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Mocon wary of complacency as San Beda enters crucial stretch

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Red Lions still hold the top spot with a 15-1 record but they’re just half-a-game away from the no. 2 Pirates who also have a twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four.“It’ll be difficult if we become complacent at this point, everything starts in practice and what we need to do is put in extra work in both training and in games,” said Mocon in Filipino Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSan Beda has two more games in the elimination round, and it’s going to be a tough stretch as it faces Final Four teams Lyceum and University of Perpetual Help (11-5).“We’re really in a playoff mode right now, we don’t know what the future holds,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “We’ll be ready every game, even though we’re in the top two, we’re still going to play.” Mocon, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the 90-52 beating of Arellano , said they just have to follow Fernandez’ game plan if they want to finish the season at the top.“We just have to follow coach’s orders and when we do that good things will happen,” said Mocon. San Beda once again secured a twice-to-beat bonus in the NCAA Final Four, but star forward Javee Mocon warned against complacency at this point in the season.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Asian Para Games: Gawilan bags 3rd gold, PH chess team racks up medals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Essequibo River farmers fume over loss of income

first_img…says diseases destroying cropsFarmers along the Essequibo River are expressing dissatisfaction over the loss of crops as a result of a disease killing their produce. This is resulting in a major loss of income for them which prevents them from being able to provide for their families.Famers are calling on the National Agriculture Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) to implement new technology to give much-needed assistance and guidance to farmers. Generally, there is a major shortage of plantain materials and as a result, the farmers have to settle for second class materials which is a main contributing factor to the diseases infesting their crops since there is no mechanism in place for properly detecting which of these materials are good and which are not.Agriculturalist Brijesh Singh, who carried out inspections on some of the farms in the Essequibo River, on Tuesday confirmed that there are three main common diseases affecting the farmers in those areas.These include the leaf, which is affected by Black Sigatoka, the root, which has to battle Moca Disease and an issue with nematodes since farmers have difficulty identifying whether there are nematodes or just cockles eating the plants.Singh said that the shortage of plantain materials is the main contributor to the issue since the farmers are forced to accept materials that may not be of an appropriate standard. Singh explained that enhanced technology by NAREI would assist in tackling such problems and made calls for them to reestablish a bio-diversity laboratory to conduct tissue culturing which would assist the farmers in determining which materials are viable and less susceptible to diseases.“They are unable to gain advice on appropriate identification and control and as a result, they can’t identify these problems,” Singh said.He added that there are no mechanisms in place by NAREI for inspection, quality control or certification, therefore, farmers are at risk of purchasing poor quality materials which are destroying their crops and source of income at large. He added that a biotechnologist laboratory at NAREI would offer much-needed guidance in dealing with such issues which are plaguing farmers countrywide. “NAREI doesn’t even have a biotechnologist. This is unacceptable. In a technologically advanced period, Guyana is behind. There is a need for specialised people in dealing with this and that is not being done. Enough is not being done by NAREI to improve on these things,” he said.Over the weekend, farmers in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) made calls for the intervention of NAREI in trapping and bating the palm weevil, which is killing coconut trees in the region.Singh, who carried out the inspection and discovered the palm weevil, said that it is associated with a nematode which causes the red ring virus of coconuts. Singh said that the farmers cultivate coconuts on a large-scale basis and supply businesses with thousands of coconuts per week and this plague is killing coconut trees.Singh explained that after the trees started to die, the farmers solicited his help and he carried out a general inspection on a large farm at Waipotosi Island, Essequibo River, where he discovered a few dead coconut trees and dissected one of them and this is where he discovered the palm weevil.More than ten farmers from Hubu backdam, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), are also experiencing the same issue with the plague killing their coconut trees.last_img read more

Electoral plan casts GOP as underdog

first_imgPut more bluntly, San Francisco and Los Angeles have a “gimme mentality,” said Thaddeus Taylor, the Inyo County GOP chairman. “They believe they are due.” But Mark Herrick, a Palo Alto attorney and president of the moderate California Republican League, said the frustration is also driven by the unwavering conviction of conservatives – and especially religious conservatives – that they are right. “They feel God’s on their side, and they don’t understand why everybody doesn’t agree with them,” said Herrick, who opposes the initiative. “The fact that most of the state doesn’t just blows them away.” Social conservatives, Herrick said, see the electoral vote initiative as a way to gain politically without having to compromise on their anti-government, anti-abortion, anti-immigration impulses. But Republicans who support the initiative say it’s about fairness. “We’d like to moderate the message” of the state, said Jon Fleischman, a conservative blogger and Orange County Republican Party activist. “The problem is that the ideological left so dominates the Democratic scene. But, I don’t think that a motivating reason of doing this is to disenfranchise minority voters.” But even if that’s not the intent, said Robert Smith, a San Francisco State University political science professor, “the consequences are the same. It’s a way to deprive minorities of an effective voice in choosing a president.” Republican resentment toward the changing ethnic landscape has emerged in different forms over the years. The most prominent came in 1994, when Pete Wilson launched Proposition 187, which would deny public services such as education and health care to illegal immigrants. Republicans also have continued – principally under GOP adviser Karl Rove’s direction – to seek political advantage by pursuing policies that whether intentional or not disproportionately impede minority voters, such as voter identification laws, cracking down on alleged voter fraud in inner cities, and purging primarily minority voter lists. “This has such a long history, going back to Jim Crow-era poll taxes,” said historian Dan Carter, the author of “The Politics of Rage: George Wallace, The Origins of the New Conservatism and the Transformation of American Politics.” “It’s kind of a disreputable export from the American South. This initiative is just one of many tools to minimize the vote of minorities,” Carter said. Coded appeals, Carter said, have always been a part of the message to tap into conservatives’ resentment. Electoral Reform California, devoted to a separate but identical ballot measure authored by Haynes, a Riverside conservative, appeals to voters on its Web site by targeting Los Angeles and San Francisco – liberal, minority enclaves – as unfairly deciding the electors “for the entire State of California. This is wrong!” The statewide winner-take-all system – used everywhere but Maine and Nebraska – “distorts the preferences” of California voters, the group says, and that “we are going to change California politics and return the power to the people!” And California conservatives have extra incentive to be motivated. It’s not just that they feel their voice is muted in a state where the legislature and Congressional delegation is dominated by Democrats. It’s also the knowledge and perhaps even guilt that it’s their state – more than any other – that could keep a conservative out of the White House. Over the past four election cycles, Democratic nominees have swept California’s prized bounty of electoral votes. “People are very dispirited,” said Tony Krvaric, the chairman of the San Diego County Republicans. “Certainly, there’s a sense that `my vote doesn’t count.’ It goes to the basic issue of fairness. George Bush got, what, 45 percent of the vote in 2004 and got zero electoral votes. Where’s the Republican point of view being represented? There’s no diversity.” (916) 441-2101160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Electoral College measure is not only one way to gain some clout – but also undermine the opposition. And while the effort seemed derailed last week when two key supporters of the ballot drive resigned, Republican activists immediately vowed to keep it alive – a testament to just how important the idea is to conservatives. “Whether it takes this election or some future election,” said Ray Haynes, a former GOP assemblyman who first introduced the initiative in 2000, “it is a good idea. So if we don’t get it in 2008, it doesn’t matter. We’ll get it in 2012 or 2016.” Democrats call the idea a power grab, a dirty trick to “steal the election.” They also say it’s a calculated way to diminish ethnic minority voters – by diluting the full strength of the winner-take-all Electoral College system. Republicans say that’s not their intent, though they simultaneously insist that urban centers such as Los Angeles and the Bay Area – where large Latino, Asian and black populations live – wield too much power. Republicans look at the growing Latino immigration population in Los Angeles and see “expansion of government to meet cultural requirements,” said Khachigian. “Pretty soon, you have more tax users than taxpayers.” It’s little wonder that most Republicans embrace the idea of allocating the state’s 55 electoral votes to the winner of each congressional district. After all, an extra 20 to 22 electoral votes – the number of districts favoring the GOP – could ensure that a Republican remains in the White House. At the core of that support, however, is what political observers say is something much more complex: a deep and growing sense of hopelessness and frustration among California Republicans – largely white, male and rural – who view their status as increasingly irrelevant in a state known for its rapidly changing demography and complex multicultural lifestyle. For them, the proposed ballot measure to change the way California’s Electoral College votes are awarded is more than a political strategy to retain the presidency. In important ways, it reflects the struggle of a muzzled political minority trying desperately to regain a voice and assert itself on such issues as immigration, gay rights, taxes, regulation and spending. “If you want to talk about disenfranchised, the disenfranchised in California are Republicans,” said Ken Khachigian, longtime Republican strategist who’s worked the campaigns of eight GOP presidential candidates and was Ronald Reagan’s chief speechwriter. He doesn’t support the measure but he understands the frustration driving it: “We don’t get to pass laws or stop bad regulations.” last_img

Fans call for VAR to be scrapped after controversy mars Iran v Portugal clash

first_imgWell that’s the closest I’ve been to swearing on live TV! What I really wanted to say is that VAR is complete and utter bollocks!!🤣🤣 #IranPortugal #VAR #RussiaWorldCup2018— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) June 25, 2018 I just don’t quite believe that. Astonished. Portugal were cruising to the round of 16 in 1st, and in a few seconds, VAR gives Spain a goal (quite rightly) & Iran a truly soft penalty. The difference between 1st and 2nd was huge. Devastating blow, really. Has huge reprocussions.— Alex Goncalves (@Aljeeves10) June 25, 2018 Football fans across the globe are calling for VAR to be scrapped after controversy blighted an otherwise excellent game between Portugal and Iran in Saransk.After a scorcher from Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring, referee Enrique Caceres took centre stage. More controversy has been added by VAR rather than reduce it in my opinion !— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) June 25, 2018 2 The Uruguayan official consulted the video referees on three separate occasions.Firstly to award a penalty to the European side which talisman Cristiano Ronaldo duly missed after being clipped himself.The Real Madrid man was then lucky to stay on the pitch after appearing to catch an Iranian defender with his arm in an off-the-ball incident, which was subsequently reviewed again.However, the offence was only deemed worth of a yellow card. Tempers threatened to spill over as VAR took over Finally, Carlos Queiroz’s side were awarded a penalty in the dying moments of the game  which was subsequently converted to set up a tense finale.Although the result sees Portugal through, the Euro 2016 winners will now have to face Uruguay in Sochi instead of hosts Russia in Nizhny Novgorod.And fans were disappointed to say the least by the constant and inconsistent use of extra technology.Check out the best reaction below! VAR cancel Iran last minute goal against Spain as offside but count Spain last minute goal against morocco while saves Portugal from conceding two penalties against morocco and Iran, so tell me who is this VAR is favouring if not for the big nations #ESPMAR— Ahmed (@A_Taouaf) June 25, 2018 Enrique Cáceres was the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons in Saransk A chorus of boos around the world at that VAR…— Max Rushden (@maxrushden) June 25, 2018 Enough. Enough now of VAR. And this mess is only to get worse when we get to the KO stage.— Richard Keys (@richardajkeys) June 25, 2018 2last_img read more


first_imgPaddy Harte is Chairman of the Donegal Gathering Steering Group. He is a lecturer in Leading Change, Organisational Behaviour and Business Development at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. He has been involved in cross-border and cross-community projects through his work over 23 years as a socio-economic development advisor to the International Fund for Ireland, aswell as sitting on various Development Boards across the county.This is Paddy’s Donegal: What is your favourite place in Donegal and why? I love all of Donegal and it never ceases to amaze me. But, my favourite place is at home at the fire especially when all my children are here. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?  It has to be the weather. Donegal is even more spectacular when the sun shines! Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why? Both my parents have had a great influence on me and I admire them them both: my father Paddy for the enthusiasm and energy he has always displayed; and my mother, Rosaleen, for her amazing ability to bring up 9  children; (and I know some of them!); answer two phones;  read and digest all the newspapers while making tea for the whole county- tasks she managed to do while always looking calm and glamorous. Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner? Packie Bonner. That moment in Genoa will be forever etched in my memory. What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years? It has to be the All-Ireland win last year.  What was Donegal’s saddest moment? Sadness can be a very private and personal thing, so I couldn’t answer that. What is your favourite Donegal-made product? I bought a pot of Active Irish Honey at Taste of Donegal festival in Donegal Town last month and I love it. It has replaced manuka honey in my porridge.  Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why? Daniel O’Donnell never misses the opportunity to promote Donegal no matter where he is in the world. He’s a tireless ambassador for the county. Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion? In this year of The Gathering, I think hotelier Jim White has done an outstanding job for the tourism sector in the County. He has attracts overseas tourists from every corner of the globe, including some 17,000 German tourists giving a huge boost to our local economy. Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time? The runner, Danny McDaid. Not only are his achievements in athletics legendary, he continues to epitomise everything I admire in sport and can still be seen out on the road doing what he loves. What is your favourite Donegal restaurant? Belle’s Kitchen in Rathmullan on a Sunday after a walk on the beach; or Harry’s in Bridgend when we’re leaving the kids back to Derry Airport. Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks? Golden Eagles – they have a bird’s eye view of everything. Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person? My wife, Libby. What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression? “You know yourself”! Will Donegal win the All Ireland next year? We have the talent and if the team can replicate the form which they showed in the 2012/13 Championship, we have every change of winning it. What is your favourite Donegal food? Fresh fish from Killybegs, potatoes from Raphoe and scallions from Cathal Greene’s garden in Loughnagin. Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people? Apart from myself sometimes, no ! If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal, what would it be? I would invest it in after-school activities for young people.Visit for information of Donegal Gathering events.By Rachel McLaughlinMY DONEGAL… WITH DONEGAL GATHERING CHAIRMAN PADDY HARTE: was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GatheringMY DONEGALpaddy hartelast_img read more


first_imgDavid’s anchor! Set to be brought ashore againA DONEGAL man caught up in a ball of red tape over a simple gesture for his town has won his battle to put an historic anchor on display there.David McGloin was hailed a hero after raising a century-old anchor from the muddy waters off Rathmullan.But within days his efforts to bring it ashore had him caught in a massive legal battle. And at one stage he was threatened with a fine and imprisonment by heritage bosses in Dublin.David however decided to prove who owned the anchor – and set about getting the permission of Britain’s Royal Navy.The six-tonne anchor was made by the company Hingley Hetherton in 1908 – the same company which made the anchor for the Titanic just a few years later.And this monster was used for ships from Britain’s Royal Navy which used the pier in Rathmullan during World War One. David, from the Sheephaven Sub-Acqua club, spotted the anchor two years ago whilst working on helping gardai during a search of the area.However he was threatened with legal action unless he returned the anchor to the waters of Lough Swilly – so he did.“I got in touch with the Royal Navy and I went to the North to see a navy commander to discuss the anchor,” David told Donegal Daily.“He was shocked that I had been threatened with legal action and the Royal Navy has now given me the rights to it.“I’ve tucked it away under the sea so it should be easy enough to get it out again. “So the anchor will be back on dry land shortly and it will be put on display in Rathmullan.“I think everyone will be happy with the decision. Good to see common sense prevail – in the end.”VICTORY! ROYAL NAVY GIVE SALVAGE MAN DAVID RIGHTS TO ANCHOR was last modified: September 29th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:anchordavid mcgloinLough SwillyRathmullanrecoveryRoyal NavyTitaniclast_img read more

OFBF meeting quickly approaching

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 97th annual meeting of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) will be Dec. 2 – 4 in Columbus. The state’s largest and most inclusive food and farm organization will elect leaders, establish its policies for the coming year, conduct leadership training and recognize county Farm Bureaus and individuals for their contributions to the organization and community. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Strong Foundation…Building for Tomorrow.”Nearly 350 delegates will finalize the organization’s stances on topics important to all Ohioans. Issues are expected to include drugs in Ohio’s communities including the outlook for legal marijuana, energy development, agriculture and water quality, meat inspection regulations, improvements to property tax laws, invasive species and the structure of local governments.  Officer and trustee elections also will be conducted.Attendees will be updated on the roll out of Farm Bureau’s new membership structure that was approved by delegates at last year’s annual meeting. A special session will introduce members to the reorganized Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. Featured speakers during the meeting will be Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch, OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher and Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen.Other meeting highlights will be honoring top performing county Farm Bureaus for their accomplishments in advancing the goals of the organization, recognition of individual members for long careers of service, and the naming of new chairpersons for OFBF’s Young Agricultural Professionals program.The third annual Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum takes place Dec. 2 in conjunction with the annual meeting. Among the topics to be presented are local food opportunities, water quality issues, farm succession planning and immigration issues. Keynote speaker for the Forum is NFL great Larry Csonka.Coverage of all events will be available in real time online at read more

What Google’s Driverless Car Future Might Really Look Like

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#auto industry#driverless cars#Google#smart cars Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex salkever A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Guest author Alex Salkever is head of product marketing and business development at This piece first appeared on his Tumblr.Google announced that it is building 100 self-driving car prototypes that lack steering wheels, pedals or other troublesome mechanisms that humans might use to drive or steer a vehicle. It’s about time.There’s a lot not to like about our current reliance on cars. The people who drive these one-ton machines are extremely dangerous and unpredictable: 34,000 souls lost their lives in car accidents in 2012 in the U.S. alone. We buy cars and use them hardly at all.So what would a future without people driving or owning cars look like? Actually, I’ve been thinking about this for a little while. Take a ride with me into the future and you may not even need to fasten your seatbelt.I’ll Have All This Room … In The GarageIn the year 2030, I will have a garage but it will be empty except for bicycles and other things. Or it might even be converted into a bedroom or an AirBnB rental unit. Likewise, there will be no car in my driveway. I will not need one as I will share a car with people in my neighborhood and use it only when needed, which is actually a very small percentage of my day.Even more extreme, I won’t drive a car anymore. No one will, except for people undertaking the high risk hobby of race driving. Self-driving cars will have completely replaced the people-guided versions, saving tens of thousands of lives—or more—each year as a result. The cost of software and hardware to drive cars will have plunged to only a few thousands dollars per vehicle, down from nearly $200,000 in 2014. Drunk driving and pedestrian deaths due to driver error will cease to become serious societal problems.Instead of wasting countless hours driving, I will be able to read, write articles, watch movies, or video chat with friends and family while in transit. I will order my self-driving car via my smartphone or a voice command to my wearable glasses. My son will dispatch his children to school, playdates and sports practices in a similar fashion. The fleets of self-driving cars will seamlessly integrate into delivery services that can drop off and pick up packages at any hour of the day or night (although deliveries will be concentrated in the evening hours.)The money I would have spent on a car will go towards buying other things or maybe towards saving—something Americans don’t do enough of. And everyone will have access to this transportation service, even the poorest Americans. Rather than subsidize car insurance for low-income workers, the U.S. government will subsidize car service – something once considered a serious perk for Wall Streeters. Oh, the irony.Take The A TrainBut self-driving cars will actually feed demand for public transit. Subway riders will no longer need to find a parking space, pay for the space, or circle a parking lot looking for a space. Transit times will be faster. Out-of-pocket costs to get from Point A to Point B will actually be lower. Overall, we’ll save significant money and significant time in our daily lives.At a societal level, self-driving cars will reduce traffic on city streets by roughly one-third and free up vast amounts of urban real estate currently dedicated to parking. Newer buildings in cities will accommodate 20% more people per square foot because they will not need parking spaces.Reduced traffic will also mean reduced wear and tear on city streets. Police departments will no longer need to dedicate time and effort to traffic violations and speeding tickets. Traffic courts will disappear. Neighborhoods will be able to designate certain streets car and truck free for certain hours of the day, allowing children to play ball and ride bikes in the most dense urban zones.For cars and trucks, the closures will matter little. The constantly updated turn-by-turn GPS navigation system maintained by Google, Microsoft and the U.S. government will update and optimize routing every few seconds.Plunging battery prices will force car makers to remove the internal combustion engines as the old style of providing power to cars no longer is economically viable. This will also reduce carbon emissions. Asthma cases in cities and near freeways will fall dramatically, saving billions in annual medical costs and improving the lives and financial futures of millions of lower-income Americans.Pipelines to transport gas and oil will lose their importance and go out of business. Transmitting electrons will be much easier, cheaper and environmentally friendly. Pipeline and oil tanker spills will end. Gas stations, tank farms, and other places where fuel is stored will no longer be needed near major urban areas. This will also reduce the number of toxic waste sites and improve air quality, aside from freeing up needed real estate.Then There’s The Dark SideThat’s the utopian side. There is a darker side of a disruption that will dwarf the industrial revolution. The emergence of a true sharing economy for car and truck transportation will cause demand for autos to fall by 50% from peak levels. This will mirror the impact of cloud computing and virutalization on purchases of computing hardware and IT equipment.Unfortunately, the reduced demand will bankrupt most of the major automobile companies, throwing scores of workers out of a job. Surviving auto and truck companies will decimate their workforces and shift to nearly 100% automated factories.The huge chunk of the U.S. economy that depends on cars and trucks will also suffer a massive consolidation. Independent auto repair shops will disappear. So will car washes, auto detailing companies, and many other secondary vehicle services verticals. All car maintenance will shift to massive factory-like facilities where humans monitor machines but barely touch the cars themselves.The multi-billion dollar after-market autoparts segment will shrink even more than the carmakers. Car owners are the dominant purchasing force in aftermarket car parts. If no one owns a car then no one will need to buy extra parts (except for the car fleet operators).Airports will lose all parking revenue and will have to identify other means of revenue to replace this staple. Shipping companies such as UPS and Federal Express will be forced to compete with both automakers and the likes of Google. Automakers will allow third-parties to build delivery networks on top of shared self-driving cars. Google will use its maps and vast store of transportation information to allow anyone running an Android device to operate a regional or city-based delivery service that competes with the likes of FedEx or UPS.While everyone will have access to cars, surge pricing and congestion pricing will become commonplace. Getting into the cities on weekends and during holidays will be very expensive. Government-funded hackers will spend even more time figuring out how to hack the transit infrastructure and bring the entire grid to a halt or worse—execute remote hijackings of cars or buses with people in them.Cars will have advertising systems. For a reduced rate, we will agree to watch or listen to those ads that will make a detour to the donut shop or the movie theater a button push away.The resource wars that once centered on oil and natural gas reserves will shift to focus on the limited amount of key elements required to make new types of long-lasting batteries. For example, the Andes and other places where lithium is found in abundance could become the New Middle East, with global factions vying for political control of the invaluable natural bounty.As with any futurist predictions, your mileage may vary. And I am certain I will be wrong in many respects. But this future, as of today, looks a whole lot more possible than it did only a week ago.Lead image courtesy of Googlelast_img read more

Malinga not picked in Sri Lanka T2O squad, Lakmal rested

first_imgColombo, Dec 15 (PTI) Veteran speedster Lasith Malinga has not been picked in the Sri Lanka T20 squad for the three- match series against India, starting December 20.The list has been ratified by sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. The list however says Malinga has been rested without stating any reason for that. Malinga has taken part in the Bangladesh Premier League.Senior players Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Thirimanne have been rested. Vishwa Fernando and Dasun Shanaka have replaced them in the squad.The first match will be played at Cuttack on December 20 followed by matches in Indore and Mumbai on December 22 and 24 respectively.Squad: Thisara Perera(c), Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Janith Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dasun Shanaka, Chaturanga de Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Dananjaya De Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dusmantha Chameera. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more