Global trade tensions fuel St Lawrence seaway shipments as grain demand soars

first_imgMONTREAL — The St. Lawrence Seaway saw its highest cargo numbers since 2007 last year, propelled by a spike in grain shipments and global tariff wars that worked in Canada’s favour.The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. says traffic hit 40.9 million tonnes in 2018, a seven per cent year-over-year increase.Grain made up close to one-third of all tonnage on the 60-year-old waterway, rising 20 per cent from 2017.Bruce Burrows, president of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, says trade tensions between the U.S. and other countries worked to the advantage of Canadian exporters.A Chinese tariff on U.S. soybeans and European counter-tariffs on U.S. corn spurred more shipments from Canada, which enjoyed a strong corn crop last year.Burrows also says early snowfalls fuelled more road salt shipments, while infrastructure demand across the eastern part of the continent yielded higher volumes of other dry goods such as gravel and cement.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Resident doctors ratify agreement under provincial mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that members of the Resident Doctors of B.C. and the Health Employers Association of B.C. have ratified an agreement under the Government’s Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.According to the Government, the mandate focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation.Nearly 1,350 resident doctors working for publicly funded health-care employers in B.C.’s hospitals and public health facilities are represented by RDBC. The agreement includes a three-year term, general wage increases of two percent in each year, and a collaborative approach to addressing workload that will support greater engagement with resident doctors, with the intention of retaining them in B.C. when they complete their programs.To learn more about public sector bargaining in B.C., you can visit the Government’s website.last_img read more

Polls around corner water crisis far from getting over in Okhla

first_imgNew Delhi: With just a few days to go for polling, the residents of Okhla Vihar still wake up to ‘pani le lo pani’ call from vendors on rickshaw carts selling RO ( Reverse Osmosis) water. They have big white water cans which they supply at a cost of 15 Rs to 20 Rs depending upon the floor they carry water. Areas like Batla House, Zakir Nagar, Jogabai, Jasola, Okhla Vihar, Abul Fazal and Shaheen Bagh are still waiting for drinking water.Syed Akhter can’t afford to sleep late, he has to get up early in the morning to buy a water can before he departs to his office. “If somehow I miss to buy drinking water from these local rikcshaw vendors, chances are I might not get water the whole day as I come late from office. I had to rely on mineral water bottle then which proves costly,” Akhter said. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSeveral years have passed but the area’s water woes are far from over. Drinking water has always been an area of concern for the locals. Sensing business opportunity, several RO plants have cropped up in the region from where the daily vendors on rickshaw buy water to sell it further to the residents. Submersible water is used for daily chores other than drinking. The hardness of water also results in the low life of the RO machines in the houses. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe worst affected areas are Shaheen Bagh and Abul Fazal, two adjoining areas near the Yamuna banks at Kalindi Kunj which have the major scarcity of drinking water. Both areas are still waiting for water pipelines. Though the AAP MLA from Okhla says that much has been done and water is likely to reach most of the areas very soon. “We have provided drinking water in Haji Colony, Gaffar Manzil Extension, Johri Farm, Taimur Nagar Extension and parts of Zakir Nagar. Pipeines have been laid in Batla House, Okhla Vihar, Old Jasola, Ali Vihar, Madanpur Khadar Extension and Nai Basti. We are hopeful to end the water crisesin the area soon,” says Amanatullah Khan, Okhla MLA.last_img read more

Batters Are Getting Plunked At Historic Rates But Why

It’s never been more dangerous to be a major league hitter. Through Thursday’s games, batters had been plunked by pitchers 457 times, struck with a fast-moving projectile made of cowhide and densely wound yarn. Considering that MLB pitchers are throwing harder than at any time in recorded history, it’s safe to assume that getting hit by a baseball has never stung worse.The current rate of 0.41 batters hit by a pitch per team game is the highest since 1900, the same year that the Brooklyn Superbas led by Wee Willie Keeler won the Chronicle-Telegraph Cup. (There was no American League yet and thus no World Series.) This level of plunkings has given us some interesting results — and inevitable dust-ups. On Monday, four Reds were hit by pitches — in one inning, tying a record set in 1893. Mets batters were hit seven times on the hands just through April. Presumably in retaliation, reliever Jacob Rhame threw at the head of Rhys Hoskins, who retaliated himself with the slowest home-run trot since 2015. Rhame was suspended two games.While the rate of HBPs has fluctuated across the game’s history, it was just 0.34 per team game three seasons ago, which is more in line with where it was for most of the 1990s and 2000s. So what is causing the recent spike? It’s a bit of a mystery.There’s one simple explanation: There are more opportunities to hit someone now because hitters are extending counts and pitchers are throwing more pitches. The past two full seasons saw the highest number of total pitches (721,282 in 2018 and 721,279 in 2017, according to Baseball-Reference.com) on record.1Pitch count data goes back to 1988. But even though the raw counts are higher, the share of total pitches that hit a batter last season is also going up: 0.266 percent of all pitches in 2018 hit a batter, the second-highest share on record. Through Thursday, this season has seen a share of 0.274 percent — which would be the highest that we’ve seen.Some speculate that pitchers are just wilder than ever because of a focus on throwing hard in lieu of command. Walks per game (3.44) are well above the average since 1900 (3.19), but pitchers are throwing only fractionally more balls as a percentage of pitches this year (36.7) than the 2009-to-2018 average (36.6).Of course, one specific reason for an HBP is that the pitcher meant to do it. Retaliation is as old as the game itself. And nothing gets a pitcher more snippy than giving up a homer. Balls are flying out of ballparks more than ever before, giving pitchers more opportunities to throw at the offending players. But it’s not just the act of hitting a home run, it’s what can come next: Don’t flip your bat or stand too long watching it or lollygag around the bases or trash talk the opposition in mid-trot. This year, Tim Anderson was beaned for flipping the bat too aggressively at his own dugout.Furthermore, with home runs all the rage, pitchers may seek to expand the strike zone by moving batters farther away from home plate, effectively making the outside part of the plate more out of reach. Miss just a little in to a hitter in midlean over the plate and … kerplunk.While we can’t measure the pitchers’ intent, we can measure where pitches are being located. According to data from Baseball Savant, more pitches than ever before are being thrown on the inside third of the plate and off the plate to the inside. Through Tuesday’s games, more than 32 percent of pitches were inside, which is the highest rate since pitch location was first tracked in 2008. This rate is up more than 3 percentage points from 2008, which may not seem like much on first blush but would equate roughly to an increase of more than 30,000 inside pitches.With more pitches directed inside, more batters are bound to get hit. But how much of that is on the batters themselves? Even as far back as 1997, players were bemoaning how hitters could treat the batter’s box like they owned it.”Today’s game, you see guys digging a little trench in there,” Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn told The New York Times. “I just get flashbacks and wonder if they would do that if [Bob] Gibson or [Steve] Carlton or [Nolan] Ryan or [Tom] Seaver were out there. You can’t let a hitter go up there and think he controls both halves of the plate. If you bust a guy in, keep him honest, get him off the plate, you might be able to get him out away.”Gibson, a Hall of Famer and the man largely responsible for the lowering of the mound, was viewed as a tiger on the field. He once dusted Reggie Jackson at an old-timer’s game. (Jackson had homered off of Gibson in a similar game the previous year.) After his close friend and teammate Bill White was traded, “Hoot” immediately plastered him on the elbow. And slugger Dick Allen said, “Gibson would knock you down and then meet you at the plate to see if you wanted to make something out of it.”But Gibson hit “just” 102 batters in 3,884.3 career innings, or 0.24 per nine frames. That ranks 359th out of the 471 pitchers who threw at least 1,000 innings and hit at least 50 batters, according to Baseball-Reference.com. So the guy whose Hall of Fame bio says he “may well have been the most intimidating pitcher in MLB history” hit batters at a rate well below the hurlers of today’s game.The pitcher today placing opposing trainers on the highest alert is Charlie Morton of the Tampa Bay Rays, who has led his league in hit batsmen four times in the past six years — despite never pitching more than 170 innings in any of those years. Morton nails 0.78 batters per nine innings, a career rate last exceeded by Ed Doheny (0.90), who retired in 1903. Morton’s ERA this year currently stands at a career-best 2.64. And in 2018, with the Astros, his .833 winning percentage led all of baseball: His 15 wins were one fewer than the number of batters he tattooed.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Wimmers could return as soon as this weekend

“He’s progressing day to day and getting better,” pitching coach Eric Parker said. “We’ll keep evaluating, especially in the middle of the week, and see where he’s at.”To this point, Wimmers — a Pitcher of the Year quarterfinalist — has only been lifting, rehabbing and throwing on flat ground. Tuesday marked his first bullpen session since the injury.Wimmers himself hopes he will be ready to return to game action as soon as this weekend.“I’m trying to get back for this weekend,” Wimmers said, “trying to get back for Saturday or Sunday.”The Buckeyes head to Iowa City, Iowa, Thursday to take on the Hawkeyes in a critical three-game series. However, the coaching staff isn’t as optimistic as Wimmers that he’ll be ready to go this weekend.To ask him to pitch this weekend “would be a lot to ask of anyone,” Parker said.Coach Bob Todd went even further, saying that he won’t know if Wimmers will travel with the team until they leave on Thursday.“He’s obviously got a bright future and we’re not going to do anything to jeopardize that,” Todd said.Wimmers acknowledged that he needs to recover fully before he can take the mound for the Buckeyes and that the coaching staff will ensure that.“I don’t think anybody would let me go out there if I was just 90 percent. I have to be 110 percent in order to go back out there,” Wimmers said.So far this season, Wimmers has been dominant, posting a 9-0 record with a 1.61 ERA.With just six conference games remaining, the Buckeyes could use their ace as they are just one game out of first place in the standings. Wimmers is all too aware of the team’s situation.“It’s killing me,” Wimmers said about not being able to pitch. “With the conference as close as it is, you just want to be out there helping your team as much as possible.” Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time in nearly three weeks. The Buckeye ace has been sidelined since pulling his left hamstring during a pregame stretch at Michigan April 30. read more

Football Confidence is the key for Ohio State right tackle Isaiah Prince

OSU then-sophomore offensive lineman Isaiah Prince (59) waits for the ball to snap during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorThey were all in redshirt sophomore right tackle Isaiah Prince’s head; the often-vicious criticisms, complaints and calls for him to be replaced. These critiques came early and often negatively affecting his mindset which, in turn, resulted in poor play. “Every time I’d make a mistake, I’d hang my head and I’d be so frustrated,” Prince said Monday. “It would just build up play after play after play.”But, Prince is different this year. At least that’s what his teammates and coaches say about the second-year starter.Prince, whose function resembled that of a turnstile against the Penn State defensive line in the fourth quarter of the Buckeyes’ only regular-season loss last season, was called one of Ohio State’s most improved players by coach Urban Meyer at a press conference Monday afternoon.“That’s not just out there in practice, but with (strength and conditioning) coach Mick (Marotti) with the bend and with all the things he’s struggled with,” Meyer said. “He’s a very serious player right now.”The long-term project to reinvigorate the offensive lineman’s mental psyche began months ago. After Ohio State’s thrilling 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan on Nov. 28, 2016, Meyer sat down with Prince to reinforce the confidence he had in the right tackle entrusted to protect redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett.“(Meyer) was just like, ‘You’ve got to keep going, I still trust you to get the job done. It’s your first year starting and you’re going to make mistakes,’” Prince said. “He just gave me that reassuring confidence to go out there and keep going”According to his teammates, that message was well-received.In the days leading up to the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson and, once again, in spring practice, redshirt senior center Billy Price lauded his attitude. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones barely let a reporter finish his question in an interview Monday after practice before jumping in to extol Prince’s confidence level heading into the 2017 season.“He’s very confident right now. Everybody in the program is confident in him too from what he’s done these first couple weeks,” Jones said. “We always knew what he could do, it’s just a matter of going out there and doing it whether it’s execution of fundamentals or whatever it was.”OSU junior offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (59) walks down the sideline during the Spring Game on April 15. Scarlet beat Gray 38-31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOffensive line coach Greg Studrawa believes the solution to Prince’s struggles with confidence is simple: the right tackle must be shown why he made the mistakes.“When guys start making mistakes, the first thing they do is get down on themselves, Studrawa said. “What you’ve got to do is revert back to your training, trust your technique. And that was his first time starting. He made some mistakes. He saw those, he’s worked on those.”Studrawa said his attention to detail isn’t close to where it was last year. In 2016, the Buckeyes gave up an average of 2.15 sacks per game, the most per contest by the program since 2012. The 28 sacks allowed ranked them as the 71st-best at keeping the quarterback off the grass in the country. Prince wasn’t the only culprit in the weaker-than-normal Ohio State pass protection, but he stuck out in a line including Jones, a true freshman in right guard Michael Jordan and two first-team All-Americans – center Pat Elflein and Price.When looking back on the film, Prince said he has worked on playing lower and improving his footwork as he believed his pass protection skills weren’t where they needed to be last season.Jordan echoed Meyer, praising Prince as one of the most improved players on the team. He added that Prince has honed his ability to drop back in pass protection and has even been working with younger lineman, specifically freshman Thayer Munford.So, after dealing with a year’s worth of criticism, is Prince tired of talking about last year and ready to move on to the upcoming season? He claims he isn’t.“I learned a lot from last year,” Prince said. “I mean, without last year, I wouldn’t have had this growth. I’m just thankful for it.” read more

Mens Volleyball No 11 Ohio State hopes to regain momentum against George

Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas (3) sets the ball to redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) during the Buckeyes’ 3-1 win against Loyola on March 29. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team hopes to end its two-match skid this weekend when it takes on George Mason (3-1) and Erskine (0-4) at St. John Arena.The Buckeyes return to Columbus following tough road losses against then-No. 5 BYU and then-No.11 Stanford.Ohio State played close matches, with each of those seven sets won by five points or fewer.Head coach Pete Hanson said that looking at these matches as only losses is missing the point.“Yeah, two losses, but two losses in January against two teams that are legitimately top 10 teams are not anything to panic about,” Hanson said. “We played them close, we played in hostile environments and we’ve got young guys.”Redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson is still adapting to his leadership role among the young middle blockers, this being the first year he’s the oldest in the position.“I feel more responsibility in terms of making sure all the guys are on the same page and living out the set of expectations that the guys before me did,” Leeson said. “I try to provide that support, letting them know it’s a long season and one or two games isn’t going to dictate this whole season.”On Friday, the Buckeyes will face a George Mason team coming off a four-set loss to No. 3 UC Irvine.The Patriots are led by junior opposite hitter Hayden Wagner, who leads the team with 63 kills and 4.50 kills per set. Wagner brings the distinction of Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Offensive Player of the Week into the matchup against the Buckeyes.On Saturday, the Buckeyes will take on Erskine, who’s still searching for its first win this season through four matches.If Ohio State wants to get back in the win column this weekend, they’ll have to do so with a different starting lineup.Junior outside hitter Reese Devilbiss is expected to sit out this weekend due to a concussion sustained during practice this week. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore outside hitter Kyle Skinner.Skinner, who replaced Devilbiss in the third set of the match against Stanford, said he’s ready to step up whenever his team needs him.“Whenever I get in, it’s an opportunity for me to perform and show the coaches what I can do,” Skinner said. “Being on the court a lot more this weekend will give me a chance to show not only that I can come in and make a difference, but that I can stay in the game and make a difference throughout the entire match.”Ohio State takes on George Mason at 7 p.m. on Friday and Erskine at 7 p.m. on Saturday. read more

How Barcelona is taking extra care of new star Riqui Puig

first_imgFC Barcelona is starting to worry about Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig, the young La Masia product who is laying waste in the academy but getting too many fouls.Even Lionel Messi himself spoke about new Catalan midfielder Riqui Puig’s skills with the ball at his feet, FC Barcelona has found a brand new star who has the ability to play beautiful football in the same vein as Andres Iniesta did when he was still at La Masia. All you need to do in order to realize the level of performance that Riqui Puig has for Barcelona B, is tune in and watch the latest Third Division matches his side plays and look at how much the youngster gets fouled during 90 minutes. Riqui is actually going through a similar path that Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior is also experiencing because both are players that are well above their category and the rest of their opponents can only stop them through some unnecessary roughness. Riqui gathers all the greatest qualities that any great FC Barcelona product must have, he likes to play easy when he does it to the back and he also has that unique creativity when he goes on the attack.? Ciudad Deportiva⚽?? Sesión de los jugadores disponibles del primer equipo. También se entrena Riqui Puig del @FCBarcelonaB?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/IlNsaORYxu— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) September 6, 2018The kid’s passing skills are on par with other La Masia players such as Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, and even Messi himself who praised Riqui in his most recent interview with Catalunya Radio. The young player has received Messi’s warmth from the very first day that manager Ernesto Valverde decided to give him more time with the major squad during training sessions, the skipper is taking his role very seriously with every youngster, but he has taken a special kind of care to Riqui due to the unique skills he has: “I already knew Riqui, he had trained with us sometimes last season already, but honestly what he has done this season has been truly spectacular. Now he keeps training with us, I think it’s great that the club is trusting the academy once again and that they are producing these types of players again, these virtues had been lost in the last years,” said Leo Messi during his last interview with Catalunya Radio.¿Qué opinas de Riqui Puig?Messi: “Es bueno que el club esté restableciendo la confianza en la academia y ese tipo de jugadores”. pic.twitter.com/wIjBpQbkbQDavid Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.— ❤?declaracionesBlaugrana?❤ (@datosblaugrana) September 3, 2018Riqui’s absence from Barcelona’s training session.The last match that Riqui Puig played for Barcelona B took a hard toll on him, the player gave us all his repertoire during the 90 minutes against Third Division club Ejea. The player really suffered the consequences of playing for this division but he never stopped proving that he is at least two steps ahead of everybody else during these games, Riqui attempted to bring his squad back to the result but they lost in the end. However, there is a great sensation that Riqui will become a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s major squad and they have the idea that it’s only a matter of time before the boss tells the kid that he can no longer play with the academy. The club’s staff actually revealed that the player missed one Barcelona training session this week because of a recovery process he is going through after that match, Puig received a nasty knock on his right knee and he needs some time for the pain to disappear but he didn’t pick up a more serious injury.Manager Ernesto Valverde’s best chance of possibly handing Riqui Puig his debut with the first squad this season might be during September, the Catalan club has two specific consecutive matches in which the player may get the call-up he’s been waiting for. The first game where Puig could feature is against Girona on September the 23rd, then just three days after the Catalan club will visit Leganes for another La Liga match in a very busy couple of weeks that will have Barcelona play five matches in the span of 15 days. Puig can get his chance to play in one of these two matches because the rest of the Barcelona players are going to need some rest if they want to withstand the great burden of playing so many competitive matches in very little time. Puig’s time is better than ever for that debut, Valverde will keep us in suspense until the time comes to publish the call-up lists for those matches.Messi al ser preguntado sobre Riqui Puig: “Está entrenando con nosotros, ha hecho una pretemporada espectacular y es muy bueno que el Club se fije en este tipo de jugadores y vuelva a confiar en la cantera” pic.twitter.com/J8A1O4qCZW— Abuela Culé (@AbuelaCule) September 3, 2018When do you think Ernesto Valverde will give Riqui Puig his La Liga debut for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

McGinn delighted with international performance

first_imgNorthern Ireland’s Niall McGinn has revealed his delight at his performance during his country’s defeat to Bosnia & Herzegovina.Micheal O’Neill’s men lost their UEFA Nations League opener to Edin Dzeko and company but the performance of McGinn was a bright spark in an otherwise gloomy outing.The Aberdeen winger got the nod after an injury to Josh Magennis but did his best to make the most of it as he sent in a string of dangerous crosses and was the first to test Bosnia goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic with a powerful shot after cutting inside.McGinn: We must take only the positives Henry Ikenna Ugwu – November 19, 2018 Niall McGinn says Northern Ireland must take the positives from their disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign.McGinn insists the team’s 2-1 defeat to Austria sums…“I was delighted from a personal point of view that Michael gave me the nod to play and it was my first start in a while,” the 31-year-old said, as quoted by Sky Sports.“When big Josh picked up a wee niggle I thought I might get a chance to get in from the start, as I trained well all week, he said that to me that I had looked sharp in training and thankfully he gave me the opportunity and I thought I did well in the game.“I just kicked on from obviously doing OK at Aberdeen and I have been playing plenty of football, so for Michael to give me the nod to go in and I knew my job was to get at the full-back, get crosses into the box and obviously create chances for the strikers. I thought I done that and I was really enjoying the game.”last_img read more

Troy Deeney praises camaraderie of basketball

first_imgWatford captain Troy Deeney has praised the camaraderie of basketball ahead of the NBA London Game.The 30-year-old took time after training, before the Hornets’ next game against Burnley this weekend, to support youngsters who were working with some basketball legends to improve their game.But Deeney’s involvement is far from done there, and he’s expected to attend the NBA London Game, where the New York Knicks face the Washington Wizards.He said, according to Ealing Times:Deeney: Let’s go out and try and make history Obinna Echi – May 17, 2019 Watford captain Troy Deeney has urged his teammates to seize the moment and make history for the club ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Manchester…“I’m going down on Thursday and just want to enjoy the show. I appreciate the talents, it’s easy to look at the players and think I can do that. It’s the same as footballers.”“I appreciate the talent and the hard work form the players to get to the top. The players are so quick and agile.”“The best part for me when you watch is seeing the camaraderie. Every time a basket goes in there all involved.”“The team togetherness is a part of it I like. In any good sport or business, it’s about building a team.”last_img read more

TV Commercial Campaign under consideration for destination TCI says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Jun 2015 – Television marketing of the Turks and Caicos is being contemplated by the Ministry of Tourism according to Hon Porsha Smith. “Those thoughts are already in our minds, its just a matter of time for us and us finding the financial resource to be able to afford them.”On Saturday, with the arrival of a new direct United Airlines flight from Houston, we asked the Minister if she and her team believe the time has come for destination TCI television commercials to these markets on their local TV stations.“I think we are also looking at expanding our office locations actually in those areas, so you are going to be seeing more coming from the Tourist Board some recommendations that will go to the government on expanding ourselves and putting in strategic locations so that we can better serve the tourists that are coming to us.”A tide has certainly turned for the Turks and Caicos which now sees a surge in visitor arrivals during summer, guests catching those discounts on the usual ‘peak season rates’. Terminal and Marketing Manager of the TCI Airports Authority, Lavern Reynolds explained things are booming. “Well, what I’m very happy about is the fact that it is starting now which is June, which is somewhat our off season. So we are bringing people in on our off season to keep our tourism product busy, pretty much all year round. We hope to have this flight every off season and continue from there on in, so I think it’s a great addition to the plethora of flights that we have.” Beautiful girls on Beautiful beaches, Turks and Caicos scores with Sports Illustrated Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Bumper Sticker promotes Provo as #1 Island in the World Tourism Month launched with Stakeholders in Turks and Caicos Related Items:destination tci, lavern reynolds, Portia smith, tv commerciallast_img read more

Two Additional Crews Arrive To Assist With Caribou Lake Fire

first_imgAdditional crews will be arriving on the fire to aid in the construction of fire line and help secure the fire’s edge. Firefighters will continue to utilize aviation resources as conditions and visibility allow. Expect long delays on the Sterling Highway from MP 53 to MP 71 due to fire activity and smoke impacts. Drive with headlights on and yield to fire vehicles and first responders. Travel is not advised Sunday. Sarah Saarloos with the Division of Forestry: “The meeting was attended by over 50 people and was well received.”  On Sunday, firefighters will continue with the full containment strategy by completing control line utilizing natural barriers where possible. North to northwest winds could cause an increase in fire activity on the east and southeast portions of the fire.center_img On Sunday, winds will prevail from the south-southwest as a weak low-pressure center passes to the south over the Gulf of Alaska. Cloud cover will increase through the day with some afternoon cumulus development possible across the mountains. Temperatures will be in the low-mid 60s. A slight chance for light and isolated showers is possible, but wetting rains are unlikely. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Two additional crews arrived to assist with suppression on the Caribou Lake Fire Saturday. The fire behavior was influenced by wind and terrain features during the day; however, the fire only increased 5 acres in size.The fire is currently 900 acres and 20 percent contained. The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1, Alaska Division of Forestry, and Kachemak Emergency Services held a community meeting  at the McNeil Canyon School in Fritz Creek to provide an update on the Caribou Lake, North Fork, and Swan Lake Fires.last_img read more

Intel intros 9thgen Core H mobile CPUs Graphics Command Center

first_img 15 Photos $1,599 4:42 See All Post a comment In this GDC space, a toilet plunger becomes your game controller Review • For the 2017 iMac 27, Apple doesn’t mess with success Best Buy Apple iMac Apr 30 • How to preorder Oculus Quest and Rift S right now $1,799 Apr 30 • Facebook’s new Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest: Which VR headset is for you? See It Walmart See it Mar 21 • Google Stadia puts Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC gaming on notice $1,599 Preview • New iMacs promise 1 billion colors, plus USB-C Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img 0 Intel Microsoft Apple $1,799 News • New Apple iMac update for 2019 has better graphics and eight-core Intel i9 processor Game Developers Conference Now playing: Watch this: Google’s gaming service is coming, info on the next Pixel Adorama Share your voice This is Intel utility’s first facelift in five years, and adds one-click optimization for games, better explanations of what each setting does with visual previews and integrated control over driver updates so that you get the zero-day game-optimized drivers automatically.It offers more granular control over all the color, sharpness and contrast settings, letting you adjust the primaries where relevant. These are all controls that users of discrete graphics from Nvidia and AMD are used to, but which Intel never really had a reason to provide.I tried it on a few systems and didn’t see any real-time (or even delayed) affects on the previews, but it was an earlier version and it’s possible the screens weren’t good enough to reflect any subtle changes. But I was hoping for a big red “disable iGPU” button, anyway.IGCC will work on systems with sixth-generation Core chips (Skylake) or newer, and the old control panel will remain for a while — the IGCC will be available through the Microsoft Store until then (it’s free). While Intel may eventually release versions for MacOS and Linux, for now it’s Windows 10 only.The company also teased the release of its ninth-generation H-series processors — the performance-class mobile CPUs — indicating that we should see them (presumably in products) before the end of June.Intel’s presentation included a photo of the Microsoft Surface Studio as an example of its target user for the ninth-gen mobile H-series processors (desktop all-in-ones use mobile parts as a way to keep heat at bay) and while it might have only been illustrative, we’re hoping it means that the Studio will finally get the processor upgrade it deserves. When the newest model launched in the fall of 2018, its bump to only a quad-core seventh-gen i7 was disappointing. That’s especially true in light of Apple’s recent iMac updates, which added a top-end option for a ninth-gen i9. See It See It reading • Intel intros 9th-gen Core H mobile CPUs, Graphics Command Center • Mentioned Above Apple iMac (27-inch, 2017) Game Developers Conference Video Games Software Enlarge ImageCompared to its HD Graphics Control Panel, the IGCC provides more granular control over hue, saturation and brightness, with live previews. You can even load your own videos or stills. Screenshot by Lori Grunin/CNET Intel flexed its graphics muscle at the Game Developers Conference, announcing the upcoming ninth-generation H-series processors (sorry, no details). It also announced a beta of a new GPU control panel that will eventually replace the Intel HD Graphics Panel you may be familiar with if your computer uses the graphics processor integrated into the Intel CPU.The new Intel Graphic Command Center (IGCC) is part of prepping the foundation for the company’s Ice Lake processors, with a new generation of the integrated GPU (iGPU) expected later this year, as well as paving the way for Intel’s discrete graphics debut in 2020.last_img read more

Baidu unveils its camerabased Apollo Lite selfdriving suite

first_img Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech Share your voice 34 Photos Baidu Self-driving cars Driverless cars speed up traffic Self-driving cars 1:33 Enlarge ImageThis series of ten camera feeds is how Baidu’s Apollo Lite sees the world. Baidu Chinese ultra-globo-megacorp Baidu has spent the last few years developing its Apollo open-source self-driving car platform, which, like many other systems currently being developed, relies on a combination of cameras, ultrasonic, radar and lidar sensors all working in concert to achieve autonomy.That could be about to change, though, because on Wednesday Baidu announced its new Apollo Lite system, which it says uses 10 cameras and no lidar or radar to achieve Level 4 autonomy. Baidu also claims that its cameras can detect and identify objects at distances of over 700 feet from the vehicle.So, what exactly does Level 4 Autonomy mean? It’s the second-highest level on the road to fully autonomous, driverless cars. The Society of Automotive Engineers defines it as being when a “vehicle can itself perform all driving tasks and monitor the driving environment — essentially, do all the driving — in certain circumstances.  The human need not pay attention in those circumstances.”Read more: Self-driving car explainer, level by levelThose certain circumstances could be anything from only being allowed to operate in a specific geographical area (aka geofencing), during certain times of day, or in certain weather conditions.”A robust vision-based system is critical to the safety of autonomous driving, especially in high-speed situations where real-time sensing is critical,” Liang Wang, head of Apollo’s technical committee, said in a statement. “Apollo Lite further strengthens Baidu’s sensor fusion based L4 autonomous driving system that leverages the capabilities of camera, Lidar and radar to achieve the ‘true redundancy’ necessary for a safe and fully autonomous driving experience.”A system like Apollo Lite is appealing for automakers and developers because of the inherently low cost of a camera-based system compared with a system with multiple lidar sensors, but it seems unlikely at this point that it would ever be the sole basis of a fully Level 5 autonomous vehicle. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback review: Goody two-shoes Post a comment 0 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof Tags Byton packs the next decade’s tech into electric SUVlast_img read more

Asia oil thirst tab 1 trillion a year as crude rises to

first_imgThe updated petrol price per litre is seen on a petrol pump display at a fuel station in New Delhi on January 16, 2013 (representational image).PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesOil prices are poised to break through $80 per barrel and Asia’s demand is at a record, pushing the cost of the region’s thirst for crude to $1 trillion this year, about twice what it was during the market lull of 2015/2016.Oil prices have gained 20 percent since January to just shy of $80 per barrel, a level not seen since 2014.With the US dollar – in which virtually all oil is traded – also growing stronger, concerns are rising that economies will take a hit, especially in import-reliant Asia. Surging costs could have an inflationary effect that will hurt both consumers and companies.”Asia is most vulnerable to an oil price spike,” Canadian investment bank RBC Capital Markets warned in a note this month, after oil prices hit their highest since November 2014.Asia-Pacific consumes more than 35 percent of the 100 million barrels of oil the world uses each day, according to industry data, with the region’s global share steadily rising.Asia is also the world’s smallest oil producing region, accounting for less than 10 percent of output.INFLATION, RISING COSTSUS bank Morgan Stanley said this week that diesel use contributes 10-20 percent to cash costs for miners, while oil contributes from 4 percent to 50 percent to the cost of power generation, depending on a company’s or country’s fuel mix.”A rising oil price therefore shifts the entire cost curve higher,” it said.China is by far Asia’s – and the world’s – biggest importer of oil, ordering 9.6 million barrels per day in April. That’s almost 10 percent of global consumption.At current prices, this amounts to a Chinese oil import bill of $768 million per day, $23 billion per month – a whopping $280 billion a year.Other Asian countries are even more exposed to rising oil prices. Most damage will be done to countries like India and Vietnam, which not only rely heavily on imports, but also where national wealth is not yet large enough to absorb sudden increases in fuel costs.”Poorer countries with limited borrowing capacity may face financing difficulty amid higher import bills,” RBC said.Unless fuel is heavily subsidized, households and businesses in poorer countries are also more vulnerable to rising oil prices than they are in wealthier nations.In developing economies like India, Vietnam or the Philippines, fuel costs eat up around 8-9 percent of an average person’s salary, according to Reuters research and figures from statistics portal Numbeo. That compares to just 1-2 percent in wealthy countries like Japan or Australia.DIESEL & LOGISTICSThe surge in oil prices has a particularly big impact on transport and logistics companies. One such firm in Asia is courier LBC Express Holdings in the Philippines.”LBC has been intently watching the movement of crude oil prices … What we, at LBC, are preparing for are the effects an oil price increase may have on our carriers: airlines, shipping lines, trucking companies,” its Chief Financial Officer Enrique V. Rey Jr said.The high oil price “challenges us to improve our own efficiencies to achieve better economies of scale and maintain our margins,” he said.Some firms say they will pass on any higher costs to consumers.Chryss Alfonsus Damuy, President and Chief Executive at Philippine firm Chelsea Logistics, said his firm could be affected by higher oil prices, but “we can pass on the effect to consumer via price adjustments.”Others said if they burden consumers with higher costs, they will lose clients.Ashish Savla, owner of 50-truck strong Pravin Roadways in Mumbai, India, said diesel accounts for more than half of his company’s expenses, and that it was difficult to pass rising expenses on to customers.”Diesel prices have jumped 16 percent in a year, but I couldn’t raise freight charges by 5 percent. If I charge more, clients will use cheaper railroads,” Savla said.Anil Mittal, who runs a container logistics company and is a member of Bombay Goods Transport Association, said his firm was “already operating at wafer-thin margins” before prices rose.The “diesel price hike has hit our business hard,” he said. Many small transport firms like his “are struggling to pay back bank loans they took to buy trucks.”Given the economic costs and its reliance on imports, economists say it is time for Asia to limit its exposure to oil.”It is very important for Asia to reduce its oil dependency and increase its energy efficiency … to protect itself from future oil shocks,” RBC Capital Markets said.last_img read more

Auto industry may further cut production

first_imgInventory pile-up at dearlership level and stock management of the unsold BS IV vehicles has become a problem for the sector.IANSAfter denting the auto sector’s profitability, the consumption slowdown along with the upcoming shift to BS VI standards will further decelerate production, leading to eventual job losses.Industry insiders point out that slowdown, which is a culmination of high GST tax rates, farm distress, stagnant wages and liquidity constraints, has led to the month-on-month sales de-growth.Besides, inventory pile-up at dearlership level and stock management of the unsold BS IV vehicles has become a problem for the sector.According to Grant Thornton India Partner Sridhar V., a further reduction in production due to the continuing de-growth in sales of passenger vehicles can be expected.”OEMs are exploring avenues to minimise cost at a operational level by deferring and tightening the spending rate,” Sridhar V. told IANS.”They also at times resort to production cuts to tide over this difficult phase.”Accordingly, the sales downturn assumes significance as the auto industry contributes to almost half of the manufacturing GDP and 11 per cent of the total GST revenue.”With prolonged weak consumer demand, the inventories at dealer levels have peaked, necessitating production cuts by OEMs,” Richa Bulani, Senior Analyst, India Ratings & Research (Fitch Group), told IANS.”Production cuts may provide some short-term relief to dealers, it negatively affects the entire auto supply chain — OEMs, component suppliers and dealers. Volume growth of components dependent on OEMs will be affected in the first half.”Recently, all major OEMs consisting of passenger, commercial, two and three wheeler manufacturers have reported a massive decline in domestic sales.Figures from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed that domestic passenger car sales in June went down by 24.07 per cent to 139,628 units. The July figures are awaited.In the commercial vehicle segment, domestic sales were down by 12.27 per cent to 70,771 units last month.The overall sales of two-wheelers, which include scooters, motorcycles and mopeds, edged lower by 11.69 per cent to 1,649,477 units.In all, the total sales of the Indian automobile sector declined by 12.34 per cent during June 2019 to 1,997,952 units across segments and categories.Consequently, sales slowdown led to curtailment of manufacturing with the domestic passenger cars’ production coming down by 22.26 per cent to 169,594 units from 218,167 units.Similarly, the commercial vehicle production was down by 23.39 per cent to 69,496 units last month. Overall two-wheelers’ production edged lower by 11.70 per cent to 1,915,195 units.The total production of the Indian automobile sector declined by 12.98 per cent during June 2019 to 2,336,138 units across segments and categories.”Tight control on production volumes will continue. Beyond the upcoming festive season when OEMs would expect to have sufficient volume in the channel, they would want to keep production volume output in check,” said Rahul Mishra, Principal, A.T. Kearney.”Volume liquidation pressures due to BS VI and the sluggish demand will not revive production output drastically for the next few months.”last_img read more

BSF picks up Bangladeshi from Burimari border

first_imgPhoto: UNBIndian Border Security Force members picked up a Bangladeshi national from Muglibari area along Burimari border in Patgram upazila early Monday, reports UNB.The victim is Mofazzal Hossain, 33, son of late Abdul Hanif of Muglibari area in the upazila.Contacted, Rangpur-61 Border Guard Battalion (BGB) acting camp commander major Syed Moniruzzaman said according to primary information, some cattle traders, numbering 10 to 12, from both countries gathered near the area of sub-pillar No. 2 of main border pillar No. 841 around 4:30am.A patrol team of BSF chased them and picked up Mofazzal from the area.BGB sent a letter to the BSF seeking a flag meeting over the issue. But no reply is yet to receive, he added.last_img

IS kills 25 Iraqi militiamen

first_img.Islamic State militants ambushed a convoy of government-backed militia fighters near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk late on Sunday, killing at least 25 of them, police and militia commanders said on Monday.Police and militia commanders had earlier said 12 militia fighters were killed in the ambush and at least 10 were missing, but security forces later found another 13 bodies dumped nearby with multiple gunshot wounds.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.A security official said Iraqi security forces were pursuing the Islamic State militants who disguised themselves in police uniforms to carry out the attack.Iraqi forces launched an operation this month to consolidate control of a mountain area near the oil city of Kirkuk to be used for the transit of Iraqi oil, highlighting concern about mountainous terrain where two armed groups are active.Iraq declared victory in December over Islamic State militants who seized control of nearly a third of the country in 2014. However, the group continues to carry out attacks and bombings in Baghdad and different parts of the country.last_img read more

World leaders mark 100 years of WWI armistice

first_imgBritish prime minister Theresa May and Belgian counterpart Charles Michel attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of John Parr and George Ellison, the first and the last British soldiers killed in the First World War, during celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, at the Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium on 9 November 2018. Photo: ReutersWorld leaders gathered in Paris will lead global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions.Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital.British prime minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth will attend a separate event in London, while New Zealand and Australia are holding their own ceremonies.The Paris commemorations, centred on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, are set to feature warnings about the modern-day danger of nationalism.”This day is not just about remembering, but should be about a call to action,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday after visiting the forest clearing in eastern France where the Armistice was signed.Merkel will give the opening address alongside UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at a conference called the Paris Peace Forum which will take place after a memorial service on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday morning.Conceived by French president Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is intended to highlight the importance of international institutions in helping resolve conflicts, avert wars and spread prosperity.- Tensions lurk -But despite the show of unity at the Arc de Triomphe, where school children will read out messages written by soldiers in eight languages, tensions are expected to lurk beneath the surface.US president Donald Trump, whose hard-line nationalism has badly shaken the Western alliance, arrived in Paris on Friday criticising host Macron for being “insulting.”Trump took umbrage at a recent interview in which Macron talked about the need for a European army and listed the US along with Russia and China as a threat to national security.The “America First” leader, who faced criticism on Saturday for cancelling a trip to an American cemetery because of the rainy weather, will snub the Paris Peace Forum.Other attendees of the memorial service and Forum include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Benyamin Netanyahu, as well as Putin.With far-right nationalist politicians coming to power from Brazil to Italy to Austria, 40-year-old centrist Macron is set to invoke the war to make the case for international cooperation.”We want to make these commemorations a time to reflect on the present, not just the past, so that they have a meaning for us today,” an aide to Macron said earlier this week.He will deliver a short speech during Sunday’s ceremony, which organisers have made deliberately international and cross-cultural.The French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-yo Ma will perform, as will West African singer Angelique Kidjo, and a European youth orchestra with a Russian conductor.Some 10,000 police have been drafted in to ensure maximum security in a city repeatedly targeted by jihadists since 2015.Macron is also set to speak later at UN cultural body UNESCO and at the Peace Forum.The Forum is part of the “fightback” against nationalism worldwide, chief organiser Justin Vaisse told AFP as he played down the significance of Trump’s decision not to attend.”The aim of the forum is to show that there are lots of forces in the international system — states, NGOs, foundations, intellectuals, companies — who believe we need a world of rules, an open world and a multilateral world,” he said.– Other ceremonies -About 70 current-day nations were involved in the conflict that had six empires and colonial powers at its heart: Austria-Hungary, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and the Ottoman Empire.Around 10 million soldiers are generally estimated to have been killed during the fighting and more than double that number wounded overall.Between five and 10 million civilians are estimated to have been killed.In Britain, church bells are set to ring out across the country at 11:00am, at the same time as a national remembrance service at the Cenotaph in London.In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will address crowds at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Sunday morning.last_img read more

Texas Will Rescind Its List Of Possible Noncitizen Voters Ending Its Botched

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneVoters lined up at the Austin Community College Highland Campus in Austin for the first day of early voting on Oct. 24, 2016.Three months after first questioning the citizenship status of almost 100,000 registered voters, the Texas secretary of state has agreed to end a review of the voter rolls for supposed noncitizens that was flawed from the start.The deal was announced Friday as part of an agreement to settle three legal challenges brought by more than a dozen naturalized citizens and voting rights groups against the state. The groups alleged that the voter citizenship review, which was launched in late January, was unconstitutional and violated federal protections for voters of color.Secretary of State David Whitley — who has yet to be confirmed by the Texas Senate amid the fallout over the review — agreed to scrap the lists of registered voters his office had sent to county voter registrars for examination. Whitley’s office will instruct local officials to take no further action on the names of people it had classified as “possible non-U.S citizens,” and county officials will be charged with notifying voters who received letters demanding they prove their citizenship that their registrations are safe.The state is also on the hook for $450,000 in costs and attorney fees for the plaintiffs’ lawyers.The agreement must still be approved by the federal judge overseeing the case, and the state will have five days after the judge dismisses the plaintiffs’ legal claims to officially rescind the list. But the settlement amounts to a profound defeat for the state leaders who had defended the review even though it had jeopardized the voting rights of tens of thousands of naturalized citizens.“Today’s agreement accomplishes our office’s goal of maintaining an accurate list of qualified registered voters while eliminating the impact of any list maintenance activity on naturalized U.S. citizens,” Whitley said in a statement Friday. “I will continue to work with all stakeholders in the election community to ensure this process is conducted in a manner that holds my office accountable and protects the voting rights of eligible Texans.”The original review had been mired in controversy since day one, largely because of the faulty methodology the state used to compile the list and the fanfare with which it was announced.Top Republican leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott and President Donald Trump, took to Twitter to falsely tout the list as proof of illegal registrations and voting in Texas. In reality, the secretary of state’s office matched the voter rolls with data it requested from the Texas Department of Public Safety for individuals who at some point in the last few years told the department they were not citizens when they obtained a driver’s license or ID card. But the review did not account for people who could’ve become naturalized citizens since then and weren’t required to update DPS.The settlement does not prohibit the secretary of state from screening the state’s massive voter registration database for possible noncitizens, but state officials agreed they would rework their methodology to only flag voters who provided DPS with documentation showing they were not citizens after they were registered to vote.It’s unclear how that will shrink the original list of voters whose citizenship was questioned. Officials agreed to provide the plaintiffs with that number as well as three more updates once the state begins compiling weekly lists to send out to county officials.Those changes are expected to address the issues at the heart of the state’s first botched attempt at reviewing the voter rolls, which unraveled within days of announcing the effort when state workers began quietly informing local election officials that thousands of the names on the original list shouldn’t have been there. A top election official in the secretary of state’s office would later acknowledge that his office had overstated the number of flagged voters by about 25,000 names because of the mistake. And local officials would quickly note they had been able to verify that hundreds of other individuals on the list were naturalized citizens.“After months of litigation, the state has finally agreed to do what we’ve demanded from the start — a complete withdrawal of the flawed and discriminatory voter purge list, bringing this failed experiment in voter suppression to an end,” said Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, which represented plaintiffs in the case. “The right to vote is sacrosanct, and no eligible voter should have to worry about losing that right.”In court in February, lawyers for the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits zeroed in on state officials’ own admissions that they knew naturalized citizens would be affected by the review. Despite those admissions and errors in the data, state officials continued to stand by the review as routine list maintenance and a good faith effort to maintain the integrity of the voter rolls. They also went as far as blaming individual county officials for acting too quickly to question voters on their lists, even though those local officials followed the state’s instructions for reviewing the eligibility of those voters.Under the settlement, the state agreed to provide local officials with new training materials.The plaintiffs and the state reached the settlement agreement two months after District Judge Fred Biery signaled his displeasure with the way Texas handled the review. In temporarily putting the effort on hold after three days of testimony in San Antonio, Biery chided state officials for putting “perfectly legal naturalized Americans” on a path to receiving “ham-handed and threatening” letters that demanded they prove their citizenship to avoid getting kicked off the rolls.In a scathing four-page order, Biery wrote that the letters exemplified “the power of government to strike fear and anxiety to intimidate the least powerful among us.”“No native born Americans were subjected to such treatment,” Biery said.State attorneys indicated to Biery in late March that they had proposed a deal to end the litigation. Despite early reports of an agreement, it took several weeks to iron out a deal in which the plaintiffs agreed to rescind their legal claims against the state and their requests for documents. (The plaintiffs indicated in the settlement agreement that they are not conceding that the state’s review efforts comply with federal law, leaving them room to take the state back to court if they’re troubled by subsequent reviews.)The debacle prompted a congressional inquiry as part of a larger investigation into voter suppression in various states. Congressional investigators have requested documents and communications related to the review. But the state has so far mostly denied those requests, only handing over documents that were already public.It remains unclear what the settlement means for the registered voters whose names were referred to Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has the authority to prosecute claims of voter fraud. In announcing the original review, Whitley noted his office had immediately handed over the list of names to the attorney general. Since then, Paxton’s office has offered mixed messages on whether it has begun to criminally investigate voters.On Friday, the groups and lawyers who sued the state celebrated the settlement but lamented the confusion and frustration the review effort caused..“State officials have wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars and struck fear and confusion into thousands of voters in order to pursue their voter suppression agenda,” said Beth Stevens, voting rights legal director with the Texas Civil Rights Project, which was also involved in the lawsuit. “We are glad that this particular effort was stopped in its tracks and we will remain vigilant to ensure that not one single voter loses their right to vote due to the actions of state officials.”This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. last_img read more