Tokyo: Japanese car giant Toyota and investment fund SoftBank Vision Fund on Friday unveiled an investment of $1 billion in US company Uber to drive forward the development of driverless ridesharing services. The latest cash injection, expected to close in the third quarter this year, came amid fevered anticipation of Uber’s public share offering which is expected to be the largest in the tech sector for years. Toyota has already invested $500 million in Uber as the firm races Google-owned Waymo and a host of other companies, including major automakers, to develop self-driving vehicles. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe latest investment, which also involves Japanese parts maker DENSO, will go to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group in a bid to “accelerate the development and commercialisation of automated ridesharing,” the firms said in a statement. Toyota and DENSO are stumping up $667 million and SoftBank Vision Fund, the investment arm of Japanese tycoon Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank, will pour $333 million into the venture. It is already the top shareholder in Uber, holding 16 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe Japanese car firm said it would also contribute “an additional $300 million over the next three years to help cover the costs related to these activities.” Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said driverless cars would “transform transportation as we know it, making our streets safer and our cities more liveable.” His firm is aiming to go beyond car rides to becoming the “Amazon of transportation” in a future where people share, instead of own, vehicles. If all goes to plan, commuters could ride an e-scooter to a transit station, take a train, then grab an e-bike, share a ride or take an e-scooter at the arriving station to complete a journey — all using an Uber app on a smartphone. Uber is also seeing growing success with an “Eats” service that lets drivers make money delivering meals ordered from restaurants. Last week, Uber filed official documents for its much-anticipated public share offering. The filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission said it operates on six continents with some 14 million trips per day and has totalled more than 10 billion rides since it was founded in 2010. The filing contained a “placeholder” amount of $1 billion to be raised but that figure is expected to increase ahead of the initial public offering (IPO) expected in May. The Wall Street Journal said earlier this month that Uber was seeking to raise $10 billion in what would be the largest stock offering of the year. Media reports said the ride-hailing giant was likely to seek a market value of close to $100 billion. Uber is the largest of the “unicorns” or venture-backed firms worth at least $1 billion to list on Wall Street, and is one of the key companies in the “sharing economy” based on offering services to replace ownership of cars, homes and other commodities. Its revenue grew 42 per cent last year to $11.2 billion but it continued to lose money from its operations. A net profit was reported for the year from a large asset sale, but operational losses were more than $3 billion. And some analysts have voiced caution over the forthcoming IPO given a relative lacklustre debut for Lyft, the main US rival. Khosrowshahi has promised greater transparency as he seeks to restore confidence in the global ridesharing leader hit by a wave of misconduct scandals. In October, Toyota and SoftBank announced the creation of a joint venture to create “new mobility service” including driverless vehicles for services such as meal deliveries. The new company — called “Monet”, short for “mobility network” — is majority owned by SoftBank. SoftBank started as a software firm but has increasingly been pushing into investments under tycoon Son, one of Japan’s richest men.
New Delhi: Even a drop of pollution in Ganga is a matter of concern and the attitude of all authorities should be stringent to protect the river, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said while seeking concrete action plan on the issue.A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel pulled up the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) over its action plan for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal and said it does not show concrete plans with prompt timelines and effort in prohibiting pollution. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”The NMCG has not filed the precise information about the status of projects planned and executed between Kanpur to Ganga Sagar. Thus, the affidavit of the NMCG is of no assistance. The counsel appearing for the NMCG is not ready and is merely dependent on Praveen Kumar, Director (Technical), NMCG who is also not competent to assist this tribunal. “During the interaction, we find his approach to be to help the polluters instead of remedying the pollution which is the mandate of law and the orders of this tribunal,” the bench, also comprising Justices S P Wangdi and K Ramakrishnan, said. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiIt asked the NMCG to take remedial action so that assistance of a suitable person is provided to this tribunal with precise information failing which the tribunal may consider coercive measures against it. The tribunal also asked the concerned states to take the matter seriously and assist the bench with precise information either through senior officers or through counsel. “No counsel is present on behalf of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It is the responsibility of all the five states to ensure that water quality at every point meets the standards and if there is a violation, the violators are proceeded against in accordance with the law by way of prosecution, closure of polluting activities and payment of compensation for damage to the environment. “We direct Uttarakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal to place the status of water quality in the respective states on their websites and update the same on a monthly basis indicating fitness of water at various places for drinking or bathing purposes. The CPCB may indicate water quality of the Ganga river at boundaries of the said states on its website,” the tribunal said. It said as already directed, flood plains may be duly demarcated; encroachments prohibited and removed, biodiversity parks set up and afforestation undertaken. No amount of wealth generation or commercial or industrial activities can get priority over cleanliness of the Ganga river, it said. “Any individual or establishment violating the environmental norms with respect to the Ganga river must be strictly dealt with under the law and special cells must be created in the concerned states to monitor such action on a daily basis. “Such action can be a model to deal with pollution of all other rivers in the country. It is a matter of regret that as per report of the CPCB, 351 river stretches are polluted in the country,” it said. The tribunal noted that it had directed chief secretaries of all the states and Union Territories to monitor this aspect along with other important issues. “Till date, chief secretaries or administrators of 32 states and UTs out of 36 states and UTs have appeared in person. This tribunal has directed highest level monitoring to deal with the situation at the state-level as well as national-level. The Ganga river needs attention at the highest level. “We hope that this seriousness will be realised by the concerned states, NMCG and the Ministry of Water Resources and steps will be taken in the right earnestness in compliance of order of this tribunal,” it said. The bench said every time the progress has been found to be unsatisfactory, it will now have no option but to take more stringent measures unless satisfactory remedial action is taken. The matter is listed for next hearing on May 29. The tribunal had earlier said the water of the Ganga river, between Haridwar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, was unfit for drinking and bathing, and expressed anguish over the situation. The green panel had said people drank and bathed in the river with reverence, without knowing that it may adversely affect their health.
GENEVA- Opponents of the coup that toppled Egypt’s elected president Mohamed Morsi in July warned Wednesday the country was headed towards civil war and urged the international community to pay attention.“The present regime since the coup is pushing Egypt towards civil war,” journalist and former chief editor of the Al-Shorouk newspaper, Wael Kandil, told reporters in Geneva.He warned the security forces’ crackdown on supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has resulted in more than 1,000 people being killed and more than 2,000 arrested nationwide, was ripping the country apart. Kandil was in Geneva to help launch a new loose coalition of coup opponents from diverse political backgrounds, based inside the country and abroad.Calling themselves the “Anti-coup Egyptian delegation of public diplomacy,” the group said it was visiting UN agencies and diplomatic missions to press its case that the military had hijacked the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak.Hatem Azzam, vice president of the moderate Islamist Al-Wasat Party and a member of the now disbanded 2012 parliament, compared Morsi’s overthrow with the 1973 coup in Chile, when socialist President Salvador Allende was ousted by a military junta.Eslam Lotfy, a lawyer at Egypt’s High Court of Appeals and member of the leftist Third Square Movement, said while had been against Morsi, he was “also against the coup”.
When Doug Hochberg, a junior in political science, began producing a video as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the armed forces, he had no idea the sort of support and recognition his work would receive in the weeks leading up to the Buckeye’s game against Navy to kick off the football season. The idea came from a coworker of Hochberg, whose father had always taught him to root for the armed services teams. The two decided to create a tribute to the Navy football team as they entered the field at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 5. “They deserve some sort of tribute to the service that they provide for our country, to keep us safe. At least for that minute when they run out of the tunnel,” Hochberg said. What came of their efforts is a video entitled “Ohio State’s Take the Field Tribute for Navy – 9.5.09” that has taken off on Facebook and other social media sites. Once finished, the video was debuted on Youtube.com on Aug. 19. Within a couple of days the video had reached a couple thousand views, and now two weeks later the video has been played over 215,000 times. But fans weren’t the only people paying attention to the video. Hochberg was quickly contacted by the Department of Athletics who asked for his permission to play parts of the video on the screen on Saturday. “Ohio State has kind of gotten a black eye in the past couple of years, and we really know that Ohio State fans are good people, good patriotic people that can stand together for this one cause,” Hochberg said. Hochberg urges Ohio State fans to stand and cheer the Navy team just as they would the Buckeyes. He said that he is surprised at the amount of recognition the video has gained but that he is proud to be a part of a movement towards supporting the armed services. As the video profoundly states, there are more important things than football, and one of those is the daily sacrifice that men and women in the armed services voluntarily make on behalf of our country. The last time a service academy played in Ohio Stadium was in 1931.
The team’s roles have been reversed, but the matchup remains just as big. The Ohio State men’s basketball team is set to take on Michigan at the Schottenstein Center Sunday, and for the first time in a while, the Buckeyes will be playing the part of the underdog. OSU (12-3, 2-1 Big Ten), ranked No. 15 in the country by the Associated Press, has struggled at times this season, losing all three of the games it has played against ranked opponents. Michigan (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten), ranked No. 2 by the AP, is one of two remaining unbeaten teams in college basketball (Duke the other). The Buckeyes have won seven of the last eight games in the heated series, but the Wolverines seem poised to take hold of the rivalry this season. Led by sophomore point guard and Columbus native Trey Burke, the Wolverines are one of the deepest teams in the Big Ten with four players averaging more than 12 points per game. Michigan, the favorite to win the conference and a likely candidate for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, has won its three Big Ten games by an average of 23 points. “They’re a great basketball team. It’d be great if you could focus on one or two guys, but they have four or five guys that can beat you,” junior point guard Aaron Craft said. Burke, who will have about 20-25 friends and family members in attendance Sunday, said his team is looking forward to letting the nation know they are deserving of the attention they are getting. Michigan only has one win against a top-25 opponent: a 79-72 defeat of then-No. 19 ranked North Carolina State in Ann Arbor, Mich. “We want to prove to everyone we’re deserving of this ranking,” Burke said in a teleconference with reporters Friday. OSU, coming off a win at Purdue Tuesday, is still in search of its first marquee victory. The Buckeyes dropped games at No. 1 Duke and at home against No. 6 Kansas in non-conference play before getting blown out at No. 12 Illinois Jan. 5. A win over a top-5 team would do wonders for the Buckeyes’ mental state, junior forward Deshaun Thomas said. “It’d be something special for us. We’ve had our ups and downs this year. It’d give us confidence,” Thomas said. Stopping Burke, a potential All-American averaging 18.2 points, 7.3 assists and three rebounds a game, will be key for OSU. “He’s a great player and took this spring and summer and improved his game,” Craft said. “I think he’s trusting his teammates a little more as well, and that’s made him a better overall player. His assist to turnover rate is pretty staggering as well.” Along with stopping Michigan’s floor leader, whether or not Thomas gets some help of the offensive end will be big in deciding the outcome Sunday. Against the Illini, Thomas scored 24 of OSU’s 55 points. Craft was the only other Buckeye in double figures with 11. OSU and Michigan are scheduled to tipoff at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Camping out Sunday’s game has already been declared a sellout by the OSU Athletic Department, and the anticipation for the contest was clear outside the Schottenstein Center Friday afternoon. Shortly before 4:30 p.m., there were five tents set up outside the student entrance to the arena, roughly 45 hours before tipoff. “I saw them,” Craft said. “Those guys stick by us no matter what we’re going through.”
Shelby Lum / Photo editorRedshirt-freshman forward Morgan Wolcott (33) plays the ball forward during a game against Pittsburgh Aug. 28, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 2-0.After winning its first three games at home to open to the season, the Ohio State women’s soccer team hits the road with matches in Massachusetts against Boston College and Northeastern. The No. 21 Buckeyes are currently riding a school-record 15 match unbeaten streak after playing to a scoreless tie with Arizona Sept. 1.While the Buckeyes are looking to extend their streak, freshman midfielder Alexis Degler said losing a game is not a part of team’s mindset.“We don’t really think about losing. It’s just one step forward in the right direction for us and we are excited to continue it,” Degler said.The Buckeyes were able to keep the unbeaten streak going against Arizona thanks to goalkeepers senior Rachel Middleman and sophomore Jillian McVicker, who kept the Wildcats from scoring as they split time in goal. Coach Lori Walker said McVicker has grown so far this season.“She’s done a nice job, her feet are very good as well, so she’s giving us good distance and range on her kicks,” Walker said.The strong start helped OSU move up three spots in the latest NCAA poll, but Walker still has things for her team to improve on.“You know you’re always just trying to get a little bit better and what we’ve got to be able to do is settle a game down to play against a team that’s not playing in the same way that we like to play,” Walker said.OSU’s first opponent on the road trip is Boston College. The Eagles are currently 2-2-0 on the season after dropping their last match at Connecticut 1-0. Junior forward Stephanie McCaffrey is leading Boston College offensively this season with two goals and five assists through four games. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.McVicker’s shutout last Sunday was her third appearance in goal so far this year without allowing a goal, and it was Middleman’s first. McVicker said splitting time with Middleman has been beneficial to the team.“Playing with (Middleman) is great. In training, we push each other all the time and we complement each other very well and push each other to our limits and strive to make each other better for the betterment of the team,” McVicker said.The Buckeyes defense has only given up three goals through the first four matches and have not allowed a goal in their last 269 minutes on the field.“It’s something that we pride ourselves on, and if we aren’t playing our best soccer we have to hustle,” senior midfielder Kristin Niederhaus said. “I think at the end of the day (defense) is what wins games for us.”After playing Boston College Thursday, the Buckeyes take on Northeastern Sunday, who is 0-3-1 in 2013. These two teams met last year on Aug. 24 when Ohio State defeated the Huskies 3-0 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Demetrius Knox (78) awaits a play call during the Buckeyes’ 56-14 win against Nebraska on Oct. 14 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State released its Week 9 depth chart Tuesday for its upcoming matchup against Penn State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. Only two notable changes came from the updated depth chart.Redshirt junior Demetrius Knox was listed as the starting right guard this week after being listed as co-starter with redshirt sophomore Matt Burrell last week. Knox started in place of injured redshirt junior Branden Bowen against Nebraska. The kickoff specialist for the week has been listed as redshirt junior Sean Nuernberger. Nuernberger was listed as the starter last week against Nebraska, but freshman Blake Haubeil was the kickoff specialist at the beginning of the game and held the role throughout the matchup.Defensive end Jalyn Holmes, left tackle Jamarco Jones, running back Mike Weber and H-back Parris Campbell were all listed as starters at their respective positions. Holmes, Campbell and Weber are listed as co-starters at defensive end, H-back and running back, respectively, while Jones is the lone starter at left tackle. All four dealt with injuries during the Nebraska game, but head coach Urban Meyer said at his Monday press conference he expects them to be ready to play.The depth chart can be found here.
The Portuguese manager has come under a lot of pressure after Manchester United’s worst league start in 29 yearsManchester United is in the 8th position in the English Premier League with only 13 points after eight matches.This is the worst start for the Red Devils in the Premiership in the last 29 years.And these results have put a lot of pressure on United’s manager Jose Mourinho, and he should not stay according to former Premier League striker Chris Sutton.“It’s been a disastrous season for United,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 live’s Monday Night Club.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“What is Mourinho doing to help the situation? All he does is play the victim. All the nonsense after the game – the Brexit, he gets blamed for everything – I don’t get it.”“Every press conference he goes in and is negative, negative, negative – obstinate, awkward. He should have drawn a line under things,” he added.“There has to come a time where there is a line drawn in the sand and he has to stand up and say ‘enough is enough.’”“All this ‘I’m being persecuted’ all the time – he’s not doing himself any favors,” he continued.“Mourinho isn’t the right man to take United forward and 15 minutes shouldn’t paper over the cracks and the way he has behaved this season.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, December 2, 2016 – With a foreword by Sir Sidney Poitier and praise from leading Bahamians, Sir Orville Turnquest’s new book What Manner of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, unsparingly examines the character of the man who abdicated the throne of England and was appointed Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945, a post that he considered banishment rather than the honour it was.Author Sir Orville Turnquest served as the fifth Governor General of an independent Bahamas from 1995-2001, uniquely qualifying him to address this historical subject. He began writing the history of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s years in The Bahamas when he left the governor’s mansion, Mount Fitzwilliam. Fifteen years later, the book What Matter of Man is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit book stores December 5. The book sheds new light on the reign of the Royal Governor and on the lives of Bahamians during the tumultuous backdrop of World War II.Fifteen years after former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest pledged to dedicate his literacy prowess and fascination with history to writing the story of the Duke of Windsor’s reign in The Bahamas, his much-anticipated work, What Manner of Man is This, The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas, will hit local bookstores on December 5. The book, now available in hardcover and paperback, will also be sold through online retailers shortly after publication in paperback and e-Book editions.An official launch will be held at Government House with a small group of family, friends from The Bahamas Historical Society, Historic Bahamas Foundation and media. Sir Orville, who served as Governor General from 1995-2001, will present the first copy of the book to the current Governor General Lady Marguerite Pindling with a brief ceremony celebrating the book’s worldwide publication.Although many books have been written about the royal couple, Sir Orville’s incisive book is the only one that focus exclusively on the Duke’s administration while Royal Governor of The Bahamas from 1940-1945 after he abdicated the throne as King of England in order to marry the twice-divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson.While the world reveled in what was portrayed as both one of the greatest love stories of all time and the scandal of the century, the reality for The Bahamas was that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor viewed his assignment as Royal Governor as severe punishment, banishment to a far-flung island country without any of the trappings of a royal life. Though they gave of themselves personally in times of crisis, they never truly warmed to the people of the island nation, nor did they reciprocate the warmth with which Bahamians showered them.As World War II raged, disrupting lives globally including in The Bahamas, the Duke of Windsor was both symbolic of the superiority of royalty and symptomatic of the times. Turmoil surrounded his tenure in this island nation – the Burma Road Riots, the Bay Street Fire, The Project, The Contract and the still-unsolved murder of Sir Harry Oakes, the richest man in the world at the time.The Duke’s friendship with a German industrialist who had taken refuge in The Bahamas during the war further aroused suspicion and, moreover, he never denied his affiliation and friendship with those who British allies would have considered their most bitter enemies. He also never entertained a black Bahamian at Mount Fitzwilliam (Government House), though black Bahamians were so excited to see the ‘romantic couple’ that they insisted on a ceremony at Clifford Park to welcome them to The Bahamas when only a private ceremony had been planned.Diane Gedymin, publisher of Grant’s Town Press, states that, “This incisive book reveals the Duke and Duchess as racially biased, unwilling to disturb the status quo, and who fell far short of making a positive impact during his tenure.” In the foreword, Sir Sidney Poitier calls the book “an unvarnished fresh look” at a crucial period in Bahamian history. He points out that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s time in The Bahamas was not unlike apartheid, and notes that although the term was never used, the foundation was there – economic and political rule by a white oligarchy.Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham called the work “insightful, informative.” Turnquest, he said, “has produced an easy, readable history of the period, well-informed by his own personal experience as a young black, who overcame the absence of the opportunities gifted to the Duke of Windsor to become the Duke’s successor in the office of governor general of an independent Bahamas.” Other praise came from Tribune publisher Eileen Carron, two former Governors General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Dame Ivy Dumont and from Lyford Cay resident Harry Oakes.The book will be available at all major book stores in New Providence, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island and Abaco as well as the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and The Linen Shop on Bay Street, Nassau. The hardcover edition will be available at $35 and paperback for $25.20 and the eBook on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, iBooks and other eBook retailers worldwide. Publisher is Grant’s Town Press (www.grantstownpress.com). Related Items:
The DEC’s report will be up for public comment and then will go through state and federal reviews. After that, steps could be established that would require the state to develop a recovery plan for the river. The measure was high enough to exceed the baseline measure, but not enough to exceed the amount judged as damaging to fish and aquatic wildlife. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released for public comment the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. The public has until 5 p.m., January 29, 2018, to comment on DEC’s findings in the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Report. According to the DEC, about 7 miles of the river exceeds the water quality standards for turbidity. Turbidity is a measurement of water clarity, and increased turbidity is caused by sediment particles and other organic matter becoming suspended in the water column. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-DEC-public-comment-report-for-Kenai-River.mp3VmJennifer-on-DEC-public-comment-report-for-Kenai-River.mp300:00RPd The report released by the DEC states that excessive motor boat traffic in July made a section of the lower Kenai River too muddy.