“The board has not demanded the necessary changes now,” he said, pointing out that GM has lost 10 percentage points of market share in the past 10 years. Wagoner told shareholders the company’s North American turnaround strategy is working faster than expected with cost cuts and new products to grow revenue. He said the company has made progress with the United Auto Workers in becoming more competitive, but more needs to be done in upcoming national contract talks this summer. GM, he said, needs to “further reduce our still unsustainable health care bill, which was a staggering $4.8 billion in 2006.” Since 2005, GM has cut $8 billion in annual costs, shed more than 34,000 hourly workers and rolled out more than 20 new models since November 2005 to try to regain sales lost to Asian competitors. Although it earned $62 million overall in the first quarter, the company lost an adjusted $85 million on its North American operations. Last year, it lost $2 billion, an improvement over a loss of $10.4 billion in 2005. WILMINGTON, Del. – Their proposals all were voted down, but that didn’t stop dissident General Motors Corp. shareholders from grilling Chairman Rick Wagoner over the automaker’s declining market share and plans for the future at the annual meeting Tuesday. Although Wagoner opened the 2 1/2-hour meeting with a speech touting progress the company has made in its turnaround plan and on advanced technology, several shareholders expressed dismay at the pace, saying GM is in crisis and the board has not moved quickly enough to demand change. “In my opinion, this company has turned around so many times, we’re going in circles. And that circle is leading us right down the drain,” said shareholder James M. Dollinger of Flint, Mich. Shareholder John Lauve of Holly. Mich., said time is running out for GM’s comeback. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
At the close of the record 21-day heat streak, city officials demanded an accounting of power equipment failures that left as many as 16,000 households without air conditioning. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for a full report on what went wrong. As he offered praise for work crews, the mayor said the past week showed the weaknesses of an aging system that officials acknowledge had not been adequately maintained. “Although the department had adequate power supplies during this period, some Angelenos were without power for significant lengths of time due to the record-setting demands,” Villaraigosa stated in a message to DWP Commission President Mary Nichols. Villaraigosa called for the report in 60 days to provide an overview of power outages, as well as short- and long-term plans for how to deal with the city’s needs. The mayor demanded an action plan to review DWP facilities and determine how much it would cost to bring utility equipment up to reliable standards. Villaraigosa also asked the DWP to review future needs, energy conservation promotion, emergency response and timely warnings to the public. Los Angeles County’s first heat-related death from a record heat spell was confirmed Thursday as a Antelope Valley man was overcome by the heat this week while riding in a car with a friend. Eldredge R. Kelsey Jr., 51, had stayed in the vehicle with the door open when they arrived at a home Tuesday in the desert east of Lancaster, officials said. Staff writer Dana Bartholomew contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Three weeks of blistering triple-digit temperatures ended Thursday as weary crews struggled to restore power and city officials called for a reckoning of power equipment failures. Los Angeles County dipped below 100 degrees for the first time since July 6, ending a disastrous heat wave made worse by high humidity. At its height, the heat wave left tens of thousands of households without power and was responsible for the death of one man in the high desert, coroner’s officials said Thursday “Broke it, finally – everybody’s down below a hundred,” said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “Cooler weather through the weekend.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Highs dropped to 98 degrees in Chatsworth, 96 in Northridge and 95 in Woodland Hills, where the mercury had peaked Saturday at a county record of 119 degrees. Downtown Los Angeles was a cool 91 degrees on Thursday. The ebbing temperatures allowed Department of Water and Power crews to reduce power outages to 600 customers by Thursday afternoon, down from a peak of 6,600 a day earlier. Affected customers included residents of Sherman Oaks and Winnetka. Southern California Edison, which had as many as 29,000 households without power, had reduced outages to 500, most in California’s Central Valley.
The Championship season kicks off on Friday as 24 teams battle it out for a chance to play in the Premier League.We love this league because it’s nigh on impossible to predict how things will pan out. Leeds are the bookies’ favourites to win the league this season Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Getty Images The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Cardiff were in the Premier League last season Oakwell is bottom of talkSPORT.com’s Championship stadium rankings LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES latest Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 20. QPR (The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium)It’s no real surprise QPR are trying to relocate to the Linford Christie Stadium because their current home is a bit average.And like Birmingham, the London side struggle to fill The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium most weeks. The close-knit stands do make it imposing though.19. Brentford (Griffin Park)Although the Bees are getting closer to moving into their new ground, the Brentford Community Stadium, we’re judging Griffin Park as that’s where they are still playing.It is a decent stadium but Brentford wouldn’t be moving if they didn’t think the matchday experience for fans couldn’t be improved.18. Nottingham Forest (City Ground)The two-time European champions are planning an exciting redevelopment of their City Ground which they hope will start at the end of the 2019/20 season.But for now, Nottingham Forest’s home is a wee bit stuck in the past but the redevelopment could help nudge the team towards a Premier League push in future campaigns. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 17. Sheffield Wednesday (Hillsborough)Its capacity may be just shy of 40,000 but Sheffield Wednesday’s home ground is not necessarily the most attractive stadium to look at.There are some games where Hillsborough isn’t full either.16. Blackburn Rovers (Ewood Park)This ground has real potential and was Blackburn’s home when they won the Premier League in 1994/95.However, times have changed and Ewood Park is no longer the fortress it once was and it now just serves as a a reminder of the glory days Rovers used to have and are a long way off achieving again.15. Charlton Athletic (The Valley)The pitch has improved markedly over the years but The Valley has not changed a whole lot in terms of the actual stadium.And despite their brilliant promotion into the second tier, there is still a rather angry atmosphere at the club due to the fans’ ongoing feud with unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet, which is most evident during home matches.14. Millwall (The Den)And just a few miles from The Valley is Millwall’s home ground, The Den.Although the capacity is only a little over 20,000 it can sometimes produce a very intimidating atmosphere to opposition players but on occasions a small minority can ruin the matchday experience and give the Lions a bad name. 23. Luton Town (Kenilworth Road)Gone are the days of Luton’s infamous ‘plastic pitch’ which saw them defeat Liverpool in the FA Cup third round in 1987 but their stadium is still slightly old.You could say the architecture at Kenilworth Road is part of the charm but you’d think it would need a lot of work done if they ended up getting promoted to the Premier League this season.22. Wigan Athletic (DW Stadium)This ground hosted Premier League opposition for a number of years with no problems.However, Wigan’s DW Stadium is a bit bland and isn’t exclusively a football stadium, with rugby league side Wigan Warriors also playing their home matches there.It’s tough for the club in a rugby town but it doesn’t help when the attendances average is 11,663, leaving the stands a little empty.21. Birmingham City (St Andrew’s)Another ground which has hosted Premier League matches in recent years is Birmingham’s St Andrew’s.It’s not a bad stadium but unfortunately the Blues struggle to fill up their stadium every week which does make it lose some of its magic. The Hawthorns has real potential 9. Bristol City (Ashton Gate)You sense Bristol City are gradually building themselves up for a shot at the top flight, and their stadium isn’t that bad either.It may just hold a maximum of 27,000 people but Ashton Gate can be a difficult place for any opposing side to come, especially under the lights.And when it isn’t hosting football you can go along and watch a gig too.8. Fulham (Craven Cottage)If there was a prize for the most beautiful location of football grounds in the Championship, the Cottagers would probably win it.It’s a lovely stadium in a pleasant area of London, albeit a bit on the small side.7. Cardiff City (The Cardiff City Stadium)The Bluebirds made the right decision to move out of Ninian Park as their new ground is fit for all levels.The Cardiff City Stadium is an imposing arena with a modern feel to it and will definitely help them in their bid to get back into the top flight. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers getty Forest’s home has had great days but is due an upgrade Leeds fans believe their beloved team will get promoted back to the Premier League 9 9 OFF Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Birmingham are sharing their ground with League One Coventry City this season FAREWELL REVEALED getty 9 9 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 3. Swansea City (Liberty Stadium)The Swans’ ground edges things out in the battle of the stadium’s in Wales though.The Liberty Stadium is a pristine ground with a great atmosphere and a nice pitch which accommodates attractive football well.2. Huddersfield Town (John Smith’s Stadium)They may have been nowhere in the Premier League last season, but Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium is a pleasant day out for fans.It’s a ground which is capable of generating a great atmosphere which is one of the main reasons the Terriers managed to stay in the top flight in 2017/18.1. Leeds United (Elland Road)But top of the tree is Leeds United’s Elland Road.It’s a Premier League stadium and when the fans are in the right mood it can create a siege atmosphere that could help get Leeds back where they arguably belong in the top flight. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions getty TROPHY getty What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 6. Reading (Madejski Stadium)The Berkshire ground is decent although it has somewhat lost its magic in recent years as Reading have spent the past couple of seasons flirting with relegation.5. Preston North End (Deepdale)It may just have a capacity of a little over 23,000 but Preston’s home stadium Deepdale has that extra something with stands paying tribute to club legends Sir Tom Finney, Bill Shankly and Alan Kelly.Meanwhile, the fourth stand, the Invincibles Stand pays tribute to Preston’s unbeaten double winners of the 1888/89 season.4. Derby County (Pride Park Stadium)The Rams replaced their famous Baseball Ground with a new Pride Park Stadium in 1997.And it’s generally a very nice, beautiful stadium which is due a taste of top flight football once more. deals There were a few unsavoury scenes at The Den last season 13. Stoke City (bet365 Stadium)The Potters’ ground is acceptable for Championship or Premier League and used to have a very good atmosphere.However, Stoke’s decline in recent seasons has meant the imposing atmosphere for opposition players is not so apparent these days.12. Middlesbrough (Riverside Stadium)Another ground which has seen its fair share of Premier League action.It has a capacity of 34,000 and can generate a good atmosphere but it kind of blends in a bit which is not what a sports ground should do.11. Hull City (KCOM Stadium)The KCOM Stadium is shared between Hull City FC and rugby league side Hull FC so it’s kind of difficult for it to have a clear identity.It has a decent capacity of just over 25,000 so it’s deserving of being in the top half of this table.10. West Brom (The Hawthorns)Standing at 551 feet above sea level, West Brom’s ground boasts the record of being the highest stadium in the football league.Albion are expected to challenge for the promotion spots this season so if the team can string results together then the Hawthorns could become one of the better stadiums in the division. getty New job All the teams will be desperate to finish as high as they can in the table but where do the teams rank in terms of their stadium?Below you can see the home ground rankings of every side in the Championship, according to talkSPORT.com. targets A statue of Brian Clough and former assistant Peter Taylor stands outside Pride Park Stadium LATEST getty 9 getty 9 9 9 getty 9 24. Barnsley (Oakwell)It was opened in 1888 so the Tykes’ home ground is somewhat lacking in terms of modernity.With a capacity of 23,287 it’s difficult to generate a huge atmosphere too.
The player will now miss the club’s next two fixtures against Queen of the South and Dumbarton. Falkirk striker Myles Hippolyte has accepted a two-match suspension from the Scottish FA for ‘an act of simulation’.The 22-year-old went down in the box to earn his side a penalty in their 2-1 win over Dunfermline at the weekend.In a statement the club said: “Falkirk FC can confirm that a notice of complaint has been issued to midfielder, Myles Hippolyte by the SFA Compliance Officer.“Having reviewed the notice and evidence put forward by the Compliance Officer we can confirm that Myles has accepted an immediate two-match suspension.”
Inverness Caledonian Thistle will take on Dumbarton in the final of the Challenge Cup.The Championship sides saw off Northern Irish and Welsh opposition in semi-finals held over the weekend.On Saturday night, Dumbarton hit a late winner to beat Welsh side TNS 2-1.Then on Sunday, Inverness Caledonian Thistle secured their place in the final with a 3-2 win over Northern Irish outfit Crusaders. The final will take place on the weekend of March 24-25 at a venue to be confirmed.
When asked about his year away from Scotland, the 22-year-old said: “It’s been tough – not much football.“I have been in and around Bournemouth’s first team but it has been a grind, training behind the scenes a lot of the time. “It’s been frustrating so when I heard of interest I jumped at it. “I’m hoping I can get a run of games and maybe improve the squad. Emerson Hyndman admitted that he jumped at the chance to return to Scottish football to join Hibs.The American signed on loan for Hibernian from Bournemouth on Wednesday after John McGinn left for Aston Villa. The 22-year-old who impressed in a loan spell with Rangers in 2017 endured a frustrating time at his parent club last season, playing only four times for the Premier League side.So when the opportunity arose to come to Edinburgh, the midfielder didn’t hesitate and was thrown immediately into action as he came off the bench in Hibs’ Europa League draw with Molde on Thursday night. “You always want to improve yourself as a player, no matter where you are, and it’s a big opportunity for me to be here at such an ambitious club, and try to push them even further. “A goal for me is always to help the team and improve the squad as best I can, and really get the trust of the lads. “Hibs have a big ambition, did really well last year. “I kept up with the league and saw they were doing well. When I heard about the interest, I was quick to jump on it.”Hyndman said despite his lack of first-team action, he feels he is fully prepared to make an impact at Hibs.The young midfielder could get the chance to build upon his fitness when Hibs take on St Johnstone in the Premiership on Sunday, four days before their return leg in Norway.“I had a few pre-season games, I came on against Marseille,” Hyndman said. “We had about four or five pre-season games and I featured in most of them. “But the training at Bournemouth is quite intense. “When I came on on Thursday I felt sharp, mentally as well as physically. “I know it wasn’t very long but I was in this situation at the start at Rangers, I hadn’t played any games. “I came on once and got 90 minutes the next game. I think it’s all about keeping your mind fresh and moving into each game knowing it’s possibly going to be a challenge.”
Share This!We’ve seen Disney testing the new Skyliner gondola system at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a few months. Now testing has moved over to Epcot.The Epcot Skyliner station is located at the International Gateway entrance to the park, located between the England and France pavilions in the World Showcase area.There’s still lots of landscaping to do around the Epcot station, but the mechanics look nearly complete and the decorative painting at the face of the station is lovely. We were able to get a few shots of the gondolas in action. We’re still impressed by how quiet they are.The first video includes a good shot of the construction happening on the new Ratatouille ride that will be part of the France pavilion. And the second video has a brief shot of one of the cabins without its protective plastic covering. Still no word on when the gondolas will be open for guest use. Photos and video: Christina HarrisonI’m getting very excited to try out this new form of Disney transportation. Are you?
2 November 2012Africa Check, a fact-checking website devised by the AFP Foundation and run in partnership with the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, was launched in Johannesburg on Wednesday.The first website in Africa set up exclusively to fact-check public debate, www.africacheck.org was launched during a conference on investigative journalism in Africa run by the university.Modelled on similar sites in the US and Europe, Africa Check aims to hold public figures accounting by “sorting fact from fiction”.As well as producing its own fact-checking reports, the site provides tips and advice for its readers on how to fact-check, as well as a library of databases and fact-checking tools.‘Promoting a culture of accuracy’“I believe that Africa Check can make an important contribution to public discourse by promoting a culture of accuracy and making public figures think twice about playing loose with the facts,” Anton Harber, professor of journalism at Wits University and the former editor of South Africa’s Mail and Guardian, said in a statement.Harber, who is senior adviser to the project, told AFP that Africa Check would “quite simply follow things that are said in the public arena by politicians or by other media or by experts, and where we think they need checking, we will verify them and we will publish what we find, to say this was true, this was not true, or it was disputed, and here’s how you understand the nature of that dispute”.According to AFP, while the site is currently managed by project staff at Wits University, it aims to become a forum for interactive contributions by South African journalists.“Fact-checking is a growing trend in the media, and in wider society, around the world,” said AFP Foundation deputy director Peter Cunliffe-Jones, who devised and oversees the project.“But to our knowledge, this is the first time anyone has tried to do something like this here in Africa.”SAinfo reporter
A proposed clean energy target for Australia aims to offset emissions from the Yallourn Power Station and other coal-fired power plants. The plan, part of a report on the future security of the national electricity market, has gotten mixed reviews from environmentalists. “While the Finkel review is a step forward, much more needs to be done to reduce the emissions of Australia’s biggest polluter—the electricity sector,” reads a statement issued by Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council in Sydney, Australia, an organization that seeks to educate the public on climate change.Ian Lowe, an energy policy specialist at Griffith University in Nathan, Australia, near Brisbane, backs the need to set a clean energy target but is disappointed by the timetable for a transition to clean energy. “Basically, these recommendations would allow dirty old coal-fired power stations to continue operating for decades,” he says.Others note that Australia has pledged to reduce all emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2030. To meet that target, “the electricity sector can and needs to deliver much greater percentage reductions,” says Frank Jotzo, an energy economist at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. Matthew Stocks, a renewable energy specialist at ANU, hopes the new report will “take the politics out of energy policy” by setting a clear policy that will spur investment in energy infrastructure.The review panel was set up after 900,000 households lost power during a blackout in southern Australia last September. In addition to the strategy for emissions reductions, the report has recommendations for increasing energy security and reliability and reducing prices for consumers.All of the recommendations require action by Parliament to implement. The two major parties appear to disagree over how ambitious the clean energy target should be, Stocks notes. But he’s cautiously optimistic: “We could be closer to a compromise than at any time I’ve seen before.” CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons By Dennis NormileJun. 13, 2017 , 1:45 PM Australian panel calls for clean energy target to cut emissions A panel led by Australia’s chief scientist has called for the government to set a clean energy target to reduce emissions from electric power plants that would help the country meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement. Though any goal is seen as a welcome step toward resolving the nation’s long-standing emissions policy paralysis, many worry the panel has set the bar too low.The recommendation comes from a five-member panel led by Alan Finkel, a neuroscientist and former chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Under the proposed scheme, power plants would receive certificates for producing clean electricity in proportion to how far their carbon emissions fall below a specified threshold. Technologies such as solar and wind would benefit most, but plants using gas and coal—paired with carbon capture and storage—could also earn certificates. Electricity retailers would then have to purchase enough certificates to demonstrate that a certain percentage of their electricity comes from low-emissions sources.The report recommends that the clean energy target be set so that electricity sector emissions are reduced by 28% below 2005 levels by 2030 and cut further, to an unspecified level, by 2070. The report does not set a threshold for emissions generated during production or the percentage of clean energy to be supplied to consumers; presumably these will be set by the government. 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Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor both scored centuries in a record partnership of 265 to help drive New Zealand to 510 for six at stumps on the third day of the second Test against Australia on Sunday.The Black Caps still trailed Australia’s 559-9 declared by 49 runs but 166 from Williamson and 235 not out from Taylor restored pride for the tourists, who trail 1-0 in the three-match series after losing by 208 runs in Brisbane.Also read: Starc bowls one of fastest deliveries ever recorded Williamson, who also scored a century in the first test, batted brilliantly but showed he was fallible when he miscued a pull shot off Josh Hazlewood to be caught at mid-on and give Australia their first wicket of the day.That brought Brendon McCullum to the crease and he reached the break unbeaten on 21 having survived a dizzying spell of new ball bowling from left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who hit the 160 kilometres per hour mark with one delivery.The partnership of Williamson and Taylor was the highest by any New Zealand pair against Australia and the ninth highest by any visiting batsmen in the country.Resuming on 70 with New Zealand 140 for two, Williamson had continued the purple patch of form which has now seen him score four centuries in nine test innings this year.The 25-year-old again showcased his sublime technique and calm demeanour as he punched 24 fours through gaps in the field in six-and-a-half hours at the crease.He brought up his 12th test century with a boundary to draw alongside Taylor on the list of New Zealand century makers but the parity did not last long after the lunch break.advertisementTaylor, who had looked more and more comfortable as the day wore on, cut spinner Nathan Lyon to the third man boundary to secure his 13th century.The number of runs scored so far in the match might raise questions about the quality of the WACA track but there will certainly be a few asked about the Kookaburra balls after yet another had to be replaced.Australia had only been bowling with the new ball for five overs when the umpires agreed to a change. It had an immediate impact.Williamson toe-ended it to Mitchell Johnson from the first delivery after resumption and Starc started bowling at intimidating pace from the other end.McCullum was dropped by Lyon off one sizzling delivery and another in the same over took a big chunk out of the bottom of the New Zealand captain’s bat.