Shah Rukh Khan’s Rasta look spins magic

first_imgShah Rukh KhanShah Rukh Khan stepped out of a swanky Lamborghini and onto a collegiate campus in the city to host a quiz show, looking natty in a formal suit teamed with a scraggy hairdo and rider shades.If the sartorial statement seems like a strange cocktail, only SRK could have pulled it off. For the record, this is the look he will be sporting in his upcoming flick Don 2 and this is the first time that he has unveiled the peculiar fashion statement at a public event in India.The crowd of more than 1,000, who were waiting to welcome the superstar went wild, naturally. In the mini riot that broke out, the fact that King Khan had actually arrived a full three hours after his scheduled time of 1 pm was forgotten. The quiz was scheduled to start at 3pm, but thanks to the superstar’s delayed arrival could only begin around 6pm.SRK of course was quick to make light of the situation with his trademark wit. He promptly mouthed a line from Don 2 : “It’s no longer about the police in just 11 nations, Don is now wanted by the police in 132 nations.” In between waving to the crowd and giving quick photo-ops to the press, SRK found time to leave a few soundbytes for the gathering.”I was Delhi student too, so I can relate to all of you. I must say it’s nice that you guys are studying in such a posh campus,” he said, as the ecstatic crowd drowned his voice. While organisational mismanagement saw half the media leave even before the actual quiz started, SRK made all hassles well worth facing once he took centrestage.When some of the quiz participants seemed nervous, SRK quipped: “I would often wonder how to prepare for something important in life. Till Mr Amitabh Bachchan gave me the right tip. I recall being at a show with him in New York, and I was quite nervous. I asked him how he got over anxiety pangs. He told me, ‘I just ensure my zipper is pulled up’. So, absorb all knowledge that comes your way and zip it up. Seize the day, live the moment.” As the quiz kicked off, SRK was in fine form. He ripped the college jackets off contestants who gave wrong answers, made a couple of teams that argued over a right answer do push- ups, in the process joining them in an impromptu push- up session himself.As the evening rolled, the quiz became a keen contest that unfolded amidst fun fare-SRK style. Contestants and the audience alike would have wished the quiz lasted for a little longer.advertisementlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka final: Mahela Jayawardene hits ton, helps Lankans score 274/6

first_imgMahela Jayawardene held the key for Sri Lanka after quick wickets pushed them on the backfoot as the visitors looked to put a good challenge before the hosts playing in the ICC World Cup finals at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.Mahela’s 103 not out (88 balls) gave the Sri Lankan middle order some stability which helped the team reach a decent total of 274 at the loss of 6 wickets in 50 overs.Batting at number four, Mahela stayed put holding the crease at one end even as other batsmen kept coming and returning to the pavilion. With his silken stroke play and calm presence at the crease, he scored all around the wicket hitting pacers and spinners with ease.Mahela and skipper K. Sangakkara were scoring freely until Yuvraj took the latter’s wicket in the 28th over as Lanka lost their third wicket at 122 runs. The visitors were in trouble when wickets fell in quick succession in the 39th (Samaraweera) and 40th overs (Kapugedera). After 40 overs, Sri Lanka were struggling at 183/5.last_img read more

Maurizio Sarri admits concern over Chelsea but sidesteps query on future

first_img Quick guide Premier League title race: the remaining fixtures Share on Pinterest Liverpool (85 points)21 Apr Cardiff (a) 26 Apr Huddersfield (h)5 May Newcastle (a) 12 May Wolves (h) Share via Email At the end Sarri failed to shake Guardiola’s hand. “I didn’t see him at that moment. Of course it’s usual to shake,” said the Chelsea manager. “I’ll go to say hello to him later . It was by chance. I wanted to go to the dressing room and didn’t see him. I’ve no problem with Pep.” Guardiola concurred. “I spoke with Gianfranco Zola [Sarri’s assistant] and it’s no problem. I have a good relationship with him.”The victory takes City clear of Liverpool on goal difference again, though Liverpool have a game in hand. Tottenham are five points back, also from a game fewer.Guardiola believes his team have the same appetite for success as his great Barcelona side. “It is there,” he said. “Our staff don’t love them too much because we don’t let [the players] breathe but it’s the only way. When we are not together any more they’ll say these guys worked a lot.“The only way I know is that the more you win games, the more you have to work. If you make a good performance, we have to maintain the level, we are competing with Tottenham and Liverpool – they’ve made their best start in their whole history.“The Liverpool trophy room is much bigger than ours so for us to still be there [competing] means a lot.” Share on Facebook Reuse this content Hide Thank you for your feedback. Was this helpful? Share on Messenger Topics Manchester City 6-0 Chelsea: player ratings from the Etihad Stadium Read more Share on LinkedIncenter_img Chelsea Maurizio Sarri Share on Twitter news Maurizio Sarri admitted he does not know if Chelsea will sack him as manager and said it was right that there should be scrutiny of his position following the 6-0 hiding at Manchester City.This was Chelsea’s biggest defeat since a 7-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in April 1991 and followed defeats of 4-0 at Bournemouth and 2-0 at Arsenal in their two previous away games. Asked if he feared losing his job, Sarri said “I don’t know” before admitting “my job is always at risk”, a situation that is hardly likely to be helped by what Sarri went on to say to Sky Sports Italia. “If the president [Roman Abramovich] calls, I’ll be happy, seeing as I never hear from him. To be honest, I don’t know what to expect.” Sergio Agüero hits hat-trick in Chelsea’s humiliation by Manchester City Abramovich’s record with managers suggests Sarri should not expect to be in charge of Chelsea for much longer, with further quotes to Sky Sports Italia attributed to the 60-year-old suggesting he is unsure of how to turn round the fortunes of a team that has dropped to sixth.“Matches like this can leave a mark,” Sarri said. “It won’t be easy to get back on our feet after this. Football is also made of heavy defeats. At half-time I told the lads that, if we were able to react, we’d come back stronger than ever.”Sarri has at least received the support of Pep Guardiola, a close personal friend. “People don’t understand how difficult the first year can be,” he said. “My first season here was difficult. People think if you buy players you can immediately come in and win but you need time. It just depends on the belief of the owners.” Show Manchester City Share on WhatsApp After the defeat at Arsenal last month Sarri said he was having a problem motivating his players. He denied there had been a similar difficulty here . “No, I don’t think so. My feeling in the week was good and yesterday in the meeting it was good, and in the warm-up. So my feeling was the motivation was the right level.“We started well and then conceded the goal after four minutes in a stupid way and at that moment we had to stay in the match. We were not able to do it. We made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents, we have to say that they played fantastic football.” Manchester City (86 points)24 Apr Man Utd (a)28 Apr Burnley (a)4 May Leicester (h)12 May Brighton (a) Read morelast_img read more

International AIDS Society And Elton John AIDS Foundation Honor Frontline Health Workers

first_imgThe full list of nominees and the names of those who nominated them include: • Dr. Alexander Yurchenko, Kyiv City Clinical Hospital no. 5, nominated by Dzmitry Filippau of the Ukraine. • Martha Angelica Carillo, independent consultant, nominated by Erika Castellanos of Belize • Dr. Hector Javier Salvatierra Flores, Reference Center for STI ( ‘Alberto Barton’), nominated by Jana Villayzan Aguilar of Peru • Dr. Hermine Meli , Yaoundé Central Hospital, nominated by Floribert Aikiki and Kevin Evina of Cameroon The International AIDS Society (IAS) has launched a new campaign to celebrate doctors, nurses, and other frontline health workers who deliver quality integrated HIV prevention, care, and treatment services to key populations, often in the face of discriminatory laws, traditions, and belief systems.Supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Me and My Health Care Provider campaign gives members of key populations, including men who have sex with men and transgender populations, the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their health care workers for their efforts to provide inclusive health care services and create safe, secure, and supportive environments.“The relationship between clients and their health care providers should be a sacred one, based on trust and mutual respect. But many men who have sex with men and transgender people visiting health care clinics are met with disdain, overt discrimination and, at times, even arrest,” said Elton John, singer, songwriter, and Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “These are the attitudes that fuel the HIV epidemic and prevent those at the forefront of the epidemic from accessing life-saving HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.”The launch of the campaign at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban featured health care providers from around the world who had been nominated by their clients for their outstanding work. In addition to being featured at the launch ceremony, the nominees will also be highlighted on social media, under the hashtag #DoingTheRightThing.
”Community health workers, nurses, and doctors working on the frontlines of the HIV epidemic are critical to our success in meeting the needs of key populations. But the efforts of these local champions are often overlooked,” said Chris Beyrer, AIDS 2016 International Chair and President of the International AIDS Society. “There is no greater honour than to be able to celebrate these individuals today who are ‘doing the right thing’ as it is in ways like this that we can really tackle stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings.”The campaign was developed under the auspices of IAS’s “Nobody Left Behind” initiative, which highlights the importance of addressing the HIV needs of all key populations to help end AIDS. By acknowledging and celebrating health care providers delivering exceptional service in the face of extraordinary challenges, the campaign hopes more service providers will begin replicating these efforts.last_img read more

American First Family in Kaftan Dresses A Symbolic Gesture of Friendship

Rabat – Dressed in Moroccan-style outfits, First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters attended an iftar meal in Marrakesh last night with members of the King Mohammed VI’s family. Mrs. Obama and her two daughters dressed in kaftan dresses – traditional Moroccan robes for special occasions — appropriately modified for the three American visitors. The First Lady wore a simple, patterned kaftan dress with traditional Moroccan-style buttons down the middle, while her daughters dressed in long, patterned dresses reminiscent of the Moroccan robes. Members of the royal family wore more ornate, traditional kaftans. The First Family’s decision to wear Moroccan-inspired clothing and participation in this important Ramadan ritual symbolized the friendship and cultural exchange that has characterized the two nations’ diplomatic relations for centuries.Since declaring independence in 1776, America has benefitted from largely positive relations with the Kingdom. Morocco was one of the first nations to seek diplomatic relations with the nascent United States; diplomacy between the two countries in the late 18th century began a long history of cooperation based on economic opportunities. The strong relationship between the two countries has been underpinned by friendly relations between leaders since its inception. George Washington, the first American president, wrote a letter to Sultan Sidi Mohamed praising him as a “Great and Magnanimous Friend.” Multiple American presidents and leaders traveled the Kingdom throughout the 20th century, and King Hassan II and King Mohammed VI each visited Washington several times. President Bill Clinton, King Mohammed VI, Lalla Meriem, and Hillary Rodham Clinton at a state dinner at the White House in 2000. (Photo credit: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images.)Today, Morocco is an important strategic ally for the United States with respect to counterterrorism efforts, sustainable development, and spreading democracy and education in the MENA region. The United States has invested heavily in trade and foreign aid in Morocco and has established many government-funded cultural exchange programs for students from both countries.However, debates over U.N. presence in the Western Sahara strained relations between the Kingdom and America this spring. After U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon referred to Moroccan presence in the Western Sahara as an “occupation” in March, Morocco expelled U.N. civilian staff from the region. In April, the United States proposed that U.N Security Council require Morocco to readmit the expelled workers. The United States has largely supported Morocco’s stances regarding the Western Sahara in the past. Some leaders, including Hillary Clinton, have even been criticized by pro-Polisario groups for their close alignment with Rabat’s policies. However, America’s support for the reinstatement of U.N. workers in the region this spring angered Morocco.Mrs. Obama’s visit the Kingdom and commitment to cooperation with the Moroccan government to improve girls’ educational opportunities indicates the two nations’ desire to move beyond the tension of the spring. In a blog post detailing her trip, the First Lady noted that Morocco is one of the United States’ “oldest allies” and an “important partner” in America’s initiatives to increase access to girls’ education. While in the Kingdom, she announced that the American government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation will invest $100 million to reorient and improve secondary school in Morocco. According to Mrs. Obama, these funds will help 50,000 teenage girls access secondary education.The First Lady’s investment in girls’ education in Morocco indicates the United States’s reaffirmed commitment to strong political relations with Morocco after the tensions of the spring. However, pictures of Mrs. Obama and her daughters dressed in Moroccan-style clothing and smiling broadly next to Lalla Salma at the iftar indicate that the relationship between the two countries is not only strategic. The First Family’s visit is the most recent manifestation of a long history of cross-cultural friendship between Moroccan and American leaders, a relationship that will be increasingly important as xenophobic anxiety rises across the world.Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the Obamas wore kaftans. They wore Kaftan dresses. read more

MadeinCanada labgrown meat a possibility after grant from US nonprofit

Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press A group of Toronto scientists will soon attempt to develop a less-expensive way to grow lab-made meat after securing a grant from an American non-profit aiming to boost advances in cultured protein.Cellular agriculture has been touted as the future of food thanks to its smaller environmental footprint and consideration for animal welfare, but until recently much of the research has been done south of the border.Cultured food uses cell cultures to grow animal products like beef, eggs or milk in a laboratory without the need for livestock. Some companies have already made these kinds of products, but it’s an expensive undertaking and no such items are readily available on store shelves yet.“This is our, my first foray into this kind of research,” said Peter Stogios, a senior research associate at the University of Toronto and lead researcher on the winning project.He’s trying to overcome what he sees as one of the biggest hurdles for the whole industry of cultured meat — an expensive component to what he likens to a broth needed to grow meat in a lab.The broth is composed of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and growth factors that are essential to sustain tissue culture. Those growth factors are very expensive, he said.“Can we create those protein molecules, those growth factors better, cheaper and actually make them more potent?” he said.The four-person team will cast a wide net to look at growth factors from other species, like birds and fish, and attempt to mix those with cow cells. They hope to start the initial phase immediately and wrap it up within six months.If they discover an exotic growth factor or multiple that works really well, he said, the team will enter into an engineering phase where it will try to make them more potent. The second phase could take a year and a half.The Good Food Institute in Washington, D.C., awarded the team US$250,000 over two years to pursue the project in an announcement made earlier this month. It’s one of 14 projects to receive the inaugural grant for plant-based and cell-based meat research and development, and the only cell-based project winner from Canada.The GFI was particularly excited with Stogios’s proposal because it addresses the industry’s cost issue and isn’t just looking at lab-grown beef, but also possibilities for other proteins, like chicken, said Erin Rees Clayton, the scientific foundations liaison.Whatever advances Stogios and his team make will be published and widely available, hopefully eliminating repetitive research and development at cell-based meat companies, she said.“If Peter is able to create these, they’ll be relevant to many different companies and they won’t have to spend the time and resources to create those growth factors,” she said.Neither she nor Stogios are aware of any other academic research in a similar vein, though it’s possible a company in the industry is privately conducting similar research.Stogios said the current research is in the early stages, but depending on what he discovers, the third stage would be to enter into industrial agreements with companies to scale up.“I think it would be amazing,” he said.Stogios, who admits he’s new to the lab-grown meat field, isn’t aware of much other research in the area being conducted in Canada.“We face this in everything in innovation in Canada,” he said. “Nobody has the answer to it.”He speculates there’s a lack of venture capital funding to launch and then grow startups in Canada.New Harvest, a non-profit U.S. research organization that funds cellular agriculture research, was established in 2004 and was once headquartered in Toronto.“The relative lack of interest from consumers and researchers (and ultimately, donors) in Canada is one of the reasons why New Harvest moved its office from Toronto to New York City in 2015,” said the organization’s then communications director Erin Kim in an email in 2017.At the time, she said Canada was “lagging well behind the U.S.,” but considered it understandable due to the massive difference in the countries’ population sizes. New Harvest declined to comment prior to publication on whether the situation has changed since.Some Canadian startups in this space have emerged. Vancouver-based Appleton Meats is working “to engineer the perfect beef patty,” according to its website, while Edmonton-based Future Fields is also working on cellular agriculture products.Rees Clayton said the innovation is no longer confined to the U.S. She’s starting to see much more global interest in cellular agriculture.“Certainly we’re seeing interest from Canadian researchers and entrepreneurs on both the plant-based side and cell-based meat side.” read more

One third of abductions in Uganda involve children top UN rights official

Mary Robinson told the top UN rights body — the Commission on Human Rights — that if there was no change in the situation, hundreds of children, both boys and girls, would be abducted by a rebel movement in the country known as the “Lord’s Resistance Army” (LRA). “Many of them,” she said, “will ultimately perish in the bush, either as a result of the harsh living conditions or at the hands of other captives.”Reporting on her office’s mission to Uganda, Sudan and Kenya over the past month to investigate the abduction of children in northern Uganda, Ms. Robinson noted that the vast majority of LRA fighters and camp followers were either children or had been children at the time of their abduction into the movement. The mission had heard that children abducted by the LRA were forced to carry out attacks in their home villages and were killed when trying to escape. Most women and girls who had been abducted were taken to serve as “wives” for LRA commanders.Giving an overview of efforts in place to combat the problem, Ms. Robinson said that significant steps had been taken by Uganda towards the prevention of further abductions and the reintegration of child abductees who had escaped from the LRA. Throughout the major population centres in the affected areas, she added, local organizations had formed to mobilize support and assistance to affected families and returning children.National and international efforts must be focused on expediting the return and reintegration of the children, she said, stressing the importance of education and vocational training for returnees.Last night, the Commission, which is currently meeting in its 57th session, adopted resolutions on the situation of human rights in parts of south-eastern Europe, Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar and Cuba. read more

Oil below US100 for first time since February amid global econlomic concerns

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil dropped below US$100 a barrel for the first time since February on Friday following a disappointing U.S. jobs report and warnings of a weakening world economy.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude fell as low as $99.90 Friday before edging back to $100.21 a barrel in New York. Still, crude prices were down 2.3 per cent on the day.Brent crude, used to set the price of oil imported into the United States, lost $1.98 to US$114.10 a barrel.Oil prices have been falling since Wednesday as analysts and traders increasingly focus on the economy.The U.S. Labour Department said Friday that the American economy added just 115,000 jobs in April — far fewer than the pace of hiring earlier this year.Meanwhile, government data shows that U.S. oil consumption dropped 5.3 per cent in the first quarter, and supplies have been growing for the last six weeks, hitting a 22-year high in Cushing, Okla., where benchmark crude is delivered.The European economy also is slowing down as eurozone governments continue to struggle with a mountain of debt.“We’re fearful that the economy is slowing more than we originally thought,” PFGBest analyst Phil Flynn said.Oil has crossed the $100 mark 21 times in the last year, between a high of US$113.93 and a low of US$75.67 on Oct. 4.As demand falls in the West, OPEC has been delivering more oil to world markets in an effort to force prices even lower. And western countries are planning talks with Iran over its nuclear program, easing fears of a protracted standoff in the Middle East.In other futures trading, heating oil lost 5.12 cents to US$3.0357 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline lost 4.55 cents to US $3.0045 a gallon, while natural gas dropped 4.6 cents to US$2.294 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted May 4, 2012 10:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil below US$100 for first time since February amid global econlomic concerns read more

Sales of new US homes tick up 02 pct in September revisions

Sales of new US homes tick up 0.2 pct. in September; revisions wipe away much of August surge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. sales of new homes were nearly flat in September, after the government sharply revised downward what was initially an August surge in buying.New-home sales edged up 0.2 per cent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The report also revised down the August sales rate to 466,000 from 504,000.The pace of sales for newly built homes has improved a mere 1.7 per cent so far this year compared to 2013. Only the South has experienced gains in buying year-to-date, while purchases have fallen in the Northeast, Midwest and West.Housing has struggled to fully rebound since the recession ended more than five years ago. Many potential buyers lack the savings and strong credit history needed to afford a home, causing them to rent or remain in their existing houses instead of upgrading.Construction and buyers of new homes have trickled back from the worst of the bust, but new-home sales remain drastically below the annual rate of 700,000 during the 1990s.Sales in the most expensive Western states declined in September, reversing some of the gains made in August. Because homes are pricier in the West, that pushed down the median price for a new home to $259,000 from $286,800 in the prior month.Analysts noted that the new-home sales report from the government is notoriously volatile from month to month, yet sales have basically been stuck in place for the past few years.“There is little evidence that the new single-family housing market is decisively breaking out of its medium-term flat pattern,” said Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at the forecasting firm MFR.Some of the financial pressures on homebuyers are starting to ease, yet it’s unlikely that will do much to suddenly boost sales of new homes in the final months of this year.Over the past two weeks, federal regulators have unveiled plans to loosen down payment requirements, and mortgage rates have tumbled below 4 per cent. Along with a slowdown in price growth, these factors could eventually help usher more buyers into the real estate market.Average rates for a 30-year mortgage fell to 3.92 per cent from 3.97 per cent last week, the mortgage company Freddie Mac reported. That is the lowest level since June 2013 and marks a solid decline from average rates that began the year at 4.53 per cent. When rates fall, it becomes cheaper for people to borrow and makes homes more affordable.But many potential buyers are unable to upgrade to a new home by selling their current home, as prices still have yet to exceed mortgage debt for much of the country.More than 8 million homes are “seriously underwater,” representing 15 per cent of all properties with a mortgage and roughly $1.4 trillion worth of negative equity, according to the housing data company RealtyTrac. The lasting damage from the housing bust continues to weigh on the market, preventing some homeowners from upgrading to larger houses and limiting the options of buyers.Builders have yet to meaningfully ramp up construction of single-family houses.Almost all of the 6.3 per cent growth in housing starts last month came from apartments and multi-family construction, the Commerce Department reported. Starts for single-family houses rose just 1.1 per cent in September compared to the prior month.Increased apartment construction reflects a broader shift toward renting. Many would-be buyers endured the loss of their financial savings and potentially their jobs during the recession. As wages have barely surpassed inflation during the recovery, a broad swath of Americans lack the income needed to buy a house.The troublesome housing landscape has created a paradox: It’s ostensibly cheaper to own for the time-being but more people are stuck renting, according to an analysis from the real estate data firm Trulia. A recent report by the firm found that current mortgage rates have made it 38 per cent cheaper to buy a home rather than renting, based on a seven-year timeframe.“Consumers tell us that the main obstacle to homeownership is the down payment,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Trulia in the report. “For those would-be homeowners —especially first-timers without savings or equity from another home — a low-down-payment mortgage might be the only option.”Federal regulators have announced plans this month to lower the down payment requirements for some Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs to 3 per cent from 5 per cent. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2014 8:40 am MDT read more

FROM THE FIELD Race is on to halt biodiversity loss in Indonesia

UNDP Indonesia | The babirusa lives in isolated parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, as well as several nearby islands, and is now mainly restricted to protected areas.The trade in wildlife in the South-East Asian country, which is estimated to be worth up to US$1 billion a year, has already led to the extinction of some animal species and disrupted the region’s ecological balance.Now, UNDP is working with the Indonesian government, conservation groups and local people, to reduce the illegal trading of animals and enforce wildlife protection.On Monday, the UN warned that, globally, one million species risk becoming extinct within decades. Read more about the measures being taken, here: read more

Transport News Brief – Monday 15 January 2007

Transport News Brief Transport News Brief goes to over 40,000 named subscribers each week. An average of two or more ‘pass on’ readers for each subscriber suggests there are over 100,000 readers. Edited by Robin Dickeson at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DS, England, tel +44 (0)2 073 449 222, it is free to the commercial vehicle and road transport industry, SMMT members and journalists worldwide. Please e-mail Robin Dickeson on rdickeson@smmt.co.uk if you have news you would like us to see. If you would like copies sent to colleagues, please e-mail Natasha James on njames@smmt.co.uk. If you want your name taken off the list, please use the ‘Unsubscribe’ button at the end of the last page. Transport News Brief Week 3, Monday 15 January 2007 Hybrid truck from Volvo Group Canada’s Truck News reports that a deal with the US Air Force has helped the Volvo Group show that its I-SAM (Integrated Starter Alternator Motor) hybrid kit is suitable for heavy trucks. The firm says its system can cut fuel consumption by up to 35%, using a traditional diesel engine; a Volvo I-Shift automated transmission; an electronic motor to generate some 160 hp electric power with energy storage and power train control systems. Volvo Group boss Leif Johansson told journalists that its subsidiary Mack Trucks has won four contracts from the US Air Force to develop hybrid-powered trucks and says the firm plans civilian versions. Mack will build and test trucks though 2007 and 2008 and start production in 2009. Johansson said there is a big potential market for heavy-duty hybrids in North America and Europe with 20,000 refuse; 80,000 construction; and 200,000 urban delivery vehicles are already in operation. More from www.trucknews.com Stand alone digitach analysis TruTac says its stand alone digital analysis system solution is unique. “It doesn’t need an external connection to a ‘third party supplier’ so you can analyse digital tachographs instantly on site,” says Martin Taylor-Smith, boss of TruTac. “Our mixed fleet analysis software TruControl, we have the only truly stand alone system for digital analysis. It gives access anytime – anywhere.” He says that as many of the firm’s customers have switched to digitachs, it doesn’t see all of the data but knows the system for over 100,000 analyses a month. “Operators then merge this data seamlessly with over 450,000 analogue charts a month that we analyse to provide extensive exception and KPI reporting – an amazing figure in itself.” More from Martin Taylor-Smith on +44 (0)2 476 857 870 or martin.taylorsmith@trutac.co.uk Hybrid trucks for Wal-Mart ArvinMeritor in the US says it will develop the first dual-mode heavy duty diesel-electric drive line in the country for Wal-Mart Transportation. The firm says the technology, which it’s been working on for ‘some time’ will cut fuel consumption, emissions and maintenance costs for the Cummins powered International Class 8 ProStar tractor. ArvinMeritor will provide the tandem axle, regenerative braking system, air disc brakes and advanced ABS with integrated stability control and driver assistance systems, software, electronic controls, transfer case, motors, as well as the battery power from a third party. “This project is a major step in our work in alternative drive train development for power transmission and emissions,” said Carsten J. Reinhardt, president of the company’s Commercial Vehicle Systems business. “It has tremendous promise for the worldwide heavy-duty trucking market.” Wal-Mart says that in the next 10 years it plans to double the fuel efficiency for heavy duty truck fleet. There is no news so far about the truck fleet run by Wal-Mart’s UK supermarket subsidiary Asda. More from D. Mike Pennington on +1 (0) 248 435 1933 or david.pennington@arvinmeritor.com Euro 4 & 5 exhaust systems moved Specialist exhaust makert Astra Vehicle Technologies says it has agreed a deal with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and several truck makers to provide re-routed Euro 4 and 5 exhaust systems. “The days have gone when anyone with a welding set can provide a replacement exhaust system,” says Bill Critchley of Astra “Euro 4 and 5 technology means that to maintain system performance, you can only use approved modifications to exhaust systems.” Critchely says that on trucks for some specialist work, the original silencer position isn’t always suitable. “Tippers with a hydraulic crane fitted behind the cab are an example and so are some petrol tankers, where the nearside needs to be kept clear for discharge pumps.” More from Bill Critchley on +44 (0)1 513 485 777 or billc@astra-vt.com First Euro 5 Volvo goes to work Volvo says its first UK Euro 5 truck has gone to work with the Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer. More from Nigel Hanwell on +44 (0)1 926 414 210 or nigel.hanwell@volvo.com Iveco confident about 2007 Iveco UK registered 13,725 vans and trucks between 3.2 and 44 tonnes GVW in 2006. “One of the year’s biggest successes came at 18 tonnes where we increased our share by 9.7% to 868, outperforming every other manufacturer in the sector and ending the year with a 12.7% share,” said Chris Thorneycroft-Smith, managing director. “At 6.5 tonnes the Daily held its position as clear market favourite, taking 556 units in the fastest growing part of the 3.51 to 6.5 tonne van sector.” Thorneycroft-Smith said that the response to the launch of the Daily has been very good. “We start 2007 with a healthy order book and best product range to date. I am confident Iveco can further increase its share of the heavy truck market in 2007 too.” More from Nigel Emms on +44 (0)1 923 259 513 or emms@iveco.com Scarab surprise at CV Show Innovative road sweeper maker Scarab has booked a stand at the CV Show for the first time. “We’re really looking forward to the show,” said Vic Beckwith, marketing and sales manager. “We’re dipping our toes in the water because we know it’s a great opportunity to meet people and that’s what this business is all about.” Beckwith says the firm plans some surprises and a special launch at the show. The Kent based firm exports to 40 countries and says it is market leader in France. “We aim to capitalise on our position and our unique environmental advantages too and the CV Show in April is the ideal place.” More from Vic Beckwith on +44 (0)1 622 831 006 or vbeckwith@scarab-sales.com Maxus for £50 a week LDV says its finance deal makes its Maxus van range available on a business lease from only £49.85 a week. The firm says it the only one to offer a class leading five-year non-transferable, 100,000 miles warranty on a commercial vehicle. And for operators that buy a new Platinum range Maxus before 31 March 2007, there are three new no-cost incentives: “An operator can choose £500 worth of professional power tools or dealer fit options up to the value of £500 or free Traffic Master satellite navigation system,” says Steve Miller, marketing director. “And this is coupled with class-leading cost of ownership courtesy of 20,000-mile service intervals, best in class insurance ratings and excellent fuel economy.” More from Steve Miller on +44 (0)1 213 223 089 or smiller@ldv.com. Truck operating costs up in line with inflation Transport Engineer magazine says that though the price of UK diesel fuel hit a new all-time high last July, the overall cost of operating trucks between 7.5 and 44 tonnes rose broadly in line with inflation, by 2.5-3.5 % last year. In a detailed analysis of truck operating costs, Transport Engineer says that despite the summer spike to 79p a litre and the 1.25p a litre duty increase in December, the average cost of bulk diesel through 2006 was 76.9p a litre, up 4.3% on the 2005 figure. The relatively low cost of borrowing, falling insurance premiums and the ‘restrained’ prices of trucks and trailers helped contain costs, though depreciation is now at £1.00 an hour for a tractor unit. “Fortunately, fear of inflation-busting wage increases for drivers and maintenance staff had proved unfounded, so far, says Tim Blakemore, editor. The full analysis of truck operating costs in the UK is in the January 2007 issue of Transport Engineer, the monthly magazine of SOE IRTE , the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, out now. More from Tim Blakemore on +44 (0)1 428 714 278 or timb@aztecxpress.com Speed limiters go lower and slower From 1 January 2007 virtually all goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes GVW and all minibuses with eight or more passenger seats, irrespective of weight, need speed limiters. Vans and light trucks are limited to 90kph (56 mph) while minibuses are limited to 100 kph (60 mph). Specifically, those first registered between 1 October 2001 and 31 December 2004, have Euro 3 engines and are used on national operations in this country are now covered by the speed limiter legislation introduced in January 2005. Also, all trucks first registered between 1 October 2001 and 31 December 2004 operating between 7.5 tonnes and 12 tonnes, must have their speed limiters recalibrated from 100 kph to 90 kph (60mph to 56mph). The full details are at www.transportoffice.gov.uk/newspeedlimiterregs And from I January 2007 any van, light truck, minibus or coach fitted with a speed limiter is banned from the outside lane of a three or more lane motorway. More from Henry Norman on +44 (0)1 179 543 208 or henry.norman@vosa.gov.uk Clean Air Power starts to clean up in Oz The UK’s Clean Air Power says it won a £1.5m order for between 50 and 70 of its Dual-Fuelâ„¢ gas and diesel fuel engine conversions to Mitchell Corporation, a transport firm in Perth, Western Australia. This involves fitting both new and existing trucks with kit to run on liquid natural gas. The order follows a trial that should give annual fuel savings of up to £40,000 from each of the 14 trucks involved. More from Steve Carman on +44 (0)1 628 526 208 or steve@nobull-communications.co.uk For stand space sales and marketing for the 2007 Commercial Vehicle Show and Automotive Trade Show, from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 April, contact Crystal Communications on +44(0)1 634 261 262 or sales@cvshow.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

OSU to face off against Michigan outdoors at Progressive Field

The rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan is about to get a little chillier. The OSU men’s hockey team will take on Michigan outdoors in the “Frozen Diamond Faceoff” at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, on Jan. 15, 2012, at 5:05 p.m. This will be the first outdoor collegiate hockey game in the state of Ohio. OSU will be the home team in the neutral-site game and it will be played on a regulation-sized rink. Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians, said in a Thursday press conference that he expects a full house for the game. Capacity at Progressive Field is 43,441. “We expect the place to be sold out,” he said. “I think recognizing how passionate the fan base is for Ohio State, recognizing that Michigan fans are extremely mobile and there also are a lot in the state of Ohio, and again the rivalry, we think (it) certainly sparks some interest.” Shapiro said the game will be a “unique” event, but they are staying “open and flexible” to hosting future hockey games, he said. This will be second time the OSU men’s hockey team has played outdoors. The Buckeyes previously faced off against Wisconsin in Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers, on Feb. 11, 2006. OSU lost 4-2. Michigan has played in three outdoor games, including a game in 2010 at Michigan Stadium versus Michigan State. The game set a world record for attendance at a hockey game with 85,451 fans in attendance, according to the Guiness Book of World Records. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, the official OSU athletics website, ohiostatebuckeyes.com, changed the venue for the game against Michigan scheduled for Jan. 14, 2012, from Value City Arena to “TBA.” The game will be a part of “Indians Snow Days,” the second season-long event running from Nov. 25 through Jan. 16 at Progressive Field, in which fans can ice skate and snow tube at the stadium. A presale for tickets will be made available for students in the coming weeks at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. read more

Microsoft Twitter account says Windows Phone 7 handsets heading to Verizon by

first_imgWhen Microsoft finally debuted their long-awaited new smartphone OS, Windows Phone 7, they had pretty much every American carrier on board, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Even so, there was one conspicuous absence: Verizon.Why was Verizon shut out of the WP7 launch? Pretty simple: Verizon’s network is CDMA, and unless handset manufacturers make CDMA-compatible variations of their handsets, they just won’t run on Verizon.AdChoices广告It’s been widely speculated that Verizon won’t see any Windows Phone 7 phones until early 2011, but according to a tweet posted on the official Windows Phone Twitter account, Verizon subscribers might still be able to get a Windows Phone 7 device before Christmas.In response to a tweet from Twitter user @joeyjoyjoy, Microsoft said “WP7 devices will be rolling into Verizon stores this holiday season,” and then went on to say that more devices would launch on Verizon Wireless in early 2011.Needless to say, this is the first anyone’s heard that is even remotely official about WP7 landing on Verizon. Is it true? My guess is no: there’s been no official announcement from Verizon, and the Tweet has since been pulled, which indicates it was just a mistake on the part of the nameless corporate drone hired to field the Twitter account. Still, fingers crossed, right?Read more at BGRlast_img read more

Lutte antidrogue en Afghanistan du safran contre du pavot

first_imgLutte anti-drogue en Afghanistan : du safran contre du pavot Afghanistan – Les militaires italiens présents dans le pays se sont vus confier la mission de remplacer la culture du pavot par celle du safran. Un véritable défi dans cette région du globe où les trafiquants de drogue abondent. La région d’Hérat, en Afghanistan, est placée sous le contrôle de l’armée italienne. Celle-ci a distribué 60 tonnes de bulbes de safran aux populations locales, afin que ces plantations remplacent celles de pavot. Grâce à cette initiative, en cinq ans, la taille des champs de pavot a fondu comme neige au soleil, passant de 2000 à moins de 500 hectares.À lire aussiCet homme a fabriqué un Jurassic Park miniature pour sa tortue Des associations afghanes se sont créées pour recueillir le pistil du safran, très prisé. Cette récolte assure un revenu de 9.000 dollars par an et par hectare, ce qui équivaut au triple de ce que peut rapporter le pavot. Cette généralisation de la culture du safran, remplaçant peu à peu celle du pavot à l’origine de l’opium, n’est pas pour plaire aux trafiquants et aux Talibans, qui voient une manne financière leur filer entre les doigts. A tel point que des camions transportant des bulbes ont été incendiés et leurs chauffeurs assassinés. L’armée italienne se voit donc contrainte, pour poursuivre ces livraisons, d’escorter les convois ou de livrer les populations en hélicoptères.”Le safran représente l’avenir de l’Afghanistan”, affirme le haut représentant de l’ONU, Staffan de Mistura. “Ce projet est fondamental au développement de ce pays”, ajoute la lieutenante Silvia Guberti, chargée de la coordination du projet avec les femmes afghanes.Le 31 octobre 2010 à 15:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nucléaire Greenpeace accroche une banderole chez EDF

first_imgNucléaire : Greenpeace accroche une banderole chez EDFDes militants de Greenpeace ont escaladé l’immeuble du siège d’EDF aujourd’hui à Paris pour accrocher une banderole dont le slogan est “Le nucléaire sûr n’existe pas”.EDF tenait à la mi-journée sa première conférence de presse depuis l’accident nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon. Un rendez-vous auquel Greenpeace s’est invité. Son opération spectaculaire visait à réclamer une nouvelle fois la sortie de la France du nucléaire.”La situation japonaise nous rappelle douloureusement que l’énergie nucléaire est extrêmement dangereuse”, a souligné auprès de l’AFP Sophia Majnoni, en charge de la campagne nucléaire pour Greenpeace. Les militants ont dénoncé en particulier les risques pour la sûreté et l’environnement des projets de réacteur EPR dont l’un est actuellement en chantier à Flamanville dans la Manche et l’autre en projet à Penly en Seine-Maritime, détaille l’agence de presse.Selon la responsable de Greenpeace, “comme toute installation nucléaire, l’EPR sera générateur de risques incontrôlables et imprévisibles”.Le 21 avril 2011 à 16:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

China Opens Martian Base for Teens Who Want to Live on Mars

first_imgStay on target NASA Captures ‘Red-Handed’ Avalanche on Mars in Mesmerizing PhotoBest Skywatching Events in September 2019 China wants to send humans to Mars in the future, and now, it is giving teens the opportunity to experience what life would be like on the Red Planet with a new “martian” base.On Wednesday, “Mars Base 1” opened in the Gobi desert, and it aims to expose teens and eventually tourists to a mock Red Planet habitat, AFP reported. The base, which cost $7.47 million to build, was designed with help from the Astronauts Centre of China and the China Intercontinental Communication Centre.Photo Credit: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty ImagesAt the base, teens get to have a taste of Mars living conditions. It’s white-colored, with a silver dome and nine modules that include a control room, an airlock, a greenhouse, and living quarters. Teens get to wear spacesuit-like tracksuits and go on trips in the Gobi desert, where they can explore caves in the area’s “martian-like” terrain. The best part? There isn’t much around the vicinity, since the closest town, Jinchang, is about 25 miles away from the mock Mars hub.Photo Credit: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty ImagesNext, C-Space, the company behind the base, plans to expand the location, which is currently an educational facility for teens, to space-obsessed tourists with a themed hotel and restaurant on the site.“We are trying to come up with solutions … the base is still on Earth, it’s not on Mars, but we have chosen a landform that matches closest to Mars,” C-Space founder Bai Fan told AFP.Photo Credit: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty ImagesSome members of the scientific community, including Jiao Weixin, a professor at the School of Earth and Space Sciences at Peking University in China, aren’t completely onboard with the base’s initiatives.“To truly replicate the harsh, toxic conditions of Mars would be to create a truly hostile environment, which is expensive and ‘completely unnecessary.’ From the very beginning, I’ve been opposed to this,” he told AFP. “Tourism doesn’t make much sense … what is the meaning in it?”China is still making moves though in the space department: In early 2019, China accomplished its first soft touchdown on the far side of the moon and placed a rover on its surface. Chang’e-4, the robotic probe, has a panoramic camera, a ground-penetrating radar, imaging spectrometers, and an energetic neutral atom analyzer to study how solar wind might impact the moon’s surface. With Chang’e-4, scientists can learn more about the mysterious “dark side” of the moon and how lunar water is formed.More on Geek.com:Curiosity Rover Takes First Bite of ‘Clay-Bearing Unit’ on MarsNASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Two Solar Eclipses on Mars NASA Reveals Top Three Designs for Space-Friendly Homes on Marslast_img read more

Roads closed after water main break in Sea Ranch Lakes

first_imgSEA RANCH LAKES, Fla. (WSVN) – A water main break in Sea Ranch Lakes left roads closed Monday.The break happened at the intersection of the Florida A1A and Gatehouse Road that morning.Both north and southbound lanes have been shutdown at the intersection as crews work on repairs.Drivers are advised to seek alternate routes due to expected delays.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

In a first Sensex crosses 31000mark Nifty nears 9600 level

first_imgHealthy buying in metal and automobile stocks, and a strong rupee took the Indian equity markets to a record high during the mid-afternoon trade session on Friday.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE crossed the 31,000 mark for the first time to touch a new high of 31,034.30 points intra-day. At 1.45 pm the Sensex traded at 31,008.24 points — up 258.21 points or 0.84 per cent from its previous close at 30,750.03 points.The wider 51-scrip NSE Nifty also traded close to the important 9,600 level. It traded at 9,584.10 points — up 74.35 points or 0.78 per cent.The Nifty, too, touched a new high of 9,592.15 points intra-day.last_img read more

Papua New Guinea female police chief urges women to rise up

first_imgIn a nation where sexual violence is endemic, women are still targeted and attacked for witchcraft, and female representation in parliament is non-existent, police chief Julie Palakai is blazing a trail for change. Photo: AFPIn a nation where sexual violence is endemic, women are still targeted and attacked for witchcraft, and female representation in parliament is non-existent, police chief Julie Palakai is blazing a trail for change.The 43-year-old inspector, a domestic abuse survivor and 18-year veteran of the force, is one of the most senior female police officers in Papua New Guinea — and is calling on the nation’s women to take a stand against sexism with her.”Women must strive and rise up against any discrimination, abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace,” she tells AFP.”For young girls who are still struggling: Do not give up but strive for the best to achieve your goals and to find a better and happy life. Nothing is impossible,” she insists.Human Rights Watch named Papua New Guinea “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman” in a report which estimated 70 per cent of women would be raped or assaulted in their lifetime.The NGO added that sorcery-related violence remains an issue, adding that women and girls are the “primary targets”, though men too have been attacked in witch-hunts.None of the country’s 111 parliamentarians are women and there are few women in the police force.Palakai is the only female commissioned officer — an umbrella term for senior management from inspector grade upwards — in all of Papua New Guinea’s northeastern Islands Region.She has worked hard to get to her position battling institutional discrimination, abuse, and rigid cultural expectations.Palakai now heads the Public Safety Unit at Kokopo Police Station: It’s a role that’s highly visible — she leads the prestigious Guard of Honour parade.Dressed in crisp police blues and wielding a large silver sword, she proudly marches judges, superior officers and other dignitaries — almost always male — up and down Guard of Honour lines.It’s a rare sight in the male-dominated nation, and a role that requires total respect from subordinates.”When inviting and escorting an important officer or VIP on parade, we are actually inspecting each individual on parade,” she says.Palakai came from a broken family and while she finished secondary school, any plans for further education were disrupted when her home town of Rabaul, was devastated by twin volcanic eruptions in 1994.Instead, she took a job as a sales rep for a stationary firm in the area but soon became restless. By chance, she saw an advert from the police in the local paper and decided to respond to their search for new recruits.She was shocked to be selected, Palakai conceded, but happily took the six-month training course near capital Port Moresby before being posted to Lihir, an island best known for gold-mining.”I was just a young policewoman officer posted out there to lead, manage and command officers older than me, very experienced and long-serving policemen and women,” she said of the role as station commander.”You have to learn to think fast during states of emergency or in everyday situations whilst on normal police duties, and make prompt and wise decisions,” she added.Palakai was ambitious, but like many women in Papua New Guinea, she found her partner was not receptive to her career aspirations.”I had to leave him as I could not see any better future with him given…the disrespectful behaviour that I could not stand any longer,” she told AFP.”He often argued telling me that I was just a woman and policemen and women will not listen to my instructions and orders and that women had no power to lead,” she recalled.In May 2013 she became a commissioned officer, graduating along with four other female officers placed around the country, and 20 male colleagues at a ceremony overseen by prime minister Peter O’Neill.Since then she has championed the push to encourage women to actively invest in their future.She explains: “Education does not stop when you are young or old. Where there is opportunity, go for it, as education is your future.”last_img read more

Beto ORourke Fell Short Of Expectations In The Texas Primary Was It

first_imgIn 2014, Wendy Davis, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, won the statewide nomination handily but lost several border counties to Ray Madrigal, a candidate with no statewide name recognition who spent virtually no money on his campaign.And it was the same case with former Gov. Ann Richards in her 1994 re-election bid, when she faced Gary Espinosa in the Democratic primary. Richards won that race handily, with 78 percent of the vote. But her margins of victory were significantly lower in several border counties, a trend experts attributed to the Hispanic surname of her comparatively little-known opponent.“Virtually every time someone has run against a Latino surname for U.S. Senate or for governor in the past two decades, that person [with the Latino surname] has received about 20 percent of the vote,” said Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.O’Rourke did pick up two key counties in the Rio Grande Valley — Hidalgo and Cameron — and he won 90 percent of the vote in El Paso, his home county on the border. He attributed Tuesday night’s results to his campaign’s whole-state approach.“If the focus were just running up the numbers in the primary or in certain parts of the state, that’s what you’d see from us. But we’re everywhere,” he said. “We’re everywhere along the border. We’ll continue to come back and I’m looking forward to our next visits.”O’Rourke acknowledged that the campaign has work to do in voter outreach. He said he’ll continue to work on that, with efforts that will include Spanish-language campaign events and media hits. Share Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, with his wife Amy Hoover Sanders O’Rourke by his side, announces his intent to run for U.S. Senate against Senator Ted Cruz in front of a large crowd of supporters in El Paso on March 31, 2017. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/The Texas TribuneIn his bid to take down U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Democrat Beto O’Rourke has visited 226 of Texas’ 254 counties, won glowing coverage from the national media and raised nearly $9 million. His Democratic primary opponents mostly campaigned on social media, and reported raising less than $10,000 combined. But as the votes rolled in Tuesday night, O’Rourke’s win wasn’t as massive as traditional indicators might have suggested. O’Rourke won less than two-thirds of the statewide vote. Sema Hernandez, a 32-year-old Houston activist and a self-described “Berniecrat,” picked up a surprising 24 percent. And she trounced O’Rourke in several key border counties with large Hispanic populations. It’s an outcome that’s not uncommon in statewide Democratic primaries in which, experts say, Hispanic-sounding surnames go a long way with Hispanic voters when name recognition among primary candidates is low.center_img He also said he wasn’t sure what role his surname played in his performance Tuesday. But several experts pointed to it as the main factor behind his loss to Hernandez in certain border counties.“The fact that Hernandez was able to do so well in border counties suggests that they’re voting on [name] alone,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. “They’re voting based on a familiar Latino surname and not much else.”In low-information Democratic primaries, name matters when voters are choosing a candidate based on cues like gender and surname, said Victoria De Francesco Soto, a political science lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin who has studied Hispanic voters.  Those cues might also have played a role in the crowded Democratic race for governor. Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez led her race, besting Andrew White with 43 percent of the vote to his 27 percent. But her share of the vote was even higher in the same border counties where O’Rourke faltered. In Webb County, for example, she won 59 percent to White’s 10 percent.“You only have a couple of cues when you go into the polling place … For a lot of folks, especially in the Democratic primary with a lot of Latinos voters, that coethtnic surname is a cue,” De Franceso Soto said. “That being said, it doesn’t have to be a death knell for Beto.”Unlike his Republican opponent Cruz, O’Rourke is still relatively unknown in Texas. A congressman from El Paso, he’s never run a statewide campaign and now faces the tough and expensive task of introducing himself to voters across the state.Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994, and O’Rourke’s November hopes largely depend on voter mobilization efforts. But Cruz’s camp was quick to seize on his primary performance. Jeff Roe, a top Cruz adviser, pointed out that O’Rourke was under 50 percent in “lots of minority-majority areas.”Similarly, Davis’ 2014 performance on the border served as fuel for Republicans, including her Republican opponent Greg Abbott and his supporters, who quickly jumped on Davis’ losses in left-leaning South Texas to argue the border counties had rejected her candidacy as too liberal. (Davis picked up far more votes than Abbott in the same border counties she lost to Madrigal, and easily won those counties in the general election.)To be sure, Cruz is still the favorite in November. But political observers and Democrats say O’Rourke has plenty of time to make up for his lack of name ID in these areas, which serve as Democratic strongholds in the general election.Garcia, the Democratic Party leader, nodded to O’Rourke’s willingness to crisscross the state to introduce himself to voters.“It’s been very clear that Congressman O’Rourke has been deliberate about earning every single vote,” said Garcia. “We expect that he will continue to lead a positive campaign and talk to Democratic voters all across the state … He’s already proven he’s willing to do that.”last_img read more