Gregg, Gore spar ahead of big showdown

first_img“What would you say if I beat you at Dover?” Kyle Gregg jokingly shouted across the showroom to Doug Gore. With a broad grin, Gore told the scores of diehard motor-sports fans that he would respond to Gregg’s question when they clash at the Dover Raceway, St Ann, on Monday. Both drivers were among a large turnout at the launch of the Carnival of Speed race meet, which is scheduled to take place on Easter Monday. The launch was held in the main showroom of the Kingston Industrial Garage (KIG), Spanish Town Road, Kingston, on Monday night. After posting a 1:19-second lap time during a recent practice session – with his newly acquired United Kingdom-manufactured Radical race car – Gregg has become an overwhelming favourite to upstage Gore and David Summerbell in the Thundersport II Class. This showdown has been generating a lot of interest because it is the first in a long time that so many well prepared, highly competitive cars will be participating in the stellar event. “The car is nice and I am looking forward to Dover,” said Gregg, who up to four months ago was concentrating on rallying, until he got bitten by the bug and went shopping for a new circuit-racing machine. Gregg, in a previous interview with The Gleaner, sent a stern warning that the lap record at Dover may be erased at this meet Gore was not amused and has since brought down a first-rate mechanic, out of the Czech Republic, to assist with the final preparation of his Audi. TRUMP CARD At Monday night’s launch Gore, who sat beside his old rival, David Summerbell in the front row just kept smiling. He had already indicated that he has a trump card up his sleeve. “I will be doing all my talking on the track,” Gore told his rivals. Dubbed as ‘King David’, the usually high-spirited Summerbell was in jubilant mood and told his fans that as the king of circuit racing he is not ready give up his throne. “I am going to make sure that my sponsors, Total Lubricants, is proud of me. It is going to be a great race meet,” said Summerbell. Organiser of the event, Dean Corrodus, said there will be 21 races and the meet will get under way at 8:30 a.m. on Easter Monday. “We have expanded our parking area, renovated the road surface leading to the entrance, plus the police will be exercising tighter traffic management controls,” said Corrodus. Newly elected president, Monique Gibbs, said the meet promises to be a thriller, as apart from the high expectations of the top drivers, the ‘Bracket 45 Class’ is back and this she said will be used as a strategic development for circuit racing at Dover. Howard Henry, marketing manager of the title sponsor Total Lubricants, said he anticipates a great race meet and his company is committed to the development of motorsport in Jamaica.last_img read more

The Press Pass – Sunday, July 3

first_imgThis week Ray Stubbs is joined by Mike Calvin and Matt Scott to cast their eyes over the main sporting stories.They discuss England’s Euro 2016 failure and Roy Hodgson’s successor, Ryan Giggs’ departure from Manchester United, and look at the start of Pep Guardiola’s reign as Manchester City coach.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img

Are You a Green Building Geek, Nerd, Dork, or Dweeb?

first_imgI hear a lot of people call themselves building science geeks, energy nerds, green building dorks, HVAC dweebs, weatherization wonks, and policy poindexters. (It’s true! Some of them are imaginary people in my mind and some are aliens, but they really do say that.) What I see, though, is that most such people seem to throw these words around without understanding which is which and how dorks and nerds and geeks and dweebs differ.(We’ll ignore eccentrics, boffins, anoraks, swotters, wonks, poindexters, and others of the sort because anyone who is anyone in the world where such things matter knows that those terms carry no weight. (Well, maybe wonk does. (And it would take a grammar wonk to tell if I’ve nested these parentheses correctly after all. (But who cares about such silly things as nested parentheses?)))A while back I saw this snarky article by Great White Snark that clearly showed the difference between nerds, geeks, dorks, and dweebs in a nifty Venn diagram, like the one included with this article.When I first saw this, I realized why I always take offense when someone calls me a dork. It also validated (at least in my mind) my perception that a nerd is a geek with glasses. My own assessment of where I fit in has always been geek. And yes, the mighty Venn (diagram, that is) confirms that my intelligence and obsession combined with absolutely no hint of social ineptitude puts me squarely in the geek camp. (You believe that, right?)Hooray! I’m a geek! I’m not a nerd. I’m not a dork. I’m not a dweeb. I’m a geek.… Hold on there, buster, cries another voice from the interwebs. According to OkCupid’s Nerd, Geek, or Dork Test, these three terms are defined this way:A nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.A geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.A dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.Yes, I took their 60 question test. They happen to think I’m 70% nerd, 43% geek, and 22% dork. Hmmmm. I’m not sure I like that (except the low dork score). Dr. Seuss, who invented the word ‘nerd’ after all, thought they were something to be caught and put in the zoo.It seems that I have my work cut out for me. I wrote a little about the geek issue last year in my post, I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Building Science Summer Camp! But we’re going to have to come up with some clear-cut definitions for the building science world. We’ll probably have to start with the elder statesmen and stateswomen in the field — Joe Lstiburek, Gary Nelson, Linda Wiggington, et. al.Of course, Martin Holladay has already staked out his turf by calling his blog here at GBA “Musings of an Energy Nerd.” But is he correct? Is he really a nerd?What we need to do is develop our own metrics to determine if one is a nerd, geek, dweeb, or dork, at least in the world of green building. I’m gonna go get my HP 15C now and do some calculations in reverse Polish notation. I’ll get back to you with my results. It might take a while, though, because I’ll probably have to run some regression analyses, maybe use some of Michael Blasnik’s modified box plots, and definitely throw in some log-log graphs (unless it turns out not to be a power law relation, but that’ll put us back to square one).In the meantime, I urge you all to think carefully about which of these you might be. If only it were as easy as saying, Oh, you wear a pocket protector so you must be a dweeb. Well, at least then we’d know what label to ascribe to Dr. Ed Voytovich (shown at the 2011 Building Science Summer Camp). Since it’s not, however, we’ll just have to wait until I get my algorithms worked out.last_img read more

SC notice to U.P. on plea opposing dropping of riots case against CM

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday sought the Uttar Pradesh government’s response on a petition challenging the dropping of the 2007 Gorakhpur riots case against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud issued notice and sought a reply from the State government in four weeks.“Issue notice. Let a copy of the petition be served on the caveator. Counter affidavit be filed within four weeks hence. Rejoinder, if any, be filed within two weeks therefrom. List after six weeks,” the Bench said. On January 27, 2007, an FIR was lodged at Kotwali police station in Gorakhpur against Mr. Adityanath, then a Member of Parliament, and several others on charges of promoting enmity between two groups. It was alleged that several incidents of violence were reported in Gorakhpur on that day after an alleged hate speech by Mr. Adityanath. On February 1, the Allahabad High Court had upheld the quashing of a magistrate’s order that had taken cognisance of a chargesheet against Mr. Adityanath in connection with the riot case. The HC had dismissed the petition against the Sessions Court verdict filed by Parvez Parwaz, at whose instance the FIR was registered against Mr. Adityanath and others. Parwaz had challenged the sessions court’s January 28, 2017 decision quashing the Magistrate’s order on the grounds that he was not heard by the court. He had argued before the High Court that being the informant in the case, he was a necessary party, but the sessions judge had set aside the order without impleading him. The CID had completed its probe in 2015 and sought sanction for prosecution that year. The then Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government in the State had not granted sanction to prosecute Mr. Adityanath.last_img read more

Coffee can cheer you up, but affect mood too

first_imgWhether it’s a latte on the way to work or an espresso to get through the afternoon slump, coffee has become a routine formula for several youths. However, think twice before sipping on it as it can also have some side effects.Health guidelines recommend a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine per day, but as there is caffeine in tea, chocolate and fizzy drinks as well as coffee, the intake often turns out to be more than required, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Sally Norton, consultant surgeon and weight loss expert at Spire, The Glen Hospital Bristol, weighs up the pros and cons of consuming caffeine:Cons:It can be bad for your heart: Some studies show it can reduce blood flow in your coronary arteries when you need it most – during exercise, as well as cause palpitations or irregular heartbeat and may possibly increase your blood pressure over time.It disturbs your sleep: People who drink more than three cups of coffee per day are scientifically proven to have less than restful sleep. One study showed a difference of 79 minutes of sleep between drinkers of caffeinated vs decaffeinated drinks. If you struggle to get to sleep, then caffeine should definitely be a no-no.It’s often linked with sugar: Even if we don’t add sugar to our coffee, we are often tempted to accompany it with a biscuit, cake or a breakfast muffin. In addition, there can be 11 teaspoons of sugar in some varieties. The calorie count of these specialist coffees can be huge too, so it’s not good if you are watching your weight.advertisementIt’s bad for your mood: Caffeine increases catecholamines such as adrenaline, known as the “fight or flight” hormone. No surprise then that caffeine can make you tense and jittery in high quantities.Coffee can impact your infertility and can also disturb your sleep patternIt can impact your fertility: Drinking more than five cups of coffee a day can be linked with lower fertility. If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s certainly worth cutting down on coffee, and once you are pregnant you’ll want to quit caffeine altogether or certainly cut back to less than 200 mg per day as it may increase the risk of birth defects or reduce fetal growth.Pros:It can improve sports performance: Drinking a caffeinated drink before a sport is associated with improved endurance and other sporting measures. It seems that caffeine increases heart rate but reduces the pain felt during exertion, encouraging us to push it that bit further.It can increase mental alertness: Studies performed on people in stressful conditions showed improved concentration, learning and reaction time after 200 mg caffeine. In addition, there is some evidence that it can delay onset of Alzheimer’s disease.It may reduce risk of some diseases: Drinking coffee, though apparently of both caffeinated and decaffeinated types, is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. It is also associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer.It may protect the liver: Fatty liver disease is becoming an increasing problem due to the combination of alcohol and obesity. Excess fat in the liver can cause inflammation and lead to cirrhosis. Some studies show that caffeine intake may be associated with a lower risk of fatty liver.Caffeine can cheer you up: Even just the smell of coffee can make you feel better and drinking it too is related to lower rates of depression. Not to mention the social element of relaxing with friends over a cuppa!last_img read more

Sinha asks Tata Steel to innovate with drones for urban issues

first_imgJamshedpur, Jan 9 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today urged Tata Steel and its associate companies to make use of drones to solve urban problems.Addressing a gathering as the chief guest in the City Data For India Conclave 2018 – Smart City Initiatives organized jointly by Tata Steel, Tata Trust, Jusco and CII at JRD Tata sports complex here, Sinha said drones are the next big thing as its applications are extraordinary.Drones have varied applications in delivery, transportation, security/surveillance, he said and added that Tata Steel should work on it and develop it as a future industry like it did while setting up the steel plant here.”Drone technology can be utilized to solve many problems and Tata Steel should work on it and start implementing it from their home town here before following it up in other parts of the state and country,” Sinha said.Referring to the steep fall in air fare, which was as low as the fare of an autorickshaw per kilometer, Sinha said cost of air ticket from Ranchi to Delhi, or Delhi to Mumbai is almost equal to the fare of an autorickshaw at Rs 4-5 per km.Sinha said Tata Steel and Tata Motors have efficient management structure and efficient engineers and asked them to figure out whether E-rickshaw with drone technology can be operated in an urban environment.Sinha assured that the government was ready to partner with the Tatas in this regard.Later, addressing a press conference, he said the government was preparing a draft on drone regulation.advertisementHailing the tremendous work done by Tata Steel in addressing urban problems in Jamshedpur, Sinha said the company did exemplary work in improving traffic system and solid waste management, among others. PTI BS JMlast_img read more

The next act for Whitman chief of Katzenbergs NewTV

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, one of the most powerful women in the business world, is being named the new CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s NewTV.The “mobile-first media platform” is producing short, Hollywood-style productions for mobile devices, with a run time of 10 minutes or less.Whitman begins in March. Katzenberg, the former Disney chairman and co-founder of DreamWorks Animation, is the chairman.Whitman, 61, will leave Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. at the end of the month. Her name had been bandied about as a possible replacement for Travis Kalanick at beleaguered Uber. She will run NewTV from Los Angeles.Whitman led eBay from 1998 to 2008, then ran a largely self-funded, unsuccessful run for governor of California in 2009.last_img read more

Light vehicle sales down 94 per cent in November for ninth month

first_imgTORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says light vehicle sales fell 9.4 per cent in November compared with last year for a ninth straight month of declines.The consultancy says a total of 143,668 vehicles were sold in the month, compared with 158,653 a year ago, as passenger car sales fell 11.4 per cent and light truck sales were down 8.7 per cent.DesRosiers says that with the light vehicle market down by about 44,000 units so far compared with last year, it’s almost certain that this year will be the first since 2009 that there won’t be year-over-year growth in the market.Sales are down 2.3 per cent as of the end of the month compared with last year, made up of a 9.6 per cent decline for passenger cars and a 1.1 per cent increase in light truck sales.Despite the dip from last year’s record high, the light vehicle market is still close to 50,000 units ahead of where it was at the end of November in 2016.  General Motors, which last week announced it was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, saw sales dip 18.3 per cent in the month compared with last year, while Ford Motor Co. saw a 10.7 per cent drop and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was down 35.1 per cent. Toyota sales were up 11.5 per cent and Hyundai sales were up 10 per cent.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Truck identified in break and enter has been located

first_imgIn the photo, the man is seen wearing a black jacket with a hood over his head and is seen with a dark coloured GMC or Chevy pick-up truck.Police say the investigation is on-going and no further details are available at this time.If you can identify the man in the photo, you are being asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.Thursday, September 5th, 2019, RCMP put out a tweet on twitter looking for the owner of a maroon coloured car thought to be connected to the break and enter yet the vehicle was at the wrong address.The tweet shares, thank you all who sent this out to everyone you know. We received a call from a young lady who claims to own this vehicle. Appears to be a case of wrong address but we will be following up. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have updated its Twitter account to say the pick-up truck associated with a recent break and enter has been located.The Fort St. John RCMP’s tweet shares, this truck has been located late yesterday. Our forensic people will be examining it today for possible evidence. Still need to identify this guy though.last_img read more

Abdullahs of Kashmir

first_imgOne of the spoilt dynasts of Indian politics, Omar Abdullah, has made the demand of taking the state of Jammu & Kashmir to the pre-1953 status and has called for having a separate prime minister and president for the state. This separatist call must be unreservedly condemned. The Abdullah family of Kashmir have treated the state as their personal fief; they have exploited the people and have based their politics on threat, coercion, violence and have made repeated calls for dismembering India. They have pandered to terrorism and separatism; they have peddled the narrative of Pakistan on Kashmir and have presided over one of the most gruesome episodes of ethnic cleansing that has taken place post-Independence. They come across as parasitic political elements who have no allegiance to the Indian Union, have no commitment to India’s freedom and her future. It was the same family which had tricked Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee into entering Kashmir and had then incarcerated him, subjected him to great pressure, physical pain and mental trauma ultimately leading to his sudden death while Nehru looked the other way. This subversive and mischievous demand is, as Arun Jaitley has argued, “intended to create a separatists psyche.” Also Read – A special kind of bondPrime Minister Modi has rightly asked Congress and the “Federal Front” parties to clarify their stand on this demand made by Omar Abdullah, since National Conference is an inseparable ally of the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress and is, at the same time, defying logic, a fundamental constituent of the Federal Front. The theatrical Farooq Abdullah was a star attraction at the January 19 Brigade Rally organised by Trinamool Congress. Let Congress and the other parties make their position clear on Omar’s demand – do they support a separate existence for Kashmir, do they support his call for separating Kashmir from the Constitutional framework of India, do they adhere to this divisive call, is it the agenda they wish to fulfil, if, by chance of fate, they ever come to power at the Centre? Will the separation of Kashmir be their objective, will their foreign policy be directed towards that end? These are questions that these parties, especially Congress and the lead party of the Federal Front, Trinamool Congress, have to answer to the people who are in no mood to tolerate separatism. Also Read – Insider threat managementBut the Abdullah family’s tryst with separatism goes back a long time, as exposed first by Dr Mookerjee while participating in a debate on Kashmir in the first Lok Sabha on 7 August 1952. Dr Mookerjee pointed at how Sheikh Abdullah, Omar Abdullah’s grandfather had increasingly resorted to the language of separatism, “Since when did the trouble start? Let us look at it dispassionately. Since Sheikh Abdullah’s return from Paris some time ago statements started to be made by him which disturbed us. Even then we did not speak out. His first statement he made in an interview which he gave when he was abroad, about his vision of an independent Kashmir. And then when he came back he amplified it, then again retracted from it and gave an explanation, and then speeches which he has made during the last few months were of a disturbing character. If he feels that his safety lies in remaining out of India, well, let him say so; we will be sorry for it, but it may become inevitable…” Sheikh Abdullah’s call for an “independent Kashmir” was first made on foreign soil. We remind Omar of these words and throw these back at him. If he and his family feel that their safety lies in remaining out of India, let them articulate it so, but they cannot pass off their urge to be separate from India as the wishes of the people of Kashmir! He would, Dr Mookerjee said, “give whole-hearted support to the scheme (separate provision) as an interim measure” only if Sheikh Abdullah accepted the sovereignty of the Indian Parliament. “Let Sheikh Abdullah declare that he accepts the Sovereignty of this Parliament. There cannot be two Sovereign Parliaments in India. You talk of Kashmir being part of India, and Sheikh Abdullah talks of a Sovereign Parliament for Kashmir. It is inconsistent, it is contradictory. This Parliament does not mean a few of us who are opposing this. This Parliament includes a majority of people who will not be swayed by any small considerations. And why should he be afraid of accepting the Sovereignty of this Parliament of Free India?” The New India of today has no interest in pampering separatism; it has no patience with sentiments and attitudes that challenge the Sovereignty of India. But the Abdullahs of Kashmir have a history of flashing the card of separatism while living off the Constitution of India and all the largesse that comes with it. Their politics has always promoted internal and communal conflict while fanning the flames of separatism. Their approach is best described in the words of the legendary and sagacious former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and one of the most respected administrators of our times, Jagmohan. His words are worth recalling, one should keep these in circulation in our collective mind. In his opus, “My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir”, Jagmohan writes how as he was battling “against heavy odds and dealing with the manifold problems of internal subversion and external conspiracy, Dr Farooq Abdullah and his partymen were playing a highly destructive, even unpatriotic, role…” The National Conference and its leaders, records Jagmohan, “did not enjoy any respect at all. They were not in a position to do anything positive. But they could inflict damage. They could float rumours; they could incite public through unscrupulous means. They could even pose as collaborators of the subversionists. They could whisper into their ears: “Please don’t misunderstand. What you have been doing from outside, we have been doing from inside.” They could even champion the cause of terrorists.” Jagmohan pointed out how Farooq Abdullah’s MLAs and former ministers openly celebrated “Maqbool Bhatt” Day, with one of his trusted MLAs Abdul Rashid Dar, “calling upon his party, the National Conference, to join the freedom struggle. He declared that he was placing his services at the disposal of the J&K Liberation Front (JKLF). What do these statements reveal, asks Jagmohan, “do they not show that the commitment of the National Conference to India is only a ruse, a stance, to secure power and rule? As soon as the power goes, loyalty to the Indian ideal goes.” They never utter a single word “against terrorists and their crimes”, and keep abusing our security forces instead. On February 15, 1990, Farooq Abdullah himself called for international intervention in J&K, keeping alive the legacy of his late father. In a statement released to the press, he said that the “entire Kashmir is writhing in pain due to continuous acts of barbarism and brutality by the army and para-military forces.” He said the Valley and Srinagar had been “converted into Nazi camps”, he said that the “Kashmiris are witnessing their beloved country being converted into a vast graveyard” and appealed “to the national and international upholders of humanity to intervene in Kashmir and have an international inquiry made into the general slaughter of Kashmiris at the hands of the army and para-military forces.” Sheikh Abdullah was the original proponent of “Tukde Tukde” politics; Farooq Abdullah ably succeeded and exceeded him in pushing the contours of that “Tukde Tukde” politics. Today, Omar Abdullah, the third generation of the dynasty, has emerged as one of the most vocal and articulate proponents of the legacy of that “Tukde Tukde” politics. The Abdullah’s cannot think and act otherwise, for them to accept India’s unity and sovereignty is anathema. They are essentially history-sheeters of separatism. The only answer to their cancerous politics is to decisively and democratically reject them while asserting and endorsing Narendra Modi’s vision of a “New India.” (The author is Director, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more