Our motoring man Brian McDaid was down at Diver’s Hyundai Showroom this week in Letterkenny doing a bit of window shopping to see what ’s new for 2019 as he got behind the wheel of the latest in the ever popular Hyundai Tucson range. As the winter evenings close in and the weather gets miserable there was a nice feeling of security from the raised driving position of the new Facelift Hyundai Tucson which was recently introduced to the range with more than just good looked to offer as we headed off for a test drive in the High spec demonstration model which Terence Diver has presently registered and on the road for customers to test drive before the new year.All-new power plant. Advertisement The new Tucson Hyundai 1.6 diesel engine, which replaces the old 1.7 unit, is boasting an increase in performance and economy. On the road, the new Tucson feels lively on the road which is very well matched to it six-speed gearbox.At times it feels a little too lively but the cars onboard system will soon remind you that you are exceeding the local speed limits with a visual message followed by an audible warning.It’s only when you get behind the wheel of Hyundai that you realise how many more Hyundai that are on the roads in Letterkenny.Even the Garda are all running around the town in Hyundai ’s these days and I trust that they were looking with admiration at the latest face-lift model of the Hyundai rather than looking at the way I was driving it. Advertisement Luxury interior. The Hyundai Tucson which we tested this week came with an all leather soft grey interior complete with a hand-stitched leather steering wheel.Everything on the car interior controls is so well placed and had an ease of operations, even the power button handbrake works a treat once you let yourself believe in it.On our photo shoot out at the Gartan Outdoor Pursuit Centre, we had the all-new Tucson pictured in a lovely backdrop of the last of Autumn leaves, which seem to perfectly suit the Hyundai SUV pedigree and with the help of the standard reversing camera and the parking and reversing sensors made sure that we didn’t reverse Terence’s new Tucson into one of Gartan’s massive trees.Our pre-new year drive in the latest offering from Hyundai of the Tucson was very enjoyable. This latest model has evolved in style and development to keep up to speed with the benchmark that Hyundai has reached as one of the best sellers in it sectors over the last few years since it replaced the i35 in 2016. Add to this all the safety features that Hyundai have like lane departure warning and self-steering. Things are looking very good for 2019 with Hyundai and Terence and his team as there prepare to get ready for the January sales.Last of the Listeners. At the Funeral Mass at St. Eunan’s Cathedral for the Late Patsy Hamilton the priest talked briefly about a quality that the Late Patsy Hamilton had – the art of listening.He was referring to listening in a conversation, but I couldn’t help but think that Patsy was listening all his life. Today its plug-in computers rolling roads and central processing units. But the genius that was the late Patsy Hamilton, could roll that all into one by simply listening to a Beetle engine running.The late Patsy Hamilton pictured in his workshop earlier this year beside a 1971 VW Beetle which he was working on. Photo Brian McDaidPatsy once told me there was a sound that Beetle engine made nearly like breathing that the air-cooled flat four Volkswagen beetle engine would make when it was running sweet.It was a sound that Patsy would listen for when he would be adjusting the timing or running the carburettor.This week Letterkenny and the larger circle of Volkswagen Beetle loving public said goodbye to Patsy Hamilton who sadly passed away this week.Patsy recently celebrated his 80th birthday and by sad coincidence, the man who was famously known as the go-to man for all things Beetle and Volkswagen air-cooled camper vans, it was the very same year the cornerstone was laid for the production of the very first Beetle and Patsy’s untimely death this week coincides with the news that Volkswagen are ending the production of the latest version of the beetle for good.On Wednesday morning, Patsy Hamilton made his last trip out over the Old Town Bridge. A classic Volkswagon Beetle belonging to Hugo Thompson from Rathmullen lead the funeral possession on his way to his final place of rest. But the memory of the genius of Patsy, who could make them old VW flat four sing, will never be forgotten.Rest in peace PatsyDD Motoring: Tucson turns on the style for 2019 was last modified: November 7th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beetleBrian McDaiddd motoringmotorsvolkswagen
In a two-part series, reporters Heather Rivers and Louis Pin examine the Progressive Conservative government’s new education policies, and how they’ll affect students – from kindergarten to university – when classes resume:The smiles and the jitters, in equal measure, are there in every back-to-school cycle.But this year in Ontario, the jitters have the edge.Sweeping changes to education, from elementary school to university, are starting to kick in as Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government takes its reforms – and budget battles – to the classroom.Nowhere will the changes be felt more than in high school, where students will face a larger average class size, fewer optional courses and, many fear, fewer teachers and other grown-ups to help them.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.In low-enrolment rural schools, many of them in Southwestern Ontario, some fear the fallout could kill those languishing on their deathbeds – schools until now protected by a provincial freeze on closings.But the biggest change coming in high school is one unique in North America – a new e-learning requirement that teenagers, over four years, take four of their 30 courses needed to graduate online.Even for a generation that has always known the internet, being forced into digital learning doesn’t sit well with many. And experts say such a move can easily backfire if it’s not backed by proper staffing and technology, which may well mean spending more money – not less.“If students are sitting by themselves in a room with little to no support at the school level – unless that student is a naturally strong, independent learning (type) – they are not going to have success,” warns Michael Barbour, an expert in online learning at Touro University California, a private graduate school.Critics say the Ford government’s shakeup of the $31-billion education system is all about saving money, trying to wring out $1 billion over four years to help the Tories whip a $12-billion budget shortfall.The government insists its changes are about modernizing the school system, and that no teaching jobs will be lost except through attrition. Teachers’ unions and others sharply disagree.None of it makes Lily Ryan and her friends, heading to high school for the first time, feel any better. “It’s definitely scary,” said 14-year-old Ryan, who’s going into Grade 9 at Sir Frederick Banting secondary school in London. “But I have hope.”Ryan figures she can do the math on what’s ahead: A larger average class size means teachers with less time for students, she notes. They’ll also have to work harder, since their numbers are being rolled back.And the stuff that makes school worthwhile for many kids, the options and special programs that bring out passions in many – Ryan fears they’re in jeopardy, as school boards scale back elective options.“The fun classes, or classes that make kids go to school, like the art and tech classes, might just get cut completely,” she said. “If those classes get taken away, then they don’t have that.”The changes don’t stop there.In elementary schools, the average class size is also going up, but less dramatically than in high school.On campus, college and university students will get a 10 per cent tuition cut. But the same government giving them that break is taking away free tuition grants that helped about 200,000 students afford school before. It’s also giving post-secondary schools less money to work with and hooking more of that to performance – measurements like graduation rates and how quickly students go on to find jobs.Welcome to Doug Ford’s classroom.“He’s cutting the budget on the backs of children,” said London New Democrat MPP Terence Kernaghan. A former teacher, he worries about the fallout of larger classes on kids needing more time with teachers.Poorer learning outcomes, kids acting out, more violence – it all comes with larger classes, he said. If that’s not enough, there’s a backlog of $16 billion in needed repairs in the school system, he added.“It is something that is completely scary,” Kernaghan said.The rhetoric sounds apocalyptic. But even in the run-up to the new school year, in back-to-back announcements last week, when school messaging is crucial, the Tories threw everyone two curve balls.First, after vowing to scrap the former Liberal government’s modern sexual education curriculum, one critics saw as a throwback to appease social conservatives not happy about kids being taught blunt sexual concepts as early as they are, the Tories announced a revised curriculum that, with minor differences, largely leaves the existing one intact.Months of hand-wringing and preparing for a new course of studies went out the window.Then, Education Minister Stephen Lecce, moving to counter what he called “misinformation,” dropped another bombshell, saying he’s open to trading cost-saving ideas in the education system for lower average class sizes and that this school year the average will only rise to 22.5 students.Months earlier, the government had said the average class size in high school would rise to 28 students from 22 and in elementary school by one student, to 24, increases the province has said will ultimately mean 3,475 fewer teachers in the system, as attrition reduces their numbers.For school districts that have planned for the larger averages, including cancelling thousands of classes, it was a shot out of the blue. One teachers’ union leader called it a “feeble attempt at sleight of hand,” saying the government still plans to hike the high school class average to 28 over time.Lecce, despite repeated Postmedia requests, was not made available for comment for this story.*** Like many kids heading to high school for the first time, Kaya Intini has questions.Perhaps surprisingly, for someone from a tech-savvy generation, she’s concerned about one of the biggest changes in high school – a requirement that students take four online courses to graduate.“I know students taking online courses who have had to hire tutors for help with their studies,” said Intini, who’s also headed to Banting secondary. “A lot of things are not as well explained (as in the classroom). I am not sure how this will work – they will need so much technology. Where will they be getting the money?”ONLINE EXTRA Students, union officials and education experts weigh in on the Ontario Tories’ education changes. CLICK HERE TO READ ITMaya Lopez-Town, also going into Grade 9 in London, has similar concerns. “It worries me, not for my sake but other students,” said the H.B. Beal secondary student.“Not all students have access to a computer or access to the internet so they can do their courses. It’s not fair. . . . There is going to be a change all of a sudden to be switching from (the) classroom, which is how I learn better, to learning to do online courses,” she said.They’re good points, but so far there aren’t a lot of answers.What is known is that Ontario won’t start compulsory e-learning until next school year, but provincial officials can’t yet answer details about how the classes will work, how many students they’ll have, whether students complete the work from school or home, or both, and how they’ll be supervised.The question isn’t whether online learning works, but what’s needed to make it work, said Barbour, the Canadian-born online learning expert teaching in California.“Anybody can learn in any medium,” said Barbour, who has studied and written about e-learning across Canada. “What impacts learning is how it is designed, and how learning is supported. If they (Ontario) could do a good job on those, it could be very successful.”Only about five per cent of Ontario students now take online courses, so the compulsory move is dramatic. But while it’s easy to see how a government trying to save money might like that, with possibly fewer teachers needed, experts caution online learning done on the cheap is bound to be bad.“I am really adamant about ringing some alarm bells here because I teach it,” said Beyhan Farhadi, a high school and e-learning teacher in Toronto who’s completing a PhD thesis on e-learning in the Toronto District school board.Farhadi is concerned about the sudden, 95-per-cent increase in e-learning students Ontario will have.“Nobody is talking about it,” she said. “It’s unfortunate, because it’s supposed to be coming out in 2020 and we could be spending this year building the competency of students.”Tony Bates, author of Teaching in a Digital Age, has said he’s suspicious of the Ford government’s motives for making online learning mandatory, but that – properly done – it can pay dividends.“If he’s using it to cut government spending, it is a really bad policy,” he said.The upside?E-learning can help students to learn independently, sharpen their self-discipline and encourage them to get more involved in their own education, said Bates.“That’s good, because everyone in the end needs to take responsibility for their own learning. It’s a skill,” he said.People for Education, an advocacy group for public education, estimates e-learning will save Ontario nearly $41 million. While most high schools already offer access to online learning, only about five per cent of students take up that option, the group says.It’s not for everyone, said Farhadi, noting research shows students not going on to university don’t do as well in online learning as academic students. “There is a huge disparity in outcomes for these two.”Chronic under-funding of e-learning programs makes it tough to meet all students’ needs, said Farhadi.“Even folks who are very positive and and proponents of e-learning in general recognize you require face-to-face supports for e-learning to be successful,” she said.KEY CHANGES: Average class sizes:Rising to 28 students from 22 in high school; up one to 24 in elementary. Education minister says average this year will be 22.5. Money:School boards will average $12,246 per pupil this year, down $54 per pupil from last year Teachers:Province has said 3,475 jobs, about three per cent of the total, will be lost over four years. Unions fear higher fallout. Courses:Four required online courses in high school, North America’s highest requirement, starting next year. Thousands of other optional classes at risk as boards plan for fewer teachers. READ IT HERE: Doug Ford’s Classroom, Part 2: On campus, a tough new landscape looms Clockwise from the top: Dylan Lobb, Lily Ryan, Kaya Cygalski and Kaya Intini are entering Grade 9 at Banting in September. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press
Pat Haden CollapseUpdate: Looks like Haden is fine and is headed back to California with the team. Good signs. Pat Haden checked out at local hospital and was OK. Is on his jet back to USC, per announcement.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 18, 2015Earlier: There was a very scary moment on the sidelines in South Bend just before tonight’s USC-Notre Dame game kicked off. USC AD Pat Haden took ill and collapsed on the field. NBC’s television cameras and media on the sideline captured the scary scene.Video of #USC AD Pat Haden on the sideline pregame from NBC. pic.twitter.com/J491No5BFZ— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) October 17, 2015#USC AD Pat Haden wasn’t feeling well on the sidelines before the game. Medical staff huddled around him. pic.twitter.com/NMzPb2R3yV— Daily Trojan Sports (@DT_Sports) October 17, 2015Reportedly, Haden is feeling better, which is a great sign. It’s unclear what exactly happened to him.Per USC- Pat Haden took a knee on sideline, felt light headed. Went with medical staff to locker area and is sitting up, appears to be OK.— Ashley Adamson (@AdamsonAshley) October 17, 2015He is stable and sitting up in locker room, spokesman said.— Gary Klein (@LATimesklein) October 17, 2015Haden has certainly been under a lot of stress lately. Hopefully he is okay.
During the past Ohio State men’s basketball season, a pregame video was played before home games featuring many past Buckeyes, such as Michael Redd, Greg Oden and Evan Turner. One player who was not included was Mike Conley Jr. The former Buckeye point guard was part of a trio, along with Oden and Daequan Cook, who left OSU after one season following the 2007 NCAA Tournament runner-up campaign. Conley was drafted No. 4 by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2007 NBA draft. Since then, it seems like Conley has been forgotten by Buckeye faithful. Maybe it is because many fans did not agree with his decision to turn pro, particularly after he promised to return following the championship game. Maybe it has something to do with playing for a small-market, perennial lottery team like Memphis. For whatever reason, it never seems to me that Conley gets recognition as a Buckeye legend with others such as Oden and Turner. Now in his fourth season as a professional, the 23-year-old Conley is starting to establish himself as a solid NBA player. After receiving a five-year, $40 million contract extension before this season, Conley set career highs in points, assists and steals. He is one of the leaders of a young Grizzlies team that is contending in the NBA Western Conference playoffs. The Grizzlies entered the postseason as a No. 8 seed and upset the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in the first round in six games. Memphis is now battling the fourth-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the conference semifinals. The series is tied, 2-2. For the postseason, Conley is playing 39.4 minutes and averaging 15.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. Going up against two of the NBA’s top point guards, San Antonio’s Tony Parker and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, Conley has held his own. Still, Conley is going largely unnoticed. Most basketball analysts and pundits have been raving about the play of forward Zach Randolph and center Marc Gasol, two of Conley’s teammates — and rightfully so. Randolph and Gasol have been putting up gaudy numbers throughout the playoffs. The orchestrator of those performances is Conley. As the point guard, he makes sure the Memphis big men are getting the ball in places and situations where they can take advantage, just like he did with Oden during their time together at OSU. He can take matters into his own hands, as well. During Game 4 against the Thunder on Monday night, Conley made a game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Remember the 2007 second round game against Xavier? Conley scored 11 points in overtime, single-handedly closing out the game for the Buckeyes when Oden fouled out on the bench. Memphis coach Lionel Hollins understands the importance of Conley to his team. “Mike’s our head,” Hollins told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “Mike controls the game for us. He’s our director.” With a slew of young talent, the Grizzlies are on the rise and could be a formidable contender in the West for the next several years, and with Conley signed to the long term, he should get plenty more opportunities to showcase his abilities on the big stage. Now showing: Mike Conley, the best OSU player in the NBA right now.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov patrols the penalty box during a match against Wright State Sept. 17 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied 0-0. Ivanov received a red card against the Raiders, and cannot play against Dayton.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team (2-2-2) is looking to bounce back Friday when the Dayton Flyers (5-0) come to Columbus.The Buckeyes’ last two matches ended in scoreless shutouts, and the team will be looking to capture a win without starting junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov. Ivanov cannot play against the Flyers after being shown a red card in Tuesday’s match with Wright State.Stepping in for Ivanov is fellow junior goalkeeper Andrian McAdams.McAdams, who finished Tuesday’s match in relief of Ivanov, will be making his first start since the Buckeyes exhibition match against Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne Aug. 20. McAdams said he will be ready for the challenge.“(I’ll prepare) the same way I’ve been preparing,” McAdams said. “I’ve been around for a while. When the moment comes, you’re not expecting it, but you always have to be ready.”The young Buckeye team is looking to find the back of the net against the Flyers after two straight matches without a goal. This is the first time since 2000 OSU has played to consecutive scoreless draws.Freshman midfielder Christian Soldat, who recorded two shots on goal against the Raiders, said he thinks the team is close to finding a way to get the ball between the posts.“(Tuesday’s game) was good despite the tie,” Soldat said. “The effort is going to continue to roll, and we’ll start racking up wins.”In its first five games, Dayton outscored its opponents 14-3. The Flyers have not allowed a goal in their last three contests, but neither has OSU.“(Tuesday night) was our third-straight shutout, so that’s a good thing for this group of players,” Buckeye coach John Bluem said. “If you are able to defend well, you are in every game.”Bluem said despite Ivanov being out for the match, the team’s spirits will not be down and the squad will continue to attack.“We’ll pick up the spirits of our guys, after the red card, for Friday’s game,” he said. “I think we do have good attacking players we’re just not quite in sync yet.”Friday night’s match will be held in Jesse Owen’s Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. and will be OSU’s third-straight match versus an in-state opponent. OSU then travels north to take on No. 15 Akron Sept. 24 in its final game before Big Ten Conference play.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has revealed he spoke to former Liverpool playmaker, Phillipe Coutinho before signing for the club this summer.Alisson who became the most expensive goalkeeper on earth before Chelsea’s move for Kepa Arrizabalaga surpassed his move, has already recorded four clean sheets in the Premier League as the Reds remain top of the league with six victories from six league games so far.The former AS Roma shot-stopper moved to Anfield after this summer’s World Cup but he has revealed he spoke to Coutinho about life in Merseyside before making the move down to Anfield.“He spoke highly of Jurgen [Klopp] and about the players,” said Alisson, according to Metro.Philippe Coutinho faces a late fitness test at Bayern Munich Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac plans to make a late decision on Philippe Coutinho’s availability this weekend after returning from representing Brazil.“He said there is no vanity in the squad but it’s a very ambitious squad with a strong desire to win.”“Coutinho also said he was very happy here with his family, which is really important. ‘Our wives spoke to each other too and they said they had a great time living here, and we are very happy.”Alisson also spoke about the club’s atmosphere prior to their UEFA Champions League game against French Champions Paris Saint-Germain.“The atmosphere I experienced here contributed to my decision to sign,” he continued. “There was also the way the Liverpool team played. It’s not dependent upon one player, it’s a real group effort. It’s a team that plays with love and passion.”
Leif Abel, owner of Greatland Ganja in Kasilof: “So in essence we are paying the tax before the money has been made on the product, because the actual money comes from when the retailers sells that product to the end consumer. So, we’ve got a tax structure where the tax has to be paid on the product far before the end consumer ever pays for it, by the cultivation company who created it.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-pot-tax.mp3VmJennifer-on-pot-tax.mp300:00RPd The current tax is $50 per ounce for bud or flower, and $15 per ounce for other plant parts. The board next meets in April in Nome. According to the Director of the Board, Erica McConnell, the board will consider whether or not to send the resolution to the legislature at their next meeting in April. During the meeting on Thursday, January 25, the board heard public testimony from marijuana growers and retailers that have suggested in particular that the $15 per ounce tax on other plant parts may be too high. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The state Marijuana Control Board voted to create a draft resolution requesting that the tax structure be altered from a flat rate to a percentage collected at retail sale on marijuana.
The Daily Mirror reports that an inert upper stage module does not travel into space. The Daily Mirror reports that Bruce Walter, the spaceport’s facilities director, said the canceled launch was related to Astra’s vehicle but that the specific cause remains unclear. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — The launch of a test rocket manufactured by California-based Astra Space Inc. was canceled minutes prior to liftoff at the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Kodiak. Walter called the incident very disappointing. Federal Aviation Administration documents filed on March 30 say Astra was authorized to launch a suborbital vehicle to carry “an inert upper stage on a suborbital trajectory without a payload.” Walter said the launch would have been Astra’s first. He said no timeline has been established for another launch attempt by the company.
Cision is going public through a merger with Capitol Acquisition Corp. III, a blank-check acquisition firm. Cision, a PR tech company and owner of PR Newswire, is expected to have an initial value of $2.4 billion upon closing in Q2 2017. In a press release, Ein cited industry movement away from advertising and toward unpaid publicity — or “earned media” — as the reason for investing in Cision. As a blank check acqusition firm, Capitol develops publicly-traded investment vehicles to merge with exisiting private companies, easing their transition into a publicly listed company. In addition to its “earned media” tech arm, Cision owns PR Newswire, Gorkana Group, PR Web, HARO and iContact. The existing Cision management team, including CEO Kevin Akeroyd and CFO Jack Pearlstein, will continue to run the company. Joining the board of directors from Capitol are Mark Ein, chairman and CEO, as well as Dyson Dryden, president and CFO. “There is a shift in corporate marketing spend to the earned channel driven by its higher ROI and proven success in building brands and the declining efficacy of traditional paid media advertising,” Ein said. “We are investing in Cision, a market leader, to get behind this large, important trend and position the company for accelerated future growth. We think the combined company will deliver superior returns for investors long into the future.” PR Newswire came under the Cision umbrella in 2015 when it was purchased from UBM for $841 million. The sale was part of UBM’s realigned ‘events first’ strategy, through which they have continuously sold off media properties while investing in conference and event assets.
Culture Tags More on harassment Dress measures how much wearer was groped Shocker! VR has a harassment problem too Comments 3 Shachihata A Japanese company is out with a portable UV stamp that lets victims of harassment leave an identifying mark on anyone who tries to assail them. “This is a stamp intended to deter nuisance,” reads a translated product page from Shachihata, a maker of pre-inked rubber stamps and stamp pads.Though the company doesn’t mention groping specifically, uninvited touches from chikan (gropers) are a widely known problem for women on packed rush-hour trains in Japan. Two decades ago, the country introduced female-only cars, and some lines have installed cameras as a deterrent. More recently, an app called DigiPolice came out, allowing victims to broadcast a loud “Stop it!” or pull up a full-screen SOS message they can show to fellow passengers. Shachihata’s new “anti-nuisance stamp” imprints a 9-millimeter image of an open hand in special ink that’s only visible under fluorescent light. The stamp comes in a little yellow case (signaling warning, the maker says) and has a reel cord so it can be attached to a bag or pocket. The product costs ¥2,700 (about $25, £21, AU $38), but a limited run sold out within the first hour. A Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department report from 2017 recorded 1,750 cases of groping or molestation, 30 percent of which occurred during the peak rush hour times of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. But as prevalent as groping is in Japan, the potential for misuse of a gadget like this is clear. What’s to stop someone from stamping someone to get revenge after being jilted? Or tagging someone who’s simply being annoying by talking on the phone too loudly? The ink can be washed off and the product is mainly meant as a deterrent, company spokesman Hirofumi Mukai told the Japan Times. The era of #MeToo has brought other products aimed at discouraging groping and calling attention to the general issue of harassment. The sensor-laden Dress For Respect, for example, measures how many times the wearer was groped and transfers that information via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time.Originally published Aug. 28, 1:44 p.m PT. Share your voice