Gotze is enjoying his time at Dortmund

first_imgThe German attacking midfielder returned to Borussia Dortmund after three years with Bayern Munich and he’s loving itBorussia Dortmund has seen many changes in the past months, and for Mario Gotze, these changes are great.“Personally, I didn’t expect things to be going so well because these things take time with a new coach, new players, and with the development needed,” he told the Bundesliga website.“You never quite know what is going to happen, but this makes it even better that things have gone so well. Of course, we know that not everything is perfect and that we won a few games with a bit of luck.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s nevertheless nice to have picked up the points and to get through our Champions League group. It’s great,” he added.“The coach and the whole team are doing their bit. The opposition and how they are set up also play a role and how they perform in the situation.”“There are many factors that play a role and you also need a certain amount of luck to win these games,” he explained.“I think we are very unpredictable in games and our substitutes also score a lot of goals.”last_img read more

2019 Ford Shelby GTS Mustang is your newest rentaracer America

first_img Share your voice Ford 88 Photos 0 Post a comment 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang supercharges the rental car experience More From Roadshow 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Tags 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Performance Cars Sports Cars Coupes Shelby has been building limited-edition Ford Mustang rental cars since 1966 with Hertz, but now, the performance brand is partnering with another rental company, Sixt, to launch the latest in a storied line of potent ponies for hire: the 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S Mustang. (The “S,” in case you were wondering, stands for “Sixt.”) Like the legendary GT350-H, the Shelby GT-S boasts significant performance credentials. Under the hood sits a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 pushing out more than 600 horsepower (versus the standard V8’s 460 horsepower) through a 10-speed automatic transmission. Hauling down the rent-a-pony are model-specific Brembo front brakes, while upgraded suspension, wheels and tires from the Shelby GT help keep the GT-S stuck to the road. 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride Ford In addition to special “Shelby GT-S” rocker-panel striping and “Sixt Supercharged” badging, the exterior will come in two color schemes: black with orange stripes or orange with black stripes. These livery choices are designed to match the rental company’s colors, which are also echoed in the Mustang’s interior. The GT-S will be incredibly rare. Shelby will crank out only 21 units, 20 of which are slated for rental programs which begin this summer in Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas. The 21st car will be owned by Sixt USA CEO Sebastian Birkel. Enlarge ImageThe Sixt brand’s orange and black permeates inside and out. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow “I truly hope that the customers will be as excited as we are of that newest addition, and we also hope that it’s going to add the necessary adrenaline to what we need in order to fire up our portfolio,” Birkel told Roadshow at a Shelby media event on Thursday. Rental pricing has yet to be announced, but Birkel also told us he doesn’t expect a daily rate higher than $200. At the same time, he’s cautious to even offer that number due to the mercurial nature of car-rental pricing. The first run of Shelby Mustangs created a substantial stir back in the 1960s. Shelby built 1,000 units of the Mustang GT350-H to kick off the Hertz “Rent-a-Racer” program. According to the official Hertz blog, the Rent-a-Racer initiative “inspired more customers to rent with Hertz … while also creating more potential buyers for [the] Shelby Mustang.” 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S MustangEnlarge ImageProbably safe to say Sixt doesn’t want you rippin’ burnouts like this with its new rental. Shelby Hertz adds that the “program was a huge success for its time, but eventually came to an end after the pattern of vehicle repair expenses became too high,” and that, “some renters would take the GT350-H to the race track for a weekend of amateur racing, leaving much to be fixed upon return.” Still, apparently that wasn’t enough to end the Shelby-Hertz partnership. Similar programs returned to commemorate the 40th and 50th anniversaries of the Rent-a-Racer program in 2006 and 2016, respectively. Who knows? If this small-scale Shelby-Sixt program does well, perhaps these 21 specials will be the start of another glorious long-term relationship in rentable racers. 2019 Ford Shelby GT-S MustangEnlarge ImageWhen Sixt is done renting these limited-edition Shelby Mustangs, they’ll go on sale. Shelbylast_img read more

Facial recognition tech coming to New York school district next week report

first_img Facial recognition 5:11 Backlash grows for police use of facial recognition (The… Now playing: Watch this: Tags 0center_img Post a comment Facial recognition technology reportedly will be tested on students. Chris Pavey/CNET To better protect kids, a school district in New York is going to give facial recognition a try. Next Monday, Lockport City School District will reportedly be the first US public school system to test a facial recognition program on students and staff. The district begins the “initial implementation phase” for the Aegis software suite, the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal reported Tuesday.Aegis’ applications include a facial recognition tool, Sentry, that alerts school officials if anyone from the local Sex Offenders Registry enters a school or if any suspended students, fired employees or known gang members enters a school, according to SN Technology, Aegis’ developer. The company also offers Protector, a shape recognition tool that recognizes the top 10 guns used in school shootings, and Mercury, a forensic search engine that can review unattended video. SN Technology confirmed all three applications would be deployed in the district. Superintendent Michelle Bradley and Robert LiPuma, director of assessment and technology, said in a statement that Lockport City School District is committed to protecting the safety of its students, staff and visitors. The statement said the district has already increased security measures in the past, like the “Raptor” ID System, which reviews the government-issued IDs presented by building visitors and alerts if they’re in the sex offender database. Aegis’ system won’t compile information on and track the movements of all District students, staff and visitors, the district’s statement said. Instead, the software is limited to identifying whether an individual whose photograph has been entered into the system database is on district property. The people in the database are those who aren’t allowed on the property. If one is identified by Aegis’ software, it will alert and at least two levels of identification by staff have to happen before action is taken before response can be fully taken. In the case of the system identifying a gun, it immediately alerts police. Police, stores and airports want to use facial recognition tech to help solve crimes, prevent shoplifting and make boarding flights more efficient. But activists see the tech casting a dark shadow over civil liberties. In May, San Francisco became the first US city to prohibit police from using the technology, and critics continue to press local governments to implement bans.The ACLU has also spoken out against Amazon’s sale of its Rekognition tech. The group says the identification software could turn the US into a surveillance state and invade people’s privacy. Researchers have also found that the software runs into issues with recognizing women, as well as people with darker skin.Originally published May 30, 9:35 a.m. PT.Update, May 31: Adds info from SN Technologies and statement by Lockport City School District.  Share your voice Security Tech Industrylast_img read more

Vijay Mallyas KFA assets to be auctioned on Aug 4 jet houses

first_imgEmbattled businessman Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines assets worth Rs. 700 crore will be auctioned on Aug. 4. Some of the assets, which are up for sale, are the Kingfisher house in Mumbai, office furniture, Vijay Mallya’s personal jet, his bathrobe, his Kingfisher Villa in Goa and cars among other things. This is the second round of bidding held by lenders and tax authorities. Putting the above mentioned assets up for sale is a bid by the authorities to recover a part of the dues worth thousands of crores. The last time Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) assets were put up for sale, it found no takers.The long-grounded Kingfisher Airlines has a debt worth Rs. 9,000 crore and lenders and tax department officials wait for Mallya to return, who had jetted off to London in the first week of March.Reserve price of all the properties has been marked down by the officials since the earlier attempt of placing the assets under the hammer failed to attract bidders. A consortium of 17 banks, which is led by State Bank of India (SBI), has marked down the value of the KFA headquarters from Rs. 150 crore to Rs. 135 crore now.Banks will also auction Mallya’s Kingfisher Villa, which is situated in Candolim, North Goa. The authorities estimate the property to be valued at Rs. 90 crore. They took possession of Kingfisher Villa about three months ago after a year-long battle.Movable assets worth over Rs. 13.70 lakh, which are lying in the Kingfisher House, are also up for grabs. These will be auctioned separately on Aug. 25, PTI added. The items include are eight cars such as Toyota Innova, Honda Civic, Honda City and Toyota Corolla among other cars.In March, an attempt was made to sell the airlines’ Mumbai-based headquarters Kingfisher House, but that too had not found any takers, as realtors called its base price of Rs. 150 crore “highly priced.” In addition, the company’s logo and trademarks, including the popular “Fly the Good Times” were all up for grabs. Flying models, Funliner, Fly Kingfisher and Flying Bird Device are a few of its popular trademarks.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]last_img read more

Fuel prices Modis undoing or the silver bullet for last leg

first_imgA worker fills diesel in a car as he holds 500 Indian rupee banknotes at a fuel station in Kolkata, India, November 9, 2016 [Representational Image]Reuters filePrime Minister Narendra Modi will face the real test at the hustings exactly a year from now. Too soon psephologists will chip in, and the broad agenda of the next parliamentary elections will be set. From the high decibel political cacophony will emerge the hot button issues that will decide the electoral battle in 2019.Is the milieu just right for Modi and BJP to romp home with a second inning? What are the hot button issues for the upcoming election? Is Modi capable of carrying another election on his charisma? Is he the same wunderkind on the global stage that he was four years ago? Is there still unspent political capital in his kitty? Did he earn the kind of goodwill that will stand him in good stead during a rough campaign cycle?Of course that’s a long list of questions and there’s hell lot of time before all these are dissected and discussed. At the moment, quite a few hot button issues — the usual suspects in any election cycle — are a thing of worry for Modi and his party.In the Indian context, the hot button issues seldom change — they are jobs, fuel prices, women safety, farm indebtedness, health care, water problems, corruption and the like. I doubt if anyone will seriously claim it was ideology alone that brought Modi to power four years ago.The year 2014 had offered the right setting for Modi’s rise. Ten years of the UPA had fallen into a rut. There were multiple scams, and there was a prime minister whose reticence was interpreted as weakness. India in 2014 was throbbing for change and a strong dose of nationalism. Modi was articulate, an orator who could deftly fire up imagination and sell dreams. He filled the leadership vacuum in the country and brought an outsider’s perspective to governance and development.Four years later, the landscape has changed. The electorate will demand a score card and they will scrutinise it from multiple angles. That’s primarily the reward for having been in power. That means his reign will be vetted against the same hot button basket.An analysis of all those issues is a larger project. Let’s look only at the fuel price scenario. Has the Modi government seriously understood the full import of runaway fuel prices in an election year? Either it hasn’t, or it’s powerless to turn the tide. There’s no plan to roll back free market pricing. There’s no plan to pare excise duties. There’s no reliable, coherent plan to bring fuel prices under GST although there is talk that mostly hinges around a vague “at the earliest” promise. All this means the pain at the pump is increasing. That’s a potent turn-off for vast chunks of India’s middle class voters.Petrol price in Mumbai has gone past the record high of Rs 81.75 marked in August 2014. So have diesel prices, which have a more direct impact on inflation and the prices of essential commodities.Worse off, the crude market outlook doesn’t smile on Modi anymore. Global crude prices are likely to increase this year. Global demand will be on an upswing, supported by healthier economic fundamentals. Geopolitics doesn’t augur well for a softer price regime either. On top of all that, Saudi Arabia and Russia, the two largest exporters, are joining hands to cut output and boost prices.The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said the price of crude can potentially go up to as much as $85 per barrel by December 2018. West Texas Intermediate crude traded at $68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday. If crude rises roughly 25 percent, and if the government doesn’t do anything to cushion the impact, that eventually will lead to petrol prices hitting Rs 100.You probably don’t need psephologists to understand that this will cost any government an election. Whether Modi has built enough political capital to withstand the fuel pain will be another debate. For the ordinary voters, fuel prices are much more than a red herring. Tough days are ahead for the government to answer petulant questions.Everyone wants to know if the government will cut excise duties to ease the pain. But the government has said there no such plans now. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said his ministry’s proposal to trim duties have been turned down by the finance ministry. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may deftly explain why the state of the nation’s finances doesn’t allow a fuel price cut. But essentially, decisions on these sensitive topics will go down as political decisions.Maybe it’s true that the government cannot dispense with the higher oil revenues it’s got used to. Everyone knows that taxes form about half of the prices at the pump. And the current government raised the excise duty as many as nine times before trimming it once. The serial hikes in the 15 months between November 2014 and January 2016 helped the government collect Rs 242,000 crore in duties in 2016-17 compared with Rs 99,000 crore in 2014-15.These upward revisions translated into a hike of Rs 11.77 per litre for petrol and Rs 13.47 per litre for diesel. An imaginary reversal of these duties will make the fuel prices right in the popular perspective.That the government has said it will not lower duties doesn’t mean that it will never. Will it do so closer to the election? Is fuel the silver bullet Modi government has reserved for the last leg?(Views are personal)last_img read more

Quader calls Oikya Front rehabilitation centre

first_imgBangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said a ‘rehabilitation centre’ has been opened, led by Kamal Hossain, to ‘ruin’ Bangladesh, reports UNB.”There’s neither president nor convener nor any leader but the name is Oikyafront. Kamal Hossain will not hold any post. Then what will be the fate of Oikyafront in the absence of Khaleda Zia and his son,” he said while speaking at an election rally at Savar bus stand.Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, alleged that BNP has formed Oikya Front together with ‘sick persons’ to introduce ‘unhealthy’ politics in the country.He also claimed that BNP has formed the alliance with Kamal to ‘minus’ Khaleda from the party.Describing BNP as the mastermind of 21 August grenade attack, the ruling party leader said the party is now a dead river.”It’d announced to wage a movement after Eid. At least 20 Eids have already passed by, but there’s no movement.”He said there is no foundation of BNP-led Oikya Front. “People will elect Awami League again in the next election.”Quader also warned that if BNP tries to launch any ‘illegal’ movement over the election, it will be thwarted with an iron hand.Expressing his annoyance over the party leaders’ campaign for bagging candidacy through banners, festoons and big billboards ahead of election, he said nomination will be given judging competency.last_img read more

ZSI researchers discover 7 new species of jumping spiders

first_imgKolkata: Researchers from Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, have discovered and described seven species of jumping spiders which are new to science.The species were discovered from the northern part of India with two each from Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Assam and one from the century old National Zoological Collections (NZC) from West Bengal. Two genera, Colyttus and Mogrus have been recorded for the first time in India. “The jumping spider family (Salticidae) is the most diverse spider family, with their world fauna consisting of 6,088 described species. In India, there are about 250 species of jumping spiders known till date. They are diverse, tiny creatures, easily recognised by their large anterior median eyes. These diurnal predators are well known for their excellent vision, swift reflexes and their ability to jump long distances,” said Dr Vikas Kumar, Officer-in-Charge of the Centre for DNA Taxonomy who along with other members of the Centre, John Caleb, Sumantika Chatterjee, Kaomud Tyagi and Shantanu Kundu carried out the studies. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTwo species, Epocilla Sirohi and Mogrus Rajasthanensis were discovered from Rajasthan. The species E. Sirohi is distinctive and can be easily recognised by the uniquely long embolus in its copulatory organ. The genus Epocilla presently contains 12 species, of which 11 are known from Asia. The genus Mogrus comprises of 29 species from Asia, and a few species from Africa and Europe. Two more species were described from Assam, Colyttus Proszynskii and Synagelides Brahmaputra. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe genus Colyttus is recorded for the first time in India. Most of the members of the genus are inhabitants of rain forests in south-east Asia and similarly, the new species was also found to be dwelling in the rain forest inside Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary. Synagelides Brahmaputra is named after the river Brahmaputra. The species was collected near Bherjan-Borajan-Padumoni Wildlife Sanctuary. Two new species, Nandicius Vallisflorum and Pellenes Himalaya were described from the Western Himalayas, Uttarakhand. They were found from the alpine meadows of the Valley of Flowers. The species Nandicius Vallisflorum was named after the Valley of Flowers and Pellenes Himalaya after the majestic Himalayas. The study is part of the project — “Biodiversity Assessment through Long-term Monitoring Plots in the Indian Himalayan Landscape” funded by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) through National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS). The project is led by the Director and Principal Investigator, Dr Kailash Chandra. All these findings have found its place in leading reputed science journals. One species, Brettus Gravelyi is described from West Bengal. The study was carried out by John Caleb, Shelley Acharya and Vikas Kumar. The specimen was collected in the year 1916 from Peshok, Darjeeling district by Dr Fredrick Henry Gravely, a well-known British arachnologist. The species is known only from the male sex, while the females remain unknown. Additional surveys from the same location are required to understand the species in detail with regard to its biology, life history and habitat preferences.last_img read more