Days after some junior doctors at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, were grievously assaulted on Monday night following the death of a patient, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has condemned the violence, stating, “It is necessary and important for doctors to have a safe work environment.”He added that doctors are an integral pillar of society, and often work under stressful and difficult conditions. ‘Observe restraint’“I urge the patients and their caregivers to observe restraint. Likewise, I also urge doctors to observe restraint so that essential services to the people are not disrupted,” said the Minister on Thursday. Dr. Vardhan said that he would be taking up the matter with the Bengal State government so that such incidents can be avoided in future. Expressing solidarity with doctors protesting in West Bengal, resident doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, worked wearing bandages and helmets on their heads in a symbolic protest, and will be joining the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) nationwide call to observe a ‘black day’ on Friday.“Violence against medical doctors in West Bengal is worrisome and disheartening. There is a complete breakdown of law and order, with reports of mobs attacking doctor hostels with weapons. The government has failed to provide protection and justice to doctors,” said a statement issued by the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (AIIMS RDA) on Thursday.One-day strikeThe group added that doctors across the country are deeply hurt by this turn of events. “Keeping in view our commitment towards safe and non-violent working environment for residents, AIIMS RDA stands in support of our colleagues in West Bengal and has decided to hold a one-day strike of work on June 14, where only emergency services will be operational,” it said.Doctors have also urged the West Bengal Chief Minister to intervene in the matter and address security concerns so that residents can continue serving patients. The IMA has directed the members of all its State branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday.DemonstrationsIt has instructed all its State presidents and secretaries to organise demonstrations in front of District Collectors’ offices from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday, and hand over a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister to the Collectors in every district. The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) has also urged its members to observe a ‘black day’ on Thursday against the brutal attack.“All the local branches and individual members of the IMA will send an appeal to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, demanding a central Act on violence against doctors and hospitals,” said an IMA release.
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Kanpur, Sep 23 (PTI) Statistical highlights on day 2 of Kanpur, Sep 23 (PTI) Statistical highlights on day 2 of the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand here today. # Ravindra Jadeja (42 not out) has recorded his highest score vs New Zealand in Tests, eclipsing the 30 not out at Auckland in February 2014. # Jadejas splendid brief knock is his third highest score in Tests. He had scored 68 vs England at Lords in 2014 and 43 vs Australia at Delhi in 2013. # Jadejas above unbeaten innings is the highest by Indias number nine batsman in Tests vs New Zealand at Kanpur, obliterating the 27 by Srinivas Venkataraghavan in November 1976. Bapu Nadkarni had posted an unbeaten 52 vs England at this venue in February 1964, which is the the only half-century by a number nine batsman in Tests at Green Park, Kanpur. # Bob Latham (56 not out off 137 balls) has registered his eighth fifth in Tests – his first vs India. # Lathams record in Tests in Asia is splendid – his tally being 338 in six innings at an average of 67.60, including two centuries and a fifty. # Lathams batting stats under Williamsons captaincy are reasonably good – his aggregate being 318 in seven innings at an average of 53.00, including two hundreds and a fifty. # Lathams eleven innings of 50-plus are the third highest by New Zealand openers away from home next only to John Wright (14 in 66 innings) and Mark Richardson (13 in 37). # Kane Williamson (65 not out off 115 balls) has posted his third fifty vs India – his 23rd in Tests. # Williamson is enjoying superb batting record in Tests in 2016 – his aggregate is 563 in eleven innings at an average of 70.37, including a century and five fifties. # Latham and Williamson were involved in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 117 – New Zealands highest stand for any wicket in Tests at Green Park, Kanpur, eclipsing the 106 for the third wicket between Mark Burgess and Glenn Turner in November 1976. # A century stand has been recorded by a visiting team vs India for the first time after seven Tests. # Williamson and Latham have shared six century stands in only 24 innings, emulating a New Zealand record. Two pairs – Andrew Jones-John Wright and Ross Taylor-Kane Williamson – have posted six century stands in Tests. # Jadeja and Yadav were associated in a partnership of 41 – Indias highest tenth-wicket partnership vs New Zealand at Kanpur, bettering the 31 (unbroken) between Bishan Singh Bedi and Bhagwath Chandrasekhar in November 1976. PTI Cor AH AHadvertisement
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir will miss the final match of the one-day series against West Indies being held in Abu Dhabi to visit his unwell mother.According to the Pakistan Cricket Board, his mother is seriously ill and hence they allowed him to return home to her. “The team management has allowed Amir to return home to attend to his mother who is seriously ill,” said the PCB statement. (Need time to deliver, don’t have a magic wand: Mohammad Amir) This will result in Amir missing the third and final ODI against West Indies, but the 24-year-old is expected to return for the three Tests in Dubai that will start on October 13. (2nd ODI: Babar Azam hits another century as Pakistan clinch series against West Indies)Amir will most likely be replaced by fast bowlers Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan. Pakistan beat West Indies 3-0 in the Twenty20 series which took place before the ODI series.
Sheffield Utd manager Chris Wilder: A ridiculous winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United won away for the first time on their return to the Premier League at Everton.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said afterwards: “We’re delighted. It was just a ridiculous game. That’s possibly the worst we’ve played all season. We didn’t play anything like our best today but managed to win the game.”Everton put a lot of balls in our box, which opened us up a bit in the first half. Out of possession we were really good. The goalkeeper and our three defenders did really well. I think they had a million corners today.”We rode our luck a little bit – we certainly didn’t have any last week. Everybody says that to stay in the Premier League, your home form has to be spot on. We’ve reversed that thought process.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PSG coach Tuchel insists Cavani a required playerby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG manager Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani is an important player for the club.Inter Milan and Manchester United are interested in the singing the Uruguayan, who will be a free agent at the end of this season.Tuchel said: “It’s too soon to speak about such things. I’m sure Edi is speaking with the club. He knows it’s his club.'”I don’t know Edi’s ideas exactly at the moment. I count 100 per cent on Edi this season. He’s been missing for several weeks and the main thing for me is to push Edi on the pitch, so we’ve got a fit and in-form Edinson Cavani. “He’s got the most goals for the club. Edi is very important,” Tuchel continued. “He’s in the group of five players I always speak with, to have an opinion from them on all things. He’s important in the dressing room and on the pitch.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Photo courtesy of Luis LamarIt seems everything related to Planet Earth, Airbnb, and BBC Worldwide turns to gold. So, when the three iconic brands collaborate on a single endeavor, it’s no surprise that it’s going to be amazing. If you’ve ever wanted to vacation like James Cameron — think exploring the Bahamas in a deep-sea submersible — your dreams could soon be a reality.Winners in the Airbnb Night At Blue Planet II will win a three-day, two-night stay aboard a world-class exploration vessel, OceanX’s Alucia. The journey is designed to give the everyman a taste of what life is like on a working ocean expedition.Most of the time will be spent topside, chatting with Blue Planet II’s producer, Orla Doherty, but the big get is the chance to travel like a deep sea researcher more than 1,000 meters beneath the waves off the coast of the Bahamas. Winners will venture below the surface — searching for unique marine life typically only seen in a David Attenborough special — first-hand in a state-of-the-art submersible.Photo courtesy of Alucia Productions Photo courtesy of Alucia ProductionsThe contest is part of Airbnb’s wildly popular Night At series, which routinely gives away stays at some of the world’s most amazing and unique “hotel rooms.” We’ve previously covered the Night At Denmark’s LEGO House, a Night At the Guinness Storehouse, and Airbnb’s collaboration with Audi for a test drive in Death Valley.Photo courtesy of Alucia Productions Photo courtesy of Alucia ProductionsIt’s all, of course, a rather clever PR campaign to promote the premiere of BBC Worldwide’s Planet Earth: Blue Planet II. The new series is a return to form for the legendary broadcast company who debuted the critically acclaimed, award-winning Planet Earth in 2006. The first show in the new series aired in the U.S. on January 20; subsequent shows can be found on BBC America Saturday nights at 9/8c.The Blue Planet II contest is live now on Airbnb. Entrants need only share their ideas for the ideal deep sea adventure in 550 characters or less by Saturday, February 10 at 7 a.m. EST. Three entries will be chosen, and the expedition will take place April 4-8, 2018. Two nights aboard the Alucia, two nights at an Airbnb before and after the excursion, air and ground transportation, and all meals will be covered. Just pack the Dramamine and remember that skinny dipping is strictly forbidden (really, that’s part of the rules).Feature image courtesy of Luis Lamar. Editors’ Recommendations World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts The Awake G7 Watch Makes Fishing Nets Fashionable and Sustainable Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical
Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells Talking Rum, Cocktails, and Tiki with The Bamboo Room’s Kevin Beary What new bourbon are we pumped about? Which hiking trail are we exploring? Why is the next supercar so cool? The Manual is dedicated to helping men live a more engaged life. Each week, our editors and guests get together for a round-table discussion about what’s new, exciting, and unique in the men’s lifestyle world. So pop open your favorite brew, step into your man cave, and start streaming. For this week’s episode of Beards, Booze, and Bacon: The Manual Podcast, the round-table — Associate Editor Chase McPeak, Food and Drink Editor Sam Slaughter, and host Greg Nibler — chat with special guest Jackie Zykan, Master Taster for Old Forester Bourbon, about how she came to be Master Taster for a such venerated bourbon brand, the dos and don’ts of attending the Kentucky Derby, and more.Zykan starts off the conversation by giving us a bit of information about her background. She was a double chemistry and biology major in college and worked her way through school by tending bar. After that, she was a beverage director for a group located in Louisville until moving on to her current position as Master Taster for Old Forester. And while she notes the job is every bit as amazing as you would imagine, it’s not an endless party. Editors’ Recommendations The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Zykan discusses with Slaughter the history of Old Forester, including the fact that it has never gone out of production, even throughout prohibition (it got around the law by producing bourbon as medicine), making it the longest-running bourbon brand in the country at well over 140 years. As a result, Old Forester is primed to open their first public distillery in May 2018 in the same location the Old Forester company started in way back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Speaking of 140-year-old brands, The Kentucky Derby is celebrating its 143rd anniversary this year. McPeak and Zykan give a few pointers on dressing up for the Derby (Hint: seersucker for the gents and giant hats for the ladies). If you’re more casual, the Derby’s in-field is the place where “normally” dressed people watch the action. And, yes, having mint julep is an absolute requirement while in attendance.Finally, the gang chats about Louisville, Kentucky, one of our award-winning cities from The Manual Awards 2018. Check out our full write-up on that for more information after you listen to the podcast.Further ReadingHow to Bet on Horses: A Primer for Playing the PoniesA Brief History of the Mint Julep (with Recipe)The Manual Awards 2018: The Best of Louisville, KentuckyHow to Wear a Seersucker Suit
Nominations for the Bonjour! Awards for Excellence in French-language Services open today, Sept. 22. The awards recognize outstanding contributions by Nova Scotia government employees to develop and deliver programs and services in French. “The Bonjour! Awards are an excellent way to promote the work of people in government who are making sure the Acadian and francophone community can access services in French,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Michel Samson. “It takes extra dedication to develop and maintain French-language services in Nova Scotia, and the work often goes unrecognized.” Government employees and members of the public can submit nominations to Acadian Affairs in three categories: Service Delivery to the Public Leadership Program Development Last year, recipients were recognized for delivering high-quality services in French at the Nova Scotia Archives, developing a bilingual birth registration kiosk, and for co-ordinating the publication of French content on the Department of Justice website. Nominations will be evaluated by a selection committee with representatives from the Acadian and francophone community, as well as the provincial and federal public service. To download or submit a nomination form online, go to acadien.novascotia.ca . For more information, call 1-800-670-4357 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for nominations is Oct. 31. Follow the province’s French-language Twitter account @gouvNE.
The application, known as “My Weather,” will detect the user’s location and automatically display the latest official weather forecasts and climate information of the user’s nearest city, drawing on data from the UN World Weather Information Service (WWIS).The application, created by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) on behalf of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will also allow users to obtain weather information from more than 1,400 cities and bookmark preferred locations for easy access in the future.”[MyWeather] is an excellent example of collaboration between the international meteorological community to better serve the public worldwide,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud at the application’s launch in Hong Kong yesterday.The application is free to download and so far, has been developed for the iPhone platform only. 11 October 2011A new United Nations-backed telephone mobile application is designed to provide users with easy access to weather forecasts from cities worldwide.
A protest was staged outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo today seeking justice for journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Amnesty International said that it supported the protest in Colombo which was organised by local civil society and media groups. Almost three weeks after his disappearance, the Saudi public prosecution revealed in their investigation findings that Jamal Khashoggi died after a ‘fist-fight’ inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. On the 2nd of October Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to get some paperwork and never came out. Since then, several explanations have leaked about his fate and whereabouts. Other reports however said he may have been murdered.Khashoggi lived in Saudi Arabia until he left for the United States last year to avoid facing persecution amidst a wave of arrests in the country. (Colombo Gazette)
Parks Canada is offering free annual passes to visit Canada’s natural treasures as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebration.Parks Canada Discovery Pass holders will receive free admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. You will also receive lockage at Parks Canada’s historic canals and waterways.Parks Canada says that regular fees still apply for other experiences and services including camping, backcountry, Canadian Rockies Hot Springs, mooring, reservation fees guided tours and hikes, firewood and backcountry overnight use.If you are travelling in a family or group, only one pass is needed per vehicle. Click here for more information and to order a pass.
On opening day, every team has playoff dreams. Early on, the potential of the season outweighs our knowledge of each team’s quality. While our best predictions are modestly useful, they can’t tell us which team is destined for greatness with much certainty or which early-season trends to trust or disregard. That makes it tough for a baseball columnist — a pitiable lot, us — to write about anything with any certainty.But we do have spring training. Conventional wisdom holds that what happens in March is meaningless. But conventional wisdom can’t use R. Spring training results aren’t entirely worthless — either for players, as FiveThirtyEight’s own Neil Paine showed last year, or for teams. And I’m particularly interested in this idea that a team’s spring training may offer some indicators of how its season will go. What are the limits of its powers? And what is its potential?We know that spring training isn’t incredibly predictive. I gathered data on each team’s spring-training and regular-season performances in the last five years (2010-2014), checking to see whether there was any correlation between a team’s offensive performance in spring1I used on-base plus slugging percentage. and its average regular-season on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). Just as with other spring statistics, there was a weak but consistent2The correlation is a statistically significant r=.2. relationship between the two. The teams that bash in spring tend to continue doing so through the summer.Even so, spring training results were somewhat faintly reflected in the regular season — teams have to bash a lot before the trend is noticeably continued once the season starts. But we’re not just interested in how spring training correlates to the regular season; we’re interested in whether spring training should make us adjust our expectations of what’s to come.If we look at spring training performances and then compare them against what sabermetric projections3By projections I mean estimates of players’ future production based on their past history and the history of players similar to them. For example, based on the three years of MVP-caliber performance that began his career — and the rarefied historical company that performance puts him in — Mike Trout is likely to be excellent again this year, to the tune of a .297/.382/.519 triple-slash line (his spring training performance of .441/.514/.847 only reinforces that belief). have to tell us, these preseason games become a lot more telling. So rather than just see whether offensive stats from spring training correlate to regular-season stats, let’s tally up all of a team’s player projections (I used PECOTA projections from Baseball Prospectus), average them, and combine that with spring training stats.Once I added in the projections, I had a workable system for estimating a team’s regular-season OPS — much better than the one based solely on spring training data.4A simple linear model, incorporating spring statistics and regular-season projections is able to predict team OPS with r=.35. This isn’t so far-fetched — we make these kind of calculations in our heads all the time. If a team is terrible on paper but slugs like the pre-humidor Colorado Rockies in spring training, we assume it’s likely to end up somewhere between those extremes in the regular season.After factoring in the projected performance, a 100-point increase in spring training OPS raises a team’s expected regular-season OPS by 15 points. While that’s not a huge increase, it’s also a much stronger relationship than what we find for individual players, where a hitter whose OPS is 100 points better than expected in the spring improves their expected regular-season OPS by only six points.5These are not perfectly comparable because Neil Paine used weighted on-base percentage in his analysis and I’m using OPS. However, if you scale each coefficient in terms of the standard deviation, player projections remain less responsive to spring-training performance.There’s a reason spring training has more to tell us about teams than individual players. It’s about signal versus noise. For an individual player, any set of 50 plate appearances (in spring training or otherwise) is extremely volatile and doesn’t say much about them individually. But bring together all the plate appearances of the nine players who make up a batting order and the volatility begins to cancel itself out. All of a sudden we have some sense of how good the nine are in aggregate.For example, New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares hit much better than expected for the past month, and there was probably some luck involved in his .359 spring training batting average. But Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit much worse (.212/.226/.288) than PECOTA would have predicted. If we gather together Lagares’s lucky singles and d’Arnaud’s unfortunate strikeouts, we get a decent measure of the average ability of Lagares and d’Arnaud together — even if we aren’t sure how much of the difference between the average and their individual numbers will come from d’Arnaud improving or Lagares regressing.Speaking of the Mets, they led all of baseball with an .817 average spring training OPS despite mediocre projections. Such a performance is good enough to raise their expected regular season OPS by 11 points, which ought to be worth something like two wins over the course of the season.6This estimate was obtained by regressing team runs against team OPS. That should bolster the fans’ dark-horse World Series hopes (or at least their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in nine years).The success of other top spring performers had little effect on their OPS projections because they were already so high. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics were already expected to field excellent offenses, and so their spring performances only confirm what we already believed.7For the following predictions, I am using a different, more accurate model (r=.5) than the linear regression I mentioned above. On the other side, teams like the Rockies,8Because of the Rockies’ extreme park effect, which wouldn’t manifest in the spring, it’s possible that the model is being too pessimistic here. Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers showed unexpectedly anemic offenses in spring training, which drags down their regular-season projections. None of these teams had more than a faint hope at the playoffs anyway, but the third- and fourth-biggest decreases in expected offense belong to two potential playoff contenders — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox — which may now find their paths more difficult.So you don’t have to wait months to begin worrying (or in the case of Mets fans, hoping) about the fate of your team. Once combined with a dose of projections, spring training results go a long way toward predicting how well a team will hit.CORRECTION (April 10, 2:56 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a table with incorrect information on teams’ spring training OPS averages. It has since been updated.
A RALLY of Gardaí, firefighters, and prison and hospital staff has been told that emergency and public workers have “no more to give” and cannot be asked to accept more pay cuts.Over 3,000 members of five unions and associations affiliated to the ’24/7 FrontLine Services Alliance’ attended the rally at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght,A letter sent by the alliance to the public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin, read to attendees, said front line workers “who provide servies on a 24-hour day, 7-ay week basis cannot endure further pay cuts, as they have no more to give”.“Frontline staff of emergency and public services have already, and are, taking the risks and paying their share,” the letter said.Representatives from Garda associations said they were not opposed to finding savings in the Garda budget, and were prepared to put forward proposals to better manage the force’s finances, but that further cuts to workers’ pay could not be accepted.“The cynics said last week, ‘Let them have their meeting – and we’ll see how many turn up’,” said PJ Stone of the Garda Representative Association.“Brothers and sisters of this new Frontline Alliance: look around and shake each others hands because you have shown tonight by your presence here, that our campaign is just and fair.”Claire Mahon of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said workers should not be afraid to defend premium payments, as they formed a legitimate part of their salaries.“Being away from your family is not something you have to apologise for,” she said.Seamus Murphy of the Psychiatric Nurses Association told attendees: “In 1913 we have the lockout; in 2013 we have the sell-out.”Many union representatives said they could not understand why the government had already insisted on seeking an extra €1 billion in savings by extending the Croke Park agreement when that agreement remained valid until mid-2014.Others warned politicians not to “test our resolve”, as they were happy to pursue work-to-rule action and prove that they were not willing to tolerate further cuts.The event is intended to act as a launchpad for a national campaign of political lobbying by the alliance’s six member associations.The alliance is comprised of the Garda Representative Association, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Prison Officers Association and the Psychiatric Nurses Association.Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – All flight operations at JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk has been temporarily suspended until further notice due to a fire in the control tower.In the early hours of Sunday morning, we received reports that the control tower had caught on fire. Emergency services were immediately notified and the fire was soon after extinguished. All efforts are being made to restore safe operations in a short a time as is possible.This investigation is ongoing and we shall inform the general public once flights operations are able to resume. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
HOUSTON — The public face of the National Rifle Association implored members Saturday to never give up their weapons in the wake of recent gun control efforts in Congress that he said will “destroy us and every ounce of our freedom.”“We will never surrender our guns, never,” Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told several thousand people during the organization’s annual member meeting, which is part of the yearly NRA convention being held this weekend in Houston.A defiant LaPierre said the “political and media elites” have tried to use December’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and other recent ones “to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda.”LaPierre directed much of his criticism at President Barack Obama and his efforts to pass legislation in Congress that would have expanded background checks for gun sales. That bill failed to pass in the Senate last month.LaPierre said the bill “got the defeat that it deserved.”“The bill wouldn’t have prevented Newtown or Aurora,” he said, also referencing last year’s shooting at a Colorado theater. “It won’t prevent the next tragedy. None of it has anything to do with keeping our children safer in any school anywhere.”
UK EXCLUSIVE: Arthur J Gallagher has acquired Surrey-based employee benefits organisation Orb Financial Services.Orb provides employee benefits consultancy and broker services, including group risk and healthcare, flexible benefits, benefit communications, workplace pension schemes, travel and dental protection, as well as key person and partnership protection.The acquisition is aimed at bringing together and strengthening both organisations’ areas of expertise, which includes a particular specialism in the alternative investment and asset management sector, to provide support to employers across a broad spectrum of employee benefits.The acquisition by Arthur J Gallagher, which now operates from 17 offices across the UK, will also provide Orb with the scope for additional capacity and scale.Orb’s 16-strong workforce will continue to serve clients from the organisation’s West Byfleet-based offices.Tim Johnson (pictured), UK chief executive of the employee benefits and wealth management teams at Arthur J Gallagher, said: “Ultimately we saw in [Orb] a kindred spirit. [It is] completely client-focused, [it] believes in quality, and [it is] multi-award winning like we are. And those sorts of things, and the culture that [brings], resonated with us.“It’s about one plus one making three, not two, that’s ultimately what we’re looking for. Can our scale and our other clients help [Orb], and can [its] expertise and their dedication help us? And we believe they can.”
Hyundai Palisade is a surprisingly palatial three-row… 2018 Hyundai Azera: Returning to the US as the Grandeur? Tags Comments Car Industry Enlarge ImageWe’d take this look over fake carbon fiber-look plastic any day. Hyundai Making transportation more ecologically friendly isn’t only about finding alternatives to fossil fuels or making things more efficient. It’s also about changing the materials that get used in building cars.Automakers are realizing this, and many are offering vehicles without leather and with low-VOC plastics, but there is still room to improve. That’s why we were stoked to see a report from Automotive News published in August on a company that’s looking at alternatives to using traditional wood veneers in a car’s interior.The company is called Seoyong and rather than using traditional woods, it’s been pioneering the use of cork as a replacement. “But cork is a kind of wood,” you’re probably shouting at your phone as you read this on the toilet at work, and you’d be right.However, harvesting cork from a cork tree doesn’t kill the tree, and in fact, it grows back eventually, making cork a renewable resource. Even cooler, it’s done totally by hand, so there’s very little machinery adding to the material’s carbon footprint. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Cork is harvested from cork oak trees in June and July only, and the harvesters use axes and adzes to cut into the tree and peel off the top inch or two of bark. The bark grows back, and the tree can be harvested again in nine years. The trees live for up to 300 years, so its bark can be harvested many times.What Seoyong does with the cork bark is slice it very thin, less than a millimeter, and lays it over injection-molded plastic in several layers, much like a company would do with a traditional wood veneer. Once it’s glued in place, they treat the cork with a water-based finish that preserves the unique look of the wood but protects it from water, scratches and UV damage.Currently, Hyundai is the only manufacturer that we’re aware of that’s offered cork trim on its mass-produced vehicles starting with the Korean-market Azera Grandeur Hybrid. Given how much more affordable the cork veneer process is and how cool it looks, we hope more manufacturers pick up on it — we’re looking at you Volvo. 18 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air Now playing: Watch this: 4 Hyundai Share your voice 5:43 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
Share X Listen 00:00 /31:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of his website.Texas Governor Greg AbbottGovernor Greg Abbott opened the Texas Republican Party convention in Dallas with a call for unity. He argued the state’s conservative values and legislative priorities would be in grave danger if Hillary Clinton won the presidency in November.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Abbott began by focusing on what he sees as some of the important tasks ahead for his administration and the Republican-led state legislature. He named priorities such as ethics reform, school choice, and access of transgendered individuals to bathrooms and other facilities.“The most recent example is the bathroom battle that the Obama administration is waging in North Carolina. Obama, Obama is turning bathrooms into courtroom issues. He is rewriting the Civil Rights Act to force states to bow down to Barack Obama’s political agenda.”Abbott cited his own record, as Texas Attorney General, of filing thirty-one lawsuits against the Obama Administration.“I didn’t file those lawsuits just to have Barack Obama’s liberal agenda extended by Hillary Clinton. Hillary will expand Obamacare. She will continue Obama’s open border and amnesty policies. And Hillary wants to take away your guns.”The governor spent the rest of his speech targeting Clinton’s record on issues ranging from abortion to energy to foreign policy. He saluted the conservative stance of Senator Ted Cruz, who Abbott had endorsed during the race for the party’s presidential nomination.“Now, Ted may have come up short, but that does not end the war. America does not have the luxury to get this election wrong. Republicans must unite to prevent Hillary from continuing the Obama agenda, from destroying our Constitution.”The one name Abbott did not mention in discussing the presidential contest was that of the apparent Republican nominee, Donald Trump. The New York billionaire has plenty of supporters at the convention, if not as many as Cruz. Winning over Cruz’s backers could be tricky, given the bitterness of the nomination fight. Trump’s supporters in Dallas are keeping their message simple. Most of them are wearing a sticker that says, “Vote Trump, Never Hillary.”
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