Danis perfect in Canadiens debut

first_imgMontreal goalie Yann Danis had the NHL debut he envisioned. The 24-year-old stopped 32 shots in the Canadiens 2-0 victory over the host Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night. “It felt good to be back on the ice tonight,” Kovalchuk said. “We have a really good team right now. This was one game. We should just forget about it tonight, watch the video tomorrow, work hard and fix the problems and find our game.” Predators 5, Avalance 4: Marek Zidlicky scored a power-play goal with 6 1/2 minutes to play after Colorado goalie David Aebischer took a cheap penalty, helping Nashville stay undefeated. Rookie Marek Svatos scored his fifth goal in three games and Colorado dominated the first 30 minutes to take a 3-0 lead before the Predators came back. Hurricanes 7, Capitals 2: Eric Staal got his fifth goal of the season and captain Rod Brind’Amour scored his first, helping Carolina beat Washington. The Hurricanes finally found some success on the power play, as Staal, Brind’Amour and Matt Cullen scored with a man advantage. They were 0-for-15 in the previous three games, a drought that stretched to 17 before Staal snapped it. Wild 6, Canucks 0: Matt Foy scored the first two goals of his career and Dwayne Roloson made 33 saves to lead Minnesota over Vancouver. Marc Chouinard moved within one goal of Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson for the NHL lead with his fourth and Pierre-Marc Bouchard scored on a penalty shot in the third as the Wild handed the Canucks their first loss of the season. Sharks 4, Blue Jackets 1: Wayne Primeau scored two goals, Evgeni Nabokov stopped 26 shots and San Jose won its home opener. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He made saves when he needed to,” said Saku Koivu, who scored Montreal’s second goal. “It was not an easy spot for him.” Jan Bulis gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead only 3 minutes into the game, and that goal stood until Koivu scored in the third period. Kovalchuk, who in 2003-04 tied Jarome Iginla and Rick Nash for the league lead in goals with 41, made his season debut after signing a five-year, $32 million deal with the Thrashers on Saturday. He received his work visa from the Immigration and Naturalization Service late Tuesday, clearing him to play against the Canadiens. Even without Kovalchuk, the Thrashers, coming off an 8-1 win over Washington, were averaging five goals and 38.3 shots per game this season. Kovalchuk, who didn’t start but entered the game early in the first period, couldn’t score on five shots. center_img “I imagined it,” Danis said after shutting down Ilya Kovalchuk and a powerful Atlanta attack. “It was a good start for me. Our team scored the first goal, so my confidence was there. … But it’s only one game.” Danis is the third Montreal goalie to win his debut with a shutout, following Wayne Thomas in 1973 and Bob Perreault in 1955. Montreal coach Claude Julien rested the team’s normal starting goalie, Jose Theodore. last_img read more

Newcastle lining up striker as Austin alternative, Express say

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR…Newcastle have lined up Uruguay international Diego Rolan in case they miss out on Charlie Austin, the Daily Express say.It has been widely claimed that Newcastle are trying to agree a deal with QPR for striker Austin, who has been linked with several clubs this summer.The Express say Bordeaux forward Rolan, 22, is the Magpies’ back-up option should they fail to land Austin.A number of clubs have been linked with Austin in recent monthsMeanwhile, the Daily Mail say QPR face competition from other clubs for the signing of Dan Bentley and that the club have been told by Southend that he is not for sale.Rangers plan to offer the Shrimpers around £1.5m for Bentley and are hoping to complete a deal prior to Saturday’s Championship opener against Charlton.The Mail say Hull City, Swansea and Nottingham Forest are also interested in the 22-year-old, who helped Southend win promotion last season. Related West London Sport story: Rangers to table bid for keeper Bentley Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders promote Ateman, Cotton because of injury concerns

first_imgFaced with injury issues at wide receiver and guard, the Raiders promoted wide receiver Marcell Ateman and guard Lester Cotton Jr. from the practice squad Saturday.Ateman, a seventh-round draft pick last season out of Oklahoma State, caught 15 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown last season after getting the call from the practice squad. Cotton is an undrafted rookie out of Alabama who didn’t make the 53-man roster at what was at the time a deep position but was signed to the practice …last_img read more

De Villiers named SA Rugby Player of the Year

first_img13 February 2014Springbok captain Jean de Villiers on Wednesday became only the sixth player to be named South African Rugby Player of the Year more than once, while Eben Etzebeth was named the Young Player of the Year for 2013 for the second successive season at a glittering ceremony at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg.De Villiers led the Springboks to 10 wins in 12 Tests in 2013 and scored five tries in the process, following an outstanding Vodacom Super Rugby campaign for the DHL Stormers. His first-class record now stands at 254 matches with 91 tries scored.Players of the YearThe blond-haired Springbok captain also walked away with the spoils in 2008. He becomes only the sixth player to win the title more than once, following in the footsteps of Naas Botha (who won it four times), Bryan Habana (won three times), Uli Schmidt, Fourie du Preez and Schalk Burger (who all won it twice).De Villiers, who also received the award for Supersport Try of the Year after rounding off a superb team effort for the Springboks against Wales in Cardiff, beat off strong competition for the top award in South African rugby from fellow nominees Bismarck du Plessis, Etzebeth, Willie le Roux and Duane Vermeulen.Back-to-backThe 22-year-old Etzebeth became the first player to walk away with back-to-back awards for the Young Player of the Year, which confirmed his status as one of the best up-and-coming players in world rugby after yet another superb season at lock for the Springboks and the DHL Stormers.The awards to De Villiers and Etzebeth were two of the highlights of a star-studded evening during which accolades in 14 other categories were awarded to the stars of the 2013 rugby season.Three awardsThe Mpumalanga Rugby Union left with three awards following a highly successful 2013 season for the side from Nelspruit. Jimmy Stonehouse was named the Absa Coach of the Year for his efforts with the Steval Pumas and the SA President’s XV, Rosko Specman was named Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year and the Steval Pumas won the Absa Team of the Year award after winning the Absa Currie Cup First Division and finishing runners-up in the Vodacom Cup.Among the three other national teams, Cornal Hendricks (SA Sevens Player of the Year), Cheslin Kolbe (SA Under-20 Player of the Year) and Zenay Jordaan (Women’s Achiever of the Year) were rewarded for their excellent form last season.Competitions’ awardsThe other individual awards in the three remaining professional competitions went to Adriaan Strauss, who captained the Toyota Cheetahs to their first-ever playoff appearance in Vodacom Super Rugby, Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province – Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year) and Fred Zeilinga (Sharks XV – Vodacom Cup Player of the Year).Le Roux’s exploits for the Toyota Cheetahs and the Springboks saw him voted as SARPA’s Players’ Player of the Year – an award voted for by the players themselves.Jonathan Kaplan, the most experienced test referee in the world, who retired at the end of last season, was honoured for his contribution to the game, which spanned two decades, while he also received the Marriott Referee Award for consistently performing well under pressure in 2013.Applauded their achievementsOregan Hoskins, the President of the South African Rugby Union, congratulated the winners and applauded their achievements in 2013.“The Springboks showed massive improvement last year and are now chasing New Zealand hard for the position of top-ranked team in the world, while our Junior Boks and Springbok Sevens teams also performed very well,” he said.“In Vodacom Super Rugby, the Vodacom Bulls and Toyota Cheetahs were top of the local pile, while the standard of play across all levels on local soil was of the highest standard.“As we prepare for what promises to be a massive year ahead, I would like to congratulate every winner on their awards, but would also like to thank every player, coach, administrator, referee, sponsor and all other role players for making 2013 a season to remember.”WINNERS AND FINALISTSSaru Rugby Player of the YearWinner: Jean de VilliersFinalists: Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Willie le Roux, Duane Vermeulen Absa Young Player of the YearWinner: Eben EtzebethFinalists: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Cheslin Kolbe, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein Sarpa Players’ Player of the YearWillie le Roux (Springboks, Toyota Cheetahs, GWK Griquas) Springbok Sevens Player of the YearWinner: Cornal HendricksFinalists: Frankie Horne, Seabelo Senatla SA Under-20 Player of the YearWinner: Cheslin KolbeFinalists: Jacques du Plessis, Seabelo Senatla Absa Team of the YearWinner: Steval PumasFinalists: The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup), Springboks Absa Coach of the YearWinner: Jimmy Stonehouse (Steval Pumas, SA President’s XV)Finalists: Heyneke Meyer (Springboks), Brendan Venter (The Sharks) Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the YearWinner: Adriaan Strauss (Toyota Cheetahs)Finalists: Willie le Roux (Toyota Cheetahs), Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers) Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the YearWinner: Scarra Ntubeni (DHL Western Province)Finalists: Cheslin Kolbe (DHL Western Province), Fred Zeilinga (The Sharks) Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the YearWinner: Rosko Specman (Steval Pumas)Finlists: Alshaun Bock (SWD Eagles), Tiger Mangweni (EP Kings) Vodacom Cup Player of the YearWinner: Fred Zeilinga (Sharks XV)Finalists: Marnitz Boshoff (Golden Lions), Rosko Specman (Steval Pumas) Supersport Try of the YearWinner: Jean de Villiers (Springboks v Wales in Cardiff)Finalists: Zane Kirchner (Springboks v Australia, Cape Town), Bryan Habana (Springboks v New Zealand, Johannesburg), JP Pietersen (Springboks v Scotland, Edinburgh), Jano Vermaak (Vodacom Bulls v Southern Kings, Port Elizabeth), Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks v Highlanders, Dunedin), Pat Lambie (The Sharks v Vodacom Bulls, Pretoria), Riaan Smit (Toyota Free State Cheetahs v Vodacom Blue Bulls, Pretoria), Rocco Jansen (GWK Griquas v Golden Lions, Johannesburg), Gio Aplon (DHL Western Province v The Sharks, Cape Town) Marriott Referee AwardJonathan Kaplan Women’s Achiever of the YearZenay Jordaan (Eastern Province) Cell C Community Cup Player of the TournamentGiovano Fourie (GAP Management Despatch) Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the TournamentGrant Hermanus (Western Province) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Hearst’s Manilla Helps You Manage All Your Household Bills Online

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The service is aimed at making paper bills more manageable for customers, but it also offers a benefit to the businesses involved as well as an alternative to paper bills. According to the U.S. Postal Service’s Annual Report, businesses send about 48 million billing statements and account notices each year. That’s a ot of paper, that’s a lot of postage, and that’s a lot of garbage.Despite the costs (financial and environmental), many businesses have been slow to convert to paperless billing. Manilla hopes to incentivize the move to online billing by making a simple interface that’s attractive to both customers and businesses.Manilla isn’t the only startup in this space. Doxo launched last year with its own promise of being your “digital filing cabinet.” Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web audrey watters A new startup launches its beta today, promising to help organize and simplify your household bills online. There are any number of services that will help you manage your finances online, but Manilla, which is owned by the Hearst publishing company, says it will be more than just a bill-paying service.The startup will let people consolidate various accounts into one place – household bills (like cable and phone), air travel rewards, magazine subscriptions, and financial bills (like the mortgage payment). When you sign up, you can link all your personal accounts to Manilla and then have one place to go in order to manage them.Then, you’ll get reminders – via email or text message – that you have bills and renewals due. You’ll be able to pay online and the service will keep an archive of your bills for you. Manilla is free and while the service says it isn’t ad-supported per se, you will see offers and notifications (um, ads) from the companies and magazines to which you’re subscribed. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

‘Other Aguilar’ Raymond earns Cone’s praise in Ginebra win over SMB

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next PBA IMAGESFor once, it was the other Aguilar, who shone in the spotlight.The seldom-used Raymond Aguilar provided Barangay Ginebra a big lift on Sunday, helping the Gin Kings snap their three-game slide after a 100-96 win over the June Mar Fajardo-led San Miguel Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Aguilar finished with 16 points and made such a big impact in close to 30 minutes of action that his head coach Tim Cone couldn’t stop himself from raving about the former National University slotman’s performance.“I can’t talk enough about Raymond Aguilar — the other Aguilar, for once. He was just phenomenal,” Cone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Cone not putting Japeth Aguilar as Fajardo’s primary defender in a move to keep him from getting into foul trouble, the tall order of defending the reigning four-time MVP was now on Raymond.And the 32-year-old big man went on to defy his coach’s expectations and gave Fajardo all he could handle while also giving a boost offensively. MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss “He guarded June Mar all game long. We didn’t want to put Japeth on June Mar because we didn’t want Japeth to get in foul trouble, so that chore went to Raymond. And then, he hit big shots and made big plays on his own,” he said. “It was amazing. He played out of his mind tonight and I can’t thank him enough at this point because we really needed a big game from somebody.”Aguilar’s breakout performance was just the kind of game Cone needs from the Gin Kings, especially with the team cautious in breaking in Greg Slaughter back from his injury.“The good thing about what we’re going through now is we’re developing trust in guys that we’re not used to trusting. Guys like Raymond are stepping up and playing big for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Renault ePlein Air takes a vintage 4L and stuffs it with EV

first_img Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Car Industry 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comment Tags 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 26 Photos 81 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 10 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Renault,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 52 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Post a comment Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 69 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 18 Photos 7 Photos Share your voice 71 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 68 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 1 Renault e-Plein Air is ready to hit the beach in silence 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 49 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 12 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Enlarge ImageIt’s just so cute! Renault It’s always nice to see an automaker giving an old car a breath of 21st-century air. For the 10th anniversary of 4L International, a festival dedicated to Renault’s first front-wheel-drive family car, the French OEM borrowed from its current stable to create a very interesting one-off.Renault this week unveiled the e-Plein Air, an electric take on the automaker’s doorless, open-top runabout. The e-Plein Air is the creation of Renault Classic, Renault Design and Melun Rétro Passion, which sells parts and accessories for older vehicles. The result is something that looks just as beach-ready as the day it debuted.The automaker didn’t give out too many details, but it did say that the e-Plein Air borrows its EV underpinnings from the Renault Twizy two-seater. Its 6.1-kWh battery only offers about 62 miles of range in the Twizy. Since we’re unsure how close the e-Plein Air comes to the Twizy’s 992-pound curb weight, it’s unclear if this concept will get better or worse mileage than the quadricycle.Nevertheless, it’s a sharp little thing. The exterior isn’t exactly the same as the usual Plein Air variant of 4L; there’s some new livery along the lower body panels, and there’s a much more modern grille up front. The interior gets a new set of seats, a cute little picnic basket in the back and a digital display that lets the driver monitor not only speed, but battery capacity, too.While I can’t imagine that Renault would actually craft a small-batch run of these diminutive beach-combing EVs, I suppose there’s nothing stopping a Plein Air owner from going out, buying a Twizy and hacking together their own custom electric creation. last_img read more

London tower block fire What we know

first_imgAt least 12 people were killed in a massive blaze that engulfed a London tower block on Wednesday, raising serious questions about fire safety in Britain’s housing blocks.Here is what we know so far:How many victims?The police have said at least 12 people were killed at Grenfell Tower in west London and they expect the number to rise as emergency workers make their way through the building.”Sadly I don’t anticipate that there will be further survivors,” Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said in a televised address.The London Ambulance Service said it had treated 69 patients, 18 of whom remained in critical condition by Wednesday afternoon.The 24-storey tower is home to between 600 and 800 residents and has one stairway through which people could escape, locals told AFP.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said firefighters were only able to reach the 12th floor of the 24-storey block at the height of the blaze.More than 200 firefighters were deployed to put out the fire. Some 100 medics tended the casualties.What happened?Fire services said they received the first call at 00:54 am on Wednesday (2354 GMT Tuesday) and were on scene at the Grenfell Tower public housing complex within six minutes.Witnesses reported the entire building was on fire by around 2:00 am (0100 GMT). Around an hour later the London Fire Brigade also tweeted that the whole building was in flames, starting from the second floor.Survivors said they saw the flames outside their windows, rising up the exterior of the building, which had recently been covered in cladding during a major refurbishment finished last year.”It appears that the external cladding has significantly contributed to the spread of fire,” said Angus Law from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.Where was the fire?Grenfell Tower is a concrete block built in 1974 in the working-class area of north Kensington in west London.The £8.7 million (9.9 million euro, $11 million) refurbishment of the block was completed last year and included new windows and heating system.The area neighbours the wealthy district of Notting Hill.What were residents’ concerns?Construction firm Rydon, which completed the refurbishment of the tower in 2016, said the work “met all required building control, fire regulation and health and safety standards”.David Collins, former chairman of the Grenfell Tower Residents’ Association, said the building’s management had failed to listen to residents’ calls for improvements on fire safety.”If the same concerns were had in a wealthy part of Kensington and Chelsea they would have got resolved, but here they didn’t get resolved,” Collins told AFP.”This is a multi-ethnic, multicultural, diverse community that just didn’t get served by the people representing them,” he said.Local residents had warned a year ago about a potential fire risk caused by rubbish being allowed to accumulate during the refurbishment.”This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the improvement works,” read a blog post by the Grenfell Action Group.”The potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out,” it said.Some residents said the official advice was that people should stay inside in the event of a fire.Khan said the advice would be looked into.”We can’t have is a situation (where) people’s safety is put at risk because of bad advice being given or if it is the case, as it’s been alleged, of tower blocks not being properly serviced and maintained,” he told the BBC.British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister, promised a review of building regulations covering fire safety following a fatal 2009 fire in another London local authority apartment block.The review has not been published.last_img read more

Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaking during a visit to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem Trump will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6 December 2017, upending decades of careful US policy and ignoring dire warnings from allies across the Middle East and the world. AFP file photoPresident Donald Trump will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital Wednesday, upending decades of careful US policy and ignoring dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East.A senior administration official said Trump would make the landmark announcement-which flies in the face of warnings from America’s allies across the region and the world-at 1 pm (1800 GMT) from the White House.“He will say that that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.“He views this as a recognition of reality, both historic reality,” the source added, “and modern reality.”Plunging further into a bitter centuries-old argument between Jews, Muslims and Christians, Trump will also order planning to begin on moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.“It will take some time to find a site, to address security concerns, design a new facility, fund a new facility and build it,” the official said, indicating that the move will not be immediate.“It will be a matter of some years, it won’t be months, it’s going to take time.”The status of Jerusalem is a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with both sides claiming the city as their capital, and expectations of Trump’s announcement have roiled the combustible region.In a frantic series of calls on its eve, the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the EU, France, Germany and Turkey all warned Trump against the move.Anticipating widespread demonstrations, US government officials have been ordered to avoid Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank.But Trump’s move comes close to fulfilling a campaign promise and will delight his political donors and the conservative and evangelical base that is so vital for the embattled president.‘Red line’Most of the international community does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, insisting the issue can only be resolved in final status negotiations.US officials talk of “threading the needle”-fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge, while keeping the peace process on the rails.The White House argues that such a move would not prejudge final talks and would represent the reality that west Jerusalem is and will continue to be part of Israel under any settlement.“President Trump remains committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians and is optimistic that peace can be achieved,” a second official said.“President Trump is prepared to support a two State solution… If agreed to by the two parties.”But critics say Trump’s approach is more like “splitting the baby” and could also extinguish his own much-vaunted efforts to broker Middle East peace while igniting the flames of conflict in a region already reeling from crises in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Qatar.The armed Islamist Hamas movement has threatened to launch a new “intifada” or uprising.Saudi Arabia’s King Salman warned his close ally that moving the US embassy was a “dangerous step” that could rile Muslims around the world.“Mr Trump! Jerusalem is a red line for Muslims,” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a raucous televised speech, echoing alarm expressed by Palestinian and Arab leaders.‘Embassy Act’Israel seized the largely-Arab eastern sector of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claiming both sides of the city as its “eternal and undivided capital.”But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.Trump was pushed to act on the embassy as a result of the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, which stated that the city “should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel” and that the US embassy should be moved there.An inbuilt waiver has been repeatedly invoked by successive US presidents, postponing the move on grounds of “national security” once every six months, meaning the law has never taken effect.Several peace plans have unravelled over the issue of how to divide sovereignty or oversee sites in the city that are holy for Christians, Jews and Muslims.last_img read more

Decomposed body of 3yrold girl recovered from manhole

first_imgKolkata: The decomposed body of a three-year-old girl was recovered from inside a manhole at Shyamlal Street on Friday night. Locals said that the child was missing since Wednesday and according to the primary autopsy report, the child was strangulated to death.Local sources informed that the child used to live with her family members on the pavement opposite to Shyamlal Street in front of Deshbandhu Park. On Wednesday night, her family members all of a sudden noticed that she was missing. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePrimarily, they tried to search the area, but failed to locate her. Later, with the help of other locals, a search was conducted but in vain.On Thursday, the child’s father lodged a complaint with Ultadanga police station. After commencing the probe to locate the missing child, police could not gather any clues that might have led them to her. On Friday night, a few locals saw a manhole inside a compound of a four-storeyed building was partly open. When some of them peeped in and looked into the manhole, they saw the girl. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedImmediately, the owner of the building was informed. At around 11:10 pm, the police recovered the decomposed body of the missing child. After getting the primary autopsy report, investigators are now trying to understand if there was any enmity with the girl’s family members. Also, the police have tracked a few CCTV cameras on the main road just outside Shyamlal Street and inside a nearby school compound. Sources informed that the footage from the CCTV cameras installed has been viewed but nothing suspicious could be traced. The investigators are yet to look into the footage of the CCTV camera inside the nearby school campus. It is also not clear whether the girl has been sexually harassed or not.last_img read more