Kathmandu: A team of American scientists flew to the Mount Everest region Wednesday to study how pollution has impacted the Himalayan mountains and glaciers that are melting due to global warming. The team led by John All of Western Washington University plans to spend the next two months in the region collecting samples and study the ice, snow and vegetation. In May, the team members will try to climb the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) high Everest, the world’s highest mountain, and its sister peak Mount Lhotse. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US The team plan to bring the samples and data and study with local university and government agencies in Nepal. They’ll compare the current data to data the professor collected on a 2009 visit. They plan to study the color and mineral content of the snow and ice on higher elevation of the mountains while collecting plans and other vegetation on the foothills. “We are looking at how climate change has effected vegetation, we are looking at how climate change has effected the snow and water availability for local people and how it is effecting local people,” All told The Associated Press before leaving the capital, Kathmandu. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls They are going to use instruments to reflect light off the glaciers to determine how much dirt is on the surface. “The more dirt there is, the more pollution accumulated on them and the more light absorption there is, and thus the larger impact on the glaciers, it is going to melt quickly,” he said. A year after his research expedition to the Everest region in 2009, he climbed to the summit. A research trip in 2014 ended after the deaths of 16 Nepali Sherpa guides in an avalanche brought an early end to the climbing season. In May 2014, he fell 22 meters (72 feet) into a crevasse on a different mountain, breaking ribs and his right arm. He crawled out of the hole despite his injuries before being rescued the next morning. He managed to use his ice axe to work his way out of the hole, but had to move very slowly due to his broken bones. His teammates were in lower camps and would take two days to get to him. “I want to try to make a difference and I feel like I should do something good for the world,” All said.
New Delhi: The GST profiteering investigation arm has found leading FMCG firm P&G India guilty of not passing on GST rate cut benefits to the tune of about Rs 250 crore by a corresponding reduction in prices.Based on a complaint filed before the standing committee, the Directorate General of Anti profiteering (DGAP) investigated the books of accounts of P&G India pre and post November 15, 2017, and concluded that the consumer goods manufacturer has not lowered prices of certain of its products despite cut in GST rate to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. “The DGAP report has concluded profiteering worth Rs 250 crore by P&G. The National Anti Profiteering Authority will pass a final order on the quantum of profiteering after hearing the company’s views,” an official said.
London – Newcastle United have completed the signing of Moroccan left-back Achraf Lazaar, the club said in its official website.Lazaar, 24, joins the club from Italian club Palermo on a five-year contract.Lazaar came through the youth set-up at Italian club Varese and spent two years in the first team before joining Palermo in January 2014, initially on loan. He helped the Rosanero win Serie B at the end of his first season and has been a regular in the top flight, making a total of 76 appearances and scoring three goals during his time at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.“I am very happy to be at Newcastle United,” said Lazaar.“I’m proud to sign here because Newcastle is a great team in England,” he added.Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added: “Achraf is a good, young player with international experience who has grown his game in Italy.“He gives us width on the left, has a good left foot and will add great competition to the squad,” Benitez pointed out.With MAP
Rabat – Morocco and the United States are organizing an international seminar in Marrakech for March 15-16 to fight arms trafficking affecting land and sea borders. Representatives of the security services of 60 countries in Africa and the Middle East will participate.The meeting will bring together government representatives and weapons experts from Morocco and the United States, but also from Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and EEAU. Representatives of international and regional organizations will also be present.The seminar is organized as part of the US Department of State’s “EXBS” program, which aims to regulate trade and transfer of dual-use goods and technology such as weapons of mass destruction. It is hoped the meeting will deepen regional expertise in matters of transhipment. The objective is to develop a transit/transhipment manual, while examining the various regulatory channels for transhipment trade. According to a US official statement, Morocco and the United States are determined to “participate actively in the joint efforts to prevent weapons and arms-related items illicit trafficking, including dual-use goods and necessary materials for the development of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems.”Because of its geographical position, Morocco has an important role to play against arms trafficking, notably by strenuously controlling part of the Strait of Gibraltar and its coastal and land borders in the South.According to the same source, the Marrakech conference will be an opportunity for the US State Department to present its “Export Control and Border Security (EXBS)” program.
28 July 2009Civil society groups operating in Sudan’s Darfur region will be allowed to carry out unhindered voter education activities ahead of national elections scheduled for next year, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission to Darfur (UNAMID) reported today. Civil society groups operating in Sudan’s Darfur region will be allowed to carry out unhindered voter education activities ahead of national elections scheduled for next year, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission to Darfur (UNAMID) reported today.UNAMID said the National Elections Commission (NEC) has given an assurance to the mission that the civic organizations can conduct voter education without restriction or interference from either Sudan’s National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) or the Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC).During the pre-election period, the civic organizations will operate under the auspices of the NEC, with which the NISS and HAC will raise any concerns they have about the groups’ activities.NEC also informed the peacekeeping mission that it has completed the demarcation of the national and state constituencies for the upcoming elections, which are slated to take place in April 2010.All election-related activities in the months ahead must also be cleared by committees established in each one of Darfur’s states.
OTTAWA — Job creation in Canada returned to earth last month as employers pulled back following an apparent hiring binge in May that proved too good to be sustained.[np_storybar title=”Brightening U.S. jobs picture may draw Fed closer to tapering” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/05/us-payrolls-jobs-june-2013/”%5DEmployers added 195,000 new jobs to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, while the unemployment rate held steady at 7.6% as more people entered the workforce. Keep reading. [/np_storybar]Economists had expected payback from May’s purported growth of 95,000 jobs and they got it with Friday morning’s flat reading — actually a statistically meaningless loss of 400 jobs in June.More meaningful was the decline of 32,400 jobs among full-time workers, offset by similar-sized gains in part-time jobs.That left the unemployment rate at 7.1%, where it was in May and at the start of the year.Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said the June report should be a reminder to markets and analysts to look through the volatile monthly data for a true picture of labour conditions and give greater credence to the three-month and six-month rolling averages.Over the first half of 2013, the economy created an average of about 14,000 jobs a month, about half the pace of growth seen in the second half of 2012.“As a stand-alone report, June looks pretty sickly but given the massive, near-record job gain in May it’s actually mildly encouraging that strength was maintained,” Porter said.“I do think the bigger picture is that job growth did slow in the first half of the year and that gives a more accurate picture of what happened in the Canadian job market, not these wild (swings),” he said.“And the unemployment rate is 7.1 and it was 7.2% a year ago and that tells us there’s been precious little improvement, but there is a little improvement.”Markets reacted swiftly to the data, however, dropping the loonie half a cent to 94.55 US both on the soft Canadian data and an above consensus 195,000 jobs gain south of the border.May aside, the jobs data has been in line with an economy that has seen weak growth through the first half of 2013.However, analysts are expecting the second half of 2013 to show some improvement, and the U.S. labour report, also released Friday morning, gives some hope that the American economy is picking up steam. That would be good news for Canada, particularly the export sector, analysts say.The details in the latest Statistics Canada report were also in keeping with the theme that an adjustment was due.Besides the drop in full-time work being offset by part-time, private sector employment slipped by 5,300 amid small gains in the public sector and in self-employment.As well, hours worked dipped 0.2% and hourly wages slipped slightly to 2.2% growth from last year.The agency said flooding in southern Alberta posed some problems with its data collection in June, but that it believed the impact on the estimates was negligible.There were a few other notable data points. Among them was the loss of 5,200 jobs in New Brunswick, which pushed the small province’s unemployment rate to 11.2%, the first time it has been the highest in Canada since records have been kept. Traditionally, Newfoundland has topped the jobless list.As well, manufacturing saw a modest gain of 4,200 jobs after a generally poor first five months of the year, and construction jobs largely held steady despite a slowdown in the housing market.By sector, the big winners last month were in the professional, scientific and technical services industries, which saw an increase of 27,000 workers, while accommodation and food services shed 20,000, and information, culture and recreation slipped by 15,000.Regionally, gains and losses were evenly split among the provinces, with most of the gains and losses modest in relations to their populations.
TORONTO — North American stock markets continued to look for direction amid a decision by the European Central Bank to hold interest rates until it knows the full impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.The S&P/TSX composite index was up by 32.26 points at 14,565.83, boosted by positive earnings reports from Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) and Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA).Most of the Toronto subindexes were also higher, with the biggest gains seen from the gold, materials and metals sectors.In contrast, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 77.80 points at 18,517.23, the broader S&P 500 composite index dipped 7.85 points to 2,165.17 and the Nasdaq composite gave up 16.03 points at 5,073.90.The Canadian dollar fell 0.18 of a U.S. cent to 76.42 cents US, as oil prices, which often guide the loonie’s value, were also lower.The September crude contract dropped $1 at US$44.75 per barrel.August gold rose $11.70 to US$1,331 an ounce, August natural gas was up three cents at US$2.69 per mmBTU and September copper contracts were unchanged at US$2.26 a pound.
Addressing a meeting in Vienna of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Governors, Mohamed ElBaradei said the Agency “is not yet in a position to conclude that there are no undeclared nuclear materials or activities in Iran.”He noted that the normally time-consuming process of determining the facts would take even longer with respect to Iran, given the country’s past pattern of concealing its nuclear activities.“A confidence deficit has been created, and confidence needs to be restored,” the IAEA chief told the 35-member Board. “Iran’s active cooperation and full transparency [are] therefore indispensable.”He also reported that progress has been made in assuring that there are no undeclared enrichment activities in Iran and in assessing the extent of Tehran’s efforts to import, manufacture and use centrifuges. At the Agency’s request, Iran has agreed to let IAEA experts analyze samples taken from centrifuges and centrifuge components in the countries they came from as a basis for comparison. The aim is to “confirm the actual source of contamination and the correctness of statements made by Iran,” Mr. ElBaradei said. The IAEA has also generally been able to verify that Iran has suspended its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, although more work is required to fully assess the situation.Speaking to reporters before briefing the Board, the IAEA chief sounded a note of cautious optimism. “We understand much better Iran’s programme now, but as I have stated before, the jury is still out on our ability to provide assurance that everything has been declared to us.”
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped the presses Thursday on the idea of imposing a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way of “levelling the playing field” in Canada’s rapidly evolving news industry.Liberal members of the Commons heritage committee released a long-awaited report Thursday with 20 proposals aimed at helping the slumping media industry adapt to rapid technological change and shifting consumer habits.The majority report calls on Ottawa to apply the tax, levied on broadband Internet providers, to high-speed Internet services that allow for the streaming of music, movies and TV shows.Liberal MPs on the committee tried to sell the idea as creating more fairness, since the tax is already applied to satellite and cable TV services.But not long after the report’s release, Trudeau spiked the proposal.“We respect the independence of committees and Parliament and the work and the studies they do, but allow me to be clear: We’re not raising taxes on the middle class — we’re lowering them,” Trudeau said in Montreal.“We’re not going to be raising taxes on the middle class through an Internet broadband tax. That is not an idea we are taking on.”Liberal MP Hedy Fry, the committee chair, argued that applying the levy makes sense since more media companies are moving into streaming, which allows them to escape the five per cent tax currently imposed on traditional broadcasters.“Levelling the playing field was a thing that concerned us most,” Fry said.The committee spent 15 months studying the ailing Canadian media industry, which has been steadily losing advertising revenue and market shares to online giants such as Facebook, Netflix and Google.In 2015, Facebook and Google earned two-thirds of online advertising revenue in Canada, the report noted.The report also recommended that the feds ensure foreign news aggregators that sell ads around Canadian news be subjected to the same tax obligations as providers in Canada.“The amount of money that goes to Google and Facebook in news media is astounding, and it is taking away from a limited pot (of advertising revenue),” Liberal MP and committee member Seamus O’Regan said in defence of the taxation idea.The report also recommends forcing the CBC to eliminate digital advertising; allowing media companies to deduct taxes on digital advertising on Canadian-owned platforms; and a five-year tax credit to compensate print outlets for a portion of their digital investments.The report also signalled the need to protect the fading presence of local news in Canada. One solution suggested the CBC make local news and programming a priority.“This is an emergency,” O’Regan, a former broadcaster, said of the fact fewer journalists than ever are keeping watch on important municipal issues.“This is a crisis in our democracy.”The Conservative members of the committee introduced a report of their own, arguing that their Liberal counterparts are living in the past.Conservative MP Peter Van Loan tabled a dissenting report, which he described as being “very much in contrast” with the main document.“Overwhelmingly, we thought the recommendations of the majority on the committee were embracing an effort to turn back the clock to keep things the way they were,” Van Loan said.“Essentially, to try and replicate the ways of the analog world in the new digital world we didn’t think was practical. This world is changing, and change brings disruption.”Higher taxes and government control of the news are not the answer to the problem, he added.The committee report was the latest analysis of Canada’s struggling news industry.News Media Canada, which represents more than 800 print and digital media outlets, was scheduled to release recommendations of its own Friday. The group’s report was obtained by The Canadian Press.The organization is calling for changes to the Canada Perodical Fund, an existing federal tool that provides financial assistance to magazines and non-daily newspapers.It proposes a “civic news” component within the fund to support journalism of a “democracy-enhancing nature.” The changes would make daily newspapers, some digital-only publications and The Canadian Press eligible for assistance under the fund.A report released in January by the Public Policy Forum think tank called on Ottawa to consider changing tax laws to favour Canadian news publishers in the digital advertising market and use the new revenue stream to establish an independent, publicly subsidized journalism fund.That study, commissioned by the Department of Heritage, also recommended that advertising with foreign-owned websites no longer be deductible under the federal Income Tax Act.It also said that extending a 10 per cent withholding tax to commercials and advertising carried by foreign digital media would create a new revenue stream for Ottawa of up to $400 million annually.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal Trudeau rejects call for five per cent tax on broadband Internet services A parliamentary committee studying Canada’s slumping media industry will reportedly call for a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services to boost a sector struggling to adapt to technological changes and evolving consumer habits. Function lights are illuminated on a modem in Chelsea, Que., July 11, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2017 9:07 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Quynn Oates’ job as the Education Don in Residence Life is to address topics that might make students feel uncomfortable.Throughout November, the third-year Child and Youth Studies student has been raising awareness about sexual violence with the #ItCanHappenHere campaign.“It is meant to educate students on sexual violence. We want them to be informed on how to respond because it happens beyond our campus, it can happen anywhere,” she says.While one in five women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime, Oates stresses that it can happen to anyone at any time.“This issue impacts everyone and we really try to highlight that. We focus on the intersectional aspects of sexual violence, incorporating different voices in the campaign. Ultimately, we want everyone to feel safe and to understand survivors, so we dedicate resources to informing students,” she says.“Students have been very receptive to the messages and are providing positive feedback. It shows that we are all working together to reduce the stigma,” Oates says.The University Human Rights and Equity office works closely with the Residence Life department, providing support to staff and students while working with core groups around campus about prevention, education and disclosure training.“If anyone needs support, resources or someone to talk to, our doors are always open,” said Allison Cadwallader, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator.Even after November comes to a close, Oates encourages students to continue the momentum in educating others.“Get involved, make #ItCanHappenHere bigger and better. This issue is worldwide and if we can all be leaders in driving change, others will take notice and follow,” she says.Find more information about the campaign on the #ItCanHappenHere Facebook page.
Phil Mickelson birdied the fourth playoff hole to beat Tiger Woods in their $9 million made-for-TV match Friday.Mickelson made a 4-foot birdie putt on a specially set up 93-yard, par 3. The match at Shadow Creek Golf Club finished in the dark with lights set up around the hole.Mickelson was 1 up after 16 holes, but Woods tied it with birdie from the fringe of the green on the par-3 17th hole. Both birdied the par-5 18th and then parred the first playoff hole before it went to the par-3 extra hole that they kept playing until there was a winner.Only 700 invited guests were allowed to watch the event billed as golf’s first pay-per-view broadcast. It was marred by technical difficulties with viewers unable to view it on their televisions after paying $19.95. Turner and Bleacher Report representatives sent out links on social media allowing people to view it for free on their computers and mobile devices.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJoe Reedy, The Associated Press
Army BT relationship – high quality Reservists for the Army; unique leadership skills for businesses pic.twitter.com/B0HpsvdSu4— Gen Nick Carter (@ArmyCGS) January 10, 2017 Army BT relationship – high quality Reservists for the Army; unique leadership skills for businesses pic.twitter.com/B0HpsvdSu4— Gen Nick Carter (@ArmyCGS) January 10, 2017 The army needs help to recruit young people because the internet has made the so-called Generation Y “slightly self-interested”, the Chief of the General Staff has said.Speaking about the need to sign up more reservists, General Sir Nick Carter said the technological skills of young people made them well-suited to 21st century warfare, but millennials tend to look for “instant self-gratification” and “want to know what’s in it for them”.He said there were benefits for both young people and their employers to joining the reserve forces, as he urged workers from creative industries including fashion and design to consider military service. “We are now dealing with a different generation, Generation Y, born after 1985, and they have a slightly different expectation of life, which tends to be slightly self interested, very committed”, he said at the re-signing of the Armed Forces Covenant and launch of the army’s leadership doctrine at the BT Tower in central London.”They are much more adaptable to the information age than my generation, they want to know what’s in it for them.”They are looking for instant self gratification. They are much more adaptable and what we wish to do is to empower every level to seize opportunities that further our cause. General Sir Nick Carter (right), Chief of the General Staff, signs the Armed Services covenant with BT chairman Sir Mike Rake Credit:Steve Parsons /PA He said the offer for reservists was now better than ever, with new specialisms being catered for. “We are particularly looking for people from production, for people from creative areas, from fashion and design, they are coming forward in great numbers to take part in this.”It’s a great opportunity this idea to build a portfolio of ideas.”The Armed Forces Covenant, first signed in 2013, is described by the Government as “a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly”.Businesses and other organisations sign it to demonstrate their support for the armed forces, including by employing and encouraging reservists. Last week the army announced a £3m recruitment drive with advertisements focussing on comradeship among soldiers, after previous campaigns failed to turn around falling numbers. “Whether you are led or whether you are a leader, leaders don’t accept the status quo, they set a clear direction.”They have a duty to set standards and have the moral courage to enforce them.”We need help in explaining what this is all about and persuading employers that this is not a burden, it’s actually a bonus.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
YOU MAY HAVE heard of Bitcoin before, and possibly others like Dogecoin, and Litecoin, but you may want to add another one to the list.A few days ago, Stripe, the online payments company founded and ran by two Limerick brothers Patrick and John Collison, backed a new Bitcoin-like currency and payments network called ‘Stellar’, which will allow users to send any kind of currency, both traditional and digital, to one another.While it may seem like it’s just another new cryptocurrency, there’s far more to it than meets the eye.So what exactly is Stellar?The Stellar Development Foundation, to give it its full title, is a nonprofit organisation designed to provide a common financial platform and help develop common financial literacy.Patrick Collison is a board member and his company Stripe has backed it by giving the non-profit $3 million. At the start of the year, the San-Francisco company raised $80 million (€59 million) in funding to give it a valuation of $1.75 billion (€1.3 billion) making it one of the hottest e-payments services around so it’s only natural that digital currencies would come into the equation.Alongside Collison, it’s backed by a number of high-profile advisors such as ex-PayPal executive Keith Raboits, YCombinator (one of the biggest incubators in the US) partner Sam Altman, AngelList (a company which brings angel investors and startups together) cofounder Naval Ravikant, and Automattic CEO and founder of WordPress.com Matt Mullenweg.The main purpose is to act as a currency exchange network, supporting traditional currencies like the dollar, euro, as well as digital currencies like Bitcoin.How it works is relatively simple. You can use the network to send payments through one currency which will be received in another (if you pay with euro, the recipient will get it in dollars) or hold a balance with a gateway, which is a network participant that accepts a deposit in exchange for credit on the network.But it’s also a cryptocurrency, right? How many coins are they starting off with?Yes, it’s started by creating 100 billion stellar coins, but its aim isn’t to directly compete with Bitcoin (not yet anyway). Instead, it wants to educate people about digital currencies and help facilitate trade and bring the payments network together. It will act as a link between different currencies since all currencies only work only within their intended territories.The initial aim is to distribute 50% or 50 billion stellars to those who signup directly, 25% will go to nonprofits to reach underserved populations via the increased access program, 20% will go to the bitcoin program and the remainder 5% will be directed towards operational costs. It’s hoped that the first 50 billion stellar coins will be given away within the first three years, but no longer than five years. Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to get mainstream coverage, but many people are still unsure how it and similar currencies work. Source: AP Photo/Rick BowmerThat’s pretty ambitious for a currency that currently has little market value. Why so many coins?That ties into another aim of the Stellar Development Foundation, which is to educate those about cryptocurrencies, and what better way to educate than to give away some free stellar coins and let them play around with them.The more people that learn how to use them, the more opportunities there will be to spend them and their value will go up.Look at Bitcoin for example. While the value has begun to settle down (one coin is worth €440 at time of writing), and more businesses and companies are beginning to accept it, many are still unsure what to make of it. That uncertainty hasn’t hurt its overall price, but it has left many skeptical about it.Also, its userbase is quite low with some estimates saying 1.2 million – out of 2.5 million people – would have a meaningful amount of bitcoin. Not a lot for a currency that’s global.So what’s the guarantee that they’ll be a success?None. Like all things in life, there’s no guarantee that it will work out or grow in value. Market value of any currency depends on a number of factors, but if it does take off, it will likely take a few years for it to happen. This is a long-term bet, make no mistake about it.The aims of Stellar ties in perfectly with Stripe’s purpose which is to make payments simple and easier for both businesses and consumers. It’s received much praise for its approach to online payments and if stellar coins grow in popularity, it will give Stripe a significant advantage in that field.While the rewards are great, there are too many variables to suggest whether this will work or not yet through experiments like this, we become a step closer to creating a digital currency that functions just as well, if not better, than traditional currency.Read: This is how drastically your Windows computer has changed over the years >Read: Turns out videogames can benefit children (but only in short bursts) >
We know there are thousands of people on Earth that consider themselves followers of the Jedi faith, but it also seems there are a few thousand Siths around, too.More than 25,000 people have signed a petition that demands the US government fund and build a full-size Death Star by the year 2016. As the petition has hit the 25k mark, it is now eligible for an official response from the White House.The petition hit its goal just before the 30-day expiration date and the creator, John D, even has a reasonable argument as to why building a Death Star would be good for the country. He said that putting defense resources into a weapon such as the Death Star would create many jobs in construction, engineering, and space exploration, as well as strengthening our national defense.There are obvious flaws in John’s demands, though. Three years is not a suitable timescale for creating a Death Star, also the money and resources required would be astronomical. Apparently, it would take 800,000 years just to produce all the steel needed to build it.It’s already clear that this project will go absolutely nowhere, and it’s hard to tell whether the people signing the petition are serious or whether it was a joke just to see if an official response could be garnered. On that front at least, they succeeded.I can’t see President Obama going over to the dark side and building a space station the size of a moon any time soon, but the reply from the White House is sure to make for an interesting read.via CNET
Tags 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Car Industry 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Comment Tags 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 26 Photos 81 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 10 Photos 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Renault,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 52 Photos General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Post a comment Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 69 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 18 Photos 7 Photos Share your voice 71 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 68 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 1 Renault e-Plein Air is ready to hit the beach in silence 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 49 Photos 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 12 Photos Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Share your voice Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Concept Cars Electric Cars Classic Cars Enlarge ImageIt’s just so cute! Renault It’s always nice to see an automaker giving an old car a breath of 21st-century air. For the 10th anniversary of 4L International, a festival dedicated to Renault’s first front-wheel-drive family car, the French OEM borrowed from its current stable to create a very interesting one-off.Renault this week unveiled the e-Plein Air, an electric take on the automaker’s doorless, open-top runabout. The e-Plein Air is the creation of Renault Classic, Renault Design and Melun Rétro Passion, which sells parts and accessories for older vehicles. The result is something that looks just as beach-ready as the day it debuted.The automaker didn’t give out too many details, but it did say that the e-Plein Air borrows its EV underpinnings from the Renault Twizy two-seater. Its 6.1-kWh battery only offers about 62 miles of range in the Twizy. Since we’re unsure how close the e-Plein Air comes to the Twizy’s 992-pound curb weight, it’s unclear if this concept will get better or worse mileage than the quadricycle.Nevertheless, it’s a sharp little thing. The exterior isn’t exactly the same as the usual Plein Air variant of 4L; there’s some new livery along the lower body panels, and there’s a much more modern grille up front. The interior gets a new set of seats, a cute little picnic basket in the back and a digital display that lets the driver monitor not only speed, but battery capacity, too.While I can’t imagine that Renault would actually craft a small-batch run of these diminutive beach-combing EVs, I suppose there’s nothing stopping a Plein Air owner from going out, buying a Twizy and hacking together their own custom electric creation.
Urvashi RautelaInstagramUrvashi Rautela posted a video on Instagram that shows the diva flaunting her oomph factor during a photoshoot.Urvashi often posts sizzling photos and videos on social media that make her fans go weak in their knees. And, her latest video is no different. The Great Grand Masti actress is seen wearing a white crop top and shorts.While posing for the camera, the diva makes some sensuous moves that will leave her fans’ jaw-dropped. Earlier, Urvashi had posted a video in which she was seen having a shower in a skimpy outfit. The video was highly talked about on social platforms.Urvashi, who is one of the most gorgeous divas in the industry, is often linked up with several celebrities. Among others, she was rumoured to be in a relationship with singer Guru Randhawa as well. However, the singer had some time ago denied the buzz during a chat show.
At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said.The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists’ insurgency, as food was being distributed to displaced people.There was no official death toll from the military, which blamed “the fog of war” for the mistake, but one senior commander described the casualties from the air strike as “huge”.One local resident, Abba Abiso, told AFP: “At least 25 were killed and many more injured.”The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said “at least 120 people were wounded and 52 killed following today’s bombing”, calling the attack “shocking and unacceptable.”The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said six Nigerian Red Cross members were among those killed while 13 others were injured.This handout image received courtesy of Doctors Without Border (MSF) on Tuesday shows a wounded child after an air force jet accidentally bombarded a camp for those displaced by Boko Haram Islamists, in Rann, northeast Nigeria. AFP photo Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement he “received with regret” news of the bombing and said he sympathised with the families of the dead and injured.The bombing comes as Nigeria’s military claims further gains against the Islamic State group affiliate, pushing them out of captured territory and their remote bases in Borno.Last month, the army said the conflict was in its final stages after nearly eight years of violence that has killed at least 20,000 and left more than 2.6 million others homeless.‘Fog of war’Nigerian Army Major General Lucky Irabor, who heads operations against the militants, said the air force had been given coordinates of “Boko Haram terrorists” in the Kala-Balge area.“Unfortunately the strike was conducted but it turned out that the locals somewhere in Rann were affected,” he told reporters at a briefing in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.Irabor did not give casualty figures but said local staff from MSF and the ICRC were among those wounded.“These are the result of fog of war,” he added. “It is unfortunate. That is the reason why this war must come to an end.”Defence spokesman Rabe Abubakar in Abuja described the incident as “a mistake”, adding: “We are actually in grief. It’s unfortunate and it’s really not intended.”Rann resident Abba Abiso suggested the error occurred as the military was targeting rebel fighters who had been flushed out of Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno.“In recent weeks Boko Haram has moved base to Kala from Sambisa Forest and obviously a military jet mistook Rann for Kala and bombarded, killing many civilians,” he added.MSF and the ICRC said its teams were trying to provide emergency first aid at its facility in the camp and were stabilising patients to evacuate the wounded from the scene.But Jean-Clement Cabrol, MSF’s director of operations, condemned the error.“This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable. The safety of civilians must be respected,” he said.Previous blundersNortheast Nigeria and particularly Borno state has faced severe food shortages as a result of the conflict and food distribution is vital, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas.In November last year, the United Nations warned that 75,000 children risked starving to death within months in the region if nothing was done.Accidental bombings have occurred in the past: in March 2014 an air force jet killed five and wounded several others when it mistakenly hit Kayamla village in the Konduga area of Borno.The fighter jet mistook the village for a Boko Haram camp during a night raid.In January that year, the convoy of a Nigerian senator was fired on by an air force jet which mistook the six-vehicle convoy under police and military escort for Boko Haram fighters.No one was hurt and the military described the incident as an “operational blunder”.
Fire spreads after an explosion in Kathra area of Gazipur City Corporation on Saturday moring. Photo: Masud RanaFour members of a family sustained burn injuries after a fire broke out in a house at Kathoa of Salna in Gazipur on Saturday, reports UNB. The injured are Yakub Ali, his wife Aklima, their son Swapon, and Yakub’s father-in-law Noor Mohammad.Hearing a big bang, local people rushed to the house of Yakub Ali Mondol around 4 am, said local ward counselor Shahidul Islam.They rescued Yakub Ali, his wife, son and father-in-law from the house and admitted them to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Medical College Hospital. They were shifted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital as their condition deteriorated, he added. The origin of the fire could not be known yet, Shahidul said.
The simulation, called “Jack Voltaic 2.0,” includes two simultaneous incidents: a natural disaster and a cyberattack. Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “The exercise will allow us to examine the challenges those incidents place on critical infrastructure, while assessing response capability, agency collaboration, communication interoperability, and military integration.”The city is running the simulation at the Houston Emergency Center. In addition to Houston’s city government and the military, the exercise includes representatives from public utilities, the energy sector, healthcare, transportation, telecommunications, and education. The exercise comes in the wake of a number of high-profile cyberattacks on major U.S. cities. In March, a ransomware attack crippled Atlanta’s city network for five days. A similar attack shut down Baltimore’s 911 dispatch system later that month.The original Jack Voltaic, which ran in 2016, tested how well New York City would respond to a cyberattack on its critical infrastructure. Jack Voltaic 2.0 began June 24 and concludes June 26.Media availability & announcement of Jack Voltaic 2.0 #cybersecurity exercise w @houstonpolice @ArmyCyberInst @AECOM https://t.co/FPNjtnDmLU— City of Houston (@HoustonTX) July 25, 2018 00:00 /00:46 Today @HoustonOEM, @houstonpolice with @ArmyCyberInst @AECOM will run the Jack Voltaic 2.0 Cyber Security exercise to ensure the safety and security of our systems pic.twitter.com/EdNbc9o273— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) July 25, 2018 Andrew SchneiderHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses Jack Voltaic 2.0 cybersecurity exercise.Houston is now conducting a three-day exercise aimed at helping it fend off cyberattacks. This comes just days after news that Russian hackers infiltrated U.S. electric utilities, giving them the ability to trigger blackouts. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Horrible news for people who can’t wait to see what’s going to happen on Game of Thrones: HBO isn’t releasing descriptions for the final two episodes, meaning we know as much now as we will until they release a precious few press photos.This season has allowed the show’s plot to advance past what has been published by George RR Martin, occasionally by doubling back to pick up a discarded element from an earlier book but interpreting it in a different way. We may have just seen the Siege of Riverrun, which was in a previous book, but it was restructured to provide stakes for Jaime and Brienne moving forward. There are solutions still hidden in the text, at least if Benjen Coldhands’ appearance this year was any indication.Don’t read on if you haven’t caught up to season six, episode eight of Game of Thrones.Crazy things are happening in King’s Landing lately. It seems like forever ago that Joffrey was sitting on the Iron Throne and was going to marry Sansa. These days, the entire cast of characters skulking around the Red Keep has changed, save for Cersei Lannister, once Queen, then Queen Regent, and now relegated to the side of the court where the Ladies stand.Cersei has fallen far by the time she watches Tommen snuff out her certainty that she would be triumphant in a trial by combat when she chose The Mountain as her champion. King Tommen has outlawed trial by combat in the Seven Kingdoms just so Cersei will have to appear in front of the Faith Militant. One person who doesn’t look absolutely devastated at the proclamation is Qyburn, who tells Cersei, “That old rumor you told me about. My little birds investigated.” Cersei asked, “Is it just a rumor or something more?” Qyburn replied, “Much more.”What were Cersei and Qyburn talking about? So vague!We didn’t miss a scene: this plot hasn’t been openly addressed on the show, but there are hints about what could happen by piecing together some elements from the show with a part of the plot from Martin’s fourth A Song of Ice and Fire book.On the show, we know there’s a cache of wildfire below King’s Landing. Jaime recounted the events that earned him the name “Kingslayer” in season three. The Mad King Aerys conspired with a pyromancer to store pockets of wildfire under important spots in King’s Landing, like the Red Keep, Fleabottom, and the Sept of Balor. In this season’s “Blood of my Blood,” Bran has visions of these pockets of wildfire, and there’s one very memorable shot where the green substance is being poured in a close-up. There’s also a shot of that cache blowing up, but we’ll get to that in a moment.Jaime Lannister killed the Mad King, who wanted to (and kept repeating) “burn them all,” and he killed the pyromancer. Jaime gained the nickname “Kingslayer,” but saved all of King’s Landing (for his father to sack). We saw the Mad King chanting and young Jaime stabbing him and taking a seat on the Iron Throne in Bran’s wildfire vision, and what we saw seems to back up Jaime’s story from season three.This leads some fans to suspect that the wildfire roaring through the underground passage that Bran saw in his vision wasn’t the past, but actually the future. Jaime stopped the Mad King from setting off the wildfire caches throughout the city, and Tyrion happened across a pyromancer with a large collection of wildfire in season two at the bottom of Blackwater Bay.Cersei has shown an interest in using the wildfire since season two (that’s why they had it around when Tyrion became Hand of the King), and considering how close she is with Jaime, she most certainly knows that the Kingslayer stopped a mass wildfire explosion. On the show, it’s unclear if anyone else knows about the wildfire plan in the same detail Jaime does.The last piece of the puzzle is an event in A Feast for Crows when Cersei is searching for Tyrion after Joffrey is poisoned. In the book, Cersei has alchemists burn down the Tower of the Hand with wildfire. Sure, it was to get Tyrion instead of kill a bunch of religious fanatics, but that’s not necessarily how the show will do it. The Benjen Coldhands character on the show is a blending of two characters from the books and the Siege of Riverrun changed chronology, so why couldn’t Cersei get angry with wildfire.The idea behind the theory is that Cersei heard about Aerys’ plot from Jaime, and as soon as she had access to Qyburn’s new street urchin sources, she asked him to investigate the Mad King’s varied wildfire caches. Presumably, there is one beneath the Sept of Balor (or whatever building Cersei plans to draw them into), and she’ll light it on fire like she did to the Tower of the Hand in the books.Vanity Fair also points out that the show could have been leading up to Cersei’s outburst for a long time. She does often threaten to burn things.