.But while on bail, Jamie Colwell, 51, came up with an elaborate plan to flee the country. He first hired a third party to drive his 74-year-old father to France via Dover in his new Porsche Cayenne.The driver then returned bringing back with him Brian Colwell’s passport for his son to use as his had been confiscated as part of his bail conditions.He then booked a flying lesson in south east Kent in his father’s name. When the light aircraft entered French airspace he convinced the instructor to land at an airfield in the Pas-de-Calais region and let him out, the court heard.He met up with his father and the pair fled to Malaga in Spain. A court heard the two men hired the same person to drive a rental van with their furniture to the Costa del Sol.Officials from the HMRC launched an investigation after the defendants failed to re-appear at Bournemouth Crown Court in January for sentencing. They were able to track the rental van’s journey to an address in southern Spain, where the father and son were arrested in May. They were extradited back to the UK where Jamie Colwell was jailed for five years and three months and his father imprisoned for two years and eight months for fraud.The pair also admitted offences of breaching court bail conditions and were each given an extra six months on top of their original sentences.Judge Jonathan Fuller added: “You were at large for five months. You deliberately flouted bail conditions in the way that’s been described.” Colwell’s father, Brian, was first to flee the countryCredit:HMR&C/BNPS The Colwells were bogus property developers involved in a house building scam.They had raked in almost £1m in VAT repayments to which they were not entitled by lying about building £14m of new properties.The pair told the HMRC they had spent £14m building new properties. Such homes are zero-rated, which means developers can claim back VAT. In total, the Colwells claimed some £965,421 over six years through companies Belgravia Construction Services South Ltd and Robert Lloyd Property Ltd. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
The senior management of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona says it is awaiting a formal report from the police regarding the discovery of a body on the campus this morning.According to the online edition of the Jamaica Observer, the body of the female was discovered in a pond near the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Center. The incident was reported at approximately 7:45 a.m.The university, in a statement a short while ago, said a preliminary assessment of the scene revealed that the body was fully clad and partially submerged.The police are awaiting members of the Technical Service Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force to process the scene, the UWI said.It also disclosed that the scene was visited by the director of security who gave further instructions and deployed campus security officers around the scene to assist with crowd control, the Jamaica Observer stated. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUWI appoints dean for new Faculty of SportsJuly 21, 2017In “latest news”15th UWI Invitational Meet on todayApril 2, 2016In “latest news”Caribbean News Round-upOctober 16, 2015In “Regional”
Martin Engineering, the bulk material handling technology group, has introduced two conveyor system components designed to mitigate expensive spillage and belt wear issues at material transfer points. The EVO® Slider Cradle and the Martin® Slider Cradle both support the belt and prevent spillage due to belt edge sag. Located under the skirt board in the chute box after the impact cradle, the units utilise “double-life” slider bars, which offer a superior seal with low friction. The result is a flat and stable belt surface throughout the settling zone, reducing fugitive material and extending belt health. “Transfer points can be prone to spillage as the conveyed material lands on the receiving conveyor,” explained Daniel Marshall, Product Engineer at the US business unit. “Once the belt leaves the impact cradle, it can sag while the material is still settling. This compromises the skirt seal, allowing dust and fines to escape, while creating pinch points where material can get caught and gouge the belt.”Marshall said that belt health is a big concern for operators, as edge wear and sagging contribute to misalignment and belt damage, which can also become a potential workplace safety hazard. “Cradles and impact beds are the foundation of our material handling strategy,” he continued. “Not only are they on the bottom and everything is built on them, but they offer the flat surface to seal against, which is critical in preventing spillage and dust.” The Martin Engineering slider cradles are designed for conveyor systems with speeds up to 3.5 m/sec and belts lengths of more than 15.2 m. Typically 1,220 mm long, the units are also available in custom sizes for special applications.The belt glides over low friction 62 durometer (shore D) UHMW polyethylene sidebars featuring the company’s unique “box” design and low drive-power consumption. They display minimal heat buildup during operation and can handle service temperatures of -29°C to 60°C. The shape allows operators to turn the bars over for a second service life without disassembly of cradle components. The bars are available in UHMW plastic or stainless steel. “Stainless steel would be suitable for extremely high speeds, or when the conveyed material produces a chemical reaction with UHMW materials,” Marshall added. “The UHMW plastic delivers all the advantages of a firm foundation, without the added power consumption of steel components.”Centre rollers help reduce friction and energy consumption, suggested for applications where capacity is over 408 t/h. The idlers are optional on single bar Martin Slider Cradle designs; they are standard on all other units. The EVO Slider Cradle is attached to its frame on a sliding track, with edge support bars and centre support rollers that slide into position, making it quicker and easier to install and maintain. Manufactured to accommodate belt width sizes of 915 mm for single bar models and 1,066-1,524 mm for double bar designs, operators simply pull the cradle away from the frame to perform maintenance on idlers and sidebars. It can be ordered to suit any CEMA standard trough angle. The Martin Slider Cradle features adjustable sidebars to fit any CEMA standard troughing angle, eliminating pinch points where material gets entrapped. The unit is available in sizes ranging from 457-1,829 mm. Easily serviced with hand tools, a single worker can adjust and replace components quickly during scheduled downtime. “Our customers who have chosen to install slider cradles tell us that they notice a considerable reduction in fugitive material around transfer points,” Marshall concluded. “They have seen less spillage and spent less labor time for cleanup around moving conveyor equipment, helping to reduce the chance of workplace injuries.”
I’m not sure (851) Poll Results: YesNoI’m not sureVote No (3779) IS IRELAND’S ‘RIP-off Republic’ image after fading – or do you think the country still has far to go?A survey of overseas visitors by Fáilte Ireland shows that our rating as a ‘value-for-money’ destination has increased from -11 per cent three years ago to +24 per cent in 2012.This is according to visitors to Ireland last year, four out of ten of whom said the country gives ‘good to very good’ value for money.But how do the people who live here every day feel about this?Some may agree with this assessment, and feel that post-recession, companies and services are being more realistic with their prices.However, others may feel that not a huge amount has changed from the Celtic Tiger days.Is Ireland still a ‘rip-off Republic’? Yes (3783)
The Interactive part of the South by Southwest’s festival may be over, but we’re in the midst of the film section now. The film series, which runs from March 11 to March 19, offers a unique venue for filmmakers to show their work, and listen to world-class speakers discuss the latest filmmaking trends. According to SXSW, the “truly diverse program … includes provocative documentaries, subversive comedies, DIY narratives, genre standouts and more.” The “and more” area is where we find an extremely funny film about our dear friend Mario.SXSW airs shorts, called “bumpers” between some of its screenings, and “Mario,” by Joe Nicolosi, shows a twist on Mario’s classic struggles, complete will all the cliches you’d expect to find in an artsy, indie movie. The quick 2-minute-long video is more like a movie trailer. It shows Mario dealing with drug abuse with his mushroom dependency, a broken heart after losing Peach to Bowser, and arguing with his brother Luigi about missing work. Yes, they’re still plumbers, not hipsters who work in a coffee shop or sell screen prints.AdChoices广告Seeing Bowser portrayed as an “yuppie” telling Mario that his princess is in another castle is pretty hilarious. We also see Mario being a creepy stalker and surprising Peach at night in her bedroom. When she asks who’s there, Mario responds with puffy red eyes, “It’s me, Mario.” There’s a nice Mario Kart reference in between Luigi telling his brother to stay off the mushrooms, and the shot of the little Power-Star pills Mario holds in his hand that will make him invincible. There’s even a nod to Fear and Loathing while Mario’s tripping and sees people in a bar with turtle heads. And let’s not forget the Mario’s Missing reference that comes from Peach’s concerned voice.Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
Concerns over the possible privacy implications of Facebook’s new Graph Search feature are being raised as the social networking giant rolls out the function across its network.Facebook’s Graph Search allows users to use natural language to search through their social network. For example, a user could search “favorite movies of my friends” or see which members of the opposite sex that are friends-of-friends and go to the same school are single.After Facebook began the initial rollout of Graph Search, blogger Tom Scott compiled a list of potentially embarrassing Graph Search results such as, “married people who like Ashley Madison (an online community that facilitates martial trysts)” and “current employers of people who like racism.”Scott also showed a potentially dangerous side of Graph Search for users living in totalitarian countries: a search for “Islamic men interested in men who live in Tehran, Iran,” (not exactly a gay-friendly environment) and “family members of people who live in China and like Falun Gong,” turns up dozens of results.For identity thieves, Graph Search could be a potential boon. Queries of personal information and details of their social network could make social engineering a victim’s personal information.It should be noted that Facebook’s Graph Search uses publicly available information, thus the onus is on the user to ensure they don’t provide Facebook with information that may be potentially embarrassing or used against them.The Office of Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, which has been a vocal critic of some of Facebook’s features over accusations of privacy-infringement, says it has not yet received a complaint about Graph Search but is monitoring the release.“Facebook met with our Office in advance of the public launch of Graph Search in order to explain how the feature operates,” Valerie Lawton, a spokesperson for the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, said to Geek.com. “We emphasized to Facebook the importance of educating users about how Graph Search will work and also how they can limit the personal information that others see using Search.”“If Facebook users are concerned that their information might show up in a search, we would recommend that they check their privacy settings in order to minimize what others can see about them. Our understanding is that a user’s privacy settings will determine what others can see when they use Graph Search,” she said.One Facebook app developer is offering a solution to users concerned that their profile could come up in a potentially embarrassing Graph Search.Facewash will look through a user’s wall, tagged photos, liked items, and status updates and compiles a report on things that one might find objectionable.Facewash implores users to “not be graphed.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek American clubs organised and held a rally in New York on 18 March to stand against the use of the word “Macedonia” in the new FYROM name.The took place at the United Nations Plaza was jointly organised by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, the Pan Macedonian Association of USA, the Hellenic American Congress and several other local Greek clubs and organisations across the state.The march was welcomed and endorsed by the Archdiocese of America and Archbishop Demetrios was present alongsiderominent members of the Greek American community.Watch a YouTube video below:
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Germany midfielder Emre Can who has been linked with a switch to Italian champions Juventus will depart Liverpool when his contract expires this summer.In 2014, Can moved to Anfield from Bayer Leverkusen for £10m. Right-back Jon Flanagan, who spent the end of the 2017-18 season on loan at Championship club Bolton, is also leaving Anfield after failing to make a league appearance in Jurgen Klopp’s team last season.Can was signed by Brendan Rodgers, made his 167th and final appearance for Liverpool in last month’s Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid. Flanagan on the hand has 51 appearances in senior games after his 2011 debut against Manchester City and has one England cap after playing in a friendly against Ecuador in 2014.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League in 2017-18, have agreed to sign Monaco’s central midfielder Fabinho in a deal that could be worth more than £40m while another central midfielder, Naby Keita, is arriving from RB Leipzig in July in a transfer worth £52.75m. The Reds are also close to agreeing on a deal for France playmaker Nabil Fekir, according to BBC.Liverpool are also considering whether to activate the £12m release clause in Xherdan Shaqiri’s contract, with the Switzerland midfielder poised to leave Stoke City following their relegation to the Championship.
Alexandre Lacazette feels that more goals were possible for Arsenal in their 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town on Saturday.The French striker found the net at the Kirklees Stadium for his 10th Premier League goal of the season after neatly finishing off Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross just before half-time to double Arsenal’s lead after Alex Iwobi had put them ahead.Despite a stoppage-time own goal from Saed Kolasinac, the Gunners held on to claim a 2-1 win and move to within a point of fourth-placed Manchester United in the Premier League table.But Lacazette, who squandered chances for more goals along with Iwobi in the second-half, admits that a tense Arsenal side could have done better in front of goal.“Yes, I think we should have had more situations to score more goals but we played against a strong team today in the second half. We were in a difficult moment so these three points are good for us,” said Lacazette on Arsenal.com.“We knew that, because the first game at the Emirates [in November] was the same – we only scored one goal at the end.“We knew today was going to be hard but we are happy with the three points in the race at the top of the table.”The result also marked Arsenal’s first away win since November 25, where they defeated Bournemouth 2-1 on the day.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Yes [it’s been on our minds] a little bit but we knew we had the quality to win today, it’s about us and we did that,” added Lacazette.Arsenal will next take a trip to Belarus for the first leg of their Round of 32 Europa League tie against BATE Borisov on Thursday.The Belarusian champions will then arrive at the Emirates Stadium for the return leg a week later to decide who progresses to the Round of 16 in the tournament.Gameweek 26 – ✅12 more big @PremierLeague matches ahead 👊We’re still in this, let’s keep pulling in the same direction 🔴#HUDARS pic.twitter.com/L7JBUFQJxM— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 9, 2019
Some of ASA’s top advocates gathered in Indianapolis this week to discuss innovative ways to increase member engagement and strengthen ASA’s grassroots advocacy efforts. The ASA Advocate and Influencer Conference provided training to ASA’s top recruiters and state association staff in engaging and motivating members.The program featured the following sessions:Association Innovation Think Tank WorkshopTake a STAND for Results: Effective Grassroots Messaging and Advocacy, and Social Media TrainingParticipants were also treated to a presentation on e-Legacy Connect, a new ASA member benefit that provides succession solutions for farm families.ASA’s Soybean Advocate and Influencer Conference was sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and AGCO.
A Beaverton, Ore. man accused of driving drunk and causing a Sunday night crash that killed a 3-month-old boy made his first appearance Monday morning in Clark County Superior Court.Judge Rich Melnick set bail at $200,000 for Christopher A. Roman, 26, and appointed attorney Clark Fridley to represent him.Arraignment was set for Sept. 2. Roman is being held in jail on suspicion of vehicular homicide.Deputy Prosecutor Mike Dodds, in requesting the bail amount, told the judge that Roman was intoxicated and driving at a high speed when he lost control of his Acura and hit another Acura on the side of Interstate 5. Roman’s Acura first hit a median barrier before striking the disabled car.The crash occurred at about 9:30 p.m. in a northbound lane near the Main Street exit.The baby’s parents, Terra Pina, 21, and Angel Pena, 23, (authorities said their names are spelled differently) were stopped on the left shoulder to fix a flat tire, Dodds said. The infant, Gabriel, was inside the disabled car. He died at the scene, according to the Washington State Patrol.KATU-TV reported that the family was driving back from a camping trip when the crash occurred.Dodds said prior to the crash Roman was seen passing cars and swerving all over the road.Pina, of Burien, the driver of the disabled car, suffered neck and back pain. Pena, of Kent, sustained a head laceration and a leg injury.Both have been treated and released from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.A machine operator in Hillsboro, Ore., Roman was convicted of drunken driving in 2005 in San Jose, Calif., according to court documents. Despite the conviction, a family friend of Roman’s told reporters outside the courtroom that she didn’t view him as a lawbreaker.
Alaska’s largest sockeye fishery is predicted to have a near record return this summer, but so far the reds have only trickled into Bristol Bay’s rivers.Download AudioVeronica Elford helps set a net in Naknek Monday, where the fishing was slow.Credit Hannah ColtonThrough Tuesday, 3.4 million sockeye have been harvested, and the total run including escapement is 5.3 million fish. Given that Fish and Game’s preseason estimates suggested 54 million sockeye would return, with 38 million available for harvest, there was more head scratching than fish picking happening as June turned into July.There are three questions on the mind of most: Are all those fish going to show up, if so, when, and will they hit all at once?KDLG, Bristol Bay’s public (and often only) radio station, produces a nightly newscast dedicated to the fishery. Daily, we speak with Fish and Game managers, researchers from the University of Washington’s Fisheries Research Institute, and analysts at the Port Moller Test Fishery.The consensus a week ago was, “The fish should be here any day now.”The closest this fishery has to a crystal ball is the Port Moller Test Fishery, which catches sockeye at a series of stations spread offshore from Port Moller. Most of the sockeye caught there are bound for Bristol Bay’s districts, and those that aren’t caught will arrive in 2-11 days. Between genetic sampling of the catch and some study of past data, the timing and size of the run comes into view.“I think it’s going to come in really strong, and late,” said F/V Crimson Hunter skipper Braden Williams, speaking about the run to the Naknek-Kvichak District he fishes. His first two fishing periods had not been very profitable.Credit Hannah ColtonProvided, that is, some sockeye start to show up inshore, either harvested by the fleet or counted as escapement up area rivers. The research team needs the “catch and escapement” data to reference back to their test fishery numbers. Port Moller’s catches picked up by June 17, but a week passed and few sockeye arrived inshore.The suspicion around the Bay for a week has been that the sockeye are balling up between Port Moller and the districts, maybe waiting for a weather change to make a big push upstream. Fishermen and processors worry about a “wall of fish” that will be too large to catch or process.Or the preseason run forecast could be off, though no one has put up that white flag yet.“Fish being late is the first part of them not showing up,” said F/V Stevie K skipper Buck Gibbons a week ago. Gibbons reiterated that comment Wednesday night, after a slow harvest and another day of down time in Naknek-Kvichak.Fish and Game and PMTF are leery of making in-season predictions. Some tell us they want to avoid the “Greenspan effect,” named former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, whose words, it is said, could move markets. But by Wednesday evening, Port Moller and Fish and Game were hinting at problems.“The run seems to be late if it is to break 30 million, and several days late for it come in at the preseason forecast,” wrote PMTF’s data analyst Scott Raborn.“It certainly has the feeling of being potentially slightly smaller than forecast,” said Fish and Game Commercial FisheriesDirector Jeff Regnart, who was in Dillingham Wednesday. He added that the sockeye are smaller than expected, and the run seems late, too.Right now, the Naknek-Kvichak district is lagging the furthest behind. After a long and at times impatient period of waiting, the first open periods offered the eager fleet little harvest.“So far I haven’t seen a fish in my net yet,” Pederson Point set netter Sylvia Elford told KDLG about an hour into Monday’s opener. The day before her site had delivered only 140 pounds.“Out of the 20 days we’ve been here, we’ve bought fish twice,” said Rob Trumble, skipper of the fishing tender Denali. “We have 11,000 pounds packed. It’s been the most different year ever.”Fish and Game’s preseason forecast predicted 28.8 million sockeye returning to Naknek-Kvichak, with 18 million available for harvest. Through Tuesday, only 834,000 sockeye had been accounted for.“It’s been really frustrating,” said Gabe Dunham aboard the F/V Oracle in Naknek Wednesday evening. His boat has been in the water since June 18. “This down time, best I can say for it, is that it’s been good for shoreside businesses.”Workers at Nakeen Homepack in Naknek got a batch of reds to process Sunday.Credit Hannah ColtonFishermen are not leaving the district, despite the wait. In fact, more boats and more permits are registered to fish Naknek-Kvichak than any other district, and more are added every day.That’s because fishermen know Bristol Bay’s run size and timing changes every year. They like to throw jabs at the biologists and gripe about their processors, but they also know that rolling with the punches of the world’s greatest sockeye run is part of the job, and part of the fun. “That’s why it’s called fishing, not catching,” a reporter will hear a hundred times a season.“The last couple of years have been one way, and this year has definitely shaped up to be a different way,” said Lange Solberg on the F/V Opie II.Solberg was frustrated when he spoke with us Wednesday evening. But he also counts himself among the optimists who say that a big push, the “wall of fish,” will be here soon.“Hopefully by July 4 we’ll be up to our eyeballs in fish,” he said.Dave Bendinger is the News Director at KDLG. Hannah Colton and Molly Dischnercontributed to this story.
This map shows contrasts in travel between tagged seal pups in 2005 and 2015. These are portions of the pup tracks in November-December, after they left their birth islands. The tracks are overlaid on an 1895 chart displaying the understanding at that time of where northern fur seals traveled during their migration. (Courtesy Noel Pelland/Proceedings of the Tribunal of Arbitration at Paris, Volume 7.)In the late 1800s, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury sent Captain C. L. Hooper to the Pribilof Islands to learn as much as he could about the northern fur seal from the Alaska Native people who lived there. At the time, the fur trade was big business.Listen nowOne of the lessons he recorded was that the seals are known to travel with the wind when possible. Now scientists have the data to back up that traditional knowledge. Noel Pelland is a physical oceanographer and postdoctoral researcher at NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center.“We have this amazing technology that really allows us this very cool look at the lives of an individual animal and where it goes and what it does,” Pelland said. “That’s helping us to quantify some of those things that have been discussed by the Aleut hunters.”Pelland is studying how climate affects the survival of northern fur seals in the Bering Sea, and wind may be an important factor.After pups leave the Pribilof Islands in late fall, they can migrate thousands of miles. Varying wind conditions mean pups can end up in a range of locations from the Aleutian Islands to the Gulf of Alaska.Pelland wants to know if the way the pups migrate, and where they end up, is affecting their survival.“In the best years about 50 percent of the pups that leave on their migration will make it to age two,” Pelland said. “In the worst years only about 20 percent of the pups will make it through their migration.”So far, Pelland and his colleagues have compared data from satellite tagged pups with weather models. Now, they want to compare year-to-year changes in the survival of the pups with where the pups end up.And Pelland says the research helps make the case for all scientists to take traditional knowledge into account.“There’s this idea of a separation between ‘scientific knowledge’ and traditional knowledge. I think a much better way to look at it is as an continuum,” Pelland said. “There isn’t this formal separation. It’s all knowledge.”Wind might not be a factor in the fur seal decline, Pelland says but a better understanding of its role is important.