Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The TriActiv Spikers stayed in second spot at 4-1 while snapping the three-game winning run of the Cargo Movers, who dropped to 3-3.Cignal, which lost its third match in four starts, missed injured import Lynda Morales.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young All set for 5K Music RACE at McKinley Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Lindsay Stalzer of Foton over Shawna Lee Santos of Cignal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton coach Moro Branislav is far from impressed even after the Tornadoes’ sweep of the first round of eliminations.Foton downed Cignal, 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 25-14, last night at Filoil Flying V Centre for a 5-0 card in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix but the Serbian coach said it was still below his expectations.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ “I normally push my team to win 3-0 but one day’s it’s good, but another day it’s not,” said Branislav in halting English. “It’s good we sweep but playoffs more important.”Foton cemented its hold of the top spot despite the absence of 6-foot-4 Jaja Santiago, who is training with the National U team in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentLindsay Stalzer unloaded 20 points to lead Foton.Later, Petron bounced back from a loss to Foton three nights ago with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-10 beating of F2 Logistics. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments read more
FlickrIndia’s adoption of the lithium principle has displayed a laggardness pervasive across individuals and institutions by the very nature of its deficit. Spurred by the Paris Agreement goals of clean energy conversion in automobile usage, Volkswagen, the world’s biggest carmaker, said last year that it would begin a product blitz in 2020. Jaguar Land Rover has promised the same.Volkswagen’s fellow traveller Daimler set an ambitious target for electric vehicles or EVs earlier this year. This is not the first time in history when Volkswagen and Daimler have been involved in any sort of “blitz”. Neither have Indian carmakers lagged behind with their pledges to go into EV overdrive.Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), which took over EV pioneer Reva a few years ago, taught the market about the mechanics of EV adoption and the stylistic expectations of a gear-obsessed, petrol-driven Indian consumer. As M&M found out, tastes which could not be dislodged were meant to be modified. Overseas OEMs with assembly plants in India like Volkswagen, Hyundai, Honda, Daimler, Mitsubishi, Fiat, Piaggio, and lately, South Korea’s Kia Motors, have been slow on the uptake. EV production targets are unclear, but intermittent noises about new launches have been made in right earnest.The Indian section of the industry responded in double-quick time when it came to getting the vitals embedded in Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s exhortations to switch over entirely to “clean technology” (read EVs) totally by 2030 or get bulldozed. Promises by Maruti Suzuki and Jaguar Land Rover have not cleared the clouds, but shown the determined face of an industry almost fully reliant on sales of conventional fuel-driven vehicles. PixabayThe real alternative?It was clear that electric cars were no more meant to be queer add-ons to the mammoth car market running on perishable sources of energy. They were the total alternative. Nobody can quarrel with the idea of replacing pollution-heavy, petrol-fuelled cars and commercial vehicles with cleaner and environmentally sustainable technologies. But when push comes to shove, threats from Gadkari may not help.The auto industry, which has spent thousands of crores to raise capacities, has soldiered a rough road towards complying with the stricter BS6 emission norms set to kick in from 2020. The frenzied push for EV adoption compounds their troubles.Whether the Modi government likes it or not, current battery capacities, sky-high car prices and dearth of supporting infrastructure may not encourage a lightning shift to electric.Gadkari’s fait accompli was in true Modi government tradition the typical diktat — cavalier in spirit, high on quixotism, a brisk gloss-over of ground realities and pretty sloppy on outcome analytics. The government bulldozer is expected to be fuelled by hefty penalties imposed with impunity on the industry if compliance is not forthcoming. For Gadkari, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the promises of clean energy acceleration by India could not be ignored at any cost. Even if that cost was about suspending all logic (and logistics) in favour of ministerial grandstanding, though hopefully, on a temporary basis.The lofty target for 2030 would amount to more than 10 per cent of the world production of electric vehicles (EVs) as endorsed in the Paris climate talks. Countries with high rates of electric car dependence seem better placed to make it happen.That said, most Indian and India-based OEMs have for good reason made no clear announcements on targets for increasing electric car stock. The new launches are being readied, but that does not say much about their target markets. Or, target sales numbers.News reports say that Audi India is readying the launch of its electric car by 2020, while Hyundai has shelved plans to launch a hybrid and is now shifting focus to an electric car. On September 6, Nissan revealed the all-new Leaf – which will travel nearly 400 km between charges –, and while the brand has confirmed that it will test the car in India, it now has the incentive to launch the Leaf in India as well – over 6 years after it was first launched in the US market.Tesla and Nissan’s electric cars are yet to reach Indian auto showrooms, even as consumers fence-sit the possibility of seeing new cars which squeeze more juice out of less charging time.The services side of things reflects buyer apathy as much as it does governmental lack of vision. India’s tentative stock of low chargers for battery electric cars, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and other EV categories was a measly 328 units in 2016, a year which witnessed just about 450 new EV registrations. The picture for fast chargers is even more dismal; just 25 units up and running in the public space during 2016. India’s rabid bone of comparison China is looking to have 800,000 chargers up and running by the year-end.While the possibilities are exciting despite a virtually non-existent infrastructure, the fact that the EV market is not poised for a giant leap is primarily attributable to high prices, maintenance costs and consumer worries about availability and speed of charging.Scroll down for video Wikimedia CommonsYes, the possibilities are exciting enough. Thanks to a highly incentivised solar industry, India is poised to gain greater access than ever before to thin film solar PV cells. These can be integrated into car roofs. Transparent ones that utilise invisible spectrum rays can be integrated in windshields and window glasses. By expert reckoning, 300-500W could easily be generated while the car is running in day time or parked in the sun. This would raise the range, if only a bit. Every little improvement counts.Rhetoric versus real targetsNiti Aayog’s recommendations to get the electric bandwagon rolling do not appear workable. The central planning body aims to get electric vehicles to 44 percent (10-15 million) of the fleet by 2030, and is aggressively favouring them with tax rates 31 percentage points below those on hybrids and internal combustion engine cars under its new harmonised GST sales tax.The target of 10-15 million electric cars on the road by 2030 would require the construction of roughly five battery manufacturing facilities with the production capacity of the completed Tesla Gigafactory – 150 Gwh/year (gigawatt hours per year).Tesla’s Gigafactory 1’s projected capacity for 2018 is 50 GwH/yr, and its date of final completion is still a matter of speculation. The 150 Gwh/year capacity, whenever that is achieved, would enable Tesla to produce 1.5 million cars per year.Currently, across categories, India sells only 22,000 electric vehicles a year. Set off at a mid-point target range of 6-7 million cars zooming around on India’s potholed roads in 2030 would require the combined production capacities of roughly five Tesla Gigafactories.Going by the Indian auto industry’s production estimate for electric cars, the 2030 target would require eight to ten times the global stock of such vehicles. India would need to sell 10-15 million electric cars in 2030, in comparison with just about 5,000 electric cars the country had on the road in 2016. Or, compared with a mere 1.3 million on the road worldwide in 2015.Stiff headwinds face the fledgling EV industry, despite the REVA, India’s first EV rolling out over 16 years ago and taking the UK market by storm. Yet, spurred by Gadkari’s faith in battery power, the boardrooms of Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors are abuzz with market reconnaissance debates prior to testing the placid waters for a whiff of EV flavour.Scroll down for video International Energy AgencyRight now, the flavours inspire us not. Mahindra Electric’s e2oPlus and the eVerito are just about the only electric car options available on the market. Tata’s electric Nano is undergoing early tests in Coimbatore, while Maruti Suzuki has a fourth assembly line being readied in Gujarat – ostensibly, to incubate an upcoming electric car. Tata’s Tiago EV concept has been revealed in the UK. The Tiago and Nano’s electricals could provoke a degree of curiosity in a dull EV market, though a 2018 launch seems unlikely.EVs, in particular electric cars, are not yet on pace to become more mainstream in the future. Even a marked acceleration in the pace of their adoption may not really mean that India will not be stuck with more internal combustion engine vehicles running on petroleum-based fuels than we want. This is due to the fact that cars stay on the road a long time and the vast majority of cars sold today and for the next few years are of that variety, and the number of cars on the road is only going to swell due to the proliferation of vehicles in the country.Alternatives, and shifting goalpostsIndia saw production of nearly 2.5 crore vehicles in 2016-17, comprising motorcycles, scooters, cars, SUVs, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles. The challenge is to shift this fuel-guzzling multitude entirely to electric in roughly 13 years. The government’s orders to car makers are to not only make electric cars, but also port the battery-packs onto buses, three and two-wheelers.The questions which will follow as a natural corollary to widespread adoption of battery cars are already being raised. Anybody in cities like New Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru knows that residents can park only on the streets. If these are EVs, how do they get charged? How many locations will have electric outlets, including off-street? For that matter, how ready are our proposed Smart Cities when it comes to provisioning for charging stations?And, whenever EVs go truly mainstream, would they hypothetically be a disincentive to the public from using public transport or carpooling, even as they create a new breed of battery-powered traffic jams? These are questions to thrash out well before the future catches up with India’s stressed out infrastructure and snail-like pace of civic project completion.Economy of scale for the EV industry may not be feasible right now when scale does not truly exist and cost differentials are staying high. Struck by the insane costs of lithium battery-pack development, car prices continue to be inversely proportional to battery energy density — the EV version of mileage. A lithium ion battery alone constitutes 30-40 percent of a car’s selling price. Battery-driven buses and trucks are in the unaffordable range and considered rather unviable for long-distance travel. Tata Motors retails its pure electric bus ‘Starbus Electric 9m’ and hybrid ‘StarBus Electric 12m’ launched in January 2017 at indicative pricepoints of Rs 1.6 crore and Rs 2 crore.India would still go full speed ahead toward EV adoption as Gadkari and the BJP government insist in good faith, but government and industry should be investing in other alternative vehicles and fuels as well.Instead of GST tax breaks, the government can achieve much more by incentivising alternative fuel technologies and disincentivising those based on fossil fuels, not to mention coming out with a well designed package of economic incentives for the industry to enable a paradigm shift. A tax break of 12 percent for electric vehicles, for example, makes sense, but not when lithium batteries attract 28 per cent GST when sold separately to consumers choosing between different battery brands at a point of sale.Resorting to frequent policy changes will confound the auto industry and undermine its well cultivated market turf. In July this year, the government had actually told Parliament that there was no plan to make a switch to 100 per cent electric vehicles by 2030.For now, auto OEMs will need some quick and dirty launches in place by 2018-19 as they brave short-term pain in search of long-term gain. In the interim, the government must delete the bulldozer word out of its rough draft for clean energy. read more
Popular on Variety Peter Faricy, a former Amazon executive, was named to oversee all digital and direct-to-consumer businesses at Discovery Inc. He will report to David Zaslav, the company’s president and CEO. Faricy will be CEO, Global Direct-to-Consumer.As part of his duties, Faricy will run will Discovery’s current digital and direct-to-consumer businesses, which include Discovery’s GO TV Everywhere products, as well as Motor Trend, Eurosport Player, Discovery Kids, Dplay, and Discovery’s strategic alliance with PGA Tour to create an international presence for U.S professional golf. Faricy begins at Discovery on Sept. 17, 2018.“We are excited to welcome Peter and his vision and skill set to the Discovery leadership team as we accelerate our pivot to become a next-generation media company engaging passionate communities of fans around the world on every screen with trusted, high quality brands and content,” Zaslav said in a statement. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Discovery, which has grown in size since acquiring the media properties of Scripps Networks earlier this year, is emulating a play recently made by Walt Disney Co. That company in March created a stand-alone division to house its direct-to-consumer and international operations, and named Kevin Mayer to oversee the unit.Discovery said JB Perrette, President and CEO of Discovery Networks International, will continue to lead the overall Eurosport business and will work together with Faricy on direct-to-consumer product rollouts across international markets.Faricy joins Discovery from Amazon, where he ran Amazon Marketplace, the company’s third-party seller business. He previously led sales of music and movies at the e-commerce giant. Faricy has also held leadership roles at Borders Group, Ford, and McKinsey. He received an MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan and a BA in business administration from Michigan State University. read more
Categories: Cole News,News Money comes from continued oil extraction royalties 18Dec Rep. Cole announces recreational grant recommendations for area State Rep. Triston Cole today announced six recreational projects have been recommended for Charlevoix, Antrim, Montmorency and Otsego counties totaling $2,160,300.The Natural Resources Trust Fund annually recommends projects to acquire land or improve recreational facilities across the state. Projects in communities served by Rep. Cole are:Acquisition of 3.2 acres of land with 200 feet of frontage on Lake Michigan located south of Fisherman’s Island State Park in Charlevoix County, costing $350,000;Purchase of 80 acres in Montmorency County, currently known as Lyons Landing, for a public access site and boat launch on the west side of Fletcher’s Flood Water, The cost is $203,700;Acquisition of 2,100 acres of wildlife travel corridor in Otsego County to provide a connection between the Pigeon River Country State Forest and extensive state forest land west of Interstate 75. The property, costing $912,500, includes one mile of the Stewart Creek corridor and the entirety of Storey Lake;Development of a restroom, parking area and access route that exceeds the current Americans with Disabilities Act standards at the Dam Beach and Fishing Park in the village of Elk Rapids in Antrim County, at a cost of $99,100;Construction of a 2.5-mile extension of the paved, non-motorized Boyne Valley Trailway in Boyne Valley Township, to connect the village of Boyne Falls to the Boyne City-to-Charlevoix Trail. The cost is $295,000;Development of a $300,000 trailhead for the Iron Belle Trail in downtown Gaylord in Crawford County, also known as the Gaylord Gateway, which includes parking, a restroom building, bike rack, bike repair station, picnic tables, seat walls, lighting and landscaping.The funding for all projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land for oil and gas production and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.“It is exciting to see funding come in for recreational projects so more people can enjoy our natural resources in Northern Michigan,” Cole said. “None of this would be possible, however, without the continued extraction of petroleum products in Northern Michigan and other parts of the state. Keeping Line 5 open plays a key role in our area continuing to be a factor in oil and gas exploration.”##### read more
Parties looking to start up a local TV station in 30 UK areas, including Cambridge, Aberdeen, Bangor and York have until tomorrow to register their interest with communications regulator Ofcom.The deadline relates to a second wave of local channels, in localities that also include Basingstoke, Guildford, Inverness, Luton, Maidstone, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Reading, Stoke on Trent and Swansea.Last month Ofcom completed the first phase of local TV licensing which saw 19 licences awarded across the country – including in major cities like London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow. read more
FTTH network provider Deutsche Glasfaser is implementing Agama’s video service assurance solution.Deutsche Glasfaser operates a far-reaching Germany independent open access fibre-to-the-home network, along with an IPTV platform that comprises linear TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and multiscreen services.The company delivers free-to-air and pay TV channels to subscribers’ traditional TV sets via Deutsche Glasfaser’s set-top box, as well as to a TV-app for viewing on Android and IOS mobile devices.By implementing Agama’s video service assurance solution, Deutsche Glasfaser will look to efficiently manage service quality and the customer viewing experience.“Agama Technologies has an impressive track record of successfully supporting video operators in improving operational efficiency in everything from troubleshooting and root-cause analysis to customer-care processes,” said Niels Jonkman, director of media at Deutsche Glasfaser.“This, in combination with a proven ease of integration with players and devices, makes us confident in our selection of Agama Technologies for the area of the video service management.”Agama will exhibit at IBC on stand 5.A73 read more
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Between working with Lutheran Social Services’ program for unaccompanied refugee minors and Cass County Social Services," she said. For those looking to spend a bit less, markets. read more
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