Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Not much happening over Ohio today. We cant rule out a few scattered showers in east and NE Ohio today but generally, most of the state turns out at least partly sunny, with clouds increasing this afternoon. We will see better organized showers break out tonight through tomorrow, bringing rain totals still from .1″-.6″ over 80% of the state. We see the moisture finally come to an end tomorrow afternoon, and the heavier rains will skew east. Much heavier action is possible in western PA.Partly to mostly sunny skies emerge for Friday and Saturday. WE have no change to our Sunday outlook either, still with a chance of scattered showers mostly over the central third of the state. Rain totals will generally be under a quarter of an inch with coverage at 60% from US 30 to about 75 miles south of I-70. The rest of the state stays partly to mostly sunny. We are making our early week outlook drier, keeping partly to mostly sunny skies on in for both Monday and Tuesday now. However, those drier changes are tied to uncertainty about the tropical event still trying to unfold over the western Gulf. The remains of “Barry” can make life interesting from Wednesday forward. Models still are wildly divergent. The Euro take the remains right up the Mississippi valley and into the corn belt. Others have the system spinning apart farther south, keeping rains well south of the Ohio River. IF the rains stay south, we likely see nothing until a front tries to nose in later in the week. IF the system does make it that far north, the result would be slow moving rain for a large chunk of Ohio for Wednesday through at least Friday. So, a lot rides on the track of that tropical event. Our leanings are for more of a southern track for now…but the Euro has been very persistent in taking moisture into the corn belt. So, we will continue to track. The map at right shows precipitation through next Tuesday…before the arrival or non-arrival of any tropical remains. Tropical system or not, we do expect showers and thunderstorms next Friday, the 19th into the 20th. But then the rest of the extended window is partly to mostly sunny and dry.
India captain Virat Kohli feels that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has all the skill sets required to emulate world’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes.”I have a lot of faith in him (Hardik) as far as any format is concerned. If he grows in confidence you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England, brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can’t become that for India,” Kohli said at the post- match press conference.Kohli singled out Pandya for special mention, praising his second innings bowling apart from his debut half-century.”In the first innings, he didn’t get opportunity to bowl much but I think in the second innings, he bowled really nicely on a wicket that wasn’t offering much and he kept it in the right areas,” said Kohli.The skipper was impressed as to how Pandya used the shirt ball and also the speed at which he bowled.”He used the bouncer well. He bowls around 135, so he is a great asset and I have mentioned this before as well,” he said.His whirlwind 50 in the first innings was the difference between a total of 550 and 600.”We would have been 540-550 in the first innings. He got those 50 runs quickly and that saves you time as well. That gives you another 15 overs to bowl at the opposition. And his fielding is also tremendous,” Kohli added.
Former Australian and New South Wales Women’s Open representative, Amanda Judd, has been named as the 24th inductee into the New South Wales Touch Association Hall of Fame. “(Amanda was a) Pure attacking genius whose step was equally devastating off either foot while dummying and not losing pace, often having both the defence and spectators looking the wrong way. Arguably the best female hole runner to play the game, she had the uncanny ability to place her body in positions thought to be impossible to get the ball down, often leaving all of us watching her in amazement of what had just occurred. She, like her sister, was always at her best when the game was on the biggest stage and the mind meld that she and Kristy possessed when on the field left all in awe of the her talent.”Australian Women’s Open captain and good friend, Louise Winchester accepted the award on Amanda’s behalf. Related LinksNSWTA Hall of Fame Amanda and her twin sister Kristy, who is still playing and in 2011 played in her fifth World Cup, changed the way the Women’s game was played. New South Wales Touch Association General Manager, Dean Russell announced the induction, praising her creativity in attack. Amanda Judd has had a stellar Touch Football career, with 62 caps for Australia, as well as a seven year representation for New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Along with this, Judd has won six State Cup titles, 11 Vawdon Cup titles and five National Touch League titles. She was also the winner of back-to-back Smith Medals in 2005 and 2006 and the sixth all time vote getter in the Smith Medal.
Twitter/@TooMFCold4LNotre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is officially on the transfer market, and there are dozens of teams that could use him at quarterback for the upcoming season. The Georgia Bulldogs seem to fit the bill with the graduation of their 2014 starter Hutson Mason, and some fans are already trying to recruit him to [email protected]_Golson5 @FootballUGA choose the dawgs for one year. Take us to another level. We need a championship!!!— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Whoever runs Georgia football’s official Twitter account also seems to like the [email protected] @Everett_Golson5 tweeted this not even thinking it was possible. #EverettGolsonToGeorgia #dreamcometrue pic.twitter.com/JwvLsUJ1aj— Phillip Coy (@TooMFCold4L) May 7, 2015Unless Mark Richt is the man behind the Twitter, this probably means nothing, but “Golson Watch” should be a fun news story for the college football world over the next few weeks.
Image Courtesy: OOCLHong Kong-based container carrier Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) has added a new service to its Intra-Europe Network, the North Europe – Turkey service (NET).The new service, which started operating from Felixstowe on April 8, features four vessels in the following port rotation: Felixstowe (UK) – Hamburg (Germany) – Antwerp (Belgium) – Piraeus (Greece) – Istanbul – Izmit – Izmir (Turkey) – Salerno (Italy) – Felixstowe.OOCL said that the NET is an additional service for its Intra-Europe Network and will provide “a fixed day, weekly direct service from North Europe to Turkey.”“As one of the vessel operators, we are committed to meeting the needs of customers in this trade. The new NET product will cover all key markets and provide competitive transit times between North Europe and Istanbul, Izmit and Izmir,” OOCL informed.
TORONTO – Ontario is envisioning a future in which millions of electric vehicles are on the roads, but analysts predict consumer uptake will remain far off the government target for 2020, despite tens of millions of dollars in subsidies.The Liberal government has been encouraging electric vehicle sales by doling out $75 million in rebates to vehicle owners, offering various other incentives and programs, installing a network of charging stations and spending $1 million to open an electric vehicle education centre.But that so far hasn’t translated into vast numbers of vehicles. The official data for 2017 isn’t yet available, but at the end of last year, electric vehicles represented less than one per cent of all passenger vehicle sales in Ontario.In just two years, by 2020, the government hopes to see that number increase to five per cent.It can’t be done, analysts say.“The chances of meeting it aren’t low, they’re zero,” said auto industry analyst Dennis DesRosiers. “In the auto sector all roads lead to electric, it just happens to be that the road to serious acceptance of them is probably at least 2030 and more likely 2040, 2050.”Tony Faria, an auto industry analyst at the University of Windsor, agrees that Ontario won’t meet its goal by 2020.“We will almost assuredly get to five per cent electric vehicles purchased or on the road at some point in time, it’s just not going to be in the next couple of years,” he said. “We’re really wedded to our gasoline-driven vehicles because of the flexibility they give us distance wise, amazing availability of where you can fill up and so on.”Range anxiety — a fear that an electric vehicle would run out of charge somewhere far from a charging station — is cited by analysts, the industry and government as one of the main reasons more people haven’t yet switched to electric vehicles.The government announced in July 2016 that it would spend $20 million to build a network of 500 public charging stations along highways and at public places across the province by March 31, 2017.But now, more than eight months after that self-imposed deadline, just two-thirds of the stations are in use.Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said that timeline was “ambitious” and there have been challenges around the locations of some of the chargers, permits and construction delays, but he still believes the target can be met.“We see what the numbers are currently, but again when you look at not only the demand we’ve seen over the last few months, but the forecasted demand for the next three or four years we do see and certainly do predict fairly sharp increases in people’s appetite for (electric) vehicles,” he said.It takes time to get people to change their behaviours, Del Duca said.“People get very comfortable in their patterns, both as commuters and when they’re making their product selections when they’re looking at cars,” he said. “I think there was always going to be the need for some time for a cultural shift.”FleetCarma, a company that promotes electric vehicles, reports on quarterly sales numbers and found that in Ontario those numbers are up 96 per cent year-over-year for the first nine months of 2017.In the second quarter, they reported electric vehicle sales represented about 0.7 per cent of the market.“While these numbers may seem small compared to the total number of auto sales the thing to take note of here is the trajectory of the numbers,” they wrote.The president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association said those numbers bode well and he believes there is a good chance of hitting the five per cent target in 2020. The industry itself is doing a lot to encourage sales, but for now the market demand is still very small and manufacturers are losing money on their production, said Mark Nantais.“There’s a good deal of literature out there by independent parties to suggest that at this point in time vehicle manufacturers are losing anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 per vehicle,” he said.That will change over time as demand increases, he said.“Sometimes we proceed with costly technologies that — while we might be losing money on them — we ultimately think that the market will improve, that the number of vehicles will increase, that the cost of the technology will come down,” Nantais said.To increase sales, the government offers rebates of up to $14,000 for electric vehicles that cost up to $150,000.In order to encourage customers to choose electric vehicles, auto dealers will often give buyers the rebate out of their own funds, but that has left some out hundreds of thousands of dollars, they say.Frank Notte, with the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, said many dealers are waiting up to five or six months for the government to reimburse them. One dealer is owed more than $400,000, he said, and GM dealers in the Greater Toronto Area alone are owed about $2.3 million.The Ministry of Transportation wouldn’t confirm those numbers, but said it is working to streamline the process so dealers can get reimbursed more quickly.The province has also put $1 million toward the Plug’n Drive Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in northern Toronto, where people can learn about and test drive electric vehicles. The centre said it has seen 1,600 test drives with more than 4,000 visitors since it opened this spring.
WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and General Motors (all times local):2:40 p.m.President Donald Trump is saying he’s “very disappointed” in General Motors closing plants — and he says the White House is “looking at cutting all subsidies” for the auto giant.Trump tweeted his warning Tuesday, a day after GM announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America.He blasted GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, “for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland” even though “nothing” was “being closed in Mexico & China.”Trump angrily referred to the 2008 federal auto bailout by adding that “the U.S. saved General Motors, and this is the THANKS we get!”The president floated the idea of cutting subsidies for GM’s electric cars program.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not elaborate as to what cuts could be enacted.___2:15 p.m.The White House is expressing “great disappointment” in General Motors after the automobile giant announced it would be cutting thousands of jobs.National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow said Tuesday the White House’s reaction was “a tremendous amount of disappointment maybe even spilling over into anger.”Kudlow met with GM CEO Mary Barra on Monday after the company announced it would shutter five plants and slash 14,000 jobs in North America. Kudlow says it felt as though GM “kind of turned” its back on President Donald Trump by closing the plants in the Midwest.Kudlow says he didn’t see a recession in the offing and didn’t rule out that the White House may take action against GM.General Motors Co. says it’s abandoning many of its car models and restructurings to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.The Associated Press
Naturally, that surplus is made possible by the nature of the rookie scale, which artificially depresses pay for young players, but even going only by the real and projected value, this group of young players has been and will be worth far more than the veterans Jackson acquired. And the value isn’t all tied up in Porzingis, either — Hernangomez and Ntilikina both project to produce at a high level.With Jackson on the way out, the expectation is that coach Jeff Hornacek will have the freedom to move away from Jackson’s much derided triangle offense. Dolan is teasing the idea of chasing former Denver Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri, who helped pants New York in the ill-advised trade for Anthony, and then again in the even more lopsided Andrea Bargnani deal a few seasons later when Ujiri was working for the Toronto Raptors. (Somewhat infamously, Ujiri nearly traded Toronto’s star point guard Kyle Lowry to New York before Dolan, hesitant to be humiliated by Ujiri once again, called off the trade at the 11th hour.)The Knicks, who were 80-166 under Jackson, 29.5 games under their preseason Vegas win totals, are in possession of all of their future first-round draft picks for the first time in a decade.2Hell, the last time the Knicks’ draft outlook was promising for consecutive years was 2005 and 2006, when they had back-to-back seasons with multiple first-rounders. In 2005 they drafted Channing Frye and David Lee, and traded Kurt Thomas for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. The following season, the team drafted Renaldo Balkman and Mardy Collins. Things are looking up.And so the Knicks move on to the next stage of their development, better off than they were three seasons ago. Phil Jackson did a good job — except for the parts where he didn’t. Or perhaps he did a world-historically bad job, except for a few draft picks that went his way. It was a mixed bag, full of drama and triangles, and maybe the best thing to be said about Jackson’s Knicks is that they never managed to completely bungle the future. But in this town, that’s not nothing. It’s borderline groundbreaking. Stick around long enough and even the New York Knicks might have a bright future to sell you.VIDEO: Phil Jackson’s legacy with the Knicks isn’t all bad In just three full seasons, Phil Jackson inflicted as much psychic distress on the New York Knicks fanbase as any executive in New York’s recent, storied, terrible history. Jackson signed with the Knicks on March 18, 2014. News broke on Wednesday morning that he’s leaving.Yet the fans’ discomfort was only possible, in large part, because Jackson’s front office drafted well and unearthed talented young players. Jackson built the team of the future, and then set about imperiling it.Jackson’s exit ends several weeks of turmoil which saw him feud openly with Carmelo Anthony over his no-trade clause (which Jackson himself negotiated) and entertain trade possibilities for Kristaps Porzingis, either in earnest or to send the young star a message to fall in line. It was a messy end, but then, things have been a mess for a while now.In Jackson’s first offseason, he made the biggest decision of his tenure: re-signing Anthony to a 5-year, $124 million contract, which included a no-trade clause. He also traded Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton for then-33-year-old Jose Calderon, a handful of cap filler and a pair of second round picks. Not quite an earth-moving rebuild, but not terrible.The following season, the Knicks made a three-team deal that sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland (and three straight Finals appearances), but returned three marginal players and a 2019 second-round pick. That offseason, the team drafted Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick, and signed Robin Lopez to a 4-year, $55 million deal. The roster rounded out with peripheral free agents Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams and a trade for Kyle O’Quinn. Then the real trouble began.In the summer of 2016, Jackson signed Joakim Noah to a 4-year, $72 million contract, and traded Lopez (and his favorable contract), rookie Jerian Grant and Calderon to the Chicago Bulls for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a second round pick. Rose remained a ghost of his former self; Noah was injured, ineffective and more expensive than Lopez.Going by FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system,1CARMELO has been updated to once again use Real Plus-Minus, though it’s now blended with Box Plus-Minus. We’ll have more details in a few days, but for now, these numbers won’t match the ones in the interactive. we can see just how badly Jackson overshot on the veterans he acquired. The seven most significant players he brought in or re-signed — Anthony, Rose, Noah, Afflalo, Courtney Lee, Lopez and Calderon — made or will make a combined $253 million from the 2014-15 season to the end of the 2019-20 season from the Knicks. Over that same time, they will have produced $134 million of value. The Knicks overpaid by half. The rookies were a different story. Jackson famously preferred Jahlil Okafor to Porzingis, but should be credited for taking a talented but risky prospect. The same goes for trading second-round pick swaps for Willy Hernangomez, a viable center of the future, provided we live long enough to see a future without Joakim Noah on the books, and signing Mindaugas Kuzminskas. And last week’s draft selection, 18-year-old Frank Ntilikina, is a risky, home-run type pick at a draft position in which Jackson could have taken safer players with lower ceilings.Using the same CARMELO method as we did for the veterans, the key Knicks rookies look far better. They project to produce $203 million by 2020, but will have been paid just shy of $43 million.