Five Days Before Sentencing, Pravin Varughese’s Killer Hires New Attorney

first_imgFive days before he was scheduled to be sentenced for the murder of Indian American Pravin Varughese, Gaege Bethune has hired new attorneys with the hope of delaying his sentencing.Bethune, convicted in June for killing the former Southern Illinois University student in 2014, fired his attorney Michael Wepsiec Aug. 6, and told Jackson County (Murphysboro, Illinois) Circuit Court  Judge Mark Clarke that he was not satisfied with the quality of representation. “I, Gaege Bethune do not want Mike Wepsiec as my attorney,” wrote Bethune in an Aug. 6 letter to Clarke. “I do not have any legal representation and am desperately looking.”Read it at India West Related Itemslast_img read more

Tired realty market offers schemes to lure buyers

first_imgAs home sales have dropped in the national capital region (NCR), developers are coming up with schemes that offer relief to customers from paying their equated monthly installments (EMIs) till they get possession of their flats.’EMI sharing’ or ‘No EMI till possession’ is a concept where home-loan borrowers do not have to pay the EMI until they get occupancy of their flat.It saves the buyers from the double trouble of paying both home rent and the EMI on their home loans.More than a dozen developers, including Ansals and Jaypee, are offering such schemes on their various projects in the NCR. Ansals are offering the ‘No EMI’ scheme on its Mulberry Floors luxury flats in sector 67 Gurgaon. Similarly, Jaypee Greens is offering EMI relaxation for two years for their Personal Suites at Sports City. For their Krescent Homes project in Noida, Jaypee is offering the scheme EMI relaxation scheme for 30 months.Customers are asked to pay between 10 per cent and 20 per cent of the home price at the time of booking.The concept is not new. Many developers in Mumbai and Pune are already implementing it. It is only that the concept is getting popular among developers in the NCR only now.Developers say that it is a winwin situation for both buyers and developers.According to Mohit Arora, director, Supertech Ltd, “The customers benefit from a lower size of upfront investment, minimum risk of delay in possession, appreciation in value of the flat booked and no double burden of paying EMI and rent. This scheme provides ample time to the customers to manage their finances.” On the other hand, it helps developers to sell the project without the need to lower the prices of the property and, thus, ensure regular fund flows that can be used for construction purposes.”It helps boost the sales as it attracts those buyers who are not able to afford both rent and EMI on loans. Also, it attracts the investors as they benefit from the difference in the prevailing home loan rates and the future rates,” Honey Katiyal, chief executive officer (CEO), Investors Clinic, said.However, property experts feel that such schemes are the sign of a sagging realty market.Pankaj Kapoor, managing director of Liases Foras, a real estate research agency said that these promotional concepts are the indication that a correction in prices is at hand.”Generally these promotional schemes are among the last things developers do while holding on to current prices. If the scheme fails to generate good response, then they end up offering huge discounts, which leads the property market to correct,” Kapoor said.For brokers the big worry now is that even these schemes are not attracting enough buyers.”Earlier Jaypee was offering 24 months EMI relaxation for the Krescent Homes and when it failed to generate the required response they extended it to 30 months. Still the response is not so good,” an executive from Axiom Properties told MAIL TODAY .Courtesy: Mail Today advertisementlast_img read more

Anfield won’t just be the home of Liverpool FC after this…

first_imgAdvertisementPhoto Credits: Getty Images.After much consideration, the Liverpool City Council’s planning committee approved the application for music concerts to be held at Liverpool’s home stadium.According to a council spokesman, the stadium had been given a temporary two-year licence for six concerts a year.Plans to use the site for events such as American and Gaelic football matches were rejected by the council last month on the grounds they would have a harmful effect on residents and the transport and road network.A meeting was held by the planning committee sometime during August and the club was asked to provide more information on proposals to hold concerts at the ground and to confirm what had been done to contact with residents.It had initially asked for permission to hold 10 events a year but after concerns were raised by residents dropped the number to six.Under the plans, the stadium – which was expanded in 2016 – will hold music concerts or other events such as boxing for crowds of about 50,000 at the end of the football season.The proposals were met with 57 objections from locals.Complaints included that the Sir Paul McCartney concert, held at the stadium in 2008, caused problems including drowning out the television.In a statement, councillor Jane Corbett said: “The local residents usually have respite from the football matches at ‘the end of the season’.“This extended use of the stadium will mean that, in effect, there will no longer be an ‘end to the season’.”She also cited problems with people urinating and littering when attending the stadium.In the past, the ground has bore witness to other events – American evangelist Billy Graham preached to crowds at the stadium for a week in 1984 and in the 1950s, basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters played an exhibition match there.Read Also: Football: Manchester City and Raheem Sterling are renewing their vows Advertisementlast_img read more

Panionios stuns Olympiakos to cut further the distance from the top

first_imgCould rank outsider Panionios dispute Olympiakos’s supremacy in the Super League? On Sunday it proved it can, as it defeated the champion 1-0 in Piraeus to cut the distance from the top to seven points with eight games left to play.The Nea Smyrni club won in Piraeus for the first time in 36 years courtesy of a goal by Giorgos Massouras – just 49 seconds into the game – that the hosts were unable to respond to. Olympiakos dominated the game, hit the woodwork twice, but eventually Panionios has not just opened its gap from the third place to four points, it has also come closer than expected to the top.Olympiakos’s players and especially manager Paulo Bento were booed off the Karaiskakis pitch. This was the second straight league loss for the champion.In fact the next few weeks will be particularly tough for the Reds as they will have to carve out a result at Peristeri when they visit Atromitos for the Greek Cup quarterfinals on Thursday after a goalless first leg in Piraeus, then it is PAOK at Toumba for the league and Besiktas at home for the Europa League, Atromitos at home for the league, Besiktas away and the derby of Eternal Rivals against Panathinaikos away, all within 17 days…Iraklis held PAOK to a 1-1 draw at the Thessaloniki derby that saw Aleksandar Prijovic give PAOK the lead on the 19th minute and youngster Michalis Bastakos earn the Blues a precious point, though they have returned to the relegation zone. Still PAOK is now 11 points off the pace, one less than last weekend.A spectacular swerving shot outside the area by Thodoris Vassilakakis gave Xanthi a 1-0 home win over Panathinaikos on Saturday to complete the Thracians’ double over the Greens this year, after the 2-1 win in Athens that was also decided by a Vassilakakis volley.AEK was superior to Larissa and won 3-0 in Athens on Sunday via goals by Tomas Pekhart, Dmitro Chygrynskiy and Hugo Almeida to stay joint fifth along with Xanthi, two points behind fourth Panathinaikos. Teams to finish from the second to the fifth spot enter the play-offs at the end of the regular season.Levadiakos came from behind to score a vital home win over PAS Giannina (2-1) and climb out of the drop zone.In other games on Saturday Kerkyra shared a goalless draw with Panetolikos and Platanias consolidated its seventh position downing Asteras Tripolis 3-0 at Hania.On Monday Veria meets Atromitos.Source: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LSU’s Devin White Will Now Miss Half The Alabama Game After A Terrible Targeting Call

first_imgLSU's Devin White hit with targeting call.Alabama was already going to be a heavy favorite against LSU next week. Now, it seems the Tigers are going to be without one of their stars for half the contest.LSU junior linebacker Devin White was hit with a targeting penalty in the second half of his team’s game against Mississippi State, meaning he’ll have to sit out the first half of his team’s next game.Unfortunately, it looks like a bad call too. White hits MSU quarterback Nick Fitzgerald with his arms and shoulder far more than his helmet.Here’s the footage – you can judge for yourself:#LSU LB Devin White will miss the 1st half of the #Alabama game for this targeting penalty: ?— ESPN NOLA 100.3 FM (@ESPNRadioNOLA) October 21, 2018College football fans aren’t thrilled, to say the least. Most believe it will give Alabama an advantage when the two schools meet.That’s the worst targeting call that I’ve ever seen. Now Devin White has to miss the first half of the Alabama game.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 21, 2018That should not be targeting on Devin White.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) October 21, 2018LSU, however, is going to emerge with a win on Saturday. The Tigers have given Fitzgerald fits all day – he’s 5-of-18 for 28 yards with three interceptions.last_img read more

Kashmir faces a new challenge: Kids turning into smartphone zombies

first_img Rouf A Roshangar SrinagarJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 08:39 IST Part of the problem lies in the growing consumerism where an expensive smartphone trumps education. (Photo: Rouf A Roshangar)HIGHLIGHTSA Medecins Sans Frontieres survey says almost 45 per cent of the total population living under mental stressGrowing number of below-10 who are becoming hooked to their smartphones, is worrying doctorsWithout sufficient recreational options in the Valley, youth spend time scrolling their smartphonesMomin, a 15-year-old is a Class 9 student is suffering from anxiety. Psychiatrists at the local hospital have advised his parents to keep him away from smartphones and social media.Excessive use of social media and the continuous use of smartphones have made Kashmiri youths susceptible to mental disorders and stress. More and more young people are suffering from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to mental health professionals.Just a few years back Momin was excellent in studies and doing well in sports too. Now he’s not interested in studies and rarely goes out to play. He spends all his time staring at his smartphone, Momin’s worried father says.Kashmir Valley is not immune to mental stress. A survey conducted by Medecins Sans Frontieres in collaboration with local mental health professionals found almost 45 per cent of the total population living under mental stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).What is keeping medical professionals worried in Kashmir is the growing number of young people, and especially those below 10, who are becoming hooked to their smartphones.Due to certain reasons people in Kashmir are living under mental stress and anxiety; smartphones have added to this scourge, especially among teens and children, says Dr Nisar ul Hassan, president, Doctors Association Kashmir.Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that the more time you spend on social media, the more likely you are to be depressed. Participants who checked social media more frequently were 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than those who checked less frequently,” Dr Hassan says.advertisementGiving an example, Dr Hassan says that when a youth uploads a photo of his on social media and receives negative comments, he becomes depressed. This is just the beginning of a downward spiral towards serious mental health issues.Without sufficient recreational options in the Valley, for the young smartphones become the only outlet spending hours scrolling it. Children are becoming rebellious, not getting enough sleep staring at their phones even when in bed.Social media is influencing the academic performance of students negatively as it distracts students from their studies. I caught many students in my class who bring smartphones along with them, hardly concentrating on studies, playing online games, chatting with friends even during important lectures, says Samina, a teacher, who has been teaching senior school for nearly a decade.Weather and political conditions both contribute to this malaise. Kashmir has no recreational or entertainment avenues. Shutdowns and curfews during the summer months force the young inside. Winter months are no better with the harsh weather keeping the youth are cooped up inside their homes.Social activist blames parents for their wards choosing online games to outdoor games. Unfortunately parents do yet not understand the importance of outdoor sports for kids. Instead of getting their kids to play outdoor sports like football, cricket or even indoor games, parents are facilitating the use of gadgets, he says.Srinagar-based psychiatrist Dr Arif Maghribi Khan says part of the problem lies in the growing consumerism where an expensive smartphone trumps education.Instead of investing trust in their personalities and qualifications, they feel that gadgets will fetch them respect; and if they are taken away from these gadgets especially by parents, an emotional vacuum overwhelms them, Dr Khan says.Aggression and behavioural issues, memory problems, disturbed sleep cycle…at the root of all these are the excessive use of smartphones and social media. And mental health professionals are warning of a ticking bomb.ALSO READ | Children caught in conflict: Kashmir’s untold storyALSO WATCH | Kashmir’s children worst affected from unrest, education suffersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPallavi Kumar Tags :Follow kashmir Kashmir faces a new challenge: Kids turning into smartphone zombiesExcessive use of social media and continuous use of smartphones have made Kashmiri youths susceptible to mental disordersadvertisementlast_img read more

Deer Hunting Season Opens Friday

first_imgDeer hunters across the province can resume their annual tradition Friday, Oct. 26, as deer hunting season opens. The 2012 general deer hunting season in Nova Scotia ends Dec. 1. Deer hunting has been open to bow hunters since Sept. 29, and will close Dec. 8. “Deer hunting is a popular activity that many Nova Scotians look forward to every year,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “It’s a great way to explore and enjoy nature while managing wildlife in the province.” Hunters with a valid licence and deer stamp may harvest one deer of either gender in zones 107, 105, and 102. A limited number of antlerless deer may be taken in the remaining mainland zones. Licence holders should review zone locations carefully and are encouraged to use the department’s online deer zone map for more information on boundary lines at . Beginning this year, all deer licences holders, whether they harvest a deer or not, must submit a report, which includes hunting effort and an estimate of deer population in their area. These reports will provide valuable information for deer management in the province. When registering a deer online, hunters are automatically directed to the report page. Those registering deer at registration stations can use the online report or the card provided in the Hunting and Furharvesting Summary of Regulations booklet. Hunters are reminded to wear orange-coloured clothing in the woods. Hunting is not permitted on Sundays. For more about hunting regulations and safety in Nova Scotia, visit . Hunters are again able to make a meaningful difference to Nova Scotia families by participating in the seventh annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Through the program, co-ordinated by Feed Nova Scotia, hunters may bring deer to a participating meat cutter to donate all, or a portion of, the meat to Feed Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Funding Expands Englishlanguage Training for South Shore Newcomers

first_imgEnglish as an Additional Language training for newcomers on the South Shore is expanding with funding announced as part of Budget 2016-2017. “A welcoming Nova Scotia is a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “Language training will help our newcomers on their path to success.” New Voice Language Academy, of Lunenburg, will receive $62,000 in immigrant settlement service funding. The investment will help New Voice expand its classes to complement the programming offered through the Teaching Immigrants English program. “This funding has brought our community together in remarkable ways and has contributed to an amazing network of support for our newcomers, forming a safe and welcoming space for them to interact with other members of their new community,” said Nicola Sattler, academic director of New Voice Language Academy. “The way we have responded to the needs of refugees shows our strength and commitment to our communities,” said Ms. Diab.last_img read more

Two real estate firm directors booked

first_imgNew Delhi: Two directors of a real estate firm were booked by Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police. The complainant in the case claimed himself as an IT professional. According to police, the complainant had named more than 10 persons including bank officials and others in his complainant for committing forgery of valuable documents, cheating, criminal breach of trust, falsification of accounts and embezzlement of funds collected from him and other persons and causing illegal loss of more than Rs 2.30 crore. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkFurther the complainant said that the suspects had modus operandi in which they take a loan on the name of some persons and pay EMI for a few months and then stop. They take the loan and put the liability upon borrower and once the apartment becomes the distressed asset of banks then they buy it from the bank at a low rate and again sell it at market rate. “In early 2017 I had to shift to Delhi due to a change in my job. For myself and my family members, I required residential accommodation on rent in NCR. that is when I came in contact with the suspects,” complaint said. Four suspects called him for meeting in New Delhi where they induced complainant to invest in a project in Bhopal. “He did not have enough money and not intended to invest in any project after taking any type of loan from anywhere,” police further added. First, the complainant denied but later after several attempts victim was lured to invest in the project.last_img read more

Singh to run in Burnaby South byelection despite friendlier Brampton opening

first_imgOTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he still intends to run in a federal byelection in British Columbia, even though a friendlier riding in his hometown of Brampton, Ont. has suddenly opened up.Singh says he’s chosen to make Burnaby South his federal political home.“I’ve made it clear, my decision to run in Burnaby South, and I continue to remain clear on that decision,” he said.On Thursday, Liberal Raj Grewal announced he is resigning immediately as the MP for Brampton East for unspecified personal and medical reasons.Singh would likely coast to victory in Brampton East, the riding he represented for six years in the Ontario legislature, now held provincially by his brother Gurratan. Burnaby South, which the NDP won by just over 500 votes in 2015, will be a tougher slog for him.When he was first elected federal NDP leader last fall, Singh intended to wait until next October’s general election to gain a seat in the House of Commons and he said Brampton East was where he wanted to run.However, under intense pressure to get into the Commons sooner after a shaky start as leader, Singh announced in August that he would run in an eventual byelection in Burnaby South. That seat was vacated in mid-September by former NDP MP Kennedy Stewart, who ran successfully to become Vancouver’s mayor.Early in the new year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to set an early February date for byelections in Burnaby South and at least two other vacant ridings. He could also add the now-vacant Brampton East to the roster. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New report provides insight into the status of women in the arts

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has released The status of women in the Canadian arts and cultural industries: Research review 2010-2018, a report commissioned by OAC from a research team led by Dr. Amanda Coles, a Canadian on faculty at Australia’s Deakin University.This report provides an important synthesis of existing research on the status of women in the arts in Ontario and Canada. The majority of existing research focuses on specific sectors, such as media arts/screen, or theatre, etc., rather than addressing the arts and cultural industries as a whole.The report covers six sectors: visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, music, and media arts/screen.Key Findings from the ReportEarnings and incomeResearch shows a pervasive gender-based income gap across all six sectors under review. Overall, women’s average incomes are lower than their male peers – a defining feature of work in the Canadian arts and cultural industries.Education and trainingGender inequality in the arts and cultural industries cannot be explained by the education or skill of professional female artists and cultural workers. A cross-sectoral analysis of available data on education and training clearly shows that across all six sectors, women are as highly educated as men.LeadershipWomen are well represented in administrative leadership roles in visual arts, publishing, and theatre, and in the top tier of Canadian orchestras. Executive and organizational leadership roles in the music industry are male-dominated. There is a notable shortage of data on organizational leadership in broadcasting, film and television production, the interactive digital media sector, and dance. Advertisement Women are severely under-represented in key artistic leadership roles in media arts/screen, theatre and music. In contrast, key artistic leadership roles in visual arts and publishing, such as curators and editors, are female dominated.Career and industry recognitionAcross all sectors, women’s artistic and creative works receive significantly less public visibility (for example, productions or exhibitions) and recognition (awards) than those of men. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Six Nations youth battle band council

first_imgAPTN National NewsA sit-in by young people in Six Nations will continue for now.Over the past three months, several youth have occupied space outside of an old police station.They want a safe place for them to go when they face a crisis.The band council, however, wants them removed.APTN National News reporter Candace Maracle has this story.last_img

Comcast talking to Fox about a deal source says

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is in discussions with 21st Century Fox about buying its movie studio, some cable channels and its international arms, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. This person wouldn’t discuss the matter publicly.The conversations are at a very early stage, and there’s no guarantee that a deal would be finalized, this person said Thursday.Comcast is interested in the same Fox assets that, according to reports last week, Disney had previously looked at, this person said. Those would include European broadcaster Sky and Star India, the National Geographic and FX cable channels and the company’s film studio. Fox owns 39 per cent of Sky and wants to buy the rest of it, but it has run into problems with U.K. regulators, in part over concerns about the sexual harassment scandals at Fox News.The Wall Street Journal and CNBC earlier reported on Comcast’s interest in Fox.If such a deal took place, it would leave Fox with its Fox News channel, sports channels, the Fox broadcast network and several TV stations.Selling the entertainment business would be a good deal for Fox, said MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson. “Maybe, just maybe, the company is acknowledging that the outlook for film has changed from an ok business to a bad business for everyone not owning a massive stable of global franchises,” he wrote in a note last week.The company may have realized it has a “better edge” in sports and news, he said, and that the investment needed to build out a streaming service, like Disney is doing , may be too much for Fox.Other companies may also want the Fox assets. A person close to the matter, who wouldn’t speak publicly, said Verizon is not in active discussions with Fox, but that Verizon might be interested in some parts of Fox’s business.U.S. cable and telecom companies have been buying up media assets and launching advertising businesses in the past several years. Comcast, the country’s largest cable company, finished buying NBCUniversal’s cable channels and movie studio in 2013 and added Dreamworks Animation in 2016.Last year, AT&T agreed to buy Time Warner, the owner of the Warner Bros. movie studio and networks including CNN and HBO, for $85 billion. Regulators have taken a tougher-than-expected stance on that deal and have yet to clear it.Reports that the Murdoch family could sell parts of its empire came as a surprise last week. The company has previously focused on building its business, and even offered to buy Time Warner in 2014. Fox was rebuffed.last_img read more

Three Lankans arrested in France

The child, who suffered burns and internal bruising, is out of danger and recovering in hospital. (Colombo Gazette) The woman had been in an affair with the man since 2010. She had attempted to commit suicide but did not want to leave the child alive as she felt there would not be anyone to take care of the child. Her lover and her husband, also from Sri Lanka, have also been arrested, the AFP French news agency said.“She was under pressure from the husband and lover. In addition the husband is believed to have assaulted his wife,” the news agency quoted officials as saying. The woman was admitted to St. Louis Hospital in Paris after her attempt to commit suicide failed. A young Sri Lankan woman, her husband and her lover have been arrested in France after the woman attempted to kill her son and commit suicide, the French media reported today.The 28 year old woman had attempted to kill her child born from an illicit affair with a Sri Lankan man. read more

Asia Development Bank president to step down

TOKYO — The president of the Asia Development Bank, Takehiko Nakao, intends to step down early next year.The regional lender announced Nakao’s plan to resign on Tuesday. Japanese officials have usually headed the ADB, and Finance Minister Taro Aso said in a statement that Tokyo would soon nominate a “high-calibre candidate” as Nakao’s successor.Aso’s statement did not mention Japan’s choice by name. However, in a news conference he told reporters the government planned to recommend Masatsugu Asakawa, a former vice finance minister, as Tokyo’s choice.Asakawa was Japan’s top currency official for four years before becoming a special adviser to the government in July.Reports said there was concern in Japan that China might challenge its hold over the Manila, Philippines-based bank.The Associated Press read more

Road injuries depression top adolescent health challenges UN agency

“We hope this report will focus high-level attention on the health needs of 10 to 19-year-olds and serve as a springboard for accelerated action on adolescent health,” said Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General for Family, Women and Children’s Health at the UN World Health Organization (WHO).An estimated 1.3 million adolescents died in 2012, largely from preventable causes, according to the UN agency’s Health for the world’s adolescents online report released today. Of those young people, the highest number were killed by road traffic injuries which is also one of the top causes of illness and disability for the age group, behind depression.Boys are disproportionately affected, with more than three times the rate of deaths than that of girls, according to the findings.The report brings together all WHO guidance concerning adolescents across the full spectrum of health issues.It offers a state-of-the-art overview of four core areas for health sector action: providing health services; collecting and using the data needed to plan and monitor health sector interventions; developing and implementing health-promoting and health-protecting policies; and mobilizing and supporting other sectors.The website will be the springboard for consultation with a wide range of stakeholders leading to a concerted action plan for adolescents.The authors noted that increasing access to reliable and safe public transport could reduce road traffic injuries among adolescents, as could establishing safe pedestrian areas around schools, and creating programmes gradually giving new drivers increased freedom behind the wheel.Depression was found to the be the greatest cause of illness and disability in this age group, with suicide raking third as the cause of death among young people.Among other alarming trends, the authors suggest that estimates of adolescents dying from HIV and HIV-related illnesses are on the rise, particularly in the African region.Increased vaccination has brought infections from other diseases, such as measles, down 90 percent in the African region between 2000 and 2012, but common infections persist.For example, diarrhoea and lower respiratory tract infections combined with meningitis account for 18 per cent of all deaths in the 10 to 14 year old group, little changed from 19 per cent in 2000.Maternal mortality still ranks as second among causes of deaths in girls between the ages of 15 and 19, exceeded only by suicide. However, deaths due to complications from pregnancies and childbirth among adolescents have fallen, particularly in South-East Asia, Eastern Mediterranean and African regions. read more

August CV registrations continue the investment drive

CV registrations up 18.5 per cent in August to 19,267Registrations over the year-to-date up 13.6 per cent to 227,999Light CVs still drive growth, up 21.9 per cent in August 14.8 per cent YTDTruck volumes up 5.9 per cent and 8.4 per cent for the month and YTDBus and coach volumes 36.2 per cent up in August, 6.2 per cent at YTDAugust five per cent of the year under the bi-annual registration system‘Six straight months growth confirmed the surge in business investment in new commercial vehicles’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘August is now a low point in the registration calendar, but last month still showed the impact of this year’s sustained demand for new CVs. Nearly all sectors, light and heavy alike, shared in the strong business demand. The firm growth trend in new CVs is very encouraging during a time of otherwise lacklustre investment. As business confidence is now recovering, demand should hold firm, possibly pushing the annual total to 350,000, a level not seen since the end of the 1980s.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Were Not Overreacting After Week 1 In The NFL

Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season is in the books, and you know what they say: The more things change, the more yada yada yada, you get it. The New England Patriots won. The Cleveland Browns lost. And Patrick Mahomes is really good. This week on Hot Takedown, we temper the wild overreactions after the games in Week 1 and take a look at what, if anything, can really be seen as trends for the rest of the season.Since the Antonio Brown story won’t go away, we also discuss what his move to the Patriots could mean for him and for the league in this new era of “player empowerment.” And on a similar note, we try to parse out what in the world is really going on with the Miami Dolphins franchise.Our Rabbit Hole this week comes from our sports intern, Ari Levin, who took a look at former Florida Marlins player Wes Helms and his unfortunate propensity to strike out when the game was on the line.What we’re looking at this week:Our 2019 NFL predictions, now with quarterback-adjusted Elo forecasts.A look back at just how terrible the Cleveland Browns have been.A preview of the WNBA playoffs starting this week. Embed Code FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Sony adds Ultimate Editions to PSN

first_imgI’ve stopped buying console games on release day for the majority of new titles. The main reason is not to save some cash, it’s because I know a few months after release the game will most likely be re-released with all the DLC on the disc. Ultimately you get the same game with a lot more content for the same price, or possibly slightly cheaper than the original release.Sony has today introduced a new set of “Ultimate Editions” to the PlayStation Store that make the decision to wait to buy even easier. Each Ultimate Edition takes a popular PS3 game and bundles it with all the DLC ever released. And until June 4 Sony is knocking 30% off the price of these games, or 50% off if you are a PlayStation Plus member.The games initially available in Ultimate Edition form include (prices quoted are the 30% discount and for PS Plus members respectively):BioShock 2 ($27.99/$19.59)Call of Duty: Black Ops ($66.49/$46.54)InFamous 2 ($33.99/$23.79)L.A. Noire ($27.99/$19.59)Mafia II ($20.99/$14.69)Just Cause 2 ($20.99/$14.69)Mortal Kombat ($50.49/$35.34)Red Dead Redemption ($27.99/$19.59)MotorStorm Apocalypse ($34.99/$24.49)Anyone considering purchasing one or more of these Ultimate Editions will have to ensure they have a lot of free hard drive space available on their PS3. Some of those titles will include some large downloads, so get ready for a long wait too depending on your connection speed.As PS Plus members get an extra 20% discount it might be worth signing up for 3 months if you don’t currently subscribe. That will cost you $17.99, but two or three Ultimate Edition purchases will more than recoup that with the extra discount on offer.Read more at PlayStation.Bloglast_img read more